Sherman Library is presenting an exhibit of paintings, “Of the Sea,” by the mother and daughter duo of Sylvia Hierro and Dalia Hierro, through April 24.

An opening reception will be held March 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the 1 Sherman Center library.

Sylvia Hierro’s paintings range from the traditional plein air landscapes to vibrant collages that re filled with color, movement and feelings.

Her jellyfish paintings are the result of a back injury. In order to strengthen her core muscles, she began swimming, especially in the ocean.

The subsequent experience of floating in the water reminded her of jellyfish.

“As I pondered this further, I realized that the essence of the jellyfish resonates with my need for freedom of movement, freedom to move without hindrance,” she said.

Dalia Hierro’s paintings are filled with a depth of emotion, from her studies, to her organic abstractions to the World Trade Center series.

She has studied painting at The New York Studio School and The Art Students League of New York, where she was a Blue Dot Award winner.

She also holds a degree in comparative literature from Princeton University.

When she's not painting, Dalia does digital product development and volunteers at the Sherman Senior Center, where she helps folks with their computers and mobile phones.

Dalia’s paintings in this show feature narwhals, often dubbed the unicorns of the sea.

“I painted them until I reached a kind of peace with myself,” she said. “The purpose of the narwhal’s lengthened tooth defies explanation. So, too, does my authentic self. The whale is at peace with its essence. So, too, will I be.”

The 1 Sherman Center library is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call the library at 860-354-2455.