February 5, 2015

diggin' out diggin' in

In the Gilbert Gallery at Miss Porter's School Main Dining Hall for the month of February are paintings by Laraine Armenti. Laraine is a visual artist who works primarily in painting, drawing, and collage. She earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Etching and an MFA from Boston University in Painting. In 2013 her work was shown in the New Talent Show at Alpha Gallery in Boston, MA. Other one person shows include the Morse Institute in  Natick, MA and the Sara Doyle Gallery in Providence, RI. Her work is in private collections; Meditech, Inc. and the DeCordova Corporate Loan Program are among them. She is the recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Artists Valentine, and is a repeat resident artist at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. Until 2007, Laraine’s related professional experience included international work for the meeting design industry.

Vincent Giarrano
oil on linen
 The Washington Art Association’s Annual Members Exhibition will begin on Saturday,
February 7 with an opening reception from 4pm – 7pm.
This exhibition has grown to be a much-anticipated tradition to the local art scene. In July of 1952, the first exhibit of the association was a Members’ Show, which included the works by Hamilton Gibson, Fedor Rimsky, and William Talbot.  The Members’ Show continues to be an enticing venue for both emerging and established artists and a wonderful opportunity for the collector to acquire works of art, in all media.

The Members Exhibition continues through February 28 at the gallery located at 4 Bryan Plaza in Washington Depot. Open to the general public Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm it will certainly be rewarding for everyone who sees it. For additional information, please call 860-868-2878 or visit website www.washingtonartassociation.org.

71st Annual Connecticut
Artists Juried Exhibition

Help us celebrate the opening of the 71st Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition! This show features the original work of resident artists of Connecticut, including painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, printmaking, fiber art, photography, sculpture.
The opening reception will be held in the Converse Art Gallery (snow or shine!) Sunday, February 8 from 1-3 pm. Awards will be announced at 2 pm. The opening reception is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Located on the campus of Norwich Free Academy, the Slater Museum awakens visitors to the richness and diversity of the human experience through art and history. For more than one hundred years, the Museum has displayed and interpreted the best examples of fine and decorative art, representing a broad range of world cultures of the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa.
For more information, please call (860) 425-5563
Visit us online at www.slatermuseum.org

GAZE - our monthly gay happy hour - is Friday, February 6 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM! There's no cover, so bring your friends, grab a drink, and enjoy refreshments and socializing in the midst of the art.

Coming Soon: The Talking Cure by Melissa Stern
The sculpted and drawn figures in The Talking Cure come from the imagination of artist Melissa Stern, and the show's title comes from Sigmund Freud's original description of psychoanalysis.

Made physical through clay, wood, found objects, and other materials, the personalities of her characters prove ambiguous as they stand precariously balanced. Often lacking a limb or facial feature, they may appear vulnerable, humorous, or mischievous, suggesting and eliciting a range of human emotions.

Thursday, February 12 through Monday, May 25 2015.

Artist reception: Saturday, March 7 from 4-6 PM.
Real Art Ways
56 Arbor St
Hartford, CT 06106

A month of LOVE...and ART...and TEA!

Creating a space of cozy nights and relaxation.

As we approach our month of February, we have taken some down time to regroup, now offering by appointments massage therapy, tea foot soaks, and manicures on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Spa party bookings and spa nights are now available. Call ahead and mention this add for a VERY special intro rate to try us.

 Farmington Valley Arts Center presents: LOVE ART

Celebrate the love of art and the ones you love at LOVE ART - a special First Saturday Open Studios event at the Farmington Valley Arts Center. Resident artists open their studios to offer one of a kind art works, Valentine’s Day gifts and art for giving to that special someone. The day will also include hands-on art activities for all ages in our art classrooms. The exhibition, Hearts on Their Sleeves – featuring artists’ interpretations of the valentine – will be presented in the Drezner Visitors’ Gallery with an opening reception from 1:00-3:00pm on Saturday, February 7th. A special tea room with Valentine’s Day confections will be offered in the Fisher Gallery and gift shop.   More Valentine’s Day celebrating takes place on February 13th when the Arts Center will feature a special Valentine’s Day Party from 6:30-8:30pm in the Fisher Gallery. FVAC studio artist Deborah  Velasquez, will present Express Your Love on Paper! – a workshop to create ink and brush word art. Chocolate strawberries and sparkling wine round out the evening.  Registration for the workshop is $30 and includes food and beverages. A materials fee of $5 is payable to the instructor.  To register call 860.678.1867 or email Sandy Buerkler at sandy.buerkler@artsfvac.org.

The UConn Torrington campus ARTS PROJECT will feature the work of Romanian –born artist Florin Firimita at the campus’ Brick Wall Exhibition Space and the Whitson Gallery from February 9 – April 10, 2015. The exhibit, Reliquaries includes mixed media paintings, notebooks and resource materials from the artist’s studio. The documentary film, The Art of Leaving: A Portrait of Florin Ion Firimita will be shown on Thursday, February 26th, at 6:30 PM, followed by a conversation with the artist. The Art of Leaving depicts the journey of self-discovery for this Romanian immigrant trying to regain the past through painting, ultimately exploring his internal and external journeys and how they influenced the process and meaning of his art.  Sponsored by the ARTS Project, the screening of the film and conversation will be held in the Whitson Gallery, followed by a reception for the artist. These events are free and open to the public.
For more information contact:  Pamela Bramble at 860-626-6821 or Pamela.bramble@uconn.edu