Helen Cantrell mainly does expressionist landscapes and figures, oil paintings and various types of prints. And of what influenced her? “Saw reproductions of “Bay Area Figurative Painters” in 1960 when I was 13. Style: Richard Diebenkorn in particular stuck with me.” And, her subject matter: “Spent a lot of time over past 40 years traveling (car, train, bus) up and down the northeastern seaboard. Most of these images, particularly the Bridgeport ones, reflect that.” Helen Cantrell is one of the seven featured artists at the upcoming CCNS art show, June 7-10.
Founded in 1953, the Community Cooperative Nursery School (www.ccnsct.com) is one of a few cooperative preschools left in Connecticut where parents own and participate in the running of the school. The school’s curriculum focuses on learning through play, creativity and nature. Forty percent of the proceeds from the show go directly to CCNS and are tax deductible. Here is a list of featured artists: Andrea Bonfils, Eline de Jonge, Lori Glavin, Claudia Mengel, Duvian Montoya, Paul Balmer, and Helen Cantrell. Each week, prior to the opening of the CCNS Art Show, one piece of the featured artists’ work will be on display in the window at the Rowayton Library.