An exhibition of new work by artists Kelly Rossetti and Alina B will be on display July 7-29 at Sorelle Gallery. / Contributed photos
Kelly Rossetti, left, and Alina B

WESTPORT — “Kaleidoscope,” an exhibition of new work by artists Kelly Rossetti and Alina B, will open July 7 at the Sorelle Gallery.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, is planned at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the gallery, 19 Church Lane. The display will run through July 29.

Rossetti’s display represents a shift in direction, according to a gallery publicity release: “Her paintings have moved from the layering of loose and intuitive brush strokes to structured compositions, which explore more intentional mark-making, geometry and color.”

Alina B, the gallery says, “uses mirror in place of traditional canvas, but her work plays on similar color palettes and themes, incorporating through reflection, for example, the geometric elements of the room in which it hangs.”

In preparation for the show, Alina B provided Rossetti with a swatch of one of her mirrors, enabling Rossetti to draw from Alina’s chosen medium, resulting in “a uniquely cohesive visual,” according to publicity for the exhibit.

The exhibit is “a curation of two bodies of work by very different artists, who have been visibly inspired by one another,” Sandy Pelletier, the Sorelle Gallery owner, said in the press statement.

“To me, the ‘Kaleidoscope’ exhibition feels so appropriate at Sorelle, which was named after the Italian word for ‘sisters.’ This show is a collaboration between women; It’s creative, feminine and impactful.”

Rossetti, a Westport resident, is primarily self-taught, and also studied classical oil painting at an atelier in New York City. A contemporary abstract and figurative painter, she works in acrylic and oil paint, sometimes incorporating mixed media.

Alina B, a Lithuania native now living in Connecticut, studied glass design at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. She learned techniques such as blown glass, fusing, etching, casting and stained glass under the instruction of Valmantas Gutauskas and also was an apprentice of Dale Chihuly. Her preferred glass medium is mirror, which she manipulates using acids and paint.

For more information, check the Sorrel Gallery website or call 203-920-1900.