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New Canaan's Silvermine Celebrates New Book By Impressionist Painter

Artist and author Dmitri Wright will sign his new book, "My Dancing Brush," Thursday at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, Conn.
Artist and author Dmitri Wright will sign his new book, "My Dancing Brush," Thursday at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, Conn. Photo Credit: Provided

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The Silvermine Arts Center is hosting a book signing and exhibition on Thursday, June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the publication of painter Dmitri Wright’s new book, “My Dancing Brush: Insights & Reflections on How to be an Impressionist.”

Wright, a Silvermine faculty member, will discuss his philosophies and methods and what he calls “the seven principals of the intuitive way.”

Part of the proceeds from the book’s sale will go to the arts center’s scholarship fund.

The Greenwich resident, whose mentors have included Samuel Brecher and Donald Brown, was a Max Beckman International Scholar at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. While at Cooper Union, Wright studied under Will Barnet and Wolf Kahn.

Wright also teaches at the Weir Farm National Historic Site, a national park that was once the home of American Impressionist J. Alden Weir. It is located in Ridgefield and Wilton. He is an art artist-in-residence at the Greenwich Historic Society and his works are housed in museums and corporate collections.

Wright describes Impressionism as “the bridge between classical and modern art, it is the mortar that holds those worlds, it is the transitional place from which students can explore the various schools.” As for his own method of painting, Wright calls it “lyrical, poetic, and realistic where all contact is direct and unrepeatable.”

Silvermine Arts Center, a nonprofit organization and one of the oldest artist communities in the United States, consists of a nationally renowned artist guild, art classes, shop and gallery. It also offers Art Partners, an educational outreach program, and hosts lectures, performances, film screenings, and special events.

Galleries are open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Silvermine is located at 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. For more information, call 203-966-­9700, ext. 20, or go to www.silvermineart.org .

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