The Bell Gallery at Ethel Walker School, 230 Bushy Hill Road, is exhibiting The Botanical Tyranny Parlor by installation artist Jane Rainwater. Nov. 14-Dec. 28th.
Gallery hours: Dec.5-14 3:30-5:30pm; Dec 2 and Dec. 16 10:00am
The Botanical Tyranny Parlor engages the viewer with its seemingly innocent decorative delight; yet upon closer examination the work challenges and questions our attraction by revealing darker truths. Rainwater explores the hidden cost inherent in most of what we find seductively attractive The fabric design references classical nature illustration, Victorian silhouettes, wallpaper and prints as a critique of cultural history. A dark undercurrent of “cultural reckoning” informs this installation. In the tradition of botanical illustration, the silhouettes of seeming real plants and animals are in fact, carefully constructed from silhouettes of axes, scimitars, guns and grenades. Our measured gardens and cultivated civility are rooted in a history of violent conquest. While grenades may have replaced scimitars in our arsenals, the underlying theme remains. The beauty of our culture, like that all of those which preceded it, is but a mask for the ugliness of our own nature.
“Further On” is an exhibition featuring works by artists who teach at the Connecticut institutions that Manchester Community College students often transfer to, including works from Department of Art and Art History faculty members Robert Greene and Afarin Rahmanifar.
“Further On” will open beginning today, November 2, 2017 in the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. The exhibition runs through Dec. 6 with a reception at on Nov. 2 (tonight) at 6:30 p.m. You can view “Further On” Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Susan Classen-Sullivan at (860) 512-2693.
Silver Circle Art Center
ART OPENING this Friday from 6-9 pm
Putnam CT on 134 MAIN street
Adjunct Professor Rebecca Moran is using an old Renaissance technique to prepare the copper metal to accept oil. The Thin oil glazes blend with direct painting techniques allowing for a wider range of expression. The warm, rich luminescent copper ground shows through and will patina with age. She has 19 beautiful, abstract Oil on Copper paintings with 12 other very talented artists on exhibition. Please come celebrate the new gallery space and see the art work LIVE!
The Connecticut Center for the Book announced the finalists for the 2017 Connecticut Book Awards.
Congratulations to the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, Dr. Anne Dawson, for being admitted into the finalist list!
MS17 Represented Artist
Reception: 5 pm, Saturday, October 21
Grand opening of a new temporary public art installation by artist Gail Gelburd the Atrium at Harris Place
MS17 Art Project, Contemporary Art Space
165 State Street (Atrium at Harris Place)
New London, CT 06320
August 31, 2017 – October 12, 2017
Opening Reception: September 7, 2017 4:00 – 6:00 PM