Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Pro+Cre8 presents "UNITY" An Art Showcase
When I was in high school, I entertained the idea of being an artist, living off of hummus sandwiches and living in Art Space on Asylum Ave. I'd paint all day, sell my works in the lobby when I got the chance and wear paint-stained overalls in public. Then I took a high school art course and realized that I suck at painting and hummus is disgusting. After that, my dreams of living, presenting and even visiting Art Space disappeared. Not that it isn't a great place, I just never know what's going on in there. That's my bad.
Right now though, there is an awesome showcase right there featuring artists La'Mora Hardy, Keith Claytor, Andre Rochester, Suzanne Jolissaint, Alex Vazquez, Jason Farquharson, Nesh Rowe, and Jessica Fruwald. They've put together a free (my favorite word!) exhibit, perfectly timed for you to stop by after work this Wednesday and Friday, take a look around and be pleased.
Last Wednesday night, they had an opening happy hour and I got to take a look around. The work is just magnificent, and if you have a couple extra hundreds burning a hole in your pocket, I suggest you spend it here. You won't need me to tell you that when you see the pieces though. This stuff is gorgeous. 10% of all proceeds go to the Compass Youth Collaborative's Peacebuilders Program, so you're supporting local arts AND local youth. I'm pretty sure that's a fast-pass to good karma. On Opening Night, some of the teens in the program performed for us and I have a feeling that will happen again.
As we chatted and looked at the art, the band String Theorie played music for the evening in the center of the room. The art itself is multi-faceted: photography, graphic design, painting on all sorts of canvases. The evening is a testament to expression in so many of its forms. Best of all, it's family-friendly, so bring the kids and don't worry about covering their eyes and ears. I promise to leave my own potty mouth at home. (Maybe not promise, but I'll try really effing hard.)
Here's the skinny, as taken from the facebook page:
Location: Art Space, 555 Asylum Avenue, Hartford (Diagonal from Union Station)
Wednesday, August 11: After work Showcase
Time: 4pm - 7pm
Featuring: Live Art
Friday, August 13: Closing Reception
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Featuring: Music by DJ LovHer, Performance by Equilibrium Dancers
Price: Free both days!
Wear what you like; express yourself!
Please come out and support local artists! These are the final two dates, so don't procrastinate and think you'll check it out later! Even if you can't afford to buy, every head in the room is much needed support for the Arts in Hartford!