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Art Professors Exhibit in New London

Thumbnail image for Forget me nots.jpgSix Eastern art professors are showcasing their work, "Forget-Me-Nots" in an art exhibition at the Hygienic Art Galleries at 79-83 Bank Street in New London. The exhibit began on May 28 and continues through June 25. Artists include June Bisantz, Lula Blocton, Sharon Butler, Ted Efremoff, Tom Hébert and Jane Rainwater. The public is invited. Admission is free.

"The pieces selected for this exhibition bring forward ideas, memories and images gleaned from the artists' pasts," said Butler, who organized the exhibit. "Each artist transforms transient thoughts and vague private recollections, allowing them a place in our shared memory and collective history."

Bisantz's work creates thought-provoking public art on billboards, buses, movie theater screens, shopping mall advertising panels, architectural facades, traffic-control devices and solar-powered street signs.  Blocton is fascinated with color, structure and the illusion of transparency. She has traveled to Africa and Europe to study major museum collections and vernacular art. Butler is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work comprises abstract painting, Web 2.0 social networking media, and writing. In "Forget-Me-Nots," Butler presents paintings based on the structure of isolated observation towers that were inspired by the paintings that her reclusive father, who worked as a stockbroker in New London for more than 40 years, made in the 1960s.  Efremoff, born in Moscow, Russia, is a cross-disciplinary artist engaged with performance, video, installation and social sculpture. His primary interest lies in exploring how storytelling has the capacity to overcome the immediate constraints of space and time. Hébert, whose recent work includes photorealist paintings and collages that combine digital images and wood construction, has exhibited at OK Harris, Semaphore and Exit Art in New York; Real Art Ways in Hartford; and many other galleries throughout New England. In her artwork, Rainwater explores the paradox of "horrible beauty" in drawings, diagrams, installations, sculpture, performance and prints. Her aim is to engage the viewer with seemingly innocent decorative pleasantry, which upon closer examination reveals darker truths.

The Hygienic Art Galleries is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information about "Forget-Me-Nots," contact Sharon Butler at (860) 465-4345 or via e-mail at butlers@easternct.edu.

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