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Bruce S. Kershner Gallery At Fairfield Public Library
1080 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
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Bruce S. Kershner Gallery At Fairfield Public Library
7/28/18 - 9/15/18


The public is invited to see “Reconstructions”, the paintings of Karen Neems, Cherril Kolesik, and Philip Eras until 9/15 during library hours.   

Philip Eras began art lessons while he was a medical officer. When he retired in 1999 from being a physician, he became a serious painter. Having taken art classes at various times, he then studied with a professional artist and later had the first painting he did with her selected for the cover of Connecticut Medicine.  Another painting was featured in an AMA journal.  

Philip has shown his paintings in area venues, including the Westport Fine Arts show, and in Florida. He creates “objective and non-objective geometric paintings” both of which are in this exhibit. He says his objective geometric paintings “portray an actual event or experience...When I return from a trip that I enjoyed I usually make a painting recalling the highlights of the trip... Because the event or experience is depicted using geometric forms it’s akin to writing in code, and not readily identifiable.” His non-objective paintings do not necessarily portray an idea and are more difficult to start.

Karen ​ Neems​ is an award-winning photo ​ collage and mixed media artist based in Stamford, CT. She earned her BA at the University of Rochester with studies in Art History, Psychology and Studio Art and now studies at Silvermine Arts Center​ and with artist mentors. She has had many ​solo and group shows at area galleries and museums and won awards for her work in photography and mixed media. Her work ​is in both private and corporate collections.  

Karen’s compositions are layered, merged and repeated. She combines mixed media and photo collage, The most recent Deconstructions series "explores the synergy that results from the juxtaposition of a photograph and its deconstructed parts.” Karen says she is drawn to the aspects that contain and formalize a space and she aims to create harmony within her work.     

Cherril Kolesik was an art major in college, and taught art for several years. For over 20 years, she ran a decorative painting business, which has influenced her exploration of techniques and materials in her artwork.

In this show, she features her Museum Diaries series. Cherril says, “I have a passion for viewing the art of different cultures in history.” She studies in depth one art piece that attracts her attention when she visits art museums and galleries, then creates her own interpretation of it.

“I reject the idea of perfection; it’s the imperfection and uniqueness of my particular hand that I wish to emphasize. I break away from staying within the boundaries of the expected framework of art presentation. I do not use traditional stretched canvases, but rather clip my artwork onto steel rods, resulting in soft edges. I also include ‘border texts’ that give the viewer information and a deeper understanding of the work to which I am drawn.”

Cherril’s use of glazes in her hangings “results in an interplay with the …light of the particular setting.”

Shown is Facade by Karen Neems.


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