'The Hardware' art exhibition opens in NB Thursday

Published on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:04
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - Gallery 66 at the Downtown District Visitors Center will be hosting “The Hardware,” a collection by a Stamford-based artist, today through July 16.

The show opens at 5 p.m., and will remain open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.,to 5 p.m. and by appointment on weekends.

Gallery 66 is at 66 W. Main St. and admission to see “The Hardware” is free.

Downtown District Executive Director Gerry Amodio said there is an interesting connection between the city and the exhibition.

“The funny thing is how appropriate this is, and it’s really too bad I can’t have her show for six months,” Amodio said. “This was a hardware store, this space. This building was the Kolodny Brothers’ hardware store.”

The gallery will be hosting close to 100 paintings by Rachel Lussier, who painted them at a hardware store in Michigan, her home state.

Lussier’s paintings were inspired by hand tools and the neighborhood hardware store.

“This series reflects my preoccupation with objects designed for the human hand,” Lussier said. “Further, my practice of working largely from life and on location helps me to reconnect directly with my most fundamental skills and instincts without the intrusions or convenience of modern devices. It is a way of honoring my natural abilities and acknowledges the power we each have as physical and mindful human beings.”

“The Hardware” also features New Britain manufacturers including Stanley Black & Decker, Frary & Clark and North & Judd.

Lussier has shown “The Hardware” at two other sites. It was hosted in 2016 at the True Value Co. in Denver and at the Crest Hardware store in Brooklyn, N.Y., in March 2017.

Lussier has also worked on location with collaborators including UTC, Pratt & Whitney, The Steamship, the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Bethlehem Steel, Waco Classic Aircraft, and the Philip Johnson Glass House.

Gallery 66 has been at its current location since 2010. The space is also used for meetings, networking, open mic nights and dancing.

“This is a wonderful show that pays tribute to New Britain’s great hardware heritage and features tools that were made right here in our town,” Amodio said.

Visit rachellussierart.com to learn more about “The Hardware.”

Gallery 66 can be reached at 860-229-0878 or by e-mail at mail@newbritaindd.com.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:04. Updated: Wednesday, 6 June 2018 22:10.