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New Members 2017 Silvermine Guild of Artists

January 7 - February 4, 2018


Each year the Silvermine Guild of Artists is honored to welcome into its ranks a competitively selected group of new artist members. Since its inception, Guild membership has been a selective peer jurying process. A select group Guild Members looks closely at each submitted work of art and the professional accomplishments of the artists who made them. As a result, the Guild has held its membership to high standards with many members having work represented in permanent collections of some of the world's most prestigious museums, as well as prominent private and corporate collections. The 17 new members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists excel in a wide range of artistic media, and this year’s New Members show will be an abundant and varied exhibition of sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, and mixed-media art. The Guild’s new members, in alphabetical order, are: Lexi Axon of Brooklyn, NY; Rita Baunok of South Salem, NY; Paul Baylock of New Britain, CT; Bruce Campbell of Brattleboro, VT; Andrew Graham of Redding, CT; Elizabeth Higgins of Darien, CT; Myke Karlowski of Wanamassa, NJ; Ethan Newman of New Hartford, CT; Jesse Nusbaum of Weston, CT; Laurie Peek of Tappan, NY; Claudia Renfro of Pound Ridge, NY; Robert Sachs of Norwalk, CT; Sebastian Smith of Jamaica Plain, MA; Rashmi Talpade of Wallingford, CT; Meg Tweedy of Darien, CT; Susan Wilson of Putney, VT; and Matthew Yanchuk of Brooklyn, NY.


Lexi Axon

Bottle Opener 0286 Flasche on Arches on Canvas, 22” x 30” 4

Rita Baunok

La Esperanza #46 Transfer Print – photograph on aluminum, 9” x 12” 5

Paul Baylock

Close Shave Acrylic on plywood, 38” x 50”


Bruce Campbell

Blue Moon Steel, brass, aluminum and wood mounted on mahogany, 13.5” x 15” x 13”


Andrew Graham

Entwined Photography, 20” x 16” 8

Elizabeth Higgins

Bantry Bay Oil on linen, 18� x 24� 9

Myke Karlowski

17 Wednesdays Oil on panel, 12” x 12” 10

Ethan Newman

Dream No. 2 Oil on canvas, 48” x 48”


Jesse Nusbaum

German Shepherd Bronze - 100% hot cast bronze, 17" x 17" x 18" 12

Laurie Peek

“Found it” Montreal, Canada Archival pigment print (digital photograph), 24” x 31” 13

Claudia Renfro

Got a Light Mixed media on paper, 18” x 24” 14

Robert Sachs

Bathing in the Ganges, Varanasi Black and white photography, pigment Prints, 23� x 28� 15

Sebastian Smith

Kerf Painting 2 Plywood, paint and paper, 12” x 48”


Rashmi Talpade

Monoxide Photo-collage, 8” x 8” 17

Meg Tweedy

In Transit Mixed media/encaustic, 38” x 38” 18

Susan Wilson

Guardians Low-fire clay, 34” x 23” x 15” 19

Matthew Yanchuk

Tall Oval Vase Porcelain, 13.5” x 3.5” x 6” 20

Silvermine has been a place for artists to gather since 1906 when visionary sculptor Solon Borglum moved to Silvermine and held annual exhibitions in his studio and weekly artist-critiques called the Knockers Club. In 1922 The Silvermine Guild of Artists was incorporated as a not-for-profit to provide a permanency to the community of artists. Guild members represent artists that have a high level of artistic accomplishment and are selected through a jurying process. Today the Guild membership stands at about 300. Silvermine Galleries has a 95 year reputation of exhibiting and involving art luminaries such as Joseph Albers, Gabor Peterdi, Milton Avery, Elaine deKooning, Clement Greenberg, Louise Nevelson, Larry Rivers, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, James Rosenquist, Chuck Close, Philip Johnson … and the list goes on. Silvermine today is recognizing our heritage by expanding the borders of our contemporary exhibitions to include recognized emerging artists from across the USA to exhibit at Silvermine. These exhibitions highlight contemporary art trends and broaden the community’s understanding and appreciation of art by bringing some of the most influential pundits in contemporary art to Fairfield County. Silvermine Galleries continually strives to rethink what a not-for-profit gallery can do and where it belongs in the larger context of the contemporary art world. Through the curation of outside exhibitions, creative partnerships and programming, and thoughtful guest curation, the galleries work to enrich the history of Silvermine by drawing from its past roots, all the while looking to Silvermine’s future. Silvermine has five galleries and a sculpture walk as a backdrop for an ambitious calendar of over 20 exhibitions annually, drawing roughly 10,000 visitors. Silvermine is grateful to its donors of art who have made possible an extensive permanent collection of fine prints, ever-changing outdoor contemporary sculptures for public appreciation and acquistion, all located throughout our campus. The Gabor Peterdi International Print Collection, begun in 1956, includes master works from Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Peterdi, and Calder, along with many other influential printmaking luminaries from the 20th century, and is exhibited on a rotating basis.

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