The art of Helen Musante will be exhibited at Center Stage Theatre during its run of Big River, which opens this weekend \u201cBringing an art gallery to Center Stage is something our set designer, Ron Balwin, and I have been talking about for five or six years,\u201d said Gary Scarpa, founder of Center Stage who recently turned the theater\u2019s lobby into an art gallery. \u201cWe finally did it this past December, featuring the art of a women\u2019s group of artists known as \u2018Syntax.\u2019 We are honored and thrilled to now bring the art of Helen Musante, who has been a great friend and supporter of our work in theater, to our space.\u201d Musante began painting in the 1980s, and later studied under artist Enzo Russo at his studio in Greenwich. Her art has been shown at the Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby, Marks of Design in Shelton and the Parsons Government Complex in Milford. A number of her paintings and chalk drawings have been used on the covers of the Shelton Annual Report and in the Shelton Life community newsletter. Her paintings hang in the Shelton mayor\u2019s office as well, and her portrait of former State Representative Richard Belden was presented to the city when the downtown River Walk Park was named in his memory. Born in Bridgeport, Musante is a longtime resident of Shelton. Her late husband, Fred, was the chairman of the Shelton Economic Development Commission and a board member of the Shelton Economic Development Corporation for nearly two decades. Big River runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through Feb. 16, with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 3, 10 and 17 and also a 7 p.m. performance on Thursday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased by calling the box office at 203-225-6079 or by visiting centerstageshelton.com. The theater is located at 54 Grove Street.