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Group exhibition celebrates summer

"Waterways III," featuring 13 artists who have captured the beauty and power of water, will be on display at Heather Gaudio Fine Art through Sept. 6.

The group show celebrates summer and showcases paintings, photography, sculpture and works on paper by Shawna Ankenbrandt, Sophia Collier, Michael Dweck, Bonnie Edelman, Zaria Forman, Karen Gunderson, Tanja Hollander, Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh, Kim Keever, Wayne Levin, Roxanne Faber Savage, Samantha Keely Smith and Eve Stockton.

Featured artists

Finding inspiration in the vastness of the ocean and man's interaction with it, Ankenbrandt's photography captures this relationship. Growing up in a landlocked state, Ankenbrandt looks anew at the ocean and her fresh take is revealed in her photography through its composition. Her work is held in the corporate collections of Fred Segal, Juicy Couture and Stanley Law, and in the private collections of Jamie Lee Curtis and Steve Mnuchin.

Collier describes her artistic practice as a form of basic inquiry. Using the tools of science, technology and deep contemplation as microscopes and stop action cameras to examine reality, she creates carved acrylic water surfaces. The inspiration for these works is the idea of reaching into the water and picking up a piece of the surface to keep forever. Collier developed software that enables her to simulate the movement of wind across water and also mix in information from other rhythmic sources, such as pulse, breath or dance music. She has exhibited in SCOPE Miami 2012 and SCOPE New York 2013.

Dweck is a visual artist known for his seductive photographic style and pursuit of alluring subject matter, principally the female form and locales that offer their own particular enchantments. Dweck's images, while often abstracting the female body in a painterly swirl of watery refractions, celebrate the physical charm of the feminine form and the meditative isolation of the underwater world. His work has become part of international art collections and has been exhibited throughout the world.

Edelman has traveled the world over working with renowned photographers during her career in publishing. She has brought her editorial eye to her career as a fine art photographer. Her body of work, SCAPES (Land, Sea, Sky), captures the colors of nature and allows the artist to see the world in blurs of color, rather than in detail. Her pieces are held in the private collections of Rob Thomas and select public collections that include Ralph Lauren, Bellevue Hospital's hospice wing, Field Point Private Bank and Trust and the NFL.

Forman's pastel drawings possess an appreciation for the beauty and vastness of the ever-changing sea. The artist explores moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility and their impact on the viewer. Her works serve as reminders of how small mankind is when confronted with the powerful forces of nature.

An award-winning visual artist and printmaker, Faber Savage's work is comprised of solarplate intaglio, photo etching, silk aquatint, silk screen and monoprint. Working with crayons, paint, mixed materials and printmaking, she layers and exposes, revealing a passion for working with an etching press and handling tactile materials. Her works are held in numerous private and corporate collections.

In her series of "sea paintings," Gunderson transforms blackness into an illuminating experience. The paintings are large, edge-to-edge views of nocturnal seas. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, and internationally, for more than 40 years.

Hollander's landscape photography propelled her to an international career -- infinity-filled images of distant horizons that blur the demarcation between land, sea and air. She has shown regularly in Maine, New York and Boston and has twice been selected for the Portland Museum of Art Biennial, winning a purchase prize in 2007.

Kubler Kavanagh has had five solo exhibitions in New York City. Her sculpture has been exhibited at the 2005 Venice Biennale, three OPEN exhibitions at Venice-Lido, Miami's design district during Art Basel Miami Beach, New York's American Museum of Natural History, the Peabody-Essex Museum and numerous museums and galleries throughout the country. She has five sculptures on display at the Smithsonian's Sant Ocean Hall in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington.

Keever's earlier landscapes, which are at first glance redolent of the Hudson River School and the German Romantic painters, are actually detailed miniature scenes that he builds himself, places in a 200-gallon tank, submerges in water and then photographs. The landscapes and the abstract images all have paint dispersing through the water, adding a certain character to the constructed landscape in the tank and a high degree of randomness to the abstract images. His works are held in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Hirshhorn Museum.

Levin takes the viewer on journeys through underwater landscapes from the waters of the Hawaiian Islands to Costa Rica and Micronesia. Select public and corporate collections include the Museum of Modern Art, Datz Museum of Art, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Contemporary Museum and Honolulu Academy of Arts. Read Full Article 

Keely Smith's paintings strive to reconcile the inner world of instinct with the external world that is both beautiful and hostile in its natural grandeur. Mapping the place where these two worlds intersect, Smith's work is simultaneously alluring and menacing. Her works are held in the private collections of Denise Rich, John Kluge Jr., Hilda M. Bacardi, Lloyd Cole and Andrew Zolli.

Stockton's woodcuts are inspired by close observation of nature and an eclectic interest in science. Utilizing a multifaceted background in architecture and art, she is able to engage the variables of printmaking, allowing her to produce an ongoing body of dynamic graphic images. Stockton's varying levels of abstraction can simultaneously evoke landscapes and cellular activity. The springboards to Stockton's art are the natural world observed and the primordial world imagined.

The gallery at 21 South Ave., New Canaan, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

For information, call 203-801-9590 or visit heathergaudiofineart.com.

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