Ms. Gilbert always knew she was an artist, but it took decades to give herself permission to call herself one. Until then, art played an important but secondary role in her life. Inspired by nature and curiosity, Debbie observes and uses color, form and texture to inform her work. She gravitates toward the dimensional and often uses sculptural elements in her mixed media projects.
Photography has always played a role in Debbie’s artistic endeavors. She loves natural as well as man-made objects and people. She has produced several shows of her photographs along with written journals to give depth to the work.
Debbie began sculpting in clay when her boys were young. She graduated to stone and epoxy clay. Continuing her experimentation with different media, Debbie discovered fiber and assemblage. “The materials allow you to create three-dimensional projects such as felted wool, knitted or crocheted wearable art (handbags and luxurious scarves), silver and beaded jewelry and other sculptural works. Being a recycler at heart, she reassembles discarded objects to create one of a kind art, while saving the planet.
Ms. Gilbert has exhibited in juried shows at the Barnum Museum, the SPAG Gallery, The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Housatonic Museum of Art and the Bromfield Gallery in Boston, among others. She has been awarded prizes for her ink drawings and photographs. Debbie has also been commissioned by Positive People Magazine, “The Best 10 Minute Plays for 3 or more Actors” and for a generational themed sculpture at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven.
Ms. Gilbert founded the Stratford Arts Guild in 2006 (renamed the Coastal Arts Guild of CT in 2014) and is currently its Treasurer.
A native New Yorker, Debbie now lives Stratford, Connecticut with her husband and 2 dogs. They visit Tunk Lake every summer with their adult sons and love being involved in the Schoodic Arts for All festival.