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!

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

Workshop at FVAC: Kiara Matos' Glazing Techniques
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 12-2PM

During this workshop, Kiara will demonstrate glazing techniques she has developed to decorate her work using masking tape, brush work, and wax resist mainly. Students will be working with the glazes Kiara uses for her work.

Please bring one bisque fired piece with a smooth surface, no texture, masking tape (different widths), wax resist and brushes, sponge, pencil, scissors.

Instructor: Kiara Matos
Location: Ceramics Studio 2A
Tuition: $35 Non-Members / 31.50 Members plus materials fee
Materials fee: $10 for the glazes is payable to the instructor

Artist Statment

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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Art Connection Studio

Mixed Media Paintings by Artists of the Art Connection Studio

Exhibit Duration: April 6-27, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Tea n' Talk: Saturday, April 27 from 3:00-4:30 PM
Artist Statement

The work in this exhibition was created by the artists of Art Connection Studio. We are a community of artists, working in a vocational art program, part of Vinfen Connecticut’s day services for adult individuals with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities. However, the subject of our artwork is not about disabilities as such. Our work is essentially about discovering one’s unique personal vision and opening up to one’s creative impulses. Implicit to the fabric of the program is the cultivation of an artist identity and a sense of belonging to a community of peers. At the heart of this program is the belief that positive and nurturing relationships are a powerful agent for growth.

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Nancy Doherty

Recent Work

Exhibit Duration: May 4-25, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Tea n' Talk: Saturday, May 25 from 3:00-4:30 PM
Artist Statement

Nancy Doherty has been a Visual Arts teaching instructor at the Greater Hartford Arts Academy since 2010. A graduate of Hartford Art School, Nancy’s works are intuitive interpretations of memory and travel, mainly charcoal and collage on paper. Her work has been exhibited widely in New England, including a NEW/NOW solo show at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and The Stamford Museum and Nature Center, where her work as a Weir Farm Visiting Artist was presented. Current work involves painted visceral memories in watercolor, and interpreted landscapes in fabric collage.