Thursday, April 25, 2024

“Still Vignettes”


Art Exhibit at Stratford Library

Oils by Stratford’s Ellen Thees
On Display During November and December

An exhibit of original oil paintings by Stratford artist Ellen Thees is on display at the Stratford Library through December.  The exhibit, entitled “Still Vignettes”, is free and open to the public.

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.

Viewing hours for “Still Vignettes” are:

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

The display is located in the Main Lobby of the Stratford Library.  For further information, call the library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at: 203.385-4162 or visit:


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