Apart from what’s downtown, one of the best art galleries in greater Bridgeport is at 3030 Park, the swanky high-rise senior living complex.
The Watermark at 3030 Park is preparing to exhibit “Myth & Symbol,” featuring works from Westport artist Toby Michaels and Stamford artist Mary Louise Long, from Nov. 14 through Dec. 26. The opening-day reception is at 2 p.m.
The artists will discuss their work and there will be refreshments and a performance by pianist Tony Procaccini.
Michaels has a master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling. She practiced for 17 years at Norwalk Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, where she initiated an art therapy program. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Art Therapy at Quinnipiac University. Michaels currently works as a full-time artist and is a member of the Fairfield Arts Center and Silvermine Guild of Art.
“For me, making art means looking into the ‘unseen’ cosmic and universal possibilities that give life to artistic expression,” said Michaels. “I am thrilled to be presenting at ArtPlace Gallery @ The Watermark and hope that residents and guests will enjoy and connect with my work.”
Long studied painting at American University in Washington, D.C., and has a graduate degree in printmaking from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She has served as a lecturer and art curator at Bloomfield College in New Jersey and as a visiting artist at Trinity College in Hartford, where she taught printmaking. Based out of the Loft Artist Building in Stamford, Long is a member of the College Art Association, Center for Contemporary Printmaking and the Monotype Guild of New England.
“When working on a piece, I like to think like a poet, honing the images until they say exactly what is needed,” said Long. “I ask visual questions through my work in an effort to evoke an emotional response from viewers.”
The collaboration between The Watermark at 3030 Park and ArtPlace, a non-profit, cooperative art gallery celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year, aims to provide Watermark residents, guests of The Watermark, and the public with the opportunity to experience the work of fine artists such as Michaels and Long.
ArtPlace Gallery @ The Watermark is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call The Watermark at 3030 Park at 203-374-5611.