New Canaan artists Thomas Throop and Elizabeth Nagle, along with other local artists like Darien resident Donna Collins and Rowayto resident Sarah French, are part of an unusual ArtPlace Gallery art show to be held at 11 Unquowa Road from Aug. 10 to Sept. 11. `Artists Invite Artists' showcases the work of local and upcoming artists all personally chosen by current ArtPlace members. The last such exhibit was held back in 2004 and members are excited about the new energy that will be on display to the public.

"We wanted to invite new artists into the community, including those who may be interested in becoming members of Connecticut's longest operating co-op, coming up on 30 years," gallery co-president, Binnie Birstein said.

New Canaan furniture designer and maker Thomas Throop specializes in designing and building one-of-a-kind furniture. He has spent the last 17 years creating elegant, detailed forms that are visually powerful and serve his clients' functional needs. In addition to having his pieces purchased for significant public and private collections, he has won numerous awards such as the prestigious Wharton Esherick Prize, and been featured in many publications.

"As a studio furniture maker my work involves exploring the intersection of design, technique and material," he said. "Here I have created these arcs in three dimensions rising from a flat surface into space and cast them in bronze. Last year I was awarded an artist fellowship grant from the state of Connecticut Council on Culture and Tourism to explore the use bronze in my work. This piece is the result of one of my many explorations."

ArtPlace member and abstract artist Mary Elizabeth Petersen invited New Canaan's Elizabeth Nagle.

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"When I look at Beth's work one word always comes to mind: Pure. She uses core, foundational colors and clean lines in away that is so refreshing," Petersen said. "She has these complex, sophisticated compositions that somehow stay uncomplicated. It amazes me. I find myself wondering, `how does she do that'?"

Throop and Nagle are part of a group of an additional 25 invitees from Connecticut and New York. They include Peggy Weis, Ginny Rogers and Karl Soderlund from Fairfield; Jane Lubin, Roger Dickinson, Alberta Cifolelli and Mary Ellen Hendricks from Westport; Betsy Davidson and Kim Hanna from Redding; Donna Collins from Darien; Princess Cureton from Norwalk; Margaret Tsirantonakis from Stamford; Florence Suerig from Greenwich; Sarah French from Rowayton; Susan Sharp from Easton, Jane Ingram from Ridgefield, Dorothy Powers from Branford, Irene Miller, Nancy Eisenfeld, Howard Yasin and Pat Goldstein from New Haven; Marian Froehlich from Larchmont, N.Y.; Sally Frank from North Salem, N.Y.; and Polly Schindler and Christine Quinn from Brooklyn and New York City respectively.

All were chosen for their high quality, compelling work as well as for personal reasons, according to Birstein.

"I am thrilled and flattered to be asked by Mary Elizabeth Peterson to participate in this year's Artists Invite Artists show at ArtPlace," Nagle said. "I am so impressed with the gallery's mission and it's efforts to bring the art of so many talented local artists to the public."

For more information visit www.artplace.org or call 203-292-8328. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Opening reception is Aug. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m.