The Hunt Library Artwall features up to nine exhibits annually including solo and group shows. It exists to showcase local professional and emerging artists living in the Northwest Connecticut community and further afield. A portion of all art sales benefit the library. For information, please inquire with the library staff.
For its first art exhibit of 2018, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will present the exhibit Forced Perspective by painter Michelle Iglesias. A reception with refreshments for the artist will be held from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, January 19. The exhibit will be on display through February 17. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 860-824-7424 or visit huntlibrary.org.
Michelle Iglesias is a self-taught artist who first took to painting for its therapeutic values after being diagnosed with cancer. Her passion and perseverance has led her to become a nationally recognized award-winning artist, art instructor, and the successful business owner of Berkshire Paint and Sip. She continues to encourage and foster creativity in her students and others inspired by her art.
Ms. Iglesias’ paintings are influenced by family connections, nature, and travel. Consisting of the tumultuous dimensions that nature offers, portraits with personalities, and engaging exotic landscape compositions often with an element of fantasy, her canvases invite viewer involvement and have been described as insightful, symbolic, and clarifying. She conveys the importance of using one’s personal life with its poignant moments, its effervescent people, and its vision of grandeur to produce artwork that is expressive, of the highest quality, and will grab the viewer’s interest and attention.
A Berkshire-area native, Michelle Iglesias was born in 1972 in Blandford, MA and currently resides in Dalton, MA. She entered into the art scene in 2002 when she opened Piece of My Art Gallery and Frame Shop in Westfield, MA. Two years after opening the gallery she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31 which led her to pick up her own paint brush for the first time, discovering the therapeutic value of creating art. Since then she has been showing her work regularly in group and solo exhibitions and her work is included in a variety of private collections. Currently she is an Art Instructor and Owner of Berkshire Paint and Sip, Pittsfield, MA
The artist’s work can be seen at miglesiasart.com.
The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will present Phyllis Nauts: Faces and Figments, a retrospective exhibit of the Cornwall artist’s paintings, beginning Saturday, February 24 with a reception, 4-6PM. The exhibit will be open through Saturday, March 17. For more information call the library at 860-824-7424. The artist’s work can be seen at nautsart.com.
Born in Manhattan, Phyllis Nauts lives and works in Cornwall, Connecticut and Vaison-la-Romaine, France. She was educated at the Brearley School, Smith College and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris. From the late 60s through 1989, she was a psychotherapist in New York and San Francisco working with individuals, families, couples, AIDS patients and prisoners.
Ms. Nauts says when she began to paint 25 years ago, “Clearly my work as a therapist influenced my choice of subject.” That subject would be the human face, as Ms. Nauts’ work is largely portraiture and seemingly haunted by a central European Weimar-era aesthetic.
The depiction of human faces has been a theme of artists from ancient Egyptian wall paintings, to early Hebrew and Christian representations, to Renaissance portraits, to modern abstract paintings. Nauts’ paintings of faces convey a sense of brooding analytical mystery whether in her monotype mask-like images or in her cerebral grey toned portraits. One wonders, who are these people? Nauts’ art engages the viewer and invites speculation.
Working in oil from photographs or from the imagination, Ms. Nauts’ explores the personalities she paints. “Although my work in monotypes is for the most part abstract, I keep returning to the human face, which I find fascinating.”
Phyllis Nauts has been in solo and group shows in the tri-state area and New York City and has work in collections across the country and in France. Her paintings can be seen at nautsart.com.