ARC Fine Art
This contemporary gallery is located in a renovated hundred-year-old barn tucked away behind a nineteenth-century Colonial home in Greenfield Hills. The gallery reflects the savvy of founder and owner Adrienne Ruger Counzelman, a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art who is a consultant, assisting in acquisition and installation. With a master’s in American art from Williams College, she began her career at Christie’s in New York. Her book After the Hunt documents the art collection of her grandfather William B. Ruger.
May 6-June 6: Barbara Rothenberg, Fragments: New Work on Paper
The exhibit includes new collages from this award-winning Silvermine Guild artist, teacher and recipient of numerous grants, including a Fulbright for study in India. Works include lithographic prints, pieces featuring prints of the artist’s photographs as a background or as part of a collage—essentially painting with paper. An abstract composition becomes, upon closer examination, detailed: seedpods, leaves, dried mushrooms—“all the things I find on the forest floor,” she says.
Reception: May 6, 5-7 p.m.
Artist’s Talk: May 23, 7 p.m.
Book Signing: May 15, with her son, David Rothenberg, author of The Survival of the Beautiful, on the interplay of beauty, art and culture in evolution.
Location: 3113 Bronson Rd., 203-895-9595; arcfineartllc.com
The artists’ cooperative founded in 1981 is in a temporary Fairfield gallery space, thanks to Ellen Hyde Phillips. She’s sharing her interior design headquarters. Art/Place showcases a diversity of mediums, techniques and styles, from traditional to cutting-edge abstraction. (Also, The Watermark at 3030 Park, Bridgeport, presents Art/Place exhibitions in the rotunda gallery. Martha Reinken and Cate Leach are featured in May and June.)
Opening May 5: Art/Place Springs
“I have known most of these artists for years,” Phillips says of the new exhibit. “They are like family—and so professionally committed.”
Reception: May 5, 3-5 p.m.
Location: 25 Lindbergh St., 203-292-8328; artplace.org