Abstract exhibit to open at Fairfield's Kershner Gallery

"Prickly Star," by artist Joan Miller is one of the works on display at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public library, opening April 27, with an artists' reception and talk May 3.Contributed photo

The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Road, is hosting a reception for the new exhibit, "Abstract Visions," on Saturday, May 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m, with a talk by the artists at 5:30. The show features the art of Pam Hochstetter, Joan Miller and Merrill Steiger and will run from Sunday, April 27, to June 15.

Miller, a Westport resident, creates her geometric cut paper and collage art using colored paper and a razor knife.

"I look at patterns everywhere, especially in textiles and in nature," she said. "I am intensely interested in optical art and I am driven to express it through my use of collage and color."

Steiger has exhibited extensively in both solo and group exhibitions at museums, university galleries, art fairs, and galleries nationwide. Connecting with the art of an ancient culture and incorporating it into her own art has become a recurring theme in her work. She went to Mexico, Aboriginal Australia, Africa, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, the Himalayas, and Japan, and created collages strongly influenced by Japanese origami, that also influences her paintings. She lives and works in New York City.

Hochstetter, a resident of Bridgewater, is a full-time studio artist who has had her work in many juried local shows including five solo art shows from 2005 to 2012, and the Westport Arts Center Solos Show and the Faber Biren National Color Show. In the last two years she has begun returning to her love of 3D work in the form of fiberglass and resin sculptures.

For more information, visit www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3155.