The Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library is inviting the public to a reception for “Natural Expressions,” the artwork of Julie Leff and Karen Kalkstein, on Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., with the artists discussing their work at 6:45.

The show is running through Sunday, Oct. 13, during library hours. Click here for details.

Leff, a Weston resident, is a graduate of Yale University, and has taken classes at Silvermine Guild. She began painting professionally in 2001. Since then, her work has appeared in numerous solo and group shows in New York and Connecticut art venues. She has won awards for her artwork and it is in many private collections in the US, Europe and Asia.

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“I paint florals, still lifes, abstract and portraits,” she said in a statement. “First, I am attracted to a subject and I try to understand why. Usually color plays the largest part. Then, I decide on a size and shape for the finished work. Finally, I put paint on the canvas in such a way as to try to capture the essence that first attracted me. ... Placing my work at the end of a tradition of painting that extends back thousands of years, I am a traditionalist. At the same time, my work is time-bound and personal, faithful to my own perceptions and ideas. Which is to say, I paint for myself, for my love of color and form, but in a way that invites others to discover the beauty I see in the world.”

Kalkstein is a Stamford mixed-media artist and photographer. She has a BA in art education from New York University and additional art training at various venues. She taught high school art, elementary art, and private classes for children. She also designed, dyed, and printed custom T-shirts. Then she had her own business designing and hand-glazing ceramic tiles for private clients.

Her work has been shown across the country and is in the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Collection in New Jersey, as well as in private collections in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Washington State, California, Colorado, and New Mexico. Her work also appears in a monotype teaching video produced by Master Printer Lisa Mackie.

“Nature and the flow of life are at the heart of my work,” Kalkstein said in a statment. “My subject matter and materials are mostly found in the natural world — the human figure, the woods, the weather. And there are themes: the changes, the beauty and the aging of any living thing.”

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