The 1950s will come to life as three local established artists create large-scale paintings at the Westport Arts Center this Monday, May 8 from 10 am – 5pm.

The public is invited to watch the work in progress as Randi Davis, Liz Leggett and Tammy Winser create 10’ x 10’ “Mad Men” themed-paintings of 1950s advertising offices and home interiors.

The paintings help recreate the scenes, lounges, and interactive spaces from the 1950s and 1960s. They will be displayed at the MARTINI MADNESS gala on May 20th at the Fairfield County Hunt Club, helping to transform the venue back in time.

MARTINI MADNESS will pay tribute to the role Westport played during the creative heyday of the 1950s and 1960s, celebrating Westport’s distinctive identity as a creative center steeped in a long history of artists, illustrators and creative executives.

“The 1950s were such a unique and iconic time for interior design, art, and advertising, and we look forward to watching this era come to life in the hands of these talented artists,” said Amanda Innes, Westport Arts Center’s Executive Director.

The May 8 painting event will take place in the context of the Westport Arts Center’s current exhibition Main Street to Madison Avenue, examining the history of the interplay between art and advertising, and the lasting impact in Pop Culture and Fine Art by Westport’s own illustrators of the day. The exhibition is on view through June 23, 2017.

To learn more about the May 8 event, or MARTINI MADNESS, please call 203/222-7070 or visit westportartscenter.org.

About The Artists

Randi Davis: Randi Davis studied under John Osborne, and has worked with Jesus Emmanuel Villarreal, Alyssa Monks, Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick. Her training as an engineer helped define her as an artist with a keen awareness of patterns and spatial relationships. In her painting, she strives to balance light, color and shadow. She is currently focused on New York City and is enthralled by its light, color, and subject matter. She has exhibited throughout Connecticut including the Greenwich Art Society Juried Event and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

Liz Leggett: Liz Leggett’s paintings and drawings range from abstract and representational to the space in-between, where imagery is suggested but left open for interpretation. Currently, she is working on drawings that depict the masculine culture of American sports. Liz’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has participated in numerous artist-in-residence programs. She received her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and MFA at the Maine College of Art.

Tammy Winser: Through photography, painting, collage, and assemblage, Tammy Winser creates thought provoking imagery.  She started in fashion (she is a Parsons School of Design grad, and served as a print designer for Marc Jacobs) and has since created public artworks in USA, Berlin, and Australia. She currently works on private commissions and exhibits in local galleries.  She is one of the founders of the Westport Artists Collective at Westport Arts Center.

 

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Delamar Southport; DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Grain & Grape; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; Xerox Foundation; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org.   The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

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