‘Divergent Views’ a journey through
lives of 3 women artists

Phyllis A.S. Boros
Published 5:58 p.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2012 on

For art to have merit, it needs to reflect a message that’s original or somehow distinctive.

Nowhere is that more apparent than in the show that opens Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Library.

Three women artists with three disparate artistic approaches are featured in “Divergent Views” through Sunday, Oct, 21, at the gallery, which is open during library hours. Featured are the drawings of author Joan Elizabeth Goodman  and the paintings of Judith Lambertson  and Marina Shrady.

A free reception will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a talk by the artists slated for 5:30.

Norwalk resident Lambertson graduated from Columbia University School of Occupational Therapy and had a 25-year-career as a therapist prior to turning to painting and attending arts workshops. A career high point, she says, was having her work featured on the cover of Cape Cod Arts Magazine and a show at the Cape Ann Museum.


Judith Lambertson’s “Dubois Cottage,” an oil on panel, will be among the featured pieces in a gallery show at the Fairfield Library. Photo: Contributed Photo / Connecticut Post Contributed

Her travels to Florida, Maine, Gloucester, Sicily and Mexico’s Baja California “have been my inspiration. I spend a lot of time observing in each location before I decide on a motif. Usually, I work small, painting loose, free and quickly so that the work will retain the freshness and immediacy of an on-site painting.”

At the core of her work: “In the studio, the work is larger and often based on the plein air oil studies. The picture is pared down to broad areas of color, simple forms with limited descriptive detail. No longer interested in producing a representational image of a place, these works are more about finding the forms and observing the play of light. Resolving a studio painting may happen quickly or take many months of layering, scraping, adding and deleting.”

“Paint Factory Sailboat,” an oil on linen from Norwalk resident Judith Lambertson, will be featured in a Fairfield Library show through Oct. 21. Photo: Contributed Photo / CT

In an email chat, Lambertson answered a few of our questions.

“Why did I become an artist? I have always wanted to be an artist, but went to school to become an occupational therapist, on the suggestion of my psychology professor” at City College of New York. “I dabbled (in art) for many years and when I turned 40, decided it was time to make a commitment to what I really loved and rented my first studio.”
Most rewarding for her is the “doing” of a piece: “I love to paint in nature and when it was inexpensive to travel in Europe, I arranged painting trips to Italy, and we stayed a month at a time! … In nature I like to work `premier coup,’ meaning the work is done in one sitting from life … I have painted in water color and acrylics, but there is nothing like oils. I love the smell, the touch and the result. Exhibiting is the icing on the cake!”

If You Go:
The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, at the Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Free admission. Visit or call 203-256-3155.

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