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It’s A “Paris” State of Mind with Connecticut’s Jill Butler

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Jill Butler  presents:  “My Paris Portfolio- Original Art, Design and Product” at the Essex Art Association Gallery at 10 North Main Street in Essex on the weekend of October 16-18.

The show opens with a wine and cheese reception on Friday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m., and will continue on Saturday, Oct. 17, 10-5pm with a gallery talk by Jill at 10am.  Sunday, Oct. 18, come for coffee, 10-1pm. A master of collage design and a longtime Essex resident, Butler will showcase 30+ pieces that incorporate cut paper, illustration and found objects gathered from her 18 years in Paris and Normandy.

For Butler, creating collage is the art of assembling found objects that tell a story. Discovering and gathering materials, or junk to others, is a great part of the creative adventure. Flea markets, barn attics, old factories are treasured sources. Each one-of-a-kind collage creates an ambiance that tells a story or makes a social statement. For Butler, art is also meant to resonate beyond the walls on which it hangs. The visuals of everyday living and dining, especially in France, has inspired her to develop a variety of products for daily use. On the walls, on the table, there is no either/or with Butler- fine art, notecards, placemats, napkins, tidbit dishes, each piece is standalone.

These products will be featured as part of the exhibition in a boutique at the Essex Art Association. Especially for this show, Butler will launch her newest product: “the CARDbutler and organizing station”. Inspired by a French 1950’s wire postcard frame, Butler has maintained the integrity of the original design, but updated the piece to reflect her own contemporary style and color palette. As a multi-purpose organizer, “the CARDbutler” evokes a feeling of old Paris. Each purchase of “the butler” comes with a five-dozen sampler of a newly designed card collection. “The CARDbutler” will aesthetically add to any home by displaying photographs of the grandchildren, a recent trip, social invites, tracking the kids’ activities or in business by presenting relevant materials.

For the October 16 opening reception, a $10 donation is suggested with door proceeds and a percentage of ALL sales benefitting The York Butler Fund for the Creative Arts at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and the Essex Auxiliary of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT.

For more information, contact Jill Butler at 860.526.5155.


About the artist: A former NYC corporate executive, Jill Butler began her personal self-taught artistic career through collage. During her 18 years in France, she expanded her talents to illustration engendered by hours spent in her favorite Paris cafes. From here, places were drawn and journaled, giving way to three Paris guidebooks and a tableware collection. Living her life as the American in Paris, Butler was fascinated by the smallest details of food, decorum, home decor, fashion, packaging and the style of living, all of which inspired her to illustrate and develop products reminiscent of La Vie Française. Butler never stops creating and being inspired by the convergence of art and product.