A new look @ Gardens @ Lockwood Mathews Mansion in Norwalk

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum located at 295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT has opened an exhibition entitled, Historic Grounds & Modern Gardens. The show will run through June 23, 2019.

The exhibition has been juried by artist and Trustee Gail Ingis. “I am very pleased by the number of submissions we received and the quality of the work presented. Submissions come from very diverse regional areas including N.Y., Greenwich, Norwalk, Westport, and Old Saybrook, to name a few,” said Ms. Ingis. “Works range from realism to post-impressionism that fit well with the exhibit theme and the history of the Mansion.” The exhibition will feature more than thirteen artists including Cindy Bernier, Christopher Breining, Richard Koleszar, Kara LaFrance, Laura Levine, Werner Liepolt, Anthony Santomauro, Marjorie Sopkin, Lee Skalkos, Clarice Shirvell, Jayson Tobias, Maxwell Wiesen, and Gregory Ziebell.

The award-winning Laura Levine has been featured in exhibitions at galleries and cultural centers in New York and Connecticut including Gallery East in East Hampton, New York; Mill Gallery in Guilford, Connecticut; Munson Gallery, John Slade Ely House and Ives Library in New Haven, Connecticut; Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme, Connecticut, to name a few. Her work was selected by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts for exhibitions at the Capital Building and the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
Richard Koleszar studied at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. He started painting at the age of 7, encouraged by his father, and later embarked in an advertising career. His passion for art led him to return to painting in the 1980s and since then, he has won numerous awards including, most recently, Best in Show at the 2016 Brushwork Exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center.

Gregory Ziebell graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a major in Fine Arts and continued his studies at the GSAA Commercial School of Art where he obtained a degree in Advertising Art, Layout and Design. His graphic design work has been featured in Computer Currents magazine and Ad Week.

Kara LaFrance is a fine artist and graphic designer living in Tuckahoe, N.Y. with a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. An acromegaly patient and advocate, she spreads awareness of this rare disease and chronic illness through her art.

Maxwell Wiesen paints largely with oil, on canvas and sometimes on metal panels, and has been developing his own “voice” and “continuing to see the beauty in each and every day…. recorded in landscape and still life.” He has exhibited in several juried shows sponsored by Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Arts Council, Old Greenwich Art Society, Stamford Art Association, Silvermine School of Art, and solo shows at The Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich.

The contemporary art exhibitions are sponsored in part by Gail Ingis and Tom Claus. The Museum’s 2019 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, LMMM’s 2019 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk and The Maurice Goodman Foundation. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

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