“Fabric Meditations [on] Our Island Home”  –  From Traditionalist to Experimenter: Angela Liptack Takes Fiber Art to New Dimensions at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery

This exhibition will be starting on September 16 and will run through October 28, 2017 – The Artist’s Reception & Talk will be on  October 14, 2017 (12-2pm).

 “One of the things that I appreciate in contemporary art is artists who are able to make materials perform against their nature, to take something that is very familiar and make it unfamiliar. You completely transformed the fabric and in a way that really made it something else. It struck me as really innovative and singular.”  (Kelly Baum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art).

For fiber artist Angela Suter Liptack, a passion for the artistry of traditional, functional quilts has led to exciting experiments using fabric to create art that depicts scenes, concepts and moods. “Fabric Meditations [on] Our Island Home,” a new exhibit of her work, will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from September 16 through October 28. There will be an artist’s talk and reception at the library’s Wykeham Room on Saturday, October 14 from 12 to 2 PM.

“Fabrics of different design, tone, texture, weave, weight and finish can be combined in infinite ways,” points out Liptack. “Not infrequently, art ‘happens’ when two or more otherwise unacquainted fabric pieces—creased and frayed or flat and squared up—accidentally bump into each other, become friends, and spark something between themselves and in me.”

Liptack has a practical understanding of the vulnerability of fiber art. She uses high-quality textiles, mounted on ph-neutral materials and presented behind Tru-Vue Conserv

ation Clear glass. Many of her pieces feature custom-made, reclaimed wood frames.

Liptack’s award-winning fiber art has hung in juried shows throughout Connecticut and New York. She is a member of the Greenwich Art Society, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and is an exhibiting member of the Rowayton Arts Center. She lives in Ridgefield, CT.

This exhibit may be viewed during library hours. For further information please call (860) 868-7586 or email gunndevelopment@biblio.org. The Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington, CT.  For library hours and to learn more about Gunn’s programs and events visit gunnlibrary.org.

Next Exhibit:  For Noted Painter Vincent Giarrano, Big Ideas Start Small

Although internationally known for his larger paintings of New York City life, Vincent Giarrano also paints small–very small–as part of his process for developing an idea. These miniature masterpieces will be featured in a special holiday exhibit of his work at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from November 4 through December 9. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, November 4 from 2 PM to 4 PM. Giarrano, a Washington resident, will be in attendance to answer questions.

Vincent Giarrano captures what others might consider mundane everyday events but treats them with such honesty and sincerity that they are transformed into timeless moments. Working in the realist tradition, he explores the beauty of contemporary urban life. Whether on the streets of New York City or in their apartments, his subjects are depicted in rare quiet moments of introspection. With a style reminiscent of Edward Hopper and John Singer Sargent, he captures his subjects’ thoughts, feelings and personalities.

The artist began his training at The State University of New York at Buffalo, where he pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University before moving to New York City to begin a career in illustration. In 2005, Giarrano returned to the fine arts with a renewed interest in realism, both in style and subject.

New York’s ever-changing nature and the young people trying to make the city their own provide his inspiration. “New York has a definite vibe and energy that you can’t help but feel,” says Giarrano. “I wanted to tap into that edge of reality.” He points out that most of all the common element in his work is a focus on real life and an attention to detail that glorifies the sincere moments that occur in our daily lives.

Giarrano’s work has been shown in group and solo shows across the country as well as overseas. It has also been included in museum exhibitions such as The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. His work has appeared on the cover of The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and he is regularly featured in American Art Collector and other art publications.