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Nylen Gallery Artists’ Portfolios Calendar of Exhibitions


THE NEST- Residents Show 3”- Three artists from The Nest in Bridgeport will exhibit their work at Nylen Gallery in September.

Reception: Friday, September 9, 2016, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

On view August 31 through October 1

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 3 featuring Susan Tayor Murray, Jane D’Avila and Carlos D’Avila.

Nylen Gallery is proud to introduce Westport to the artists of The Nest in the third 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.


Davila Carlos


THE NEST- Residents Show 3
Three artists from The Nest in Bridgeport will exhibit
their work at Nylen Gallery in September.

Friday, September 9, 2016, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

On view August 31 through October 1
Mon. - Fri. 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat. 9:30am-5pm
Nylen Gallery at Picture This
772 Post Road East
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.

Carlos Davila
Born and educated in Peru, Carlos Davila comes from a family of artists. After receiving his MFA from the National School of Fine Arts in Lima, he spent several years exhibiting in and traveling around Europe. Following a one-man exhibition at the Miami Museum of Art, Davila visited and then settled in New York City. He attended Pratt Graphic Center and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop while working from a studio in Greenwich Village.

He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, at such venues as the Institute of Contemporary Hispanic Art and 14 Sculptors Gallery in NYC, and the International Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland, the Sadye Bronfman Center in Montreal, and the Attleboro Museum of Art, among many others. His work is highly collected, with sculptures and paintings in the collections of the Yale University's Art Gallery, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, the Mint Museum of Art in NC, the collection of the Organization of American States in DC, as well as scores of private and corporate collections. In 1978 Davila moved to Connecticut and now works from a loft at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Jane Davila
Jane Davila is a fiber and mixed-media artist who began her professional art career as a printmaker, specializing in etchings and intaglios. Her prints can be found in many private and corporate collections around the world, including the Lila Acheson Wallace Collection. She switched to fiber, mixed media, and art quilting in the 1990s but still incorporates many printmaking techniques, such as screen printing, block printing, gyotaku fish printing, and thermofax printing, in her work.

The experience of living in Peru in the 1980s has had a lasting impact on her appreciation for the diversity of cultural expression and iconography, which as a theme frequently shows up in her work. Repeating motifs of fish, birds, and insects reflect her ongoing fascination with nature, the environment, and human impact on both.

She teaches art quilting and surface design workshops extensively across the US as well as internationally, most recently in South Korea, Canada, and Australia.

Jane has written several bestselling books on surface design and art quilting and is a frequent guest on Quilting Arts TV, shown on PBS stations nationwide. Jane works from a studio at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport CT.

Susan Taylor Murray
Over the years Susan has explored and worked in a variety of art related fields - photography, printing, graphic design, computer illustration, set design, and decorative painting. As a self taught artist, she learned each craft by diving in and immersing herself in a medium, striving to master each, and discovering that there is always more to learn.

For the past ten years Susan has been a principal partner in her art business, Finished With Style, LLC, creating fine decorative finishes and hand painted furniture for homes and businesses throughout the Northeast. Her fine artworks are a direct result of exploring the decorative art mediums on canvas and hardboard.

Susan has often heard her work described as “artistic alchemy”. She believes it is because of her constant experimentation and exploration of reactive mediums and the use of light to create one of a kind, original works of art. Susan's art has been included in a number of exhibitions, most recently at the office of the Mayor of Bridgeport, Westport's Art About Town 2016 show, and Earthfest 2016, where she was awarded the 2nd place prize.


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