ArtPlace Gallery, 11 Unquowa Road, will host an exhibition featuring three of its newest members Tuesday through Aug. 7. An artist reception will take place July 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. The New Member Exhibition, which will feature works by local artists Mary Elizabeth Peterson, Joan Miller and Patrick Kennedy, will showcase work "very different in terms of style and approach," according to a release from ArtPlace.

Pieces by Kennedy, an interior designer who teaches design at Fairfield University, span papermaking, various forms of printmaking and painting in a variety of mediums, and the use of wax in encaustic painting, a technique practiced by Greek artists back as far as the 5th Century B.C.

Pieces by Miller, a Westport resident, are described as "brightly colored optical illusions" consisting of cut paper and collage that "are a paragon to subtle color relationships and startlingly intense color."

Miller has a background in biology and once held a lab tech job in the School of Optometry at UC-Berkeley.

Peterson is an abstract artist whose work has appeared in galleries throughout the Northeast. Her ArtPlace exhibit, entitled "Navigations," uses mapping structure to create works that transform an image into a new or vaguely recognizable environment: extracting waterways from land area shapes and rearranging them into a whole "map" that consists of separate "land areas" and "water areas."

Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

For information, visit www.artplace.org or call 203-292-8328.