Since 2011, the Hunt Library ArtWall has showcased local professional and emerging artists living in the Northwest Connecticut community and throughout the Tri-state area, from Boston to New York City.

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June 15-July 12, 2024
ROBERT CRONIN: SERIOUS PAINTINGS
Reception: Sat June 15, 5-7PM
Artist’s Talk: Thurs June 27 at 5:30PM

“During most of my career I have worked with the process of adding and subtracting in order to reach a situation that feels like it has arrived on its own…an intelligent, but feeling situation of implication that is visible and wonderfully believable.”

Mr. Cronin will also give an art talk on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30PM.

Photo by Tony King, 1982

July 20-August 16, 2024
SARAH MARTINEZ & ALI GIBBONS:
Serial Works on Paper and Ceramics
Reception: Sat July 20, 5-7PM
Ali Gibbons Art Talk: Thurs July 25, 5:30PM
Sarah Martinez Painting Class: Sat July 27, 10AM

Opening with a reception on Saturday, July 20, 5-7PM, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will host an exhibition of small paintings and ceramics by local artists Sarah Martinez and Ali Gibbons. In addition, there will be an artist’s talk with Ali Gibbons at 5:30PM on Thursday, July 25 and a painting class with Sarah Martinez on Saturday, July 27 at 10AM.  Those wishing to attend the art workshop should call 860-824-7424 or visit Painting Class with Sarah Martinez.

In this exhibition, serialism is the focus for both artists.  Sarah Martinez’s most recent paintings are stylized, brightly colored acrylic gouache portraits of imaginary women’s faces, some of which she gives names and personalities.  The artist, whose studio is in Falls Village, said, “Each time I begin to paint one of these washy, whimsical portraits, I can’t imagine what she’ll look like at the finish. With each little brush stroke her look changes, yet once she’s complete her face reveals a definite vibe.”  You can watch the artist demonstrate how she paints these portraits, and create one of your own, at the artist’s workshop at the library on Saturday, July 27 at 10AM.  Learn more about Sarah and her work at sarahmartinez.com.

Ali Gibbon’s work in the exhibition includes delicate monotone watercolors of draped, patterned textiles, and wood-framed ceramic tiles depicting patterns or still life of fruits and other objects. “I create paintings and porcelain tiles as a vehicle for pattern, color, and texture. Repetition in composition connects the subtlety, smallness, and traditions referenced in my work.  The textiles, both found and made, offer a pliability that I use to construct and interrupt patterns while referencing the classical structures of still life painting.  The tile still lifes stem from an ongoing painting series of “snacks”, and in their simplified porcelain form are similar to the traditional quilting technique, applique.”  Ali Gibbons lives and makes art in Sharon and in Brooklyn, NY.  She will have an artist’s talk at 5:30PM on Thursday, July 25 at the library.  Learn more about the artist and her work at aligibbons.com.