Two local artists, Karen Vogel of Darien and Greenwich artist Liana Moonie, interpret nature in concurrent solo print exhibits at Fairfield's ArtPlace Gallery, from June 7- July 9. A landscape designer as well as a long-time painter, Vogel's exhibit, "Landscapes of the Mind," is based on drawings she originally created in classes at The New York Botanical Garden. The ArtPlace exhibit features her collagraphy prints, a kind of printed collage, which explore "...the relationship between the geometric structure and organic flow of nature,” she says. “Each print is made up of multiple collagraph plates in which I break down the natural elements I observe, into a simpler form.”

Vogel studied painting and drawing at New York’s Art Students League and Washington D.C.’s Corcoran College of Art & Design and printmaking at The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk. Her work has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries.

Born in Italy, Liana Moonie studied art with Robert Brackman, Edgar Whitney, and other prominent artists. Her work has been featured in shows at The National Academy of Design in New York, in exhibits of the National Association of Women Artists, Allied Artists of America and at Silvermine Gallery in New Canaan, among other venues.

"Single Out" is the title of Moonie's ArtPlace show. It is comprised of her nature-themed monoprints, a process described as "essentially a printed painting."  In her 40 year art career, Moonie has been praised by critics who called her work  “timeless, done with an exquisite sense of design, balance, and color harmony."

Stop by to see Karen Vogel and Liana Moonie's compelling interpretations of nature on view at ArtPlace. An opening reception takes place June 11, from 4-6 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information visit ArtPlace's website or call .