An exhibit of the work of Connecticut-based artist Rick Shaefer, best known for his works in charcoal on vellum, will open Sept. 18 at the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University.

"Rick Shaefer: Rendering Nature," will be on view through Dec. 19 at the museum. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18.

In addition to Shaefer's charcoal drawings, more than a dozen of his cloud paintings are included in the show. Many of the paintings have never been exhibited before and some were painted for the Bellarmine gallery.

Shaefer was raised primarily in Europe. He attended Duke University, where he first studied painting. He also attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Following a career in commercial photography and editorial work, he decided to devote himself to drawing and painting in 1994.

Shaefer has exhibited widely throughout the greater New York City metro region and New England as well as in Louisiana and in Western Europe. His works are held in a number of private and corporate collections, including the Microsoft, American Express and Prudential companies.

Several events have been planned in conjunction with the exhibit including a gallery talk by the artist at 5 p.m. Oct. 29 and a Family Day, "Art & Animal," on Oct. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. Museum galleries will also be open to the public Oct. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on select Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 203-254-4046.