Sharing an “inspiring message of hope, determination, perseverance and strength in the face of unforeseen adversity” is the goal of Westport artist Amy Oestreicher, whose work is being showcased at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport.
A public reception for the artist and her show, “Canvas Talk: Tree Dreams” will take place on Sunday, July 26, in the museum’s Artist Gallery. She also will present a gallery talk. The show runs through September.
Oestreicher, 28, is an artist, actress, musician, orator and writer who has overcome enormous adversity. At 18, she “suffered a blood clot that left (her) in a coma for months and unable to eat or drink for over three years. Almost 30 surgeries later, (she) ... uses her painting and mixed-media creations to transcend 10 years of emotional and physical trauma,” the artist wrote in her exhibit announcement.
Her work “explores complicated themes of betrayal, leaping into the void, uncertainty, fate, flight and rising up from ashes,” she said.
In 2012, she wrote and starred in "Gutless & Grateful: A Musical Feast" — a one-woman musical about her journey. Most recently, the show enjoyed a sold-out run as part of the United Solo Festival in New York, an international showcase of one-person performances, she said. Oestreicher is studying art education and expressive art therapies at Hampshire College.
Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Sunday, July 26, 3-5 p.m. Museum admission waived for those on the artist’s guest list: firstname.lastname@example.org. 203-372-3521, discoverymuseum.org