NEW BRITAIN - Mayor Erin Stewartâ€™s Art in the Heart of the City Invitational and Veterans Art Exhibition opening reception will take place Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall.
The reception will welcome two new exhibits to the second floor of City Hall. One of them will feature art by local veterans.
The free event is open to the public and is presented by Stewart, the New Britain Commission on the Arts, local artists and the Veterans Art Foundation.
â€śWe are delighted to once again host these Art in the Heart of the City and Veterans Art exhibitions here at City Hall,â€ť Stewart said. â€śThere is immense talent in our community and region and we are honored to provide a space to share their works.â€ť
The Art in the Heart of the City Invitational includes the artwork of local artists who were selected to participate, including Jordan Jones and Bernadette Bellizzi of New Britain, Jo Rembish of Plantsville, Anna Zatorska of Bristol, Lorraine DeMauro of East Lyme and Zoe Ivonne Vazquez, a native of Dorado, Puerto Rico.
Michelle Thomas, an Air Force veteran, will assist with the set up of the veterans exhibition.
The exhibitions will be open to the public during City Hallâ€™s normal hours of operation, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both will be on display until June 2019.
Refreshments and food will be served at the opening reception. Free parking will be available at the Badolato Garage.
According to the Veterans Art Foundation website, the organization is a nonprofit that focuses on healing veterans through various mediums including art and the word of creativity, through which veterans can express their loss and pain in a safe space.
The organization is collecting funds for writing workshops and documentary filmmaking. It also welcomes equipment, art supplies and monetary contributions. Memberships are open to any United States armed services veterans and their family members.
The mission of the organization is to ease transition into civilian life for returning veterans. The organization also aims to bridge the gap between the art word and veterans.
To learn more about the Veterans Art Foundation, visit veteransartfoundation.wordpress.com.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.