Opening Reception: October 7, 5-7 pm. Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Exhibition on view through November 12, 2016. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Related: Read “Acclaimed Landscape Artist to Exhibit Work at Lyme”

Artist Jan Dilenschneider, just back to the U.S from acclaimed exhibitions in Paris and Monaco, will exhibit 30 of her recent works in a major exhibition at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, as part of the College’s Center for Arts Programming. Ms. Dilenschneider’s vibrant landscape paintings, inspired by a passionate confluence of impressionist and expressionist styles, speak precisely to the Old Lyme landscape that gave birth to American Impressionism. This idyllic setting is as appealing to artists today as it was when viewed over a century ago by Barbizon School painter Henry Ward Ranger, who called it a “landscape waiting to be painted.” The landscape of Long Island Sound, outside her studio windows in Darien, Connecticut, has provided a similar inspiration for Ms. Dilenschneider’s work.

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Lieutenant River; oil on canvas; 36x36 inches


Gallery talk by Jan Dilenschneider
Thursday, Oct. 27 (reception 6-7 pm; artist talk at 7 pm).
Open to the public but reservations are required.
For more information and to reserve your seat visit:  http://www.lymeacademy.edu/index.php/community-engagement/lectures/fall_2016_lecture_series/jan_dilenschneider


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About the Artist
Emerging from a family of artists, Jan Dilenschneider has painted all her life.  Yet, she never had a desire to exhibit or sell her work until the spring of 2013, when a friend simply insisted on buying two paintings.
 
Soon afterward her studio doors opened to the world. She was offered a solo show at the prestigious Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier in Paris’ historic Le Marais district, which started a remarkable chain of events: Three additional annual solo gallery shows in Paris followed by a solo museum show at the Bellarmine Museum in Fairfield, Conn. that broke attendance records.
 
Recently, she exhibited at the Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais and the European Art Fair – Monaco (EAF-Monaco), which opened on July 19th at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo.
 
In addition to her participation in the Art Paris Art Fair and EAF Monaco, Dilenschneider will also be among the artists who will be part of a trip to Toledo, Spain, this fall under the auspices of the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Mass.
 
Dilenschneider’s training includes studying at the North Shore Art League in Chicago, the National Academy of Design in New York and the Silvermine Art Center in Connecticut.  She has a BS in Fine Arts Education from Ohio State University.
 
On October 7, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, part of the University of New Haven, will open her exhibition entitled “4th Dimension, “at the Sill House Gallery on campus. Her works in this show are not about the paint, the canvas or the scene. The “4th Dimension” is the emotional reaction of the painting on the viewer…a reaction that transcends words. The exhibit will run through November 12. Lyme is the birthplace of the American Impressionists movement.  She will give a gallery talk during the run of her exhibition.
 
Since she started exhibiting her work three years ago, Jan Dilenschneider has sold more than fifty of her paintings, and developed a unique style of expressionistic painting. Though many art critics have compared her work to the Impressionists, she says that while she loves their color palette at heart she is an Expressionist. Her inspiration comes from the ever-changing landscape around her Connecticut home on Long Island Sound. Living by the sea, she is inspired by shore grasses bending in the breeze, blue skies reflected in the cool water and extraordinary trees silhouetted against green lawns.
 
Dilenschneider has developed a unique type of diptych that she calls “pairs,” because they do not have to be hung – nor sold – together. They are painted at the same time and with the same palette, an exercise that keeps the gesture and color fresh. She goes back and forth between the canvases until she gets it just right.
 
In addition to strong gestures, Dilenschneider is also known for her unique color sense. She likes to see colors “sing” or “vibrate” together by juxtapositioning strong, clear or complimentary color schemes.
 
Dilenschneider’s most recent work combines landscapes and abstract images. One can see in them her gradual merging of the abstract into the landscape canvases.
 
Philanthropic work is also an essential part of her life. She is a member of the board of the Connecticut Arts Council and is also a board member of Family Centers, Inc. in Greenwich, Conn. and Catholic Charities. She has been honored with the Helen Gratz Rockefeller Award for Outstanding Volunteerism and the Family Champion Award from the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies. She has also been honored by the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport for her artwork and her service. 
 
Dilenschneider established the Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts, which is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas that oversees the Fulbright Scholars program and helps rescue artists from countries in turmoil. The program she created with IIE recently relocated a Syrian artist and her family to New Jersey, where she is a professor at Montclair State University and has applied for political asylum. 


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