Cook, Camilla. Jill Freedman Hello + Goodbye, essay for exhibition catalog. Chroma Fine Art Gallery, Katonah, NY. Spring 2022
Cook, Camilla. Fresh Pics: Contemporary Art in Connecticut Ridgefield Guild of Artists Exhibition Catalog. 2010
Cook, Camilla. Fresh Pics: Contemporary Art in Connecticut Ridgefield Guild of Artists Exhibition Brochure. 2010
Cook, Camilla. Pioneering the Genetic Revolution: Eduardo Kac and The GFP Bunny Project. Graduate dissertation. 2009
"House Parties! 'First Blush: The Joy of Beginnings' Opening Reception at SM Home Gallery, Greenwich AtHome Magazine, July/August, 2018.
Villarreal, Alexandra"Ushering in Fall Season with 'Punch and Sizzle' Art Show." Greenwich Time, October 4, 2017 (cover story)
Hodara, Susan. "Liza Lou's Handmade Sea of Sparkling Glass" New York Times January 2, 2016. (Camilla appears seated, second from left)
"Mark Making: The Collaborations of Alanna Fagan and Nomi Silverman", Laura G. Einstein. VENU Magazine, September/October 2013 (p 68,69, 80)
"Hope Now Hangs on The Walls of Preemie Unit." Ariela Martin. New Haven Independent, November 2, 2012
"Get It Fresh! New RGA Shows Ready for Their Closeups." Laurel Tuohy. Ridgefield Patch, January 24, 2010
"'Fresh Pics' Featuring Local Artists Opens Jan. 23." Rita Papazian. Norwalk Citizen, January 15, 2010
"A 'Fresh' Look at Connecticut Art - Ridgefield Exhibition Features 52 Local Artists." Rita Papazian. The Westport News, January 13, 2009
"Exhibition Celebrates Connecticut Art." Stamford Plus Magazine, December 22, 2009 and Norwalk Plus Magazine, December 22, 2009
"Fabulous Fairfield: Meet Some of Fairfield's Most Fabulous Women" Fairfield County Business Journal, May 11, 2009
"Pens and Paintbrushes: Consultant is in the Business of Art." Harold Davis. Stamford Advocate & Greenwich Times, November 14, 2008
"Annual Holiday Show and Sale Opens November 25 at Silvermine in New Canaan." Westport Minuteman, November 18-24, 2005
"For Some Students, A Local Museum Became the Ideal Classroom." Shannon Hicks. Newtown Bee, August 25, 2000
By Camilla Cook, Artist Consultant and Independent Curator
When I first met Diane Weeks several years ago, the idea of a book featuring her drawings of Darien had just begun to take shape. As we leafed through sketches in her studio, I was captivated by the charming and intimate viewpoint she brought to each locale. I scribbled a note from that meeting, “each drawing is a labor of love…her past work has led her to the idea of creating a suite of drawings of Darien for eventual publication in a book format.” I am so delighted that this tribute to Diane’s tight-knit seaside community has become a reality!
The lovely book you hold in your hands reflects the trajectory of Diane’s career. Using permanent and unforgiving materials like rapidograph pen and watercolor paint requires years of experience, a steady hand, and an abundance of patience. She blends the vibrancy and immediacy of a drawing practice with the meticulousness she developed in her early years producing etchings. And the talents that made Diane such a successful interior designer - her ability to create warm, comfortable spaces – are also apparent in her work. The scenes appear effortless and quaint, yet the reality is that they are the result of a myriad of exacting decisions, precise lines, and focused attention. Cozy details, cherished animals, picturesque scenes streaming with sunlight and plants, a world of harmony with touches of humor blend to characterize spaces that are lived-in and loved. She records in exacting detail the authentic heart of the places and people that give Darien its unique and pleasant character. Scenes are depicted as the seasons change, yet she captures a timelessness as life unfolds, rituals repeat, and famous haunts are frequented. While displaying an endearing snapshot in time, the essence of her beloved town consistently lies at the core of Diane’s drawings. Each drawing is part of a larger story. And now Diane’s many individual observations of life in Darien can be seen together for the first time.
Weeks, Diane. Darien Days. Foreword by Camilla Cook. Fall 2020