Nature has been manipulated through a range of materials, all of which have been transformed and repurposed so that they transcend definitions and traditions,” says painter and printmaker Stephanie Joyce. “The outcome is an art experience, which enters a mystical realm where ritual, genealogy and anthropological roots are explored.”
A member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, at Silvermine Arts Center in nearby New Canaan, Stephanie is one of the women contributing work to new exhibits at Silvermine this March—Women’s History Month. The exhibits feature guild sculptors and printmakers, including Westport artist Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, who contributes feminist sculptures; Ann Chernow, whose paintings are influenced by films of the 1930s and ’40s; Marilyn Richeda, known for her expressive sculptures; and Constance Kiermaier, who creates meditative prints.
Stephanie’s exhibit, Unfolding, explores sacred symbols drawn from psychology and poetry, particularly from poet Stanley Kunitz. The artist also draws inspiration from journalizing and the world of nature, an appreciation she credits to her parents. After attending Parsons School of Design, Stephanie headed to Paris and later London, where she set up her own studio and found her work influenced by the misty landscape of the city and the English countryside. Now, she finds Connecticut an inspiration.
Silvermine, founded in 1908 by sculptor Solon Borglum, is a thriving community of artists. It presents about twenty exhibits annually; manages an arts school with more than 4,500 students; and offers hundreds of courses and workshops, lectures, performances, programs and special events.
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Reception on Sun.,March 11, 2-4 p.m.
1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan,