This year’s Holiday Art Show at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s historic Carriage Barn will feature new works by acclaimed Ridgefield artist Tina Cobelle-Sturges. The exhibit opens on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 3 – 6 p.m. with an artist’s reception, and continues during the week of Christmas Luncheons, from Tuesday, Dec. 4 to Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All of Ms. Sturges’ artwork as well as her popular series of greeting cards will be for sale. A portion of the artist’s sales will go toward the restoration of the historic Carriage Barn, which was designed and built by renowned architect Cass Gilbert in 1910.
Known for her memorable renditions of structured landscapes dabbed with human activity, such as Ridgefield’s Main Street, Ms. Sturges began exploring in 2016 more fully abstract work as a genuinely intimate form of fluid expression. Her recent body of oceanscapes on public display for the first time during the Holiday Art Show reflect her meditative and introspective in sensitivity to light and atmosphere. Says Ms. Sturges, “My new works try to draw the viewer into paintings featuring texture and giving a great deal of movement, energy and color. My oceanscapes elicit the invigorating joy of a coming storm and simultaneous emotional calming of the setting sun. I love gathering and showcasing my paintings in the warm, rustic Cass Gilbert Carriage Barn at Keeler Tavern Museum; I feel honored with the opportunity to show in this valued historic place among great artists.”