The Great Hall Exhibit: "Art & Storytelling: Paintings by Heidi Palmer"

Friday, Jan 6, 2017 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
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Westport artist Heidi Palmer, whose paintings suggest a story or narrative that leaves the details for viewers to supply, each in their own way. She focuses on three elements in her work: light, air and the meaning of time. Light is the point of departure for each painting journey she takes. It governs her compositions, defines form and serves as the catalyst for  delving into the ephemeral effects of air and atmosphere, which clarify the painting's sense of place. And for Palmer, who is really a visual storyteller at heart, the element of time has become increasingly important since it references moments, memories, beginnings, endings and longings--what we all share as human beings. In a newly installed exhibit in the Westport's Great Hall entitled "Art & Storytelling," Palmer hopes that viewers can experience in her paintings a sense of time and place that enables them to explore their own memories and stories.

Palmer will discuss discusses her work with Artist-in-Residence and illustrator/photographer Miggs Burroughs on Wednesday, March 1 at 6 pm.

The exhibit will run from January 6-March 16, and an opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, January 13, from 6-7:30 pm in The Great Hall. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public (please use the Library's upper-level entrance).

Palmer attended L'École des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Canada, and earned a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She has shown her work in numerous group and solo shows around New England and has paintings included in public collections, among them, New York Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City; Reader's Digest Foundation in Pleasantville, NY; Wachovia Bank in New Haven; Federal Reserve Bank in New York City; and Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, TN. She is represented by the Jessie Edwards Studio on Block Island, RI; Somerville Manning Gallery in Greenville, DE; and Cooper and Smith Gallery in Essex, CT.

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