Current Exhibit:

“Whimsical Surrealism”
Exhibit runs February 3 – 27, 2020

Unique collage and assemblage artist, Kiffi Diamond, will have her work on display at The Brookfield Library Art Gallery from February 3 – 27. There is an opportunity to meet the artist at a reception on Sunday, February 9, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm (snow date Feb 23). Using her signature style and strong design sense, Ms. Diamond combines idiosyncratic materials into witty visual narratives. “For the past four decades, I have combined disparate materials to create cohesive compositions and solve problems, generating quirky, compelling visual narratives.” said Ridgefield artist Diamond. Her works have been featured at museums and galleries across the country including many in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. Inspired by the personality of the objects, Ms. Diamond looks for richness of character, patina and history to let a dialog unfold, creating something compelling.

The Brookfield Library Art Gallery will be open for dedicated viewing of this exhibit on Fridays from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, in February and whenever there is not a library program in session.

“Kiffi brings ordinary objects to life with her strong sense of composition. Her pieces are fascinating and will have you looking at them from all different perspectives — you will want to look from across the room to get one perspective and then get in very close to see her choice of objects and how they create the image. I am amazed at how she can use a number of different textures and seemingly unconnected items to tell a story or make a statement. Anyone who enjoys or is even curious about modern art should see this exhibit. It’s a really fun art form and showcases her great imagination. Bring the whole family to this one! ” said Library Director Yvonne Cech.

Kiffi Diamond is collage and assemblage artist who has been engaged in design and the arts since 1972. Born into a family of artists in Los Angeles, Kiffi traces her interest in collecting and collage back to an early passion for Victorian ephemera. Using her signature style and strong design sense, she combines idiosyncratic materials into witty visual narratives.

Her works have been featured at museums and galleries across the country at venues including Attleboro Museum (Attleboro, MA), National Collage Society (Cuyahoga Falls and Kirkland, OH), Moorhead State University (Moorhead, KY), Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum (Oradell, NJ), Viridian Artists (New York, NY), Nexus Gallery (New York, NY), New Century Artists (New York, NY), Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (Brooklyn, NY), State University of New York (Buffalo, NY), Paramount Center for the Arts (Peekskill, NY), Northern Westchester Center for the Arts (Mount Kisco, NY), H. Pelham Curtis Gallery (New Canaan, CT), and Ridgefield Guild of Artists (Ridgefield, CT).

Diamond was educated at Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles, CA), Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI), School of Visual Arts (New York, NY), and The New York Botanical Garden (New York, NY).

In addition to a life-long pursuit of the creative arts, Diamond also nurtured robust careers early on in graphic design and, later, in landscape design. For a decade ending in the 1980s, she ran her own design studio, working for a variety of clients from book and music publishers, to Memorial Sloan Kettering Center. In the early 2000s, Diamond parlayed her love of gardening into a full-fledged landscape design business, maintaining her belief that “landscape is like a living collage.” Since 2015, Diamond has devoted her energy and spirit to creating collages and assemblages full-time in her studio in Ridgefield, CT.


This Art Gallery space has been made possible by the generous support of The Friends of the Brookfield Library. The mission of this nonprofit organization is to support the library through fundraising, including the annual July book sale, the Friends’ primary fundraising event.

Area artists are invited to submit samples of their work either in person at the library or by sending an email to gallery@brookfieldlibrary.org. The Art Gallery Committee will review all submissions and will contact those selected and schedule exhibits. Library patrons will be able to see each exhibit as they attend library programs in the community room. Additionally, several hours each week will be dedicated to viewing for each exhibit.

For more information about this topic, please contact Brookfield Library Director Yvonne Cech at (203) 775-6241 or ycech@brookfieldlibrary.org.

Previous Exhibitions and Artist Contact Info

Judy Ross
860-614-8745
artquiltsbyjudyross.com

Bivenne Harvey Staiger
www.bivennefineart.com
860.316.8209
bivenne@yahoo.com

Paula F. McDonagh
PMcDonagh Photography
www.PMcDonagh.com
Email: Info@pmcdonagh.com
Cell: 203.583.1167

Liz Monahan
Oil and pastel paintings
lizmonart@gmail.com
203-729-7809

Blake Reuter
Acrylic paintings, landscapes, still life, broad variety of styles
blakereuter@aol.com
860-488-0243

Dawn Kubie
Digital photography
www.dawnkubiephotography.zenfolio.com/flowers
dawnkubie@yahoo.com

Colin Harrison
Galleries: https://www.behance.net/TheMind
203-417-0758
colingeorgeharrison@gmail.com

Marianne Shahlamian
mare1124@gmail.com