ArtPlace collaboration brings two artists to The Watermark
Published 12:43 pm, Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Their exhibit, "Looking Out, Looking In," features Collins' Asian-inspired images and Meagher's self-portraits.
For the past 16 years, Collins has been an art teacher at several schools, including Hurlbutt Elementary and Weston Intermediate Schools in Weston, Whitby School in Greenwich, Holy Family School in Fairfield and Taipei American School in Taiwan. She received her BA from the University of Hartford and MS in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Collins has shown internationally and has been featured in several exhibitions and juried art shows at such galleries as the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Katonah Museum of Art and Westport Arts Center.
"The works that will be featured at The Watermark were created during the five years I lived in Taipei, and some more recently after my husband and I returned to the states to live in Norwalk," Collins said. "The works display my attempts to absorb and understand Asian cultures, and they reflect my respect for cultures of which I am an outsider."
Meagher, a graduate of Smith College, received art training at New York Studio School, Connecticut Graphic Arts Center and the Art Students League. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center. Meagher has been featured in several exhibitions and juried art shows at such galleries as the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Moviehouse Studio Gallery in Millerton, N.Y. and the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport.
"For my exhibit, I'll present self-images in paintings, drawings and photographs spanning more than 30 years," Meagher said. "Occasionally, the `self' in the image came as a surprise. I'm hoping that residents and guests of The Watermark @ 3030 Park will be equally as surprised and intrigued by my work."
ArtPlace's main gallery is at 11 Unquowa Road in downtown Fairfield. The collaboration between the senior living community and the nonprofit, cooperative art gallery aims to provide residents and guests of The Watermark at 3030 Park with the opportunity to experience the work of artists such as Collins and Meagher.
A reception will be held at the gallery for both artists on Wed., Nov. 10, at 2 p.m., at which time they will present their work and answer guests' questions.
ArtPlace Gallery @ The Watermark is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call The Watermark at 3030 Park at 203-374-5611.