Lee Colpi, a Southport resident and owner of its Colpi Galleries, took to art naturally. Though he didn't have formal training, at an early age he grabbed a brush, knowing he wanted to paint. Even during the busiest years, with a demanding career in medical communications and a young family with six children, Colpi made time to work in his studio. There he perfected his Impressionist style paintings, which, he says, are informed by the work of his favorite artists, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, John Singer Sargent, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn. Some of his elegant canvases can be seen, along with those of more than 100 other local artists, on April 1-3 in the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County's annual Art Show , at Fairfield's Burr Mansion. Proceeds from the yearly event, the Junior League's biggest fundraiser, support many educational and charitable community projects.
This past summer, Colpi's commissioned work for the Madonna Della Strada chapel renovation at Loyola University in Illinois was installed. In the fall, he participated in a group art show in Paris, at Galerie 3F. Fifteen of his paintings, which he and his wife Anne installed at the Galerie, were on view for a week. A large opening reception kicked off the show and several of Colpi's paintings, all enthusiastically received, were sold. However at some point, when is not known, in spite of the number of people on hand, two of Colpi's paintings from the show were stolen. The paintings, "Tea for One," and "Fashion at the Plaza" have not resurfaced. Both were part of a privately held collection.
Luckily, the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County's show has other works of Lee Colpi's to admire from April 1-3. His work can also be seen on his website . More information about the Junior League's art show can be found on their site .
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