The Windham Project to Kick Off on April 20

Written by Michael Rouleau

•Local artist John Byrne installs "Leaves of Grass" on a Main Street building in Willimantic. The sculpture is composed of backlit pieces of cast fiberglass.

• Local artist John Byrne installs “Leaves of Grass” on a Main Street building in Willimantic. The sculpture is composed of backlit pieces of cast fiberglass.

WILLIMANTIC, CT (04/12/2017) The opening reception for the Windham Project, a six-week public art showcase in downtown Willimantic, will occur on April 20 from 5-8 p.m. Starting at Kerri Gallery (861 Main Street, Willimantic), the “progressive” reception will travel down Main Street and visit a number of Windham Project art installations along the way.

Participating local restaurants and businesses include Leaf and Flour tea room/coffee bar, Willimantic Brewing Company, Zok’s Brewing, Eminence tattoo shop, Kerri Gallery, Rajean’s Gifts and Antiques, Jewels Verne Jewelers, Willimantic Records, A Cupcake for Later and more.

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Art sites along Main Street include the Windham Town Hall, Kerri Gallery, Windham Town Library, Nathan Hale Building, Hooker Building, Burton Levitt Theatre, Jillson Square, 750 Main, Jamaican Me Crazy and Riverside Drive.

The Windham Project will run from April 15 to May 25 and feature 22 artists who will transform historic downtown Willimantic into an alternative art space. Kerri Gallery is the central hub where guests can find information on the artists, project proposals, exhibition maps and brochures.

The project was founded in 2015 by Gail Gelburd, professor of art history at Eastern Connecticut State University, as a way for the University and town to highlight Windham’s art scene and boost the local economy. The Windham Project’s 2015 inaugural event drew more than 2,000 visitors to town.

This year’s project features a new set of artists, with artwork ranging from large-scale installations to a 16-foot sculpture, a mural, sound and kinetic art, theatrical performances and more.

The Windham Project is sponsored and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts (a subset of the Connecticut Department of Economic Development), Eastern Connecticut State University, the Town of Windham, Willimantic Waste, Meehan and Daughters and Meyburd Real Estate.