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December Art in the Library


Stratford’s Ellen Thees’ Oils on Display thru December

“Still Vignettes”

An exhibit of original oil paintings by Stratford artist Ellen Thees is the current art exhibit at the Stratford Library.  The exhibit, entitled “Still Vignettes”, continues at the Library through December 2022.  It is free and open to the public. Viewing hours for “Still Vignettes” are: Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.- 8p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday: 1-5 p.m.  The display is located in the Main Lobby of the Stratford Library and will continue through December 2022.

Ellen Thees creates big and colorful still life oil paintings.  She renders objects at least double their actual size to highlight the wonder and beauty of the everyday.  The work has a clear sense of depth with elements of abstraction and surrealism.  Thees started teaching herself oil painting in her early twenties and painted for several years before focusing on building a career and earning a degree. The more Thees played with paints, the more she learned and the more excited she became. After a concussion from a car accident left her unable to continue the highly analytical work she enjoyed, she reluctantly retired.  Ellen then began painting every day, developing her style.

Thee calls the exhibit “Still Vignettes,” because many of the works suggest little stories about the personalities and relationships of the inanimate objects. Her paintings are mostly two to three feet wide. Thees lives in Stratford with her husband of 48 years and their cat.  Her artwork has been exhibited several times at the Milford Art Council’s galleries and she will be exhibiting at the Oxford Baking Company in February.

For further information, call the library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at: 203.385-4162 or visit:


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