NEW BRITAIN - Four local artists are showcasing their work at Mayor Erin Stewart’s Invitational Art Exhibition which opens this Wednesday.
With the help of the New Britain Commission on the Arts, Stewart selected Steve Adams, James D’Amore, Jill Friedman and Kim Valenti for the Invitational this year.
“We are proud to offer area artists an opportunity to display their artwork in New Britain City Hall,” said Mayor Stewart. “New Britain has a strong arts community and we thrilled to show these wonderful pieces featuring New Britain landmarks, landscapes and other creative works.”
Adams is a photographer by trade and frequently features area landmarks in his art photographs, some of which will be on display in the City Hall exhibit.
D’Amore prefers oil painting and likes to explore genes such as abstract, graffiti and portraits, but his work in the exhibition will be focused on landscapes.
“I want to remind everyone how beautiful and awe-inspiring nature really is,” he said.
Friedman recently moved to New Britain from Hartford and was a regular at the Central Park Farmer’s Market where she presented her art to lunchtime visitors this summer. She also recently showed her work at the New Britain Artists’ Co-op Exhibition in Stockman Gallery.
“Jill’s work is fanciful, colorful and fun - even when it’s serious, as it sometimes can be. It’s disarming,” Arts Commission Chairman Stephen Hard said.
Valenti is known to many in New Britain for her work as a marketing and branding consultant and, specifically, for her development of the city’s new logo and “Experience the New” tagline. Her paintings are done in oils, primarily of regional landscapes and florals.
“I use a palette knife to achieve rich texture and I am drawn to the saturation of color I see in nature,” Valenti said.
In 2013, she completed a corporate commission for McDonalds of a 7-by-12-foot mural that can be viewed on the exterior of their location on North Main Street in Bristol.
The Mayor’s Invitational Show is open to the public during normal City Hall hours.
Also on view in City Hall is “Veteran Expressions: Art by Those Who Served” located on the second floor as well as pieces done by New Britain Elementary and Middle Schools, which is displayed in the third-floor skywalk that connects City Hall to the parking garage.
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