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Art Exhibit With Spotlight On Sheffield Island Opens In Norwalk City Hall

The Sheffield Lighthouse
The Sheffield Lighthouse Photo Credit: Norwalk Seaport Association

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Arts Commission will open a new show at the Mayor’s Gallery that should be a favorite of those who love the outdoors — it is called: “To the Lighthouse: Plein Air Artists on Sheffield Island.”

An opening celebration will take place on Tuesday, July 19, with Mayor Harry Rilling, from 6 to 6:30 pm. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

“To the Lighthouse” artwork will be on display through the end of August.

This show features work produced by members and friends of the St. Philip’s Artists’ Guild, also known as SPAG. SPAG is a group of artists and associates who share space in the historic Manice Lockwood Mansion, located on the grounds of St. Philip Church in Norwalk.

The focus of SPAG is to foster creative thinking and to support both its members and the local arts community in pursuing its artistic goals.

For the last four years, SPAG member Tony Mobilia has organized a June trip to Sheffield Island for a day of plein air art making. The group includes photographers, painters and mixed media artists, who spend the day making art outdoors or en plein air.

SPAG artists in the Mayor’s Gallery show include: Sherry Becker, Amy Bilden, Ralph DiMarco, Art Gerstein, Bruce Horan, Pat Jenkins, Anthony Mobilia, Helene Napolitano, Noreen R. Normand and Sergey Stepanenko.

A concurrent show of SPAG plein air artwork is also on display through the summer in the lighthouse on Sheffield Island.

The Norwalk Seaport Association runs daily ferry rides to Sheffield Island during the summer.

The Mayor’s Gallery is located inside Norwalk City Hall at 125 East Ave.

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