NEW BRITAIN - The Stockman Gallery will host an opening reception next week for its latest show, ‚ÄúPhotographic Abstractions: The Unseen, Works by Mika Glogowski.‚ÄĚ
According to Stephen Hard, executive director of the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance, the exhibition is reflective of a new initiative by artist Craig Frederick to mentor young art professionals.
‚ÄúPart of the mission of the Alliance is to nurture individual creative abilities,‚ÄĚ said Hard. ‚ÄúWe are thrilled to work with Craig to assist up-and-coming artists like Mika to learn the ropes from a seasoned professional.‚ÄĚ
Frederick said he is at a point in his career where is placing an emphasis on ‚Äúpaying it forward‚ÄĚ in helping up-and-coming artists. ‚ÄúWorking with Mika is the first of what I hope will be many opportunities for me to help mentor the next generation of professional artists,‚ÄĚ said Frederick. ‚ÄúHer modesty about the quality of her work and her eagerness to learn greatly influenced me in selecting her for this opportunity.‚ÄĚ
Glogowski said her familiarization with the arts began at a young age. Her mother, Kim Dorfman, would take her and her twin brother, Alek, in a stroller to the New Britain Museum of American Art and to the shows at the Art League of New Britain.
‚ÄúArt was part of life. So much so that when I recorded and edited videos for my own fun, or even just got a little carried away with school projects, it never entered my mind that I was creating ‚Äėart,‚Äô‚ÄĚ said Glogowski. ‚ÄúI have always noticed a beauty inherent in objects we consider commonplace. In my mind, I frame things I see, and notice how even an angle of light can create such a shocking variation of line, texture, pattern and balance that objects we know so well can cease to appear ordinary, just by subtly altering their embodiment of contrast, color, shadows.‚ÄĚ
Frederick said Glogowski‚Äôs sensibilities as an artist are indicative of why she earned her own exhibit.
‚ÄúHe recognized in my work, qualities I would never have noticed on my own,‚ÄĚ Glogowski said of her mentor.
The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 31 at the Stockman Gallery, 19 Chestnut St. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, during receptions and by appointment. For more information, call 860-832-8299.