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Dante Rodriguez, Grade 4, stands with a fan next to his Untitled Mask at the opening reception for Art from the New Britain Public & Parochial Schools.

Art from the Plainville Community Schools
April 14–19, 2015

Opening Reception
6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015

Presented by: The Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund and the Plainville Community Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation

The Museum is honored to collaborate with the
Plainville Community Schools for the first time to feature artwork from students in grades K-12. Nearly 200 works of art in a variety of media will be on display from Apr. 14–19, 2015.


Art from the Berlin Public Schools
Apr. 21-26, 2015

Opening Reception
6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015

For the 6th year, the Museum is honored to collaborate
with the Berlin Public schools featuring artwork from students in all grade levels. This year over 200 works of art in a variety of media will be on display from Apr. 22–26, 2015.


Art from the New Britain Public & Parochial Schools
May 21-31, 2015

Opening Reception
6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2015
Presented by:

For the 25th year, the creative output of our youngest artists will be celebrated in Art from the New Britain Public & Parochial Schools. This popular exhibition will feature some 225 artists from kindergarten through high school. The artwork ranges in medium, and will include pastels, markers, collage, crayon, pencil, watercolor, oil paints, tempera, charcoal, clay, ink, and acrylics.


Elizabeth Gage The Eagle PinElizabeth Gage, The Eagle Pin, 1994, Bird - rose cut diamonds, mixed enamel, pearls, sapphires, The Elizabeth Gage Archive Collection

The Enchanting Jewels of Elizabeth Gage
Apr. 24–July 26, 2015

Opening Reception
5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Apr. 24
4 p.m. Lecture by Elizabeth Gage
The New Britain Museum of American Art is excited to announce its first ever exhibition to examine contemporary jewelry as an art form.

The exhibition, The Enchanting Jewels of Elizabeth Gage, will showcase approximately 250 pieces of fine jewelry, spanning the 50 years of Elizabeth Gage’s superb craftsmanship and bold design.

Truly an artist who uses jewels and metal instead of paint, she is widely considered as one of today’s most influential jewelry artists and designers. Elizabeth takes her inspiration from a wide range of influences including architecture, animals, art, and nature including a strong inspiration from the English garden.

Her starting point is always the stone or artifact, whether a precious jewel, an exquisite fossil, or a historical treasure. Elizabeth allows the item itself to guide her creativity, using her imagination and skill to bring out its full potential in color and design.

Each item in the exhibition has been hand-picked by Elizabeth Gage and includes works from The Elizabeth Gage Archive Collection as well the private collections of clients from around the world, making this a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the full range of Elizabeth Gage’s unique creativity and craftsmanship.

This exhibition is supported by the Kathryn Cox Endowment Fund for Special Exhibitions.


Tom Yost ThunderheadTom Yost, Thunderhead, 2009, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 in., Collection of Nan Vanandel

Tom Yost: A Modern Realist
May 15–Sept. 27, 2015

Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015
2:30 p.m., Artist Remarks

A provactive grouping of oils displays Yost's masterly and fresh approach to modern day realist landscape painting.

This exhibit of 25 beautifully conceived and executed oil paintings highlights Tom Yost’s work created over the last 15 years. The subjects he chooses are from his beloved Litchfield Hills. Mr. Yost is not new to exhibiting at this Museum. The excellence of his paintings has won him first prize in the Annual Members Exhibition here at the New Britain Museum of American Art in both 2007 and 2009.

Over the years he has followed a tradition of painters from the early 20th century who were drawn by the beauty of the landscape and settled in Northwest Connecticut. Yost moved to Roxbury in 1999 and found the hills and valleys, woodlands and fields natural and ideal subjects for his realistic canvases.

Tom Yost is a nationally known expert in the conservation of fine oil paintings. He has had the luxury of ongoing exposure to the works of the great American and European painters of the late 19th century, including those masters of the Hudson River School. Yost has said, “Seeing and literally touching the paintings of the greatest realist painters, I have been able to closely study the various techniques of paint application. In this respect the very best painters of the 19th century have been my mentors.”

No slave or mimic of technique, Yost has forged his own distinctive style of painting. With great focused strength and sharp edge of paint application executed alongside the subtlest and most gentle gradations of color and light, he creates the atmosphere of his beguiling compositions. The virtuosity of each painting invites the viewer to enter the work and experience a distinct moment in a precise location; the viewer can feel the very temperature and time of the day and perhaps even the breeze blowing over the landscape.

Funded in part by a grant from The Cordover Family Foundation and The David T. Langrock Foundation


Katja Loher Portal VI

Katja LoherKatja Loher, Portal VI (Ideology/Hope), 2014, Self-contained video-sculpture; acrylic hemisphere, video screen embedded in wooden, white finished case, New Britain Museum of American Art

NEW/NOW: Katja Loher: Are yellow tangs the bees of the sea?
June 6–Oct. 12, 2015*

OPENING RECEPTION
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2015
2:30 p.m. Artist Remarks

Upcoming NEW/NOW artist Katja Loher is regarded as a leader amongst the next generation of video artists, exploring and questioning the consequences of living in a globalized world.

Through her wall-mounted video portals and hand-blown glass bubbles, the viewer enters a parallel universe in which Loher displays costumed dancers in choreographed routines filmed by the artist herself. As the New Britain Museum of American Art continues to delve into the realm of New Media, encouraging the discussion between art and technology, we are thrilled to exhibit NEW/NOW: Katja Loher: Are yellow tangs the bees of the sea? this spring.

The glass video sculptures promote discussions amongst viewers, particularly regarding Loher’s environmental themes. Loher states, “The intimate experience nevertheless resonates globally, addressing ecological urgencies like the disappearance of the
bee population.”

 

In 2014, the NBMAA purchased Loher’s Portal VI (Ideology/Hope), now on view in the Batchelor Gallery. The artist’s video portals play two different videos simultaneously, giving the viewer a feel of looking into a kaleidoscope as the colors move and change. Within the video, dancers move with the music; asking questions in order to promote the audience to think.

The NEW/NOW Series is made possible by the generous support of Marzena and Greg Silpe.

*Exhibition close date is subject to change due to the expansion.


 

 

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