NEW BRITAIN - The opening reception for the â€śEarly Birds: Greater New Britain Arts Alliance Artist Members Showâ€ť took place on Thursday evening at Stockman Gallery.
Stockman welcomed artwork from members of the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance for the first time.
The show displays the work of 12 local artists and can be seen by appointment until March 1.
Paul Baylock, president of the Art League of New Britain, attended the reception and said he was happy to support the artists whose work is being exhibited.
â€śLooking around itâ€™s really a lot of great work and everybody should take a chance to come down and see it,â€ť Baylock said. â€śI think itâ€™s something we should do more often. There are a lot of artists in New Britain and around the area that are looking for venues to show their work. There is a big need for artists to exhibit and besides the exhibit thereâ€™s the plus of people coming partaking and contributing.â€ť
Artists featured in the show entered a contest to win $100. Two prizes were awarded, one was given to the artist selected by a Stockman Gallery sponsor and the second one was given by attendee vote during the reception.
The award selected by the gallery sponsor went to Sarah Schneiderman. The artist selected by public vote was Clinton Deckert.
Richard Charnick, vice president of the Arts Alliance, said he likes that the exhibit was composed with the work of various artists.
â€śYou get to see so many different styles,â€ť Charnick said. â€śThereâ€™s something for everyone to enjoy. I love Clinton Deckertâ€™s work.â€ť
Charnick said he also enjoyed the work of Paul Gobell, who was displaying three large colorful flowers.
Robert Mathis also said that he enjoyed the three flowers by Gobell.
â€śI really appreciate his work because of the depth of it, the colors,â€ť Mathis said. â€śThe distinctive coloring, the three dimensional value of the work that he does and the good feeling that it gives you as you experience his work is what I like.â€ť
Gobell was the runner-up by public vote. Gobell said that his work was inspired by the beauty and imperfection of humans. He said each flower was like a different person, each with a unique personality.
The reception also included a raffle and light refreshments.
Stockman Gallery is located at 19 Chestnut St. in the Trinity-on-Main annex.
Please call 860-818-1112 or 860-229-2072 to see the show by appointment.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.