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Grove of trees inspiration for artist's 'Ecotone'

Published 12:11 pm, Saturday, August 16, 2014

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  • Darien artist Carlyle Upson's multi-media exhibit "Ecotone" opens at the Darien Nature Center Wednesday, Sept. 3. Inspired by living in a house situated amid a grove of oak trees, Upson's "Ecotone" exhibition includes paintings, sculpture and installations. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News
    Darien artist Carlyle Upson's multi-media exhibit "Ecotone" opens at the Darien Nature Center Wednesday, Sept. 3. Inspired by living in a house situated amid a grove of oak trees, Upson's "Ecotone" exhibition includes paintings, sculpture and installations. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Darien artist Carlyle Upson's multi-media exhibit "Ecotone" opens at the Darien Nature Center Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Inspired by living in a house situated amid a grove of oak trees, Upson's "Ecotone" exhibition includes paintings, sculpture and installations.

An opening reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 3 at the center, 120 Brookside Road. The show runs until Sept. 29.

"Ecotone" was first shown at Ceres Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in January 2012, and the artist said she is happy to have the work brought home to the locale that inspired it. The contemporary imagery explores the zone where the forest meets the clearing for human settlement, according to the nature center.

"Ecotone" examines shelter at the edge of the forest through depictions of birdhouses, tepees, abstracted grasses and lots of trees. Paintings of old-growth oaks pay homage to the trees felled in making homes for people living on the margin of a woodland. The artist shows a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities -- forests and suburban landscape.

Aside from oil and watercolor paintings, the exhibition is comprised of terrariums and an outdoor sculpture maquette.

"Since the large-scale sculptures, like tipis, are located in the woods, one of the greatest challenges of this show has been figuring out how to help the viewer experience the site-specific installations in a gallery setting," Upson said.

Upson has been painting since childhood, has traveled to more than 40 countries and has lived on three continents.

She has a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

She has resided in Darien since January 2010 and served as the Newcomers Club president at the Darien/Norwalk YWCA from 2012 to 2013.

For information, call 203-655-7459 or visit www.dariennaturecenter.org.