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New Darien Gallery Offers Unique Selection

Many people were sad to see the Noroton Gallery , a staple in Darien for more than 35 years, close in February. But Darien residents Jeff Saverine and Drew Clark have reopened a new gallery, Darien Art and Frame, in the same location with the goal of bringing new and different art to Darien.

"We have a shop full of stuff for neighbors who want a variety of unique work. Rather than the stuffy art gallery which it had been, with a finite group of people it's catering to, we offer what people are looking for," Saverine said.

Among the new artists brought in include the popular Bren Bataclan , who started the Smile Project in which he gives art to people on the street who smile at him. There is also Bennett Robot Works , from a former ad guy who makes robots out of found objects and whose work has been featured in "Wall Street 2," "Arthur" and "Ugly Betty." They will also feature works by Darienites such as mosaic artist Roger Brown, as well as some mid-century modern furniture.

Saverine and Clark worked in advertising for many years. More recently, Saverine was a framer at the old Noroton Gallery, and Clark was the former owner of the Stamford Antiques Center, which was destroyed in a fire in 2006.

"There's a huge similarity between the work we did in advertising and the work we do now. We're representing creative talent," Saverine said.

"We really want to give people something out of the ordinary, rather than the shorelines and seascape paintings you'd expect to find in this area," said Clark, who makes Zero Shade lamps that are sold in the store.

There will still be an emphasis on framing as well. Darien Art & Frame is one of the first framers in the area to use digital cameras to allow clients to see what their work will look like in a frame before the work is done.

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