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'Little Treasures' on display at Geary Gallery in Darien

Published 12:19 pm, Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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  • New York artist Murray Smith is featuring "Morning Light" in an exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien. Photo: Contributed
    New York artist Murray Smith is featuring "Morning Light" in an exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien. Photo: Contributed

 

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The Geary Gallery of Darien's Little Treasures Holiday Show, a collection of more than 150 pieces which are 9-by-12 inches or smaller, continues through Dec. 24.

The mediums are oils, acrylics, pastels, qouaches and mixed media. Most pieces are between $200 and $600. The show, which features the artwork of more than 25 artists, was inspired by gallery visitors' love of art, and the appeal of one-of-a-kind, memorable keepsakes.

For a full list of artists, visit www.gearygallery.com.

Additionally, the gallery is featuring three artists through December.

Kathleen Lee was born and raised on Long Island and began her formal art training at the Stevenson Academy of Traditional Painting in Sea Cliff, N.Y., while attending Long Island University. She worked in publishing for many years after receiving her degree in art history. As director of international product development, she traveled the world marketing Sesame Street products. In 1990, Lee resumed her art training at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York. Lee works primarily with oils and enjoys a wide diversity of subject matter, from marine paintings to pastoral scenes and portraits. She has painted on location in the Southwest, Mexico, Ireland, France, Greece and throughout New England. In addition to her easel paintings, Lee also paints murals.

Murray Smith, from upstate New York, is a graduate of the High School of Art & Design and attended both the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts. For the past 10 years, Smith has studied with John Philip Osborne, who teaches the prismatic palette developed by Frank Vincent DuMond. Smith's use of the prismatic palette and its principles of light can be clearly seen in his still lifes and landscapes.

Smith has won numerous juried awards, including the Kuhn Oil Painting Award for Floral; the Ridgewood Art Institute Regional Open Juried Show in 2006, 2007 and 2009; the Ruth Beekman Award for Floral; the Jane Peterson Still Life Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association; and the Salmagundi Club Award in 2005.

Daphne Cochran is a native of Connecticut and lives in the Rowayton section of Norwalk. She studied drawing, pastel, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting at the Silvermine Guild of Arts in New Canaan, and works privately with Carey Parks Schwarts at her studio in Stamford.

Cochran works primarily in pastels, doing commissions for families in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Her most recent paintings are done in oil and acrylic on various surfaces, such as wood, paper and canvas. She has won prizes at the Spectrum Art Show in New Canaan for her dog portrait, "Face of a Friend," and at the YWCA Art Show in Greenwich for a drawing of her son. Her work can be seen at her studio in Rowayton or at the Geary Gallery in Darien.

The Geary Gallery, 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 203-655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.