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'Interpretations' Exhibit Opens At Norwalk's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

Catherine Caulfield Russell, Evening Glow, Oil on Canvas, 30x40”
Catherine Caulfield Russell, Evening Glow, Oil on Canvas, 30x40” Photo Credit: Contributed
Katharine Draper, Connections, Monotype, 26”x32”
Katharine Draper, Connections, Monotype, 26”x32” Photo Credit: Contributed
Joan Poarch, Incoming Tide, Oil on Canvas, 30”x40”
Joan Poarch, Incoming Tide, Oil on Canvas, 30”x40” Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – A new exhibit, titled "Interpretations," will open Wednesday at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk.

The exhibit will feature works by Katharine Draper, Catherine Caulfield Russell and Joan Poarch. It will continue through Oct. 1 with a fundraising reception set for 5-7 p.m. Sept. 10. Tickets are $20, and proceeds will benefit the museum’s cultural and educational programs. RSVP by Sept. 4.

Draper, a Silvermine painter and printmaker for the past 18 years, studied the art of Japanese flower arranging at the renowned Sogetsu School in Japan, after graduating from Briarcliff College and Parsons School of Design.

“I am always seeking to have my work create deep space and movement whether it is representational or abstract,” said Draper in a press release. “My training as an ikebana artist has influenced me to create dimension, texture, and form in my work. I continually try new ways and materials to do this.”

Caulfield Russell prefers to paint in “plein-air” in order to capture the ever-changing face of nature, noting the variations of sky, land, motion and changes of light, according to a press release. In her paintings, the landscape is presented in a sweeping expressive state, suspended between earth and sky. Inspired by nature, she explores her subjects in a visceral intuitive manner following the autonomous nature of paint, according to a press release.

She earned a BFA from Jacksonville University in Florida and earned her MS from Queens College in New York.

Poarch, a former biology, environmental and marine science teacher, is inspired by New England’s shorelines and rocky tide pools of the Cranberry Islands, Maine, Connecticut’s salt marshes, and Vermont’s woodlands and farms.

“It is my desire that my art will result in heightened awareness and appreciation of each ecosystem that contributes its own unique design to the diverse patchwork quilt we know as the  grand New England landscape” said Poarch in a press release.

Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Children under 8 are admitted free.

For more information, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com , e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799.

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