NEW BRITAIN - Jordan Jones, also known as JJ the Artist, set up a small art exhibit of his paintings in the lobby of 1 Liberty Square on Tuesday as part of Gallery 66’s Patio Tuesdays. Bystanders, those who work in the office building and passersby, stopped to watch as he painted a colorful owl illustration.
“I feel like people enjoy seeing live art. They like seeing the process of something being created from start to finish,” said Jones. “It’s like seeing a concert live as opposed to seeing it on TV. Like you can say you were there when this happened.”
Though only a few of Jones’s pieces were on display, there was a range of pieces that everyone could understand.
“He has modern art. You can relate to it right away,” said Adrian Elliot, curator, artist and resident at Gallery 66. “There’s nothing like recognizing the art, recognizing the person and then being intrigued or lured in to coming closer and meeting the artist.”
Jones will be back again on Aug. 27 for a “Paint for Lunch” event where he will give step by step painting instructions to recreate a nature scene from a photo. Those interested in some art instruction can pre-register for the 12-12:40 p.m. session or the 1-1:40 p.m. session at jjtheartist.com. Look under products and click paint for lunch admission.
“It includes all the materials. They get an 8-by-10 canvas. I’ll supply all the paints and brushes,” explained Jones. Each participant will be able to take home the painting they created.
On Aug. 20, Gallery 66’s Patio Tuesdays will include a photography exhibit by Taffie Bentley.
“So both Jordan and Taffie Bentley both had solo shows at Gallery 66 so I know the art. I know the quality of the work. I know the craftsmanship. I know the artists so it’s a really good fit,” said Elliot.