WILTON — Paintings by Julieanne L. Reed will be on display, with the opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Wilton Free Public Library. The exhibit will remain through the end of March.  Prints will be sold with a percentage of sales benefiting the library.

Reed is an oil painter and acknowledged “color shaman,” who lives in Mexico. She holds a BFA degree in painting from the Portland School of Art. Although she began painting in oils and gouache, she now uses high-quality oil pastels.

“I paint from my dreams,” Reed said, and “my paintings are often inspired by a line of poetry- Rumi, Rilke, Mary Oliver…”

“I love color,” she said, “I can taste color.” She likes to layer colors to provide depth to her art. Animals peek coyly out of corners, emerge subtly from camouflaged background or boldly take center stage.

“There are meanings and messages assigned to animals in most cultures,” Reed said.

Prints will be sold at the opening, with 30 percent of the proceeds benefiting the library. Orders for prints will be taken any time throughout the exhibit.

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