The Akus Gallery at Eastern is presenting "Unfiltered V: Vito Bonanno Riding with the Train Girls" on view from Jan. 19 through March 1. An interactive mural project, which also is a Dean's Cup event, took place Feb. 2 in the Akus Gallery. Students, staff, faculty and members of the community joined Bonanno in creating the mural.
Bonanno's work is image and concept driven and may incorporate any media that will fuel his expression. "He has found a way to tap into the intensity of focus and insight afforded him, through autism spectrum disorder, to unleash a formidable creative power and vision," said Elizabeth Peterson, director of the Akus Gallery. "Using spray paints, gouache, India inks, oils, acrylics and other media, Bonanno works on paper, canvas or whatever support may suit. Most of the characters or topics he draws are important to his life and embedded in his personal philosophy. His work has been described as raw, unfiltered, unedited, truthful, comedic, irresistible, bold, playful and charming, much like the man himself."
The Akus Gallery is located in the lower level of Shafer at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The public is invited. Admission is free. For more information regarding this and other exhibitions at Akus Gallery, please call (860) 465-4659 or visit www.easternct.edu/akusgallery.