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Artists' Loft Draws a Crowd

Three years into their experiment, Britt Bair and Lori Glavin are happy with what they have wrought. "It's been great," Glavin said of their Wilson Avenue Loft Artists studios in South Norwalk. "I think we have a wonderful sense of community, and a lot of people critique each other's work, share ideas."

Saturday night the 16 artists who share the second-floor space welcomed the community to an open house, and Glavin said about 150 people came to visit. The event continues Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at 225 Wilson Ave.

All of the Loft’s artists are women, although they'd welcome a man. The women include Grace Shanley , who founded the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and is a member of the Pastel Painters Society of America, and Randi Jane Davis , who sells her oil paintings at Fanueil Hal l.

Davis is thrilled with the space. The former chemical engineer worked alone at home before coming to Wilson Avenue and enjoys the communal feeling of the lofts, enjoying meals with other artists. "We’re blessed to have all this generation of ages," she said, "and we're all supportive."

Bair said she appreciates Davis' comments. "That is heartwarming for me to hear that everybody gets along so well," she said. "It's a good group of women."

The turnout Saturday night was down from last year’s open house, but it was the first time the group tried having the event on a Saturday.

Shanley showed prints celebrating her 13 grandchildren. Each was represented by a foreground image as he or she appears today and by a background image as a child. The work was admired by Kathleen Liles of New York City and Susan Ball of Fairfield. "It's very interesting, the interplay with all the color and the black and white that you're doing," said Liles. "Very effective."

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