When the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut opened the doors to its new administrative offices last November at 287 Main Street, Danbury, the Cultural Alliance opened the doors further. With @287, the organization turned its space into a hub for exhibitions, performances, roundtables and meet ups, inviting the general public to immerse itself in the wealth of art, history and culture that this regional resource and catalyst serves - and serves up. The Cultural Alliance's first exhibition, sculpture by Jim Felice and photographs by John Kane, positioned @287 as a welcomed addition to downtown Danbury's regrowth while showcasing the Cultural Alliance's on going efforts as a model for the collaboration of arts and business.
On Friday, March 21st, @287 will open its next gallery show featuring highly regarded artists, New Milford's Bryn Gillette and Michael R. Patterson of Roxbury, CT. In mutual celebration, their works engage, uplift and accent the joys and beauty of human experience.The exhibition will run through June 2014. Visual Impact will execute the installation. Curator Maureen McCann notes, "The importance and the power of art to connect people, to inspire and challenge peoples thoughts and perceptions is the importance of what @287 stands for." A public reception for the artists will be held on Friday, March 21st at 5:30pm at @287/Cultural/Alliance of Western Connecticut, 287 Main Street, Danbury. For information, call (203) 798 0760.
Renowned artist Bryn Gillette brings us a unique opportunity to be a part of his amazing quest to keep Haiti in our hearts and minds as the country struggles to rebuild. In "Haiti, Beyond the Ruins," running through June 7th, his work grieves Haiti’s brokenness while celebrating its stunning, though tenuous beauty. Bryn calls “Beyond the Ruins” his "prayers for Haiti." The artist is currently a full time art, photography, and Bible teacher at Trinity-Pawling School in NY. Bryn earned his M.F.A. in Painting from Western Connecticut State University in 2009. He is the co-founder of TeamOne:27, a non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of Haitian orphans, and spends the majority of his artistic time as an advocate and champion of the needs of his Haitian “family.” He writes, ”Finally to be told miraculous story after story of how every single one of our 200 children and staff were completely unharmed as Haiti struggles to rebuild has underscored my prophetic declarations of hope for Haiti's restoration. It is my hope that the paintings will serve to remind the public of Haiti’s need long after the media has moved on to the next story, that they will create a forum of conversation to catalyze action and aid, and that they will in some small way help carry Haiti’s people and the watching world 'Beyond the Ruins'”. ( http://www.beyondtheruins.com/blog/ )
Internationally acclaimed, Michael R. Patterson weaves together organic and juxtaposed geometric shapes to set the rhythm for visually graphic energy and stimulating emotion. His paintings and sculptures will be on exhibit through June 27th. Painting for thirty-five years, the artist was born in Hudson, NY in 1953 into a family of painters. Howard Ashman Patterson, his grandfather, was an established American painter. A graduate of Suny Purchase, with honors, Michael is one of only nine American painters in the past 100 years chosen to represent the United States in the prestigious Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SNBA) exhibit at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. "The subject of my work most always includes the human figure wherever they may be - city streets, markets, the beach, alone or in groups," says the artist. "Beyond all other beauty in the world, people in all their complexities, are the pinnacle of beauty. I'm always conscious of the line created, one that flows throughout, interrupted, yet continuous - rainy city streets, sun on sparkling waters, faces, hands, clouds, sky, dappled sunlight, people at the beach, people playing music and expressing feelings." (http://pattersongalleries.com/?content=6)
Ms. McCann adds, "When we paired the two artists for the show we had no idea they knew each other. Their free expression, deep, passionate styles just seemed a perfect complement. Visions that make you slow down and contemplate. Emotional. Accomplished musicians as well, they both are mentors - mindful and forward thinking. They both live and know the value of kindness and compassion. Incredibly humble human beings."