Karen Simmons Art on Display
Artist Karen Simmons grew up in Europe, surrounded by art and architecture where her love for light and color was inspired the landscapes of Burgundy and southern France. Her paintings will be displayed at the Woodbury Public Library from January 2 – January 31 and may be viewed during regular business hours. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, January 5, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
A graduate of Williams College with a degree in art history, studio art and politics, Ms. Simmons went on to focus on architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Art and architectural history have always informed her practice of both architecture and fine art. After earning a graduate degree in architecture she began a career in architecture, working in New York City, winning a Historic Preservation award for work renovating a brownstone on Gramercy Place. Ms. Simmons also worked in New Jersey, and in Grenoble, France, where she was part of the winning design team for the 1992 Olympics ice skating rink, and for the city hall in Chambery, France.
Upon returning to the United States, she gradually left architecture behind, focusing on art and competitive rowing. Solitary early hours on the water, the mists and the reflections of lakes Lillinonah and Waramaug, led her to paint, and through art, to attempt to share the chaotic daily beauty that surrounds us. For more information on Karen Simmons’ exhibit, please visit the library’s website www.woodburylibraryct.org or call 203-263-3502 for more information.