NEW BRITAIN -- Thereâ€™s still time to see all the creative work on display in the Art League of New Britainâ€™s Winter Members Exhibition.
The exhibit has been on display since Jan. 30 and will wrap up next weekend. Saturday and Sunday are the last days to see the artwork, and registration can be done on the Art Leagueâ€™s website, alnb.org.
Bruce Blackman, a gallery setter, said the nonprofit usually hosts a big opening night to celebrate a new exhibit, but because of the covid-19 pandemic, that event was not held. Instead, viewers of the exhibit have been encouraged to register for one of two time slots designated each day on the weekend.
â€śThat way people can be spaced out,â€ť Blackman said, whose own artwork was part of the exhibit.
Hedi Minow-Pike was another Art League member whose work was displayed in the exhibit. On Saturday, she visited the nonprofit -- which sits in a historic barn that was donated to the league -- to see the many works of her fellow members.
Minnow-Pike was complimentary of all the different pieces and, upon seeing hers, shared a story about her inspiration. She said she and her husband were traveling, heading down a road when she noticed something somewhat unusual.
â€śAll of these blackbirds just gathered, so I told my husband to stop the car,â€ť she said.
Her picture shows a number of birds in close proximity, congregating on some kind of wire or line.
Blackman said the Art League members were not limited to one piece, but rather given dimension restraints that they had to stay within.
â€śIt was kind of a fair way to do it,â€ť he said.
Blackman encourages anyone interested in art to try to see the winter exhibit before it is taken down.
â€śA lot of the people are New Britainites,â€ť Blackman said. â€śBut we have a lot of people who are from a ways too. We have a good variety.â€ť
The Art League of New Britain is the second oldest art league in the country. It was founded in 1928 as an art school and, in 1934, transitioned into an art club.
Blackman said there are usually between six and 10 art shows at the league every year. Because of the pandemic, that was not the case last year.
For more information about the Art League of New Britain and upcoming events, visit alnb.org.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.