NEW BRITAIN - Gallery 66 at the Downtown District Visitors Center will be hosting â€śThe Hardware,â€ť 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 â€śThe Hardwareâ€ť is free.
Downtown District Executive Director Gerry Amodio said there is an interesting connection between the city and the exhibition.
â€śThe funny thing is how appropriate this is, and itâ€™s really too bad I canâ€™t have her show for six months,â€ť Amodio said. â€śThis was a hardware store, this space. This building was the Kolodny Brothersâ€™ hardware store.â€ť
The gallery will be hosting close to 100 paintings by Rachel Lussier, who painted them at a hardware store in Michigan, her home state.
Lussierâ€™s paintings were inspired by hand tools and the neighborhood hardware store.
â€śThis series reflects my preoccupation with objects designed for the human hand,â€ť Lussier said. â€śFurther, 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.â€ť
â€śThe Hardwareâ€ť also features New Britain manufacturers including Stanley Black & Decker, Frary & Clark and North & Judd.
Lussier has shown â€śThe Hardwareâ€ť 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.
â€śThis is a wonderful show that pays tribute to New Britainâ€™s great hardware heritage and features tools that were made right here in our town,â€ť Amodio said.
Visit rachellussierart.com to learn more about â€śThe Hardware.â€ť
Gallery 66 can be reached at 860-229-0878 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079