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New exhibit featured at Art/Place Gallery

By The Watermark at 3030 Park

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The Watermark at 3030 Park is pleased to announce that Westport artist Toby Michaels and Stamford artist Mary Louise Long will have their work featured at Art/Place Gallery @ The Watermark, from November 14 through December 26.

The opening reception for their exhibit, entitled “Myth & Symbol,” will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. The Watermark at 3030 Park retirement community is located at 3030 Park Avenue on the Fairfield/Bridgeport town line. The artists will discuss their work during the reception, and there will be refreshments and a performance by pianist Tony Procaccini for attendees.

Michaels has a master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling. She practiced for 17 years at Norwalk Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, where she initiated an art therapy program. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Art Therapy at Quinnipiac University. Michaels currently works as a full-time artist and is a member of the Fairfield Arts Center and Silvermine Guild of Art.

“For me, making art means looking into the ‘unseen’ cosmic and universal possibilities that give life to artistic expression,” said Michaels. “I am thrilled to be presenting at Art/Place Gallery @ The Watermark and hope that residents and guests will enjoy and connect with my work.”

Mary Louise Long studied painting at American University in Washington, DC and has a graduate degree in printmaking from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She has served as a lecturer and art curator at Bloomfield College in New Jersey and as a visiting artist at Trinity College in Hartford, where she taught printmaking. Currently based out of the Loft Artist Building in Stamford, Long is a member of the College Art Association, Center for Contemporary Printmaking and the Monotype Guild of New England.

“My abstract monotypes focus on brilliant colors and powerful forms,” said Long. “As the colors play against one another, the created shapes develop a life of their own. My interest in classical mythology and poetry contributes to the imagery of the work as well.”

The collaboration between The Watermark at 3030 Park and Art/Place, a non-profit, cooperative art gallery celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year, aims to provide Watermark residents, guests of The Watermark, and the public with the opportunity to experience the work of fine artists such as Michaels and Long.

Art/Place Gallery @ The Watermark is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call The Watermark at 3030 Park at 203-374-5611.

About Art/Place Gallery:

The Art/Place Gallery @ The Watermark was formed during the summer of 2009. Since then, the synergy between Art/Place Gallery and The Watermark at 3030 Park has provided residents of The Watermark, as well as the community-at-large, with ever-changing stimulation and personal, on-site interaction with Art/Place artists and their creative works. Formed in 1981, Art/Place is one of the oldest non-profit, cooperative art galleries in Connecticut, comprised of painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors. Art/Place Gallery now has a second location in Fairfield, in association with the Fairfield Theatre Company. The new location is at 70 Sanford Street in the center of Fairfield and is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

About The Watermark at 3030 Park:

The Watermark at 3030 Park, located at 3030 Park Avenue on the Bridgeport/Fairfield line in Connecticut, is a distinctive community for seniors, offering exceptional independent living, assisted living, skilled rehabilitation and memory care. The Watermark at 3030 Park is professionally managed by Watermark Retirement Communities, a company committed to creating extraordinary communities where people thrive. For more information, please visit or

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