The Woodbridge Town Library is pleased to present new art exhibits every month in the Meeting Room. These exhibits are free and open to the public when the meeting room is not in use. If you are an artist interested in exhibiting at the library please contact Jennifer Sullivan, Adult Services Librarian at 203-389-3487. Artists are typically booked a year in advance. Click Here for Art Registration and Release Form
Our June and July artist: Helen Alexander (Spence)
Stop by this month to view the life’s work of this local artist.
Meet the artist’s son Ian at the reception, Tuesday, June 5th, from 5 to 7 pm.
About our artist:
Helen Alexander (1940-2014), who signed her work “Helen Spence” from 1962 to 1973, was a painter, draughtsman and printmaker working in and around Woodbridge, Connecticut. A graduate of Smith College, she studied under Leonard Baskin, befriended many artists, and married the historian Jonathan Spence. They traveled together around the world, living in Australia and Japan, visiting Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, and seeing the great museums of Europe. In 1970 they settled down in Woodbridge, and Helen embarked on a highly productive two decades of studio work.
Helen pursued an intensely personal vision of still life, with a brief detour into pure abstraction. She worked principally in watercolor and color ink applied with a dip pen. Through the study of fruit, gourds, shells, bones and straw hats she created her own language of color and form in dreamlike compositions, producing dozens of major works, many of which are now in private collections.
For the months of June and July, the Woodbridge Town Library is holding a retrospective show of Helen Alexander’s paintings and drawings. A wide range of works from all the periods of her professional life are on display. In the meeting room are a selection of color ink and watercolor still lives on paper from her great series of the 1970s and ‘80s: the fruit, hats, gourds and cups which constitute her best-known works, exhibited and sold in her 5 solo and 3 group shows in New Haven. Upstairs, in the curved hallway around the bookstore, are earlier, more experimental and more personal works, including quick studies from life, landscapes and abstract paintings.