Art Exhibit: Beautiful Decay

Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Trumbull Resident’s Work On Exhibit through April 2020

A photographic exhibit by Trumbull artist Debbie Gilbert will be the March/April 2020 art exhibit at the Stratford Library. It is Gilbert’s fifth solo photographic show at the Library. The exhibit, entitled “Beautiful Decay”, is free and open to the public.

Debbie Gilbert is a mixed media artist, employing a variety of available materials: what is found in nature and reclaimed materials (recycled) are favorites. She is a sculptor, collage artist, photographer and creates one-of-a-kind fiber purses and jewelry. Gilbert favors the 3 dimensional, as it brings more senses into the enjoyment and practice of art.

According to Gilbert, “While photography has always played a role in my artistic endeavors, I also alter my photography. I like to leave the interpretation of a piece of art up to the viewer, whenever possible. Some of my photographs are of readily recognizable things but framed in a way that the viewer has to think about what they are seeing.”

Gilbert has shown her work from Boston to New York City, with many locations in Connecticut. Most of her shows were accompanied by text; travel dialogues and stories. For the Stratford Library exhibit, Gilbert features images of decay found both in natural and man-made objects. “There is a certain elegance and beauty in the decay of things. It creates interesting colors and shapes, but also represents longevity and resilience. I see ancient walls that have sustained wars and the ravages of weather, not only standing, but sometimes occupied. And left to their own devices, structures that are taken over by street artists and overtaken by nature.”

In addition to creating art, Gilbert advocates for art and artists in all disciplines. She founded the Stratford Arts Guild in 2006 to bring artists and supporters together, and is now Treasurer of the Coastal Arts Guild of Connecticut. A native New Yorker, Debbie moved to Connecticut in 1983 and now resides in Trumbull after living in Stratford for 25 years.

Location: Main Lobby

Cost: Free and open to the public

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