The Loft Gallery at The Smithy in New Preston will open an exhibit of mixed media collage by Jamie Accashian of Woodbury with a reception, featuring hors d’oeuvres and live jazz music by Bentley Lewis, March 2 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The show will run through April 14.

Accashian is best known for her layered mixed media, which combines painting, printmaking, and collage elements.

She was born in Connecticut and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a degree in Illustration in 2013.

In 2012, she studied in Rome, Italy, where she began printmaking and sketching outdoors regularly out of a fondness and curiosity for layered architecture.

After graduation, Jamie moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and worked as a prop stylist for Mary Howard Studio.

She collaborated with set designers to effectively promote various high-profile fashion and media brands by assisting in concept development, material sourcing, and prop construction.

A natural progression, she was then offered an opportunity as a manager and painter at a nearby backdrop painting company called Oliphant Studio, where she worked directly with designers such as Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, and Ralph Lauren by creating initial samples for artwork and collaborating closely with them throughout the production process.

While at Oliphant, she was commissioned by J.Crew to paint approximately 1,000 articles of clothing to be sold globally.

The studio environment, which was rich with color and texture, also fascinated her and influenced her personal work.

Her most recent position in New York City was at a startup technology company called Artsy, where their goal was to make art globally accessible.

As executive assistant, she enjoyed learning about the technical side of art business and sales.

Jamie derives inspiration from other layer-focused work, including Matisse’s cut paper collages, Nathalie Du Pasquier’s decorated surfaces, her own travels, and traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking techniques. She recently relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado and is working as a freelance artist while expanding her brand.

The Loft Gallery is located on the second floor of The Smithy Store at 10 Main St.

For more information, call 860-868-9003 or visit www.thesmithystore.com.