NEW BRITAIN – The Joy of Art! program at the Hospital for Special Care will be hosting a Juried Art Show & Exhibition next month and are looking for submissions.
“Art plays a powerful role in healing, rebuilding and creating joy. Greater creativity breeds greater happiness. The creative process is itself a source of joy for many. We can share happiness and build a sense of togetherness through art, as we look towards a healthier future,” the program said.
The Joy of Art! Juried Art Exhibition will feature works from artists in the community that express what brings each of us joy. Up to two original works can be submitted by the artist online by Thursday, Nov. 11. These works must be 2D rendered in the following media: oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, mixed media, pen and ink, drawing or graphics. There will be no photography or sculptures.
There will be three prizes awarded, as well as honorable mentions, at the discretion of the juror, Roxanne Stachelek.
Stachelek is the executive director of the West Hartford Art League and has a BFA in painting with a minor in ceramics, and worked for many years as a graphic designer and art director.
“Due to the pandemic, the in-person exhibit is not open for public viewing, but will be enjoyed by patients, their families and staff,” the program said.
The Juried Art Competition & Exhibition reception will be on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom.
The Joy of Art! program at the Hospital for Special Care believes art is an important factor in healing. The Joy of Art’s Creative Expressions art therapy group allows patients the opportunity to express and communicate one’s emotions, improve state of mind with a calming and creative environment, and expand their creativity. The Joy of Art! program also displays a diverse selection of art for patients, visitors and staff enjoyment.
For more information on the Joy of Art! program, visit hfsc.org/community/joy-of-art/.
Artists may enter submission at: joyofart.givesmart.com. The submission fees are $30 for one submission and $45 for two submissions. Pieces may be dropped off at Hospital for Special Care.