Penelope models a purse and hat
The POSH Sale, a creative fundraiser for the Wadsworth Atheneum, is the closest thing Hartford sees to a sample sale in terms of shoppers’ excitement. There are low ticket items — $5 for a handbag, a few more for a hat — but it’s not the bargains that create the draw for this three-day sale.
As one might hope, clothing and accessories donated to raise money for the Costume & Textile Department of an art museum trend unusual. There are designer labels in the mix, including Guy Laroche, Tory Burch, and Dior, but the interest is in the one-of-a-kind finds: a 1920′s wedding dress with more personality and class than the ubiquitous stark white, strapless gown of today; a skunk tail; lingerie embroidered with tiny strawberries; wool trousers; a light blue jacket and cap set, toddler-sized.
Though the proceeds benefit the Wadsworth Atheneum, this shopping event is actually hosted by the Design Center, 1429 Park Street. Enter through the Bartholomew Avenue side of the building and follow signs to the elevator. Continue reading 'POSH in Parkville'»
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Painting by Olof Aspelin, an artist from Stafford Springs // Photo by Kerri Provost
When the Beautiful Blight Project was conceived its goal had been to install painted plywood over missing windows in a neglected building while tidying up the yard. Team leaders had been working with the City of Hartford to make this happen, but the first choice of a structure on Garden Street was said to have entered the sale process, so that was nixed. Continue reading 'Beautiful Blight Project Unveils Murals'»
Through October 26th, paintings from the Kress Collection will be on view in the Widener Gallery at Trinity College.
“Into the Light” features Italian, British, and American Old Master pictures. Four of these recently underwent conservation treatment. The exhibit explains these processes, showing before-and-after images; without the “before” image, the areas of distress and damage would be invisible to the untrained eye.
The art work includes landscapes, portraits, and religious panels. Historic pigments and the associated raw materials are displayed (pictured).
The gallery, inside Austin Arts Center, is open 1-6 p.m. every day except for Sundays.
Author Jonathan Safran Foer spoke about writing and religious identity as process on Sunday evening at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford‘s Celebrate the New Year Together event at the Marriott. He made it seem effortless to keep the attention of the over 300 people in attendance.
Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals explained that the book began as an exploration of his decision to become (and remain) a vegetarian, more than it was any attempt to convert others’ culinary habits. Likewise, when asked about his Jewish identity, he responded in a way that was self-described as “convoluted,” but touched on the complexity of personal versus community identity. Where at one time more people were vegetarian than would admit to it, now the numbers have grown so much as to suggest that there are those who claim to not eat meat, but who actually do. He wondered if this is the same with Judaism, if some of these identities are more aspirational than actual.
Those in attendance considered to be young (under 45) had the opportunity to participate in a quick meet-and-greet with Safran Foer after the formal program ended, proving that one can write a number of solid books (including co-production of the New American Haggadah) and find the time for a trip to Hartford, and speak with those who might still only be aspirational in any number of their identities.
Photo by Pablo Delano. Capitol Avenue, 2013
“Hartford’s unique history and how it manifests itself in the visual” is part of what provoked Pablo Delano to build his portfolio of street photography, some of which will be on view at the Connecticut Historical Society in the Hartford Seen exhibit. The work portrays scenes from many neighborhoods, from the South End to Blue Hills, Parkville to North East.
Most of the 120 pictures were taken in the last 2-3 years. A benefit of living close to one’s subject matter is being able to return to the scene as many times as it takes to get a satisfying shot. Sometimes the light is not right the first or second time around, or the leaves obscure part of the subject. Continue reading 'Hartford Seen: Layers of a City'»