Local artist Bronislava Slagle will exhibit her artwork in the Conference Room Gallery at the Easton Public Library through Feb. 14. A reception will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12, from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the conference room. The public is invited.
Ms. Slagle, a multiple media artist, studied art in Czechoslovakia and became an educator before escaping from her Soviet-occupied homeland in 1981.
After a modeling career in Austin, Texas and New York City, Ms. Slagle studied hairdressing and later became a salon owner in Manhattan. After the birth of her daughter she decided to stay home and dedicate her life to raising her daughter.
Whenever possible the family would visit art museums and galleries. Her husband, Jeffrey Slagle, urged her to start painting. She started creating paintings for fund-raisers, and, to her surprise, they all sold.
Currently Ms. Slagle paints and draws on a daily basis, and is writing a book about her escape. She is also co-writing and illustrating a couple of children’s books with her husband.
Since 2009 she exhibited in Fairfield County in numerous juried exhibitions, which were held in establishments such as the Rowayton Art Center, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Westport Art Center, Wilton Public Library, and Easton Public Library. S
he had a solo exhibition in Danbury (City Center and Town Hall) and a three-women show in the Fairfield Public Library. She has donated her works to many fund-raising events, such as the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra in Ridgefield, Relay For Life in Wilton, and St. Patricks School in Bedford, N.Y.
Ms. Slagle’s thoughts on “Shapes:”
“I was always mesmerized by shapes and outlines. They are usually a part of any art expression. In my latest drawings I take two or more abstract shapes and connect them, entwine them, and, by layering them, make them appear 3D. What is most amazing is that there is such a vast number of possibilities. The “Shapes” series is based on one drawing style, yet each piece is very different from the next one.
“One of the inspirations for ‘Shapes’ is the great Dutch graphic artist, M.C. Escher, whose very complex black and white pencil drawings I admire so much. ‘Shapes’ is influenced by nature, such as clouds or stones, twigs in the forest, or maybe even microscopic bone tissue. You can see the shapes are tangled together and even occasionally connected with what appear to be unraveled pieces of yarn — an idea borrowed from my other passion, knitting.
“My desire is for you to look at my pencil and charcoal drawings and try to ‘connect’ the shapes that you see with ordinary objects from your own lives. My satisfaction with these drawings, which I hope you will share, comes from having turned a chaos of disconnected and jumbled shapes into a balanced and orchestrated series of compositions. I will have been successful if you experience the same peace of mind in viewing this series of drawings as I experienced in creating them.”
For more info about Ms. Slagle’s “Shapes” solo show, call the Easton Public Library at 203- 261-0134 or Ms. Slagle at 203-210-5604. You may also e-mail her at [email protected], or visit her website at www.bronislavaslagle.com or her blog at b-slagle.blogspot.com/.