Judith was born and raised in NYC , she attended Columbia University and completed a degree in Occupational Therapy. She worked in the Health Care System all the while raising a family and pursuing her art making. Judith studied at the the Arts Student League, the National Academy of Design and as well as the Fine Arts Worksop in Provincetown. Among her teachers were Mario Cooper, Paul Resika, James Leshay, and Sam Messer. Judith was a member of Prince Street Gallery in NYC where she has had three solo shows. She is now a member of Bowery Gallery with a solo show scheduled for November-December 2019. Her work is in many private collections,as well as the permanent collection of the Cape Ann Art Museum and the Specialty Care Pavillon at Stamford Hospital.
Travel has been my inspiration for the landscape paintings. I work “en plein air, my objective is to capture the early morning or late afternoon light. They are completed works in themselves and studies for the studio work. The studio work is a process of drawing, composing, laying in color, scraping out, building up the surface, color adjustments, movement, and balance. These paintings take many months or even years to complete.
Recently I have been exploring more texture, using oils ,a palette knife and cold wax medium. I love building up the surface!,a far cry from the water colors I began with.
Artist and Jewelry Designer Joanie Landau was born and raised in New York. Early in her artistic career, she became fascinated with collagraphs, a rather obscure form of printmaking. Her 16th anniversary collection now includes Digital Collagraphs, where photographic elements merge with graphic design techniques. Like printmaking, the process possesses magical qualities.
Joanie Landau studied printmaking at the Silvermine School of Art, where she won both the “Rembrandt Award for Excellence in Graphic Art,” and the “First Prize Mixed Media” Awards. Her studio has been featured in East Coast Home Magazine and she has been a featured artist on Artsy Shark, Professional Artists Magazine, and Fairﬁeld Magazine. In two year's time she has exhibited in over 20 shows across the country and most recently received the Award of Merit from the the Cooperstown Art Association. She is a proud member of the Loft Artists Association in Stamford, Ct., the Artists Collective of Westport and is an In House artist at White Birch Studio in Westport, CT. Her art can be found at
Each of my pieces begins with original photography and usually multiple images are used to form a piece. I love working with saturated color as well as starkly contrasting black and whites and very often do a study of the same piece in all its beautiful transformations.
The digital art experience provides an outlet to be unceasingly creative, continually working and reworking pieces with the click of a mouse. Every new layer or filter creates endless possibilities, tapping into the unlocked potential that exists and providing the feeling that there are no barriers.
Born, raised and educated in New York, Nancy Landauer has resided in Westport, Connecticut for the past 25 years. Having graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Illustration, Landauer enjoyed a career in magazine illustration as well as print and textile design. Now navigating the world of fine art, she works in mixed media collage and acrylic on canvas. She creates images that often have a retro look and always include text, either to convey a narrative or simply to add pattern and texture to the piece. Nancy has exhibited widely in New York and Connecticut, including exhibits at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, N.Y., The Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan, CT., The Gallery at Fairfield University in Stamford, and The Agora Gallery in New York City. She will have a solo exhibit in The Sheffer Gallery at the Westport Library in Westport, CT. in September 2019.
Studying with Charles (Chick) Peterson (AWS), William Gerhold, and Thomas Higgins, Greenwich CT artist Paul Larson graduated with degrees in Fine Art and Education from Marietta College in 1973. From 1975 until 1985 Paul worked as an artist, designer, and project director for the design firm L. E. Carpenter & Company in Milford, CT.
A current member of the Greenwich Art Society, the Loft Artist’s Association in Stamford, CT, and the Westport Artists’ Collective, he has participated in over 50 exhibitions during the past four decades. His paintings in oil, pastel, and acrylic have been recognized with many awards, and his artwork has been acquired by numerous collectors both in the U.S. and abroad.
His cubist influenced compositions are based upon the use of multifaceted geometric forms, the illusion of overlapping and intersecting planes, improbable perspectives, and subtle transitions of tonal passages that invariably tease the eye. The images most often depict the highly stylized solitary figure, usually set within a similarly stylized landscape; an exploration into alternate views of a world never seen before. Paul states "My hope is that the viewers of my work may find something familiar to their world as well; perhaps providing an insight, evoking a memory long forgotten, or eliciting an emotion somehow familiar, and perhaps long unfelt. Website is pglarson.com
Emily Hamilton Laux
Emily Hamilton Laux is a Connecticut-based visual artist whose primary medium is photography; she maintains a studio in the Firing Circuits artists’ studio lofts in Norwalk, CT.
Previously, Laux worked as a writer, editor, and photojournalist; she has also worked in the visual arts as a gallery director and publicist.
Born in Saigon, and raised in Cambodia, Paris and Washington, D.C., Laux
graduated from Tulane University, and earned her Masters degree in International Economic Policy from the American University School of International Service. As an adult, she spent ten years living and working in London and Hong Kong, and she has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. A lifelong photographer who purchased her first camera at 13, Laux believes her work is informed by her global cultural experience.
Her work has been exhibited at the Westport Historical Society, the Westport Arts Center, the Westport Downtown Merchant’s Association Annual Art Exhibition, and most recently the ARTWorks Gallery on the Green in Norwalk, CT. Laux’s work also has been featured exclusively by Fairfield County Bank and Simon Pearce.
My current work addresses contemporary and historical ideas about nature, ecology, biodiversity, and individual human relationships with the natural environment. As an environmentalist and visual artist, my intention is not to document changes in biodiversity and ecosystems, but rather provide an entry point to the rapidly-changing conversation on these issues through an artistic practice rooted in traditional landscape and portraiture.
Katya Lebrija was born in Mexico City, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Universidad Anáhuac in 1995. After graduating, she worked as a freelance Graphic Designer until December of 1999, when she moved to the United States with her husband and two daughters. Throughout her career she has used a different mediums, including watercolors and acrylics, and has also worked extensively with printmaking. Most recently, she has focused on creating mixed media pieces. Ms. Lebrija likes to work in series, which enables her to explore a single theme or idea in a variety of ways. Some of her paintings are currently (or have been recently) in display throughout her home state of Connecticut, as well as in New York City and her native Mexico City. She constantly participates in juried group shows and has had several solo exhibitions since 2013. Ms. Lebrija currently works in her home studio, though she also enjoys painting with a group of local artists in Westport and Norwalk, CT.
“Through vibrant colors and textures. I express myself without rules or hesitation. I approach the canvas with an idea in mind that becomes spontaneous and emotional through the process. My journey as an artist consists of endless experimentation, which teaches me new ways and is filled with emotions and surprises. I find that my paintings hold a conversation with each other and in the end, I encounter a story that connects with the viewer."
A graduate of Yale University, Julie Leff began painting professionally in 2001. Since then, her work has appeared in numerous solo and group shows in New York and Connecticut. Her artwork is held in many private collections in the US, Europe, and Asia. Her medium is oil paint on canvas and subjects are primarily florals, abstracts, and portraits. She also makes archival pigment prints of all her work, with prices ranging from $50 to $2000, depending on size. Her website is www.julieleff.com
I paint in oils on canvas using sable brushes. Whether I paint abstracts, portraits, or florals, I place my work at the end of an ongoing tradition of painting that extends back thousands of years. So I am a traditionalist. But, at the same time, my work is time-bound and personal, faithful to the authenticity of my own perceptions- which is to say, I paint for myself, for my love of color and form, but in a way that invites others to experience the world as I see it.
Liz's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has participated in artist-in-residence programs in Israel, Spain, The Pyrenees Mountains, Saratoga Springs and most recently at Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut. She received her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and MFA at the Maine College of Art. Liz has been a guest lecturer, participated on discussion panels, taught painting and has received awards and grants for her work. She lives with her husband and two sons in Westport, Connecticut.
Liz Leggett’s paintings and drawings range from abstract and representational to the space in-between, where forms and images are suggested but left open for a multitude of interpretations and meanings. Utilizing vibrant colors, expressionist mark making and a material application that is both haphazard and controlled, her technical practice is open to material accidents. The paint is encouraged to move and fall where it may within it’s own physical nature to allow for spontaneous form to take shape. These areas may then be refined to develop the picture’s subject and composition. This play between a painting's abstraction and recognition is of particular interest to Liz. It is this open-ended, interpretative space that can reveal a range of impressions, emotions and sensibilities that extend meaning to a broad audience.
Susan Leggitt began her life as an artist as soon as she could hold a crayon. Being artistic her entire life, she creatively propelled herself through school, which led her to a successful career as a graphic designer and art director.A native of Connecticut and Norwalk resident, Susan is a member of Firing Circuits Artists in Norwalk, and has been active in many regional arts and community organizations, including serving as the president of the Rowayton Arts Center. She has recently been juried into the Silvermine Guild of Artists as well as the Westport Artist Collective. She has accumulated many awards for her artwork, including the Sydney and Arthur Eder Foundation Award, from the New Haven Paint & Clay Annual Exhibition and most recently, Best in Show at the 2018 Artshow: Bedford, judged by Peter MacGill of Pace/MacGill Gallery in NYC and Darsie Alexander, executive director of the Katonah Museum of Art, and Best for Works on Paper, Artshow:Bedford 2019. She exhibits widely throughout Fairfield County, and New England, including several solo shows.
Inspired by the rugged and beautiful coast of Maine, my work reflects a deep connection to the water, coastline and sky, especially to the natural forms created by tidal streams, rock formations and marshes. The play of light and color, warmth and coolness, depth and atmosphere — all take on a role in each painting. Important to each work is a sense of place, connection and serenity.” www.susanleggitt.com
Growing up on Long Island Sound, Susan Lloyd has always been drawn to the water and the beach. She has always done some form of art and/or design with undergrad and graduate degrees in Sculpture and Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Graphic and Interior design. For the past 14 years, she has been making Shell Art; basically, gluing shells on things. This art form dates back to the Victorian era with souvenir boxes from Europe and sailors valentines from Barbados. Every year, Lloyd makes a Seashell Birdhouse for Project Return. Her work is exhibited at the annual Sanibel Shell Show: the oldest of its kind in the country and the Philadelphia and Cape Cod shell shows.
The interplay of color, shape and texture are all important in the design of my work, as is the variety of shells used. Mirrors, boxes and paperweights had been my main focus but I am covering more unusual objects lately, trying to expand the medium.
I think I was born with a pen or pencil in my hand. From an early age, I have always filled paper with images. While I let my imagination run wild for over 30 years as a Creative Director in major New York City advertising agencies, I never stopped drawing. I think better with a pen, speak more fluently with a pencil.
Each image is a vision of how aging is mirrored by nature. Branches become gnarled, deformed by age and disease. Roots lose their grip; Leaves whither and trees come thundering down. Stumps remain as rotting remnants of youth and beauty. Fragments of past glory. All are a reflection of my life, where skin sags and wrinkles; backs bend and hips give way. While we don’t share the same cells, we are a mirror image of each other, sharing the same fate. Trees symbolize my aging body. But I can expose all with a tree, and still fantasize that it is not happening to me.
Jane R Lubin
Jane Lubin is a mixed media artist whose work spans several genres. She works in acrylic painting, collage, digitally manipulated photographic collage, and polymer clay to make jewelry. As an eye surgeon by training, she has always had a fascination with anatomical shapes, and does not mind working at a microscopic level, and in small spaces!
Dr. Lubin has shown her work at the regional, national and international levels. She has participated in juried and solo shows in Connecticut, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Rhode Island, California and Michigan. As president of the Women’s Caucus for Art—Connecticut Chapter, she has curated area group shows, including a collaborative installation at the University of New Haven’s Seton Gallery, and shows at the Fairfield Arts Council and the University of Connecticut Art Gallery for the Women’s Caucus for Art. She has had a solo show at Westport Arts Center (2006), a solo show in the Director’s Gallery at Fairfield Arts Council (2009), and served as chairperson of the Westport Arts Center solo shows in 2009, as well as juror of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association Summer Arts Festival (2006, 2009). She has works in the permanent collection of Norwalk Community College, and has had exhibitions of her altered books as well as her photocollages at that institution.
My work addresses the oddities that I see in life, the surreal aspects of existence. I love to assemble creatures composed of disparate parts, to play reality against imagination. Mostly, these images come spontaneously from the subconscious, much as the surrealists promoted “automatic drawing” and dream tableaus. Scientists create new individuals, why shouldn’t artists be able to fashion new species in new worlds? I use collage to rearrange my world, taking me into an alternate universe where there is no hierarchy; all creatures are equal and acceptable.