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Kershner Gallery Exhibit

The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery will be showing “Divergent Views” on Saturday, October 6th at the Fairfield Public Library.This exhibit features the drawings of Joan Elizabeth Goodman and the paintings of Judith Lambertson and Marina Shrady.

Fairfield and New York resident Joan Elizabeth Goodman won an honorable mention for a pastel portrait in 1958. She studied art at L’Academia di Belle Arte in Rome and went on to graduate as a painting major from Pratt Institute in New York. Her career includes designing greeting cards for Hallmark in Kansas City, freelance illustration of textbooks and picture books for children, and publishing more than thirty books, many of which she illustrated. In recent years, she has studied at the Art Students League, at Silvermine, and at workshops sponsored by Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. She is a member of CSOPA, FCAA, and the Westbeth Sketch Group. Her work is represented by the Southport Women’s Exchange and the Linda Mason Gallery in New York and has been in juried shows in Norwalk, Fairfield, Stamford, Westport, Old Lyme, New York City and Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

The pencil drawings in this show represent Joan’s work as an illustrator and writer of books for children and her more recent work in portraiture. She says, “I’ve always sketched and painted my own children, hoping to capture the fleeting moments of childhood. This has led to drawing and painting other people’s children as well. Concurrently, my interest in history started me writing biographies of famous explorers and several historical novels, including Hope’s Crossing, about a Fairfield girl during the Revolutionary War. So it follows that I’d be drawn to my own history and that has inspired me to portray my family based on photos from long ago.”

Norwalk resident Judith Lambertson graduated from Columbia University School of Occupational Therapy and had a 25 year career as a therapist. Then, she began painting and attending workshops. She was awarded residencies at various art schools and membership at the Prince Street Gallery in NYC. Her work was featured on the cover of Cape Cod Arts Magazine and shown at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Mass.

She has traveled to Florida, Maine, Gloucester, Baja California and Sicily and says that “my travels have been my inspiration. I spend a lot of time observing in each location before I decide on a motif. Usually I work small, painting loose, free and quickly so that the work will retain the freshness and immediacy of an on site painting. In the studio the work is larger and often based on the plein air oil studies. The picture is pared down to broad areas of color, simple forms with limited descriptive detail. No longer interested in producing a representational image of a place, these works are more about finding the forms and observing the play of light. Resolving a studio painting may happen quickly or take many months of layering, scraping, adding and deleting.”

Stamford resident Marina Shrady is the granddaughter of sculptor Henry M. Shrady and the daughter of artist/sculptor Frederick Shrady. As a child, she spent many hours with her father as he worked in his studio, which may account for some of the sculptural qualities of her work. She attended the Art Students League in NYC, where she was awarded a merit scholarship from the National Arts Club in Manhattan and where she studied with Will Barnett. She earned her BFA at School of Visual Arts and also studied at the Corcoran Museum School.

She says, “My work is a compilation of various influences as well as my own view of nature as it exists realistically and abstractly through an artist’s lens. Color has always played a critical part in my interpretation of subjects, as it conveys the mood and feel of the overall painting.”

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Ryan Odinak