Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen." Our busy lives may distract us from taking moments to appreciate the feelings art can give us — but with a plethora of local art galleries we don't have to worry about taking time to visit the city to see awe-ispiring art. Here are the best places in Fairfield to see and feel art:
Artist Brett Wingate
Brett Wingate is an award-winning advertising creative leader who has been written about in the NY Times. As a Graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Wingate created his vision of the spirit and power of women by presenting the female image in fantastic and surreal worlds devised through a multi-generational process of manipulating, painting and re-photographing. This collection was exhibited in several galleries in NYC, some of which include the Exeter Room at Webster Hall and the Karma Sutra Lounge in Danceteria. Next Wingate created his Madonna series — commanding beauty. These fearless designs incorporated unwavering sweeps of spirals and mazes and creeping undulations of serpentine forms in artistic profusion, while exuding a quaintness giving an unprecedented visual and spiritual experience. Wingate is currently working on a floral series — in which his linear style, the freshness of paint strokes, and the hidden colors peeking through multiple layers evokes a feeling of flowers speeding by, pausing for a brief moment for us to see them. For more information and to commission custom works please visit facebook.com/brettstudios.
330 Pequot Avenue
Southport Galleries offers an accessible collection of contemporary realism and abstract paintings, landscapes by local artists and plein-air scenes painted further afield. A small collection of American Masters is available as are bronze sculpture and limited edition prints. In-home curating services guide first time and long time collectors. Housed in the century-old restored hardware store in Southport Village, this Gallery is also available for party rentals and has become a central hub in Fairfield County. For more information please visit southportgalleries.com.
Masters in Maritime Art
1899 Bronson Road
This collection of marine art prevails in the J Russell Jinishian Gallery. It is one of the nation’s leading collections of marine art, boasting over 1,000 works from leading marine artists worldwide. With 35 years in this field, Jinishian is recognized as a leading authority, lecturer and author. This gallery with 12 foot high ceilings displays hundreds of works — from an eight foot ship model to four inch scrimshaw. There are enough paintings, drawings, etchings, sculpture and photography for you to get lost in many times over. “You can come here to see new works by internationally recognized artists ‘hot off the easel’ or you may discover a hidden treasure rarely or never seen by the public,” said Jinishian. For more information please visit jrusselljinishiangallery.com.
1073 N Benson Road
Fairfield U offers three fabulous art venues: The Quick Center for the Arts hosts year round events, dance, concerts, classical, theatre, family fun, open VISION forum, the Missoula Children’s theatre’ and more. For more info and an event schedule please call the box office at 203-254-4010. The Thomas J Walsh Art Gallery serves to broaden the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art. This gallery is a dynamic forum where people of all ages gather to experience art and artistic innovation. The Bellarmine Museum of Art (BMA) opened in October 2010 and is free and open to the public, offers group guided tours and is available for party/event rental by private parties. This Museums mission statement says it all: ‘The BMA cultivates, inspires, and enriches its many audiences while stewarding the artistic and cultural objects entrusted to its care.’ For more information please visit fairfield.edu.
Soderlund Gallery & Studio, 61 Unquowa Place.
Feeling personally creative? Try the ‘painting with artist Karl Soderlund’ class at The Studio, 85 Mill Plain Road.
Peace to all mankind is Westport artist Marlene Siff’s latest theme/exhibition. Paintings, sculptures, works on paper, maquettes, contemporary, oversized, three dimensional, abstract and expressionist arts — not to be missed.
Troy Fine Art combines a Gallery, conservation, restoration, framing and installation, both residential & corporate art services, fine art consulting and more into one, 3310 Post Road.