In the first phase of my career, I worked in NYC as a textile designer and colorist for several major home furnishing manufacturers. Retiring to Connecticut to raise a family, I've been painting and exploring in my home studio since. With color and pattern having such a large influence on my earlier career, I continue to see that influence in my work, although freed from "commercial" restrictions, I am not bound by any rules. And I do like to play! Often, I will work an idea or theme in many techniques or materials, as each variable adds a different quality which contributes to the conversation between myself, the evolving work, and the viewer.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND AFFILIATIONS
Syracuse University’s Visual and Performing Arts School BFA in Surface Pattern Design, 1990.
Print designer and colorist in the home textile industry, based in NYC, 1990-2004.
Current Board Member of Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Member, Westport Arts Center/Westport Artists Collective, Rowayton Arts Center
Creative Professional, Amy Kaplan Artwork, 2004-present. Offering private lessons, original artwork for sale, and home color consulting.
Gordon Fine Arts Gallery at Stamford Town Center, Exhibiting Artist
The Brownstone, Main Street Westport,2016-present. Featured artist
CELEBRATE MAX’S, A One Night Pop Up Exhibit, 2014,Former Max’s Art Supplies, Post Rd, Westport, CT
Conceptualized, organized, curated and installed retrospective show featuring over 30 artists from Max’s 59
RIDGEFIELD GUILD OF ARTISTS, SATELLITE GALLERY PROGRAM, 2014-2017. Responsible for finding ancillary gallery space, negotiating with local business owners, and sourcing artists for exhibitions.
ART ABOUT TOWN 2016, Westport Downtown Merchants 2016-2017. Event production, promotion and direction.
RIDGEFIELD GUILD OF ARTISTS, OPEN STUDIO DAY 2017 (first annual) Event director and Producer.
POP UP MEMBER SHOW, 4/2017
FESTIVE HOME 2016, featured artist Ridgefield CT
POP UP SMALL GROUP SOLO SHOW,"KITES" 8/2016, Westport Arts Center
ART WALK RIDGEFIELD 2016, Exhibit space, Craig's Fine Jewelry
ART ABOUT TOWN 2016, Exhibited at Banana Republic, The Brownstone
HUMOR ME, ALL MEDIA JURIED EXHIBIT 2016, RGoA
LAND, SEA, AND SKY, 3/2016 Solo show at Rockwell Art & Framing, Westport
SUMMER BRIGHTS/WINTER WHITES, SOLO, Upstairs Gallery at RGoA
FESTIVE HOME 2015, RGoA
ART WALK RIDGEFIELD 2015
ART ABOUT TOWN WESTPORT, 2015, exhibit space- Max's Post Road windows
OFF THE WALL, Make Art Work group show, Art Space Fairfield CT
ANNUAL JURIED SHOW 2015, RGoA
CAMERA WORKS 2015, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Juror, Cynthia Young, International Center of Photography
FESTIVE HOME 2014, Ridgefield Guild of Artists
ANNUAL AUTUMN ARTS JURIED GALLERY SHOW 2014, Juror, Barbara Nair, Spectrum Gallery, Centerbrook, CT
POP UP MEMBER SHOW 2014, Westport Artist’s Collective, Westport Arts Center
37th ANNUAL JURIED SHOW 2014, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Juror, Anne Strauss, former Metropolitan Museum curator of Modern Art, NYC
ART ABOUT TOWN 2014, Store: Ann Taylor, Westport CT
JURIED MEMBER SHOW 2014, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Juror, Laura Einstein, LGE Fine Art Consulting
RE-IMAGINED 2014, Invitational, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Curated by Kim Hanna, Guild board member
FESTIVE HOME 2013, Ridgefield Guild of Artists
GUSTO 2013, Maritime Garage Gallery. Curated by S. Mastropietro, Rockwell Art Galleries
JURIED EXHIBITION 2013, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Curated by Jackie LittleJohn, Littlejohn Contemporary Gallery, NYC
SKETCHBOOKS 2013, Featured Artist, Max’s Art supplies, Westport, CT
ART ABOUT TOWN 2013, Store: TD Bank, Westport, CT
JURIED MEMBER SHOW 2013, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Curated by Susan Hardesty, Norwalk Community College
JURIED EXHIBITION 2012, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Curated by Steve DeFrank, School of Visual Arts, NYC
POP-UP GALLERY, August 2012, Main Street, Ridgefield, CT
JURIED MEMBER SHOW 2012, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Curated by Kenise Barnes, Kenise Barnes Fine Art Gallery, Larchmont, NY
FESTIVE HOME 2012, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Featured artist, in collaboration with Maggie Hudson Blau Designs, Westport