Years in the Making~ Ageless Artists, Ageless Art

Celebrating Late Life Creativity, now through September 10, 2009

In the Little Gallery: Heads and Hands, A personal study of the artists

Celebrating Late Life Creativity

The Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art exhibit challenges the idea that creativity is somehow time-bound and limited to a younger generation. The passing of time, while universally lamented, fosters a sense of urgency that is tempered by the freedom of knowing that now, the only people they have to please are themselves.

Curated by Ann Chernow, Elizabeth Strick, Ada Lambert, Joyce Thompson and Stacy Landsdowne

Welcome to Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art, an exhibit of recent works by fifty Westport and Weston artists all over age seventy – still actively working, exhibiting and inspiring a new creative generation. These talented individuals have created bodies of work over their lifetimes that are much admired and represented in some of the world’s finest museums and collections.

As contemporary members of an artists’ colony that was established over one hundred years ago, this vibrant group is passionate about what they do. They consider their work as artists a career, something they do every day. They go to their studios much like many of us hop the train to New York City. Whether drawing, making maquettes or “dreaming ideas”, it is a daily process and one that is filled with passion.

Not everyone represented here turned to art immediately after art school. Some pursued other professions to make ends meet and began later in life.

Some concentrated on raising families and still others worked in the commercial world of advertising before committing to their personal art.

Were they born this way? Many of these artists would say, “yes”, that their earliest memories were of drawing, coloring or painting before being able to read. Some had parents who nurtured their talents while others had parents who were completely disengaged. For most, art became the vehicle they chose to express a wide range of feelings from happiness to frustration.

The Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art exhibit challenges the idea that creativity is somehow time-bound and limited to a younger generation. The passing of time, while universally lamented, fosters a sense of urgency that is tempered by the freedom of knowing that now, the only people they have to please are themselves.

Curated by Ann Chernow, Elizabeth Strick, Ada Lambert, Joyce Thompson and Stacy Landsdowne

The Heads & Hands exhibit in our Little Gallery is a tribute to these fifty ageless artists by photographer Kristin Rasich Fox. Both exhibits celebrate their memorable achievements and add to the unique legacy created by their predecessors over a century ago.

Curated by Kristin Rasich Fox