Rosemary Connor's art on exhibit in New Milford starting Thursday

The public is invited to the reception of "Harvest Time," an exhibit by Rosemary Connor, who is known locally and nationally for her art. The show takes place Thursday through Dec. 18. An opening reception will take place Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in New Milford's historic 30 Bridge Street building.

The artist and the building's owners will be there to greet visitors. Jack and John Farley have preserved 30 Bridge Street's character while converting it into a first-class professional building. The edifice is a perfect backdrop for the exhibit.

Connor's oils and watercolors represent the harmony and beauty in nature that transcends both time and space. Her Connecticut countryside landscapes capture a spiritual grace. Trees, in relation to other vertical forms, branches and varied leafage create scale, movement and pattern. "Trees Abound" and "Afternoon Sun" -- included in the show -- demonstrate these qualities. Her skills at composition, assured brushwork and colorful palette imbue the paintings with dynamic energy.

With her studio in New Milford, Connor has endless opportunities for inspiration. Gratitude for her creativity and surroundings is expressed through her works. "Roxbury Radiance" presents a timeless landscape glowing with transcendent light. On the other side of the Atlantic in Tuscany, "San Gimignano" and "Tuscan Smoke" become a fascinating merging of the juxtaposition of nature and humanity's effect on nature.

The artist studied with master painter Woldemar Neufeld for 11 years before attending Pratt Institute, where she earned a BFA and a Pratt Master's Fellowship Award. Connor also studied in Florence, Italy, and has participated in numerous exhibitions in New Milford, East Hampton and New York City.

Her paintings are in many private and public collections in the United States, South America, England and Italy.

Her works are in the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of Art, the New Milford Historical Society, the Springfield Museum of Art, and the National Arts Club, among others.

This year Connor was an award winner in

the National Art Club Artist Members'