Translating Nature Art Gallery Exhibit

Art Gallery at The Brookfield Library

This month’s exhibit will be a joint exhibit by two Brookfield artists, Colin Harrison and Marianne Shahlamian. Mr. Harrison’s photography work ranges from still life to highly abstract. Ms. Shahlamian’s watercolors focus on nature. Their joint show is entitled “Translating Nature”.

The Brookfield Library Art Gallery will be open for dedicated viewing in June on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 – 3 pm. Specifically for this show, the Gallery will also be open for viewing on Saturdays from 6/8 – 6/29 from 12 – 1 pm.

“The Grand Opening of The Brookfield Library Art Gallery is a direct result of the efforts of our Art Gallery Committee. They are a small but mighty group of Brookfield residents who have volunteered to make this idea become a reality. They have an impressive array of talent and expertise and they all share a keen interest in making art more accessible to the Brookfield community. We are all very excited about our first exhibit and we hope everyone stops in during the month of June to see the beautiful work of these local artists” said Library Director Yvonne Cech.

Area artists are invited to submit samples of their work either in person at the library or by sending an email to 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.

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.

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

Colin Harrison

Colin Harrison was born in 1947 in Sheffield, England and grew up in Scarborough on the North Sea coast. He showed early talents in science and engineering and studied Electrical Engineering at the Imperial College, London, and Physics at the University of Munich. He gained a PhD in Materials Science and then worked several years at CERN in Geneva and EMI Medical Systems in London, before joining the IBM Corporation in California, later in Danbury, Yorktown Heights, New York, and Zurich, Switzerland He has lived with his wife, Lynn, by the Housatonic River in Brookfield, Connecticut since 1982.

Photography is a lifelong passion and a professional skill. He received his first camera –a Kodak Brownie—at at age 7 and became fascinated with the paraphernalia of photography. He learned to make contact prints and progressed to second-hand 35 mm viewfinder cameras.

While much of his work captures scenes from around his homes in Connecticut and Switzerland, it tends towards minimalism and abstraction. His series of “Water Colours”, the reflections of varying light on still and moving waters, is widely admired. He shares with many other photographers a love of lone trees. He presents his work mainly at galleries in western Connecticut, where he has won prizes in juried shows at the University of Connecticut Stamford and the New Canaan Carriage Barn. His work may be found on Behance, an online platform to showcase & discover creative work, and is also part of the permanent collection of the Community of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland.

On his long list of “Things I will do when I retire” was to study for an MFA in photography. Two people dissuaded him from this. Joshua Chuang, who is Associate Curator of Photography and Digital Media at the Yale University Art Gallery and who awarded him the prize for colour photography at the Carriage Barn Photo show in 2013, said “You don’t need an MFA. You know all that. Now go and use it.” And Esther Gwerder, owner of the Kunst & Kleider gallery in Schwyz, Switzerland, challenged him with the same thought: “You know how to do this. Now go and find what you want to do with it.” His late friend, Kunio Owaki, a highly successful stock photographer for Corbis, confirmed that he had the target when he was shown “Blue II.”

Marianne Shahlamian

Marianne was born and raised in Massachusetts and studied Graphic Design at New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University in Boston.

After several years of working as a Graphic Designer at a television station and freelancing in Miami, Florida, she moved to Connecticut to raise her family in Brookfield. During this time, she served as a tutor at Brookfield High School, helping students study a variety of subjects.

Since then, she has revisited working with watercolors, drawing and cartooning, and teaches watercolor techniques to adults.

Marianne is a member of the Washington Arts Association and contributed and exhibited there, as well as Weir Farm National Historic Site and the Brookfield Town Hall with the Arts Commission.

“I am inspired by nature and color. My watercolors are sometimes whimsical, graphic or realistic. Translating the view through the brush and the paint is the exciting result. It will be an honor to exhibit in the premier showing of the library art gallery.”