June 6, 1999 Article:
At Silvemine, a Single Judge's Choices for Art of the Northeast
"The Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan has been host to an annual competition that began in 1949 ... This year's judge is Allan Stone, who has run a lively gallery in Manhattan since 1960 ... Not surprisingly, there are many fewer sculptures than paintings or drawings, especially since the sculptures chosen by Mr. Stone are often complex. The assemblage 'Nest,' by Robert Hepner is a nest of brambles on a lawn mower engine; the circular shape of the brambles turns into a finely woven brimmed hat. Along the same line is 'Nests,' by Amy Allen, a grid of 30 birds' nests of various materials, some woodsy, others not, on a wall. But it is the small sculptures that are truly beguiling. They include 'Crows Over Wheatfields,' by Nina Bentley. That is the title of van Gogh's last, disturbing painting, but Ms. Bentley stages it in a shoe stuffed with wheat and with small black bird-like shapes springing from it."