West End artists and a Gallery Talk by Pablo Delano celebrate Hartford’s vibrant arts scene
Hartford, CT (October 27, 2014) On November 15-16, 2014, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) will host Open Studio Hartford as part of the 25th annual city-wide tour and will feature over a dozen artists and crafters from the West End, as well as student artists from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Each artist will be present to offer their artwork for exhibit and sale during the two-day event. The CHS will offer free admission to its galleries and a gallery talk with artist Pablo Delano on Saturday at 1:00 pm. This is the second year CHS has participated in the annual event.
Visitors to Open Studio can also visit the exhibition Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano, which documents a modern view of Hartford’s public and private buildings, street scenes, and storefronts through the lens of photographer Pablo Delano. Hartford’s mix of history, adapted buildings, and new construction is captured with stunning color and perspective by Delano, a Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College in Hartford. This installation reveals the history and growth of the city by showing the range and diversity of its built environment; from richly decorated businesses to historic structures to derelict factories. The photographs convey today’s economic and social realities as well as the city’s past and present triumphs as evidenced through the ingenuity and motivation of its people. His work, including some examples of the images in the Hartford exhibit, can be found at pablodelano.com.
Also included in free admission that weekend is (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling, an exhibit which highlights changes in the Hartford cityscape in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s through Welling’s detailed ink drawings. The exhibit also looks at some of today’s proposed projects such as the new baseball stadium, Downtown North, CT Fastrak and iQuilt.
CHS is located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford. For more, visit chs.org/Hartford.