The Geary Gallery has planned a December in Darien event. This month, the art of two prestigious artists who differ in style and subject will be showcased. Janine Wesslemann's "City Lights & Cabaret Nights" of West Redding, and Kevin Sanders' "The Light of Evening" of Tennessee come together to form "Light the Night" on exhibit through December.

Known for bringing to light opulent snapshots of splendor, internationally renowned artist Janine Wesslemann evokes a "joie de vivre of nights gone by," accodring to Geary Gallery. The "City Lights & Cabaret Nights" exhibit features her exciting and engaging oil paintings. Since the age of six, Wesslemann has painted intensely -- and in unusual circumstances. From ambassadorial soirees in the capitals of Europe and revolutions in third world countries, to living on exotic islands, in remote deserts and in the cultural metropolises of the world, she has painted a disappearing world of bazaars and fortune tellers, grand balls and gala events, cafes and revelry.

Her rich color and texture are reminiscent of the Renaissance, her lightness of touch, the Impressionist era, and her psychological insights are unique. Her passion in painting the cultural richness of vanishing ways of life brought her enormous recognition in Europe and the United States and she was awarded the accolade of Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in 1992.

She was the first American woman to be accepted into the permanent Collection d'Art Modern de la Ville de Paris and the Centro Culturale d'Italia, Rome. In 1997 she was named Cultural Emissary to France and continued her dedication to preserving the cultural heritage and art of the French Empire. She has been awarded the endorsements of ambassadors, senators, governors and princes, and her work hangs in museums and collections throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the United States.

"The Light of Evening" features the oils of renowned landscapist, Kevin Sanders, whose journey in art began when he was very young. Always fascinated by light effects in nature, Sanders never dreamed these senses would lead him to becoming a fine artist. His dream of becoming a landscape painter was inspired by chance. While viewing several landscapes in art books, he discovered a landscape painting unlike anything that he had seen before. Immediately, the connection to the painting was spiritual and the artist was George Inness. Inspired, he pursued his dreams of becoming a landscape painter.

Working on location near Florence, Italy since the mid-90s, Sanders enjoyed both humbling and rewarding experiences. Painting from nature, [plein air] and from his imagination, intimate relationships are formed by seeing light effects in nature which create certain moods that trigger emotions. He interprets his feelings or emotions gained from the landscape through painting.

"It's when these principles are applied that a painting becomes beautiful. Of course, it's easier said than done," Sanders said. "This can take the artist a lifetime to achieve. But if we can awaken an emotion in the viewer, we can become successful artists as did George Inness so long ago."

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He chose to become a landscape painter because he wanted to give back to mother nature what she has given to him.

This exhibit runs through December. Admission is free, and the paintings are available for sale. The Geary Gallery is regularly open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien. For more information, call 203-655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.

Since its founding in 1984, Geary Gallery has become one of Fairfield County's preeminent art galleries, featuring an extensive collection of original artwork and limited-edition prints from more than 50 artists. The gallery is owned and operated by Anne and Tom Geary, who have spent more than 25 years as friends to artists, spotting talent and market appeal and nurturing careers. Offering four elaborate display rooms, Geary Gallery maintains an ambitious exhibition schedule to showcase both Connecticut-based artists with national reputations, as well as well-known artists from along the Eastern seaboard.

The public can enjoy a new show almost every five weeks. In addition to the gallery, located on premises are accent picture framing and restoration with an extensive selection of more than 2,000 corner samples for any type of artwork. Its precision restoration service has restored oil paintings and frames that hang in many museums, galleries and historical societies.