The Art/Place gallery asked a group of artists to take some chances and work outside their normals realms.

The result is an exhibit called "More Risky Business," that opened at the 70 Sanford St. gallery on Nov. 28.

The show includes more than 40 pieces by artists who accepted the challenge to experiment with different sizes or formats, explore new media or pursue different themes, gallery officials said.

It is the second show of its type at Art/Place, thus the word "More" in the exhibit's title. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4.

Each piece on display includes an artist's statement of intent and the experience of working outside a comfort zone.

The exhibit includes watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings; digital photography; mixed media; and printmaking.

Artists will discuss their work on Thursday, Dec. 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. A reception open to the public is planned on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Florence Zolan, who long has painted on paper, said in an Art/Place news release that it was "a treat" to work instead on canvas. She is exhibiting small canvases using collage and printmaking techniques with various mixed media.

Judith Lambertson, who typically paints nature an still lifes, did an oil on canvas inspired by a photo she took of a painting in a Rome museum. In the release, she said she was challenged "to convey two realities -- the present and the past simultaneously."

For Grace McEnaney the risk was size, the gallery said. Her watercolor "Falling" is about 12 inches by 13 inches, a format the gallery said was "much smaller" than that to which McEnaney is accustomed.

Art/Place, 70 Sanford St. in the Fairfield Theatre Company building, is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.