Wilton Library presents Colors art exhibit, opening reception on Friday

Wilton Library Presents “Colors” January-February Art Exhibition - dramatic and colorful works of talented local couples will be showcased in exhibit

Wilton Library is pleased to present the dramatic and colorful works of a talented local couple in its January-February art exhibition “Colors,” opening on Friday, January 6 with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition features the paintings of husband-and-wife duo Julie Leff and Charles Douthat from Weston. Their mediums are oil and acrylic, primarily on canvas, with subject matter ranging from florals and still lifes to abstracts, and more. The reception is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to welcome Julie Leff and Charles Douthat back to the library for this special exhibition, and we can’t wait to share their latest work with our community. It is rare to find two such talented artists who are also married to each other, and this is the first art show at the library to focus on the works of one married couple,” said Ed MacEwen, Art Chairman of Wilton Library. “We know that there will be many paintings featuring bright, spring colors on the walls, and we think our patrons will enjoy viewing them, since they will provide a nice contrast to the cold weather and gray skies outside.”

Julie Leff is a painter who brings a vibrant, photorealistic freshness to conventional forms. “I paint for myself – for my love of color and form – but in a way that invites others to discover the beauty I see in the world,” she said about her work. Julie studied art at Yale University and the Silvermine Guild of Artists. Her paintings have appeared in numerous solo and group shows and are held in many private and public


collections. Julie works out of a studio in Weston. She is a member of Art/Place, the Artists Collective of Westport, and WestonArts. To view her work, visit www.julieleff.com.

Charles Douthat is a self-taught artist working within the traditions of abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, he began painting ten years ago. “My paintings rarely start with a plan, idea or image, but rather with a personal feeling of restlessness, an empty canvas and a brush and tube of paint I pick up more or less at random. My goal is to make marks on canvas that strike me as moving or beautiful or full of potential,” he said about his work. He has exhibited in many recent solo, group, and juried shows, including a recent one-person show at Metro Art Studios in Bridgeport. A member of the Artists Collective of Westport and WestonArts, he lives in Weston with his wife, artist Julie Leff. Charles is also a widely published, award-winning poet. Learn more at www.charlesdouthat.com.

The exhibition runs through Friday, March 3. A majority of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Wilton Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and on Monday, February 20 for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. For more information, please visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call (203) 762-3950. 

Submitted by Wilton, CT

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