Inspired by living in a house situated amid a grove of oak trees, Darien-based artist Carlyle Chaudruc Upson's latest body of work is on view at Ceres Gallery 547 West 27th St. in the heart of the Chelsea gallery district in New York City.

Chaudruc Upson's exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and installations runs until Feb. 25. There will be a closing reception on Thursday, Feb. 23, with both events free and open to the public.

The exhibit of contemporary art explores the zone where the forest meets the clearing for human settlement.

ECOTONE examines shelter at the edge of the forest through imagery of standing trees, tipis, lumber and abstracted leaves. Paintings of old growth oaks, "Grandfather Trees," pay homage to the trees felled in making homes for people living on the margin of a woodland.

Although the artist is most well known for her paintings, several site-specific installations in Darien have been documented for display in the exhibition.

"Since the large scale sculptures are in the woods, one of the greatest challenges of preparing for the show has been figuring out how to help the viewer experience them in a "white-box gallery setting," Chaudruc Upson said.

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Chaudruc Upson and her husband, David Upson, moved to Darien in January, 2010 with their two preschool-aged children. Chaudruc Upson volunteers with Newcomers at the YWCA and Upson is a new board member of Person to Person.

Both the upcoming YWCA Crystal Ball and the Opus Red Ball will feature paintings in their silent auction donated by Chaudruc Upson.