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Westport Book Shop Welcomes Elizabeth Petrie-Devoll for August Art Exhibit

The Westport Book Shop is pleased to welcome artist Elizabeth Petrie-Devoll as guest exhibitor for the month of August 2022, at the Book Shop’s Drew Friedman Art Place.

Elizabeth is exhibiting eleven original assemblage artworks.

Elizabeth creates new art from old objects with a practice that enlivens history and questions the supposed border between the past and the present. She sees possibility in the discarded, weathered, and forgotten. A student and lover of history, Elizabeth uses her archivist sensibility to combine found antiquities into immersive, vibrant, miniature theaters.

“In a disposable age, I reconfigure, repurpose, and compose well-worn and often utilitarian relics. With unknown yet imagined histories, these artifacts become pieces of nostalgic and puzzle-like compositions,” said Elizabeth.

Elizabeth works from her home studio in Westport, and regularly exhibits art in Fairfield County and surrounding areas. She is a member of the Board of the Artists Collective of Westport. Elizabeth holds a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Fine Arts, and spent over a decade as an art director on Madison Avenue, primarily at BBDO. She has taught art in various locations in Fairfield County, and served for ten years as Education Director and Artist in Residence at the Westport Historical Society.

You can see this exhibit at the Westport Book Shop, located at 23 Jesup Road, right across Jesup Green from the Westport Library. The art exhibit is open to the public during the Book Shop’s regular business hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 6pm, and Sundays from Noon to 5pm (closed Mondays).

Elizabeth's art will be on display through August 31, 2022. All artwork on exhibit is available for purchase.

The Book Shop’s “Drew Friedman Art Place” is an area of the store dedicated to exhibiting the work of community artists year-round, on a rotating basis. Miggs Burroughs, a Trustee of the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, and a founding member of The Artists Collective of Westport, is curating the Book Shop's art exhibits, which change monthly.

For more about Elizabeth and to see more of her artwork, you can visit her website:

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