The featured artist/presenter at the next Fairfield County Arts Association meeting will be Ronnie Rysz. The group will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Rotary room in the Fairfield Library.

Rysz will show slides of his mixed work and discuss how his images are influenced by contemporary and historical stimuli, such as advertisements, literature, music, visual arts or personal experiences. He will explain how he works and makes design decisions. He said his latest work, Losing All Touch, "addresses the diminishing importance of physical communication between individuals.

The micro-universes created by social networking and mobile devices spread a user's attention thin, but simultaneously inflate a user's ego by the large numbers of people he or she can instantly access. In this body of work there are no intimate relationships. Quality time is discarded in search of other stimuli, whether arbitrary internet information, a status posting or shallow abbreviated text exchanges."

Rysz was educated at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art in fine art drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. He served as assistant to both master printer James Reed and to mural painter Randy Davis. His teaching experience includes Western Connecticut State University and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.

Rysz is now a prosthetic artist for Alternative Prosthetic Services. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationwide and his work is included in several public and private collections. He currently lives and maintains a studio in New Haven.

FCAA is a networking group for area artists. Prospective members are welcome to attend the meeting. Call 203-259-8026 or see