Art goes on display in one show; remains hidden for another

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An artful day and evening is in store for those seeking “Another View” and others who don’t mind a bit of mystery when it comes to collecting.

Paul G. Larson will host a free, public reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, to celebrate his solo exhibition “Another View,” which runs through March 24 at the Loft Artists Association gallery, 845 Canal St., Stamford.

Larson, a Greenwich artist and LAA member, has 15 painting on display, all examples of his expressionist style, parlayed through a cubist influence (you can see an example of his art at left). Geometric shapes work within intersecting planes and tonal transitions.

As Larson explained in a recent news release: “My paintings are abstractions of my own perceptions. My intent is to explore the mystery of perceived realities, and to report what I find to others.”

But, he said he also hopes the viewer finds something familiar with the piece “something that might provide an insight, evoke a distant memory, or awaken an emotion somehow familiar, and perhaps long unfelt.”

Larson’s work can be found in national and international collections. He also is a member of the Greenwich Art Society and ArtPlace Gallery in Fairfield.

For more information about the exhibition, call 203-323-4153.

Meanwhile, over at the nonprofit Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Thursday, Feb. 21, is the last day to subscribe to The Editions Club. As a member, one may receive the 2012 “Mystery Print,” a special fine art edition that remains a mystery until it is unveiled during a reception at the center later this month. The artist also remains a mystery.

What is known is the process: Every year, artistic director and master printer Anthony Kirk selects and collaborates with a prestigious artist on an edition of 100 original prints — one for each club member. The first mystery artist was Donald Sultan in 2007. Since then, works by Mary Frank, James Siena, Liliana Porter and Charlie Hewitt have made their way to members’ collections.

For information on how to subscribe ($450 per person), call 203-899-7999 or email info@contemprints.org by 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21.

A portion of the membership fee funds a summer residency at the center for an area high school senior with artistic promise, according to the organizers. The 2011 Editions Club fellow was Mike Ziga of Darien.

Last summer, he worked under Kirk’s tutelage in the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage to produce “Restless,” (at bottom right) an edition of 17 pochoir (stencil) prints. Ziga is a freshman at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. High school art teachers may recommend a student for the Editions Club 2013 Fellowship by emailing Kirk at akirk@contemprints.

Christina Hennessy

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