Artist to Artist: Susan Fehlinger & Miggs Burroughs Talk

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

In conjunction with painter Susan Fehlinger's current exhibit, "From City to Sea," the Library will present the fifth in its series of Artist-to-Artist talks with a conversation between Fehlinger and photographer/illustrator—and the Library's former Artist-in-Residence—Miggs Burroughs on Tuesday, January 30, from 6-7 pm in the Great Hall. Inaugurated in October 2016 as part of the Artist-in-Residence program, Burroughs has had conversations with each artist subsequently exhibiting in the Great Hall, including photographer Richard Frank and painters Heidi Palmer and Charles Reid. (Burroughs himself was interviewed during the run on his Great Hall exhibit, "Signs of Compassion," ending his year's residency.) 

During her 30-year career as a television producer in New York City, Susan Fehlinger had to be content with being an occasional painter. While in New York, she attended art classes at The School of Visual Arts and plein air painting workshops in Cape Cod, New Hampshire and Maine, but, for the most part, she is a self-taught artist.

In 2003, she moved to Cape Cod and began painting more seriously. She
discovered the palette knife and started painting large still lifes in oil. Soon she was exhibiting her work and gradually had several solo shows under her belt and representation by four galleries in New England. In 2014, she relocated to Fairfield County and began focusing on themes of architecture, cityscapes and seascapes, depicting familiar, yet abstracted settings or themes.

Fehlinger's painting style emphasizes her interest in texture, color and light, and she applies neutral or earth tones thickly with the palette knife to highlight structure, form and shadow. As well, her compositions play with scale, placement and negative and positive space. An active member of the Westport Artists Collective, Fehlinger is now represented by Southport Galleries in Southport, CT.

The Great Hall

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