NEW BRITAIN - Stockman Gallery has announced that it will offer a free reception to open its latest exhibition, “Early Birds: Greater New Britain Arts Alliance Artist Members Show” on Jan. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The reception will feature the work of 12 local artists and an opportunity to meet each of them.
This show will feature the work of artist members of the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance. Stockman has been operated by the GNBAA since 2007 and it has hosted over 50 exhibitions and more than 150 artists.
“I wanted to do an artist members show for many years but was fearful of the logistics,” Stephen Hard, former GNBAA executive director, current volunteer and Stockman Gallery manager, said. “We’ve all heard about artists and ‘herding cats?’ Well, it’s true. I wanted to give everyone an opportunity, but with our hanging system, showing everything that that was submitted was not going to work.”
The show has the “Early Birds” label because the artworks that are submitted first are the ones accepted to be exhibited.
The works featured in the show are by Alex Ranniello, Nancy McClure Brockett, Ryan Newberry, Clinton Deckert, Kimberly DiMilia, Maxx Gianni, Joshua Menko, Ronnie Newberry, Sarah Presslier, Sarah Schneiderman, Corrin Zareck and Paul Gobell.
Artists featured in the show will enter a contest to win $100. There will be two prizes awarded, one to the artist selected by a Stockman Gallery sponsor and the second one will be chosen by attendee vote at the reception.
“Art is a profession like any other, but it is not owned by the experts,” Hard said. “I am offering a bit of a popular uprising. Let the people decide.”
After the reception, the exhibit will be open until March by appointment.
Stockman Gallery is at 19 Chestnut St. in the Trinity-on-Main annex. There are limited parking spaces on the back of the gallery and free on-street parking is available after 5 p.m.
To learn more about the show call 860-818-1112 or 860-229-2072.