Ridgefield’s ‘Coming of Age’ art exhibit spotlights artists over 60


When the Ridgefield-based artist Nancy Moore was invited to curate her fourth exhibition for the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, the theme of age almost immediately came to mind.

“I’m almost 69 and I’ve worked alongside other older artists, and we do amazing work,” she said. “I wanted to highlight this work and the fact that we have something to say, that we are dynamic and alive in our work.”

His idea gave birth to the “Passage to adulthood” exhibition, the latest show offered by the Ridgefield Artists Guild which opens on April 9 and runs until May 8. The exhibition explores “what happens to the passion, vision and creative drive of visual artists as they age” and showcases the work of over 70 artists over the age of 60.

“There seems to be some kind of mandate…among galleries and museums…that the young and the edgy are the way to go. What happens is that artists of a certain age start to feel out of place.” – Nancy Moore, curator of the exhibition “Coming of Age”

Returning for her fourth exhibition with the Ridgefield Guild, Moore said she was grateful the organization “took a risk every time on certain subjects” of the art shows.

“The first show I hosted was about the gender identity continuum,” she said. “They just opened their doors and their hearts and just said, ‘Go ahead. It is our raison d’être and they have been true to their mission for decades.

“Remembrance” by artist Nancy Breakstone is a photograph on archival paper and is one of the works featured in the Ridgefield Guild of Artist’s exhibition, “Coming of Age”.

Nancy Breakstone/Contributed photo

Moore thinks that her latest show focusing on older artists is once again pushing the envelope and pushing back on the typical focus on the younger generation of art.

“There seems to be some sort of mandate – whether verbal or unspoken – among galleries, museums and other public institutions that young and forward-thinking is the way to go,” she said. “What happens is that artists of a certain age start to feel out of place and also that they have to contort themselves and their practices into something that is more enjoyable to show to an audience. wider… This show is proof that there is a dynamic and relevant team of passionate artists who are actively working and actively making and exhibiting their work, and they are immensely talented.

The exhibition features over 100 works of art that were produced by these artists and vary in size and medium. Works include abstract and figurative art, photography, ceramics and fibers, among others. The exhibition also presents well-known artists, such as Meredith Bergemann, the sculptor behind a monument for women’s rights in Central Park — as well as those not yet widely known, Moore said. All exhibited works by the artists will be available for purchase.

Each work is accompanied by a written piece by the artist describing their experiences as “artists of a certain age”, Moore said, for which some of the artists are “digging deep to talk about how they feel”. . Although art itself is not about aging, age is the common thread that unites the artists and the exhibition as a whole.

“It shows that we’re not invisible as older artists, that we’re here and we have something to say,” she said. “Our passion is intact and our ability is not diminished.”


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