Phoenix Wealth Management is an artistic fixture in the Greater Hartford arts community, and that’s not just because of their unique boat-shaped office building that adds beauty to the Hartford skyline. Phoenix employees have been huge supporters of the United Arts Campaign for many years, raising funds for the Greater Hartford arts, heritage, and cultural institutions throughout the community. This year’s workplace campaign just may have been our most creative and engaging campaign of the season. Just look at these pictures, and you’ll see what I mean! Read more
The fireworks may have started last weekend but they’re not ending anytime soon thanks to Riverfest and the Talcott Mountain Music Festival coming up this weekend. We’ve got everything you need to plan your weekend from art exhibits and cocktails to movies under the stars and painting. Bring your kids, bring your friends, or just bring yourself. Read on for more. Read more
Neighborhood Studios, the six-week summer apprenticeship for emerging artists in the Greater Hartford area, kicked off this week with a panel of teachers sharing their wisdom on what it’s really like to be a contemporary artist. As one would expect from any conversation about the arts as a profession, the discussion frequently centered on the question of “making it” as an artist, and what to do in the face of struggle. Nevertheless, despite the seemingly negative undertones, the teachers emphasized the importance of practice and passion for achieving success. Here are five important takeaways from the discussion. Read more
Last night we held an opening reception for our current exhibit, “Jazz Tones,” featuring ornate works of fiber art from the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective. Prior to the exhibit, I was wholly unfamiliar with fiber art as an art form, and thought textiles were used exclusively for blankets and clothes (I know, I know.). That’s when I decided to interview the members of the Collective to learn more about fiber art, their creative process, and how jazz inspires them to continue creating beautiful pieces of artwork. Read on and don’t forget to visit 100 Pearl Street Gallery to peruse the textured collection for yourself.
Wednesdays get a lot of flack. Between the start of the week and one-too-many days before the weekend, there’s not a whole lot of mid-week love to go around. But here’s one thing to look forward to – our much-coveted weekly arts and entertainment newsletter now has a weekly presence on our blog. Read more