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!

Paper Possibilities

Art of Paper Manipulation - Group Exhibit
Exhibit Duration: July 6 - August 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 6 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Workshops: Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, August 18 from 12:00-3:00 PM
Tea n' Talk: Saturday, August 10 from 3:00-4:00 PM
Lotus Flowers Workshop

First students will create a white paper lotus flower from Jo Lynn's original design. Afterwards students will work on a second flower and will pattern, decorate and embellish the petals before building the flower.

Instructor: Jo Lynn Alcorn
Location: Drezner Gallery
Tuition per Person: $45 Non-Members/ $40.50 Members
Materials Fee: $35 payable to the instructor

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 12-3 PM

Paper Engineering and Pop-Up Workshop

This workshop will cover various paper engineering techniques. Students will learn to translate pop-up models into cards or books. Templates will be provided so that everyone can explore various levels of complexity. There are lots of interesting movement and dimension that you can achieve with pop-up structures. At the end of the workshop, students will be given the option to bind all pop-up models into a book to take home.

Instructor: Yoojin Kim
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition per Person: $45 Non-Members/ $40.50 Members
Materials Fee: $20 payable to the instructor

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 12-3 PM

Lori Racicot

Exhibit Duration: September 7-28, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Workshop: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Tea n' Talk: Saturday, September 28 from 3:00-4:00 PM

Artist Statement
Art is a powerful way for me to express my inner thoughts and emotions and represent the world as I see it. Creating art unleashes tension, provides a sense of peace in my life, allows for self-discovery, and is a way to share my God-given gift. My artwork also invites others in, evokes their memories, and starts a dialogue about shared experiences.

Thriving on variety, my work goes from the familiar to the abstract, and back again. Often starting with nature as my inspiration, I begin the creative process by keenly observing my surroundings and contemplating how I feel about the subject and what I want to express. This allows me to intuitively create authentic pieces that capture my interpretation of the subject matter influenced by my experiences, thoughts, and emotions.

Inspired by the impressionists, post-impressionists, and abstract expressionists, I adore color. Colors on my palette, sometimes straight from the paint tube, other times mixed into unique hues, are forever changing and evolving. Employing brushes, knives, fingers, spray bottles, cloth, and found objects, I utilize various techniques to spontaneously apply paint and make marks, creating unique and varied textures on a canvas. The multiple layers of paint hide but at the same time expose, deeper layers of my personal vulnerability and raw emotions.

Where will my work lead me? I hope that I will continue to grow and produce as an artist, expressing myself, touching others, and creating conversations.

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Charlene Li


Clay work by Charlene Li
Art made real from earth, water, fire, and soul.
Exhibit Duration: October 5-26, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Tea n' Talk: Saturday, October 26 from 3:00-4:00 PM

Artist Statement
My interest in pottery started in 2008 when I took my first pottery class with master potter, John Macomber at Greenleaf Pottery in South Windsor, CT. I have continued my work there developing my skills at the wheel as well as hand-building and slab work. I enjoy experimenting with glazes and colored slip (liquid clay) for decoration.

I am a family physician by training and was in private practice for 32 years at Windsor Family Medicine in Windsor, CT. My practice included obstetrics for 25 years. I am continuing my medical career working in medical education. I am an author for a continuing medical education course for family doctors and I am teaching medical students and residents at the University of Connecticut. For me, making pots is like delivering a baby - It takes patience and is "done by feel." Delivering babies brought me great joy for years; pottery brings me that same joy now.

My parents came from China in the late 1940s. My father, Wen, was a professor of civil engineering, but he was an artist at heart who loved to draw, paint, sculpt and make stained glass. My mother, Ming, was the author of a Chinese cookbook but was also a skilled fabric artist who enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and quilting. I am blessed to have two wonderful children.

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