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Ann Quakenbos 
Landscape Oil Paintings

On Exhibit: March 1 through April 24th

Reception: Thursday, March 5
                       5:00-7:00 p.m.



Ann Quackenbos’ paintings are inspired by the landscape of northwestern Connecticut. She works from observation and memory trying to capture both a specific place and an abstract pattern. The paintings start out as a translation of what she sees, then take on a life of their own in the studio and become more abstract. She begins with a drawing - shapes and colors that will be painted over but that give some organization to the work. She tries to convey her experience of these wild places and the joy of working with what emerges from the paint on the canvas.

Ann studied drawing and painting at the Art Students League and the National Academy in New York. For the past several years she has painted with a great group of artists at the Washington Art Association under the abstract painter Ira Barkoff. She has exhibited her work at local libraries and the Washington Art Association as well as several juried shows in New York galleries.

Ann also studied music throughout her childhood and in college and plays piano for a Woodbury congregation. Her work as a gardener keeps her grounded to the natural places of this area that inspire her.

To see more of Ann’s work, visit her website at annquackenbos.com.

25% of all art sales directly benefits the library in support of materials, services and programs.




Jennifer Abbott - Tillou  
Contemporary & Kinetic Sculpture

On Exhibit: April 30 through May 4

Reception: Thursday, April 30
                       5:00-7:00 p.m.






In 1990 Jennifer Abbott-Tillou made her first sculpture by creating a simple fish from a copper tube and sinking it into a cedar trunk found her backyard. For over three decades, she has been creating sculpture and mobiles from copper, driftwood, found objects, industrial and modern materials.

A physical therapist by trade, her work is informed by anatomy, kinesiology and the beautiful ways the human body presents. Her love of the ocean and all things springing from nature are also represented. The work reflects her unique female experience, including violence and religious conflict, while also capturing a certain sensual whimsy. Conflict, Beauty, Pain and the juxtaposition of opposites are prominent.

“In a few lines - two or three pieces placed together - so much can be said and felt. Combining something clean and contemporary with something corroded and rusty: something functional with something fanciful, is a statement on what it means to live this life.”

Jen is a self taught artist, having taken dozens of art classes in Boston and New England where she spent much of her adult life. A career in physical therapy, fitness and yoga was a primary focus for a stretch, and now she dedicates her time to her gallery/studio in Torrington. Selling privately over the years, her work can be found in many private collections across New England.

25% of all art sales directly benefits the library in support of materials, services and programs.













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