A special program is being offered by French artist Dr. Jean-Paul Courchia entitled “The impact of the environment on the artistic creation.” The program is 3 pm March 4. RSVP required. Call us at 203-226-6934. “ At the center of his environmental sphere we can assume that the greatest influence over an artist is exerted by his own image and then by the one of his immediate acquaintances (family or friends). Several examples can help demonstrate a relationship between the artist’s physique and his work. Claude Monet’s beard resembles the willow’s reflections in the water. Piet Mondrian has a face that is as grave as are his lines; Bernard Buffet and Fernand Leger both look like the characters they are depicting. Gerard Garouste states: “I am my best model.” Roy Lichtenstein seems to find his own self in his works.