Art exhibitions open with receptions this week

Published on Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:14
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - Spring is around the corner and the city is blooming with artwork.

On March 13, Gallery 66 will host the opening reception for Barbara Mathis and on March 14, Paier College of Art in Hamden will host an opening reception for art pieces created by CCARC Inc. clients.

Mathis’ work has been exposed at 66 West Main St. since Feb. 25, but on Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., the local community will have a chance to get to know the artist, her inspirations and some of her techniques. Light refreshments will be served. Mathis’ exhibit will be available at Gallery 66 until March 22.

The art work created by Mathis has been shown in a number of juried and invitational exhibitions in venues including Pfizer Corporation, Katonah Museum, Merrill Lynch, the Greenwich Arts Society and Pen & Brush.

In addition, Mathis is an award-winning artist who has received recognition from Nexus Gallery in New York City, Putnam Arts Council in New York and the Mountain Arts Council in New Jersey.

Mathis started in the animation industry with the “Spider-man” cartoon series. Mathis later became the first female graphic artist with ABC News.

CCARC’s client exhibit at Paier College of Art is based on the theme of “Making Dreams Happen through Art.” This exhibition will be displayed at 20 Gorham Ave., in Hamden, from March 15 through the 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The opening reception will be held on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. This is the fourth consecutive year for this gallery showing, which is open to the public.

“Once again, CCARC is deeply grateful to Dean of the College Tammy Vaz for making this wonderful opportunity possible for the artists at CCARC,” Anne L. Ruwet, CCARC’s chief executive officer, said. “Thanks to Vince Stryeski, the people with intellectual disabilities CCARC serves have been given the chance to reveal their artistic talents in ways that all of us can enjoy and appreciate.”

For more information about the “Making Dreams Happen through Art” exhibit, contact CCARC at 860-229-6665.

To learn more about the Barbara Mathis exhibition, contact Gallery 66 at 860-229-0878.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:14. Updated: Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:16.