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Nylen Gallery Artists’ Portfolios Calendar of Exhibitions


THE NEST- Residents Show 2
Three artists from The Nest in Bridgeport will exhibit their work at Nylen Gallery.

Reception: Friday, June 10, 2016, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

On view June 1st through July 9th, Mon.-Fri
. 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat. 9:30am-5pm.
Nylen Gallery at Picture This, 772 Post Road East, 203-227-6861.

THE NEST- Residents Show 1 featuring Patrice Barrett, Barbara Dierolf and Denise Susalka.

Nylen Gallery is proud to introduce Westport to the artists of The Nest in the second of three planned shows.
About the Nest

The NEST Arts Factory is a community of artists working in a wide variety of media in a reimagined factory building on the west side of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Open space and a dedicated gallery within the NEST allow both performing and visual artists to share their work with the community. 

Mission Statement: To showcase and nurture artists, musicians, and the creative process. To provide a unique and inspiring environment to explore and discover art and music while enabling artists and musicians to experiment and collaborate across disciplines and media.

History: The NEST began as an outgrowth of Cricket Hosiery Co, the first company to combine the use of knitting machines with computers to design and produce graphic socks. Founded in1985 by Vic Mulaire and located in the old Casco building on Railroad Ave in Bridgeport CT, Cricket Hosiery employed a number of graphic artists to design socks and stockings, establishing an early relationship with the arts community. Doug Mulaire, artist and photographer, and his wife Susan Taylor, also an artist, were instrumental in the early years of this endeavor.

In 1996 sculptor John Carnright set up the first studio in excess factory space. And thus the community began.  Other artists soon joined, with early founders David Flynn, Jed Wolf, Peter Konsterlie, Peter Duveen, Marie Riviera, Bob Ledoux, and Joe Provey, followed by many others.

Cricket Hosiery eventually moved to the present location at Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, but sadly did not survive the recession. Artist easels and drawing tables replaced knitting machines as the space gave over entirely to the new NEST Arts Factory.



THE NEST- Residents Show 2
Three artists from The Nest in Bridgeport will exhibit
their work at Nylen Gallery in June/July

Friday, June 10, 2016, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

On view June 1st through July 9th
Mon.-Fri. 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat. 9:30am-5pm
Nylen Gallery at Picture This
772 Post Road East


Patrice Barrett
Patrice is a self taught artist who began her career in design and illustration 30 years ago, producing stationery, giftware products, and book design. Patrice divides her time in her studio at the Nest Arts Factory, between painting and making Thermofax screen prints. While her painting is a form of controlled expression, Patrice finds that thermofax printing offers a different experience. There are several factors that influence the outcome; including paint viscosity, the clarity of the screen, the substrate, pressure when applying the paint, and the number of colors used. This makes for a challenging, yet liberating process, as you’re never really positive what you are going to get, and sometimes the effects are even better than what you expected.

Recent exhibits of Patrice’s work include the Faber-Birren National Color Award Show, Femininus: Women in Art, Easton Arts Council 20th Anniversary Invitational Exhibit, The Klein Auditorium Featured Artist - Mezzanine Gallery.

Barbara Dierolf
Barabra explains her creative process: “My artistic presence began as a pathway from grief to healing. After the sudden loss of my son and then the two year battle my dear husband fought against terminal illness I needed a reason and a purpose to my life. My art journey became that reason and purpose- a journey of healing, hope and rejuvenation. Through my study of Metatron’s Cube and ancient religious symbols, I have been led to create Ice-adelic Energy Mandalas.  Ice-adelic mandalas reflect the beauty of ice dyeing techniques blended with ancient Japanese shibori, tijame and modern American tie dye practice. Mimicking the tranquility of ocean views or the peacefulness of an aquarium, Ice-adelic Energy Mandalas bring their own special aura into our homes.  Each piece contains within hidden references to Metatron’s Cube and symbols of sacred geometry. Place your Ice-adelic Energy Mandala in an area that will enable you to view it quietly and feel the warmth flow into your inner self. Spend a few meditative minutes each morning and evening gazing into your mandala and allow yourself to experience renewed peace and healing strength.”

Denise Susalka
Denise Susalka paints her memories of living in France, Italy, Japan and Puerto Rico and travelling extensively I Asia, Europe , South America and the Caribbean. Her use of color, texture and play of light convey a sense of place in her landscapes, evocative abstracts and whimsical still life paintings. Her work has been exhibited in LakeShore Gallery in Bolton Landing, NY, Lady Audrey’s Gallery in West Cornwall, CT and Maji-Lina Gallery in Rio Mar, PR. Denise’s work can also be seen on her website www.

Nylen Gallery at Picture This, 772 Post Road East in Westport is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday’s 9:30 am to 5 pm.

For more information, call Wendy Nylen at 203-227-6861.


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