Fisher Front Space

Our newest gallery is dedicated to small solo exhibitions by area artisans and artists. Small works, limited edition series and unique one-of-a-kind functional and art objects are included for exhibitions in Front Space. Hand picked by our curator Elena Gibson, Front Space is dedicated to bringing the best of Connecticut to the Farmington Valley. Expect the unexpected in this intimate and dynamic space!

Karen Israel

Pastel and the Power of Pure Pigment
June 2 - June 30
Opening Reception: Saturday June 2 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Tea n' Talk: June 16 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM

About Karen Israel

Workshop: Pastel and Texture in the Landscape
Sunday, June 10th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Looking for a way to achieve texture and light on your pastel paintings? Come join the fun in this one day workshop to learn how pastels can be used in conjunction with watercolor to create softer edges and a more painterly approach. Professional artist/educator, Karen Israel, will demonstrate the array of techniques that can be achieved in painting with this exciting medium. Students will learn how to create an underpainting or an entire painting using their own photo references. Additionally, students will learn how to mix colors to establish value and
temperature relationships.

Instructor: Karen Israel
Level: All are welcome

Non-Members $85

Members $76.50

Supplies to bring: pastels hard and soft (NO OIL PASTELS PLEASE), photo references, UART sanded paper cream or any sanded pastel paper in a lighter value, such as cream or white, watercolors, watercolor brushes, a board to tape paper onto, a drawing board, photo reference.

Andrew Jeruss

Animals and their Families
July 7 - July 28
Opening Reception: Saturday July 7 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Tea n' Talk: July 28 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM
About Andrew Jeruss
Andrew is a collage artist who loves creating whimsical animal collages that appeal to the young and the young at heart. He uses many beautiful handmade papers in his designs. He sometimes incorporates pastel when he feels that it complements the piece. Entirely self-taught, Andrew has been developing his artistic style for the last ten years. Andrew is a young man who lives life facing many challenges- profoundly deaf, visually impaired and with serious neurological deficits. Yet these challenges do not define Andrew.

Andrew is a person who loves playing with color and creating art. He loves traveling and exploring new places. Hiking to beautiful spots and exploring new places are favorites of Andrew’s. Andrew brings the same innocent joie de vivre to his artwork. Without any formal training and completely unafraid, he simply explores what he can do with the materials available to him. Andrew learns by doing.

He has enjoyed receiving many accolades for his pieces, which can be purchased at the Fisher Gallery at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon and at The Eco Café in East Hampton, CT. Andrew has also enjoyed recent successes selling his work through Open Studios Hartford in 2016 and a highly successful show solo show at the Mandell JCC of West Hartford in 2017.

Peggy Dembicer

"Moving The Needle"
August 4 - August 25
Opening Reception: Saturday August 4 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Tea n' Talk: August 25 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM
About Peggy Dembicer
Workshop: Beadweaving on a Loom
Sunday, August 5, 2018, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Learn basic bead weaving on a simple table top loom. Students will graph and execute geometric or abstract designs that can be used to create jewelry or other decorative items. Bring some scissors and reading glasses if required. A $12 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the class. Max. 8/Min. 3 students

Instructor: Peggy Dembicer
Level: All are welcome

Non-Members $75

Members $67.50

Nan Runde

September 1 - September 29
Opening Reception: Saturday September 8, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Tea n' Talk: September 29, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
About Nan Runde
Litho Crayon Drawing Workshop​
Saturday, September 22​, ​ 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Students will learn how to create a drawing on paper in the unusual medium of lithographic crayon. Drawing paper, lithographic crayon, and crayon sharpener will be provided. Please bring a pencil and sketch paper. Materials fee payable to instructor: $15​

Non-Members $30

Members $27