On Friday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Atria Darien will showcase the oil paintings of Pam Ackley.

Ackley began her artistic journey by studying at Silvermine School of Art and continues to work with several renowned artists. She works exclusively in oils.

Portraiture and figurative work are her focus, but landscape and still life are a large part of her subject matter as well. In 2007, she won an Honorable Mention for her portrait "Peter" in the Silvermine Guild.

Ackley is also a core member of the Beardsley Guild of Artists in Wilton. When she is not in class at Silvermine, she is painting the figure at the Guild or working in her home studio in New Canaan.

The Gratia Gillespie Art Gallery is free and open to the public daily. For more information, call 203-662-1090.