Wilton Library presents “The Art of Firing Circuits Studios” in September.
**Press release submitted by Wilton Library**
August 25, 2022
Wilton Library is pleased to feature the dramatic and colorful works of “The Art of Firing Circuits Studios” in its September Art Exhibit, which opens Friday, September 9 with a reception from 6-7:30 p.m. Firing Circuits Studios is a collective of diverse, well-known working artists with studios located in a century-old brick factory building in Norwalk. Nine artists from the group will exhibit their work in a range of styles, media choices and subject matter. The artists are: Cecilia Moy Fradet (Norwalk), Mari Gyorgyey (Stamford), Elisa Keogh (Norwalk), Cate Leach (Darien), Pamela Lindberg (Darien), Mary Manning (Darien), Mark Schiff (Norwalk), Nancy C. Woodward (Norwalk) and Karen Vogel (Darien). Reception is free and open to the public.
“Firing Circuits Studios is an exciting group of talented artists, and we are thrilled to welcome them back to the library post-pandemic. This will be the group’s third exhibition here, and we know there will be some very large and colorful works on the walls. We look forward to sharing their latest work with our community,” said Wilton Library Art Director Ed MacEwen.
Firing Circuits Studios artists come from a variety of backgrounds:
Cecilia Moy Fradet is constantly creating and retaining ideas for his upcoming projects. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Lower Manhattan, Cecilia was fascinated by the differences between what people perceived as interesting, beautiful, and even what was good or dignified. Art has always been part of Cecilia’s life. She was drawn to art from an early age, her grandfather being a Chinese landscape painter and her father a calligrapher. She earned a fine arts degree and then had a second career as a fashion designer. Cecilia is currently a multimedia artist and has a studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk, Connecticut. She is a Fellow of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, a member of the Artist Collective of Westport and an educator at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Ceciliamoyfradet.com.
Mari Gyorgyey is best known for her nonlinear narrative art, which spills over into book arts, pen and ink drawings, paintings, computer imagery, and fine art prints. She is not afraid to mix all the techniques to communicate her theme. His quirky and satirical designs have been compared to Philip Evergood, William Kentridge and the pre-war designs of George Grosz. Since earning her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Gyorgyey has shown her work nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions at Tapio Gyorgy and Budapest, Hungary, as well as Stamford, CT. She has won printmaking awards from the University of Pennsylvania, the Dharma Silk Company and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, of which she is a longtime member. Mari investigates the conflicts and harmonies of Hungarian communities and explores what it is like to have two identities vying for dominance. Mari’s work incorporates her training in fine art and textile design. Its content is heavily influenced by life in communist Hungary and the American suburbs. Marigyorgyey.com
Elisa Keogh grew up in the UK and came to the US at 19 to fulfill her dream of working in an advertising agency in New York. After studying graphic design at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York, she had a successful career as a commercial artist (advertising then music industry) and created her own studio, SeeHear Design. She moved to Connecticut and turned to fine art photography. For nearly two decades, Elisa has exhibited her experimental photographs across the United States and abroad, and has been honored with significant recognition for her work. During the pandemic, she began to devote more time to painting in acrylics, mostly on canvas. Elisakeogh.com.
cate leaching is an award-winning artist whose style is distinguished by a love of line, a sensitive appreciation of composition, and an awareness that resolution often comes by eliminating the non-essential. After spending many years as a dancer with George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet, Leach finds inspiration and meaning in subtle gestures and economy of form. Leach’s paintings, prints and assemblages have been exhibited in museums and galleries across New York and Connecticut, including the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Housatonic Museum, Sacred Heart University CT, Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, CT, and in NY at LaGuardia Airport and the Prince Street Gallery. She is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists (New Canaan, CT), Concepts Group (Darien, CT), Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Norwalk, CT), and Connecticut Women Artists. Leach maintains a studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk, CT. Cateleach.com.
Pamela Lindberg was trained as a surface pattern designer and has over the past 35 years pursued interests in painting, printmaking, photography and more recently encaustic. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and competitions and has won numerous prizes. Love of nature is a recurring theme in his art. She also loves textures and unique materials and techniques.
Mary Manning is a visual artist who works with various media and processes, always experimenting with new materials. She has evolved her practice to include expressive and organic abstract ink paintings, alongside colorful glued pieces. She describes her work as a continuous exploration without rules or conventions, continually generating new shapes, patterns, themes and textures. She is represented by online gallery cynthiabyrnes.com of CBCA Westport, CT. She maintains a studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk, CT and prints in Brooklyn, NY. Marycmanning.com
Mark Schiff uses painting to express his love for nature. He loves the spontaneity and unpredictability of his works. His process uses mixed media and modified brushwork to provide a unique viewing experience. Mark is an award-winning artist presenting his third exhibition at Wilton Library. He has exhibited extensively in Connecticut, New York, Miami, Florida and the Hamptons of Long Island. Markschiffartist.com.
Nancy C. Woodward is an award-winning photographer and mixed media artist. His shadow portraits, colorful trees and ethereal landscapes depict unique views of the natural world. She experiments with different color palettes, papers, fibers, mediums and surfaces to reveal new areas. Nancy has been a lifelong Norwalk resident and owns a studio, along with twenty-five other working artists, at Firing Circuits Artist Studios in Norwalk, Connecticut. She was artist-in-residence at the Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, Connecticut for ten years. She is a member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, the Rowayton Arts Center, the Katonah Museum Artists’ Association and the New Canaan Society of the Arts. Nancy holds a BA in Psychology from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. She studied photography, encaustic painting and digital publishing at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Ct. She studied privately with photographer Sandi Haber Fifield and encaustic artists Leslie Giuliani and Nash Hyon. Recent awards include: Best in Show of the Fall Juried Exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center in October 2019; Best in Show, the Betty Barker Award, at the Fall 2018 Member Show at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. Ms Woodward was the featured artist for the Spring 2018 edition of The Wayfarer Magazine. nancycwoodward.com.
Karen Vogel is an engraver and painter who lives in Darien. His work blends the influences of visual form, storytelling and nature. The language of print, typography, architecture and organic forms emerges from multiple layers of a variety of printmaking and painting techniques. She is interested in the parallels between artistic creation and landscaping, her two passions. Karenvogelstudio.com.
The exhibition runs until Saturday, October 1. The majority of the works are available for purchase, with part of the proceeds going to the library. Wilton Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Sundays, from 1 to 5 p.m. starting September 11. The library will be closed on Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.
The Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road, in the heart of Wilton Center. For more information, please visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call (203) 762-3950.
**Press release submitted by Wilton Library**