The show features the work of Jane Lubin, a retired opthamologist from Westport; Bronislava Slagle, of Wilton, who grew up under communist rule in the former Czechoslovakia and ultimately fled to the U.S.; and Lisa Weinblatt, of Queens, N.Y.
A reception is planned Saturday, Nov. 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the gallery, with the artists scheduled to speak at 5:30.
Lubin works in acrylics and creates paintings, collages, digitally manipulated photocollages, and assemblages. Her work in the show is primarly collage work that tends toward the surrealistic, the gallery said in a news release.
As a doctor, Lubin has a fascination with anatomical shapes. She reorganizes these shapes to create imaginary creatures that still seem to have human characteristics and thus are recognizable, the gallery said. Her work has been shown at regional, national and international facilities and in juried and solo exhibitions in Connecticut, New York City, Chicago, Rhode Island, California and Michigan.
Slagle witnessed Russian tanks rolling into Czechoslovakia, and despite growing up under communist oppression, she says her work reflects her personality -- mostly daring, adventurous, carefree, and whimsical.
She studied art in her homeland and worked with mentally retarded children before fleeing to Austria, then coming to the U.S., not knowing English. She graduated from beauty school and worked as a hair stylist and was part-owner of a salon, according to the release.
After marrying and raising a child, she returned to art and has exhibited her work in group shows in Fairfield County. The Kershner show includes her "Hairstyles" series, which she says represents the transformation of any woman's soul, "who she is or wants to be, and how she feels or would like to feel," according to the release.
Weinblatt is a figurative painter who draws on personal experience, imagination and direct observation, the gallery said. She earned a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the nation, including more than 60 museums, 45 colleges and universities, and more than 25 libraries. She had recent solo exhibitions in Virginia, California and New York, according to the release.
Weinblatt's award-winning series, "School Lunch," is part of the Kershner exhibit. It is a visual essay of contemporary student life in the lunchrooms of several New York City high schools. The series "is meant to underline perceptions which affirm cultural identity, bring together ideas espousing contemporary concerns, and encourage a belief in the quality of human spirit," she said in the news release.
The exhibit concludes Dec. 9.
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