NEW PRESTON — The Loft Gallery welcomes a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by Peruvian artist, Marisabel Artieda.

“Here and There” opens on Saturday and continues to Nov. 12, with an artist’s reception on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the community.

Artieda was born in Lima, Peru and started drawing and painting at a very young age. She studied art and graphic design at The Institute of the Andes where she earned her BA degree. In 2001, she married and moved to Washington Connecticut, where she joined the local art association finding the supportive network that she was looking for. She has since focused on atelier style of oil painting with her mentor and friend, Patty Fogle.

In addition to raising her two daughters, making art is a priority and daily routine in her life. “Art has become for me a lifetime experience that never ends,” she said.

She describes her process in her home studio and at class as “a vitamin for my soul and heart. It starts with objects that catch my attention from the gut in response to their color and form in a path of light. Next, I develop a composition through sketches and drawings that becomes the value pattern, or bones of the artwork. The paint follows, influenced by the warm earth colors deeply rooted from my youth in Peru.”

“Here and There” expresses Artieda’s love for her land that reflects the Peruvian culture and people. This exhibit will include recent drawings in charcoal, and her most recent series of still life paintings and landscapes of Connecticut and Peru.

The Loft Gallery is located on the second floor of The Smithy Store, located at 10 Main Street in New Preston.