New pop-up art gallery opens on Washington Street

As Norwalk residents walk along Washington Street this summer, they’ll have the chance to see new artwork from a local artist.

A new pop-up art exhibit titled “Shadowboxing: Mixed Media Art by Amy Schott” will be on view June 3-26 at 132A Washington St. in Norwalk. The exhibition is curated and curated by Art Annex CT, a local organization that hosts individual and small-scale exhibitions for local artists.

Jane Jansen Seymour, Marketing Director of the Art Annex CT, was impressed by Schott’s skills in reimagining everyday objects and turning them into works of art.

“She’ll take things like old cigar boxes and meticulously cut them with a razor knife and put them together with wire and it becomes something else when you look at it,” Seymour said. “It’s exciting to work with an artist to help with her vision for the show. And it’s a wonderful space on Washington Street.”

The exhibition will feature around 50 pieces by local artist Schott, who mixes old objects to form multi-dimensional shadow boxes.

“I started collecting found vintage materials to incorporate into my work about 15 years ago, it’s so exciting to be able to show it all together in one space,” said Schott, who previously worked as an art director and graphic designer.

Schott, who was born and raised in County Fairfield, is a member of the Rowayton Arts Center, the Greenwich Arts Society, the New Canaan Society for the Arts (Carriage Barn Arts Center), and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

The exhibit is part of this year’s “OnWashington Entrepeneur Contest” for which space owners are allowing a local business to open a pop-up for six weeks. Art Annex CT has secured space on Washington Street to open a pop-up gallery, where Schott’s work will be featured for the first three weeks.

“We’re always looking for space for pop-up galleries, so we can continue to showcase local artists in the area,” Seymour said.

From June 2, the gallery will be open Tuesday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or by appointment.

William E. Bennett