An ode to Mother Nature

Six artists at Heather Gaudio Fine Art in New Canaan are collaborating on “Matters at Hand,” a tribute to the beauty and ephemeral quality of nature, just in time for Earth Day (April 22).

The exhibit, which opens April 20 and runs through June 17, showcases the works of Sarah Amos, Pegan Brooke, Beth Dary, Jessica Drenk, Valeria Nascimento and Cheryl Anne Thomas.

While differing in approach and material, the artists are nonetheless bound by attention to detail, cultural narratives and their perception of materiality. Amos, a printmaker, draws cultural and scientific references from her native Australia, while Brooke, a painter, creates ethereal, abstract works depicting the natural elements. The drawing and sculptures of Dary embody the fluidity of the human-environment relationship, while Drenk’s sculptures juxtapose the beauty and chaos found in basic materials and comment on what the pairing may say about the meaning of life. The handmade, porcelain sculptures of Nascimento reflect the softer side of nature, manifested in petals, flowers and floral wall installations, while Thomas’ porcelain clay sculptures challenge the notion of materiality with their ultra- fine textured clay columns.

Heather Gaudio Fine Art – which we visited in March for the Tula Telfair show — is located at 66 Elm St. in New Canaan.

For more, call 203-801-9590 or visit

— Danielle Renda

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