NEW BRITAIN - All are welcomed to celebrate Renee Beyorâ€™s 40th birthday with an art show and charity party to benefit the Art League of New Britain on Saturday.
Beyor has worked for the Art League since 2001 as a model, a showing artist, board treasurer, and now, bookkeeper.
â€śThis place is kind of the best,â€ť said Beyor about wanting to host such an event at the ALNB.
Although she is not from New Britain, over the years Beyor has grown to love the community and the people sheâ€™s gotten to meet and work with while there.
Due to her love for blues music, Connecticut-based blues band Easy Baby will be performing outdoors (weather permitting) with a dance floor from 6 to 9 p.m.
Beyer, who started blues and swing dancing three years ago, said guests might even get the chance to see her moves in action.
The front room of the leagueâ€™s building at 30 Cedar St. will house portraits Beyor has done in cafĂ©s and bars of her family and friends - each telling a story of growth, change and connection.
In the back room there will be a series of larger, more risquĂ©, sketches that portray and reflect Beyorâ€™s personal life.
Her artwork focuses on people, something sheâ€™s always had an interest in since attending and graduating the Rhode Island School of Design.
After not focusing on her art for a period of time, sheâ€™s been focusing on portraits. All the work that will be on display spans from 2009 to present day.
Much of how she draws a person depends on the feelings and energy she gets from that person, which sometimes makes it easier or harder depending on what personalities or energies are being exposed or that she senses.
Thirty percent of any art sold will go directly to the organization, and a suggested donation of $20 will go directly to the ALNB Building Fund.
The Art League is looking to renovate its historic Carriage House and Beyor is requesting that instead of a gift, each person donates any amount they can toward the renovation project.
â€śThereâ€™s so much that needs to be done to this building,â€ť Beyor said. â€śBut anything will help.â€ť
Refreshments and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers will be served.
For more information call 860-229-1484
Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or email@example.com