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!
Exhibit Duration: January 5 - 26, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Tea n' Talk: Saturday, January 26 from 3:00-4:30 PM
Paint chips are my outlet to explore. I search my communities for fascinating palette discards, envisioning their potential and associating the new object with a person or story. The exhibition "SUSAN" stems from FVAC artist Susan Prentice's painter palette.
Reframing paint discards allows me to question the interaction between artwork and the viewer; how a particular object can hold an emotion, transmit an experience, or allude to certain interpretations. Through my work, I encourage exploration, provoke new conversation and suggests that there is value in the overlooked.
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The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center's Exhibit
Exhibit Duration: February 2 - 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Tea n' Talk: Saturday, February 23 from 3:00-4:30 PM
The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center is a hidden gem in Hartford and is dedicated to enriching lives through hand-weaving. Our primary program is the artisan program, which teaches hand-weaving to people who have low vision, no vision, or are over 55. This program provides a safe-place where participants can escape the isolation of their circumstances and offers the opportunity to learn a new skill, earn an income and become a valuable member of a community of artisans. We also offer weaving classes, workshops, and classes for youth.
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Ceramics by Kiara Matos
Ceramics by Kiara Matos
Exhibit Duration: March 2 - 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Tea 'n Talk: Saturday, March 30 from 3:00-4:30 PM
I have always been a visual person, I remember being a kid and walking around my grandmother’s house observing every detail on beautiful objects as they caught my attention and hold these images vividly, it could be colors combined, lines that met, balanced shapes, I had a natural appreciation for it all. This approach has stayed with me, everywhere I go, be it other peoples houses or countries, Modern architecture or museums, and mainly the botanical world; trees, leaves, flowers, plants, grassy fields, I will observe and hold images, abstracting details that will later reemerge in my ceramic practice, it can be as abstract as a color combination or as literal as a leaf recreation, my work is the media where I bring back all the details I have stored every time I marvel at the world, human and natural. Then there is a second element that represents my work, and it is color. It is of course a product of my visual observation, and it has lead my practice towards color research and glaze development. Allowing me to develop a very personal and wide color palette that is unique and clearly identifies my body of work.
Kiara Matos has been working with clay for over 20 years. She was born in Venezuela, were she apprenticed several potters and teachers, Elsa Sanguino, Guillermo Cuellar, Maruja Herrera, Candido Millan and Daniel Reynolds to name a few. Her work has been shown solo and collectively, in several Galleries and Museum Stores, and she has participated and helped organize ceramic fairs for open spaces throughout Caracas. Her family moved to New Haven, CT. 8 years ago, where she had apprenticed with Maishe Dickman and Stephen Rodriguez in the 1990’s. And where she now runs a studio dedicated to the production of porcelain pieces under the name Kiara Matos Ceramics.
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