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Fairfield Public Library
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Brush, Pencil, And Needle: The Artwork Of Dick Rauh, Barbara W. Sferra, And Susan Spivack

Fairfield Public Library
12/27/17 - 1/21/18


The public is invited to fo view “Brush, Pencil, and Needle” the artwork of Dick Rauh,  Barbara W. Sferra, and Susan Spivack. 

Westport resident, Dick Rauh, had a career in motion picture special  effects. In addition to a certificate in botanical illustration from The New York Botanical Garden, he has a doctorate in plant sciences. He is an instructor in the botanical illustration certificate program at the New York Botanical Garden and was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. He also teaches drawing classes at the Fairfield and Westport Senior Centers and at Lifetime Learners at Norwalk Community College.  

Dick's work won awards and is in collections at various sites. He has exhibited widely throughout the country and locally.   

After using a microscope to illustrate a book on wildflowers, he saw their details and began "to enlarge my subjects between five and twenty times their actual size..The black and white pieces in the show reflect another side of my love of nature...the details that inspire me.”  Shown is his "Solidago"

Barbara W Sferra lives in Katonah, NY. She studied Art Education in College and after graduation taught art to elementary and high school students. She created in many different media over the years and now fiber art is her main pursuit.  

Barbara  belongs to several quilt and fiber related organizations in Westchester and Connecticut. She has exhibited atmany area venues, including   the Katonah Museum of Art. She also had a piece published in “Quilting Arts Magazine”.     

Barbara says she sometimes dyes and paints fabric, embellishes with beads and stitching, may use the computer and add her own photos. She is inspired by color and “Nature and the natural world inspire me and are often what my art is all about." But she also says, "Abstracting natural elements to create a new and original design, and then adding embellishments of paint, thread, beads, machine and hand stitching and other surface design leads to the completion of each piece.”    

Watercolorist Susan Spivack graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology where she majored in Textile Design. She has studied atmany local and other facities, and is a member a number of art organizations.

A resident of Westport, she has exhibited in numerous museums around the country, as well as area galleries.  Hher works are part of countless private collections and she has been the recipient of numerous awards at many area arts facilities.  

Susan says, “Transformation of the ordinary into something stimulating to the eye, giving my subject a new life of its own, is the touchstone for my figurative, landscape and still life compositions....  She fuses pictorial compositions with abstraction and this..." fragile balance is a natural landscape – a poetic place where the unexpected co-exists with the impermanent."   

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