Stimulus Exhibition at browngrotta arts in October Features Art Textiles, Ceramics and Sculpture by 55 International Artists

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More than 50 international artists create art textiles, fiber sculpture and mixed media work for the Stimulus:art and its inception exhibition at browngrotta arts in Wilton, Connecticut

Norma Minkowitz wall art

Detail: Compound by Norma Minkowitz, photo by Tom Grotta

Compound, illustrates the attack on Osama Bin Laden. Suddenly the linear image took on the apparition of an aerial view of the compound that I had seen in a newspaper article. Compound combines a replica of the space and my vision of the event.

From October 23rd through November 1st, browngrotta arts will host "Stimulus: art and its inception" in Wilton, Connecticut. The exhibition will be in the 1895 barn that is home to the business and its owners, and will be open to the public for 10 days only.

For "Stimulus," 55 international artists will exhibit an artwork and another item that illustrates the genesis for their artwork -- a concept, an image, an object, or place. The exhibition aims to give viewers a glimpse into a lesser-seen part of the creative process. 

Current events, like the earthquake in Japan and global warming, inspired some of the artists in "Stimulus," including Norma Minkowitz whose stitched wall work, "Compound," illustrates the attack on Osama Bin Laden. “I began in a spontaneous, unplanned manner,” Minkowitz explains, “arranging lines and subtle patterns, until I had a feeling of the direction it would take. Suddenly the linear image took on the apparition of an aerial view of the compound that I had seen in a newspaper article. "Compound" combines a replica of the space and my vision of the event.”

Several artists, including John McQueen, Nancy Moore Bess and Naoko Serino of Japan, took Nature as their inspiration. In Serino’s case, "Generating-3" was inspired by a Philodendron selloum, which she tended for 22 years before it finally bloomed. Others were inspired by the efforts of previous artists, including Ane Henricksen of Denmark, by coverlet makers from the 1800s and Adela Akers, whose work references Mbuti designs from Africa. "Palimpsest 1," a wall piece by Marian Bijlenga, of the Netherlands, was composed by following the pinholes on the walls of Dutch masterweaver Herman Scholten’s studio to recreate the nearly erased surface.

Still other artists looked to their immediate surroundings. "Trio 4," a sculpture of rope and newspaper by Kate Hunt, was inspired by the goats who share her studio. "Echoed Surface," an energy-charged object by Randy Walker, was made from a charred and deformed badminton racquet that he found near his home.

For 24 years, browngrotta arts has promoted the work of contemporary textile artists and fiber sculptors from the US and abroad. browngrotta arts has published 39 art catalogs and placed art work in dozens of private, corporate and museum collections around the world.

A color catalog will accompany the "Stimulus" exhibition. An online version of the exhibition will be posted for one month on browngrotta’s website at: from October 25th to November 30, 2011. 

An opening reception will be held October 22nd, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at browngrotta arts, 276 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, Connecticut. "Stimulus: at and its inception" will be open at the same location for the next nine days only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call: 203-834-0623 or visit:;

High-resolution color images available on request.

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