Gallery presents one-woman show

The Fairfield Public Library’s Kershner Gallery will host a solo show, “The Spirit of the Artist,” featuring the paintings, monotypes and sculptures of Suzanne Benton, from Sept. 8 to Oct. 25. A reception with the artist will be held on Sept. 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Benton has exhibited for more than 30 years in more than 150 solo shows. Her work has been represented in museums and private collections worldwide. She is a highly recognized metal mask maker and mask performance artist, printmaker, painter, lecturer and workshop leader.

Locally, Benton has exhibited in galleries in Westport, New Canaan, Kent, Ridgefield and Norwalk. Her home and studio is in Ridgefield. She is a trans-culturalist and feminist pioneer, a former Fulbright Scholar (India) and the recipient of many grants and artist residencies hosted by the cultural arm of U.S. Embassies. These have taken her to 29 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia, often to villages in remote areas.

Benton’s art education includes art workshops in Connecticut, Vermont and New York, as well as art teacher certification courses at New York University, Hunter College, Columbia University and Brooklyn College.

She is the author of The Art of Welded Sculpture and numerous articles, and she is listed in, among others, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Art and Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975.

“Believing the purpose of art is to explore humanity, and that art comes alive when it relates to people’s lives, I’m drawn to multicultural themes and oftentimes engage participation,” Benton said. “Working with themes steeped in myth, ritual, and archetype, I’ve shared and created my artwork throughout the world. A journeying artist with a capacity for affective attunement, I have honed an ability to respond with sensitivity and compassion, and to filter the treasures of newness, of sharing, spectacle, friendship and insight and ever transform my art anew.”