Carlyle Chaudruc Upson, a Darien resident and artist, is showing her latest collection, "Compass," at Ceres Gallery in the Chelsea section of New York City through Nov. 23.

An opening reception takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.

"This show explores the relationship between maps and the landscape, how geometry of the compass is applied to undulating geography," Upson said.

"Map features, like compass roses, cartouches and sight lines, are explored through paintings and mixed media collages. This series is inspired not only by the design of old maps, but also their use in making decisions about directions and path.

"By analogy, this show ruminates about where we have been and where we are going. The experience of seeing a place on a map alters our perceptions of that place when we finally are physically at the site. The map and its cardinal points influence our feelings of a place even before we get there. The Compass Rose is a key to help find our bearings and by using this imagery superimposed on landscapes, the notion of choice or decision is introduced to the painting."

The Ceres Gallery, 547 West 27 St., has been showing Upson's work for 10 years. This will be her sixth solo show with the gallery.

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

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

She has lived in Darien since 2010 and served as the Newcomers Club president at YWCA Darien/Norwalk from 2012-13.

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