Connecticut Traditional Artists and Their Communities

Aug 11, 2016 - Nov 4, 2016

This exhibit will take place at The Gallery at Constitution Plaza, One Constitution Plaza in Hartford.

In 2016, the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) marks 25 years of documenting the state’s diverse cultural traditions and sharing the artistic creations and community cultural practices of folk artists living here. The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) hosts a new exhibit honoring their long-term partnership with CCHAP. Connecticut Traditional Artists and Their Communities will display a fascinating variety of ethnic, occupational, and native arts along with stories and images.

The Gallery at Constitution Plaza is located on the second floor of One Constitution Plaza in Hartford and is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Admission is free and validated parking is available for visitors using the Constitution Plaza South Garage only (entrances at State Street and Kinsley Streets).

Connecticut Traditional Artists and Their Communities highlights the work of Connecticut folk artists whose creativity expresses the history, cultures, values, and beliefs essential to their heritage. Their skills are learned from family and community members over years of observation, practice, and artistic participation. Artists include Peruvian woodcarver and furniture restoration expert Romulo Chanduvi, Polish iconographer and community folklorist Marek Czarnecki, Ukrainian pysanky (decorated eggs) master Paul Luniw, and Q Delpeche, creator of brilliant Trinidad-style Carnival costumes. Several skilled textile artists from newcomer groups including Bosnian, Burmese Karen, and Assyrian will display their weavings, embroideries, and lace. The Finnish community from eastern Connecticut will show their woodcarvings, weavings, and sauna decorations, and the Tibetan community will display thangka paintings, woven rugs, and a sand mandala. Occupational artists from maritime, ironwork, decoy carving, and shoe-making traditions will illustrate the crafts of working communities.

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