On Oct. 7, more than 30 artists descended upon New Canaan and started painting, drawing or taking photos at places such as Waveny Park, the Nature Center, Mead Park, the Historical Society and The Glass House as part of the second annual \u201cCapturing Waveny\u201d event. From Oct. 24 to Nov. 2, the work developed will be displayed at a special exhibit at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, with as much as 90 pieces displayed in the show. \u201cThey have the week to get their pieces ready and then we will hang them in the show,\u201d said Hilary Wittmann, executive director of the Carriage Barn Arts Center. \u201cIt\u2019s a unique exhibit because it is celebrating and showcasing New Canaan. There are so many iconic places captured through this artwork, and for sale as well.\u201d New Canaan\u2019s own Britt Bair took art classes at New Canaan High School and then majored in art in college. After college, she worked as a graphic designer but it wasn\u2019t until about 25 years ago that she picked up a brush and started painting again. \u201cI took as many classes and workshops as I could to get back my skills,\u201d she said. \u201cSoon, I was painting quite frequently with a plein air group called the Fairfield County Plein Air Painters. Now along with my plein air work, I show and sell my abstracts in galleries around the country.\u201d For the Capturing Waveny exhibit, Bair chose to paint in the back field of Waveny Park. \u201cIt\u2019s one of my favorite places to paint. The light is amazing, casting shadows from the trees and the fields have so many colors,\u201d she said. \u201cI will have two paintings I did from the same spot in the exhibit. Both will have trees and fields but look completely different.\u201d Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta, a Cos Cob resident who is also part of the Fairfield County Plein Air Painters, set up her easel on the great lawn below the patio. \u201cThere is a tree with a bench that seems to attract artists, I think because it offers a nice long view to some distant hills, framed by trees at the perimeter of the park, then dramatized by layers of long grass, short grass and wildflowers,\u201d she said. \u201cAt the exhibit, I plan to show that view of the tree, looking west.\u201d She may also enter another painting from within the woods. \u201cI used to run those trails during the Summer Cross Country Series so, for me, those trails bring back many happy memories,\u201d she said. \u201cWaveny Park is the gem of New Canaan. The park as subject, alone, is enough to make for a great show, but now that the Carriage Barn Arts Center is including sites outside the park, there will be something of interest for everyone.\u201d Greenwich photographer Lisa Keuker used her new Nikon DSLR to take photos of Mead Park that will be exhibited in the show. \u201cI went to Mead Park as I love to capture water and reflection elements in my photos. I was there the entire two-hour period and took over 350 shots,\u201d she said. \u201cI will have one of my photos blown up on canvas \u2014 it shows a reflecting tree under the maple tree along the shore of the pond by the entrance \u2014 and another photo blown up on acrylic\u2014showing ducks reflections in the pond reflections, ripples from the backside of the pond.\u201d She is excited to be part of this exhibit and feels it\u2019s great for those in New Canaan (where she works) and surrounding towns to experience some culture. \u201cIn our busy lives, I don\u2019t think communities even realize some of the beauty in their own town and I feel that artists help bring that focus on some of the simple beauty elements that are right in their backyard that need to be appreciated and enjoyed,\u201d Keuker said. \u201cI love it when I capture something and someone replies, \u2018Wow, I never even knew that was there or saw that and I walk by it every day.\u2019\u201d An artist talk is scheduled for Oct. 26 with several of the artists on hand to talk about their work and demo the plein air process. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5:30-7 p.m., and visitors will be asked to cast a vote for their favorite piece in the exhibit. Hours for the exhibit are 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit carriagebarn.org.