The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum presents “Where Imagination Meets Reality” featuring artist Sandra Kensler, May 1 – June 3, 2009. Opening Reception and Conversation with the Artist, May 7, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
In the early 1990s, Sandra Kensler exchanged her career in music for life as an artist. She has studied art at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and in private classes and workshops.
Kensler has shown her work in many juried exhibitions and with well-established art associations, including the renowned Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Guilford Art League, the Madison Art Society, the Clinton Art Society, the Lyme Art Association, and the New Haven Paint and Clay, among others.
Her work has a contemporary abstract flavor with flattened forms, sharp contour lines, and highlighted color, where the shapes define the painting.
Her style has been described as graphic, abstract and flat, combining vibrant colors with exaggerated and unusual angles. She loves to paint cities and the objects and artifacts associated with different cultures.
The shapes of buildings and how light and shadow play off them fascinate her. People going about their daily routines often appear in her artwork.
Sandra frequently travels throughout the U.S., Europe and Africa. She likes to experience what she paints and focuses on a variety of subjects and environments, ranging from abstracts to architecture, animals, people, landscapes, and flowers.
She is inspired by artists such as Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, John Sloan, Alex Katz, and Pablo Picasso. The works of Wayne Thiebaud and Fairfield Porter motivate her to look at the world from new angles. The way Henri Matisse arranged shapes and patterns influences the organization of her canvasses.
Kensler has had one-woman shows in Wisconsin and in Guilford, Centerbrook, and East Haddam, Conn. She has won numerous awards and her work is in private collections in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, California, Louisiana, Spain, and Mexico, among other places.
Full tours at the mansion are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children and young adults aged 8 to 18. Children under 8 are admitted for free. Tour hours are: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For those who have already viewed the mansion and are solely interested in the art exhibit viewing hours have been extended: Tues-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
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