Abstract paintings by Julia Contacessi and Teodora Guererra will be displayed in the “Connected Layers” exhibit at Sorelle Gallery.

WESTPORT — “Connected Layers,” a new exhibit featuring abstract art, will open May 5 at Sorelle Gallery.

An opening reception for the exhibit, featuring paintings by Julia Contacessi and Teodora Guererra, is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the gallery, 19 Church Lane. There is no charge and the public is invited.

The exhibit will run through May 27.

Contacessi and Guererra, who are cousins, “have styles rooted in layering techniques, experimenting with new applications and media to evolve the dimensionality they bring to each painting,” according to a publicity release.

Sorelle Gallery owner Sandy Pelletier with paintings by Julia Contacessi and Teodora Guererra, which will be featured in a new exhibit opening May 5. / Contributed  photo

Contacessi earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in New York City in 2000. Since then, her work has won awards from publications such as “Photographer’s Forum” and “Creativity,” and is included in the Yale Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections in New Haven.

Guererra received undergraduate and graduate degrees in art from Southern Connecticut University, the College of Saint Rose and Skidmore College. Her paintings are included in public and private collections across the U.S., including the Allmen Health and Wellness Center for Women in New York, SUNY Brockport and Williams-Sonoma in San Francisco.

The painters have “evolved in their own directions, you can see that their work originates from a similar mindset, with the same desire to capture something new, innovative or explorative on canvas,” Sorelle owner Sandy Pelletier said in the gallery’s publicity release.

“They both dabble in areas like texture, metallics or wash techniques, but ultimately land in simplicity.”

For more information, visit the Sorelle Gallery website or call 203-920-1900.