Get a Sneak Peek at the Arts Showcase at Big Red for the Arts

Big Red for the Arts 2016

If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter, you may have heard that our annual fundraiser Big Red for the Arts is just around the corner and this year we’re celebrating our 45th anniversary, in addition to the start of our United Arts Campaign. Along with signature dishes and wines, we’ll be featuring an arts showcase by local artists and arts organizations to demonstrate the amazing impact your contributions to our United Arts Campaign has on the community. Thanks to you, in the past 45 years, we’ve been able to support arts organizations and programs that promote health and wellness, art and career skills, and improved quality of life. So, join the party and play an integral role in helping Greater Hartford become a more vibrant place to live, work, and visit by supporting the arts. Scroll through to get a sneak peek at the arts showcase lineup and don’t forget to RSVP for the event on March 10 at The Hartford Club.

Hospital for Special Care

There’s plenty of scientific research to support the healing properties of arts therapy. From painting and drawing to photography and sculpture, the Hospital for Special Care’s Joy of Art arts therapy program provides patients the opportunity to expand their creativity while enhancing quality of life. Art featured at Big Red will be from the patients of the Joy of Arts program.

Hospital for Special Care
Creative Expressions from the Hospital for Special Care


Karin Bedoya

One of our favorite art pieces from PARK(ing) Day last September is this colorful flower arch made of paper by local artist Karin Bedoya.  Is it just us or does the flower arch make you long for spring?

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PARK(ing) Day Hartford, 2015


Jack McConnell

Jack featured his Hartford-themed photography at 100 Pearl Street Gallery last summer and it’s no surprise the opening reception drew a huge crowd. Using extreme telephoto and wide angle lens, his technique gives us a refreshing, colorful perspective on familiar Hartford scenes.

Jack McConnell
Jack McConnell’s photography at 100 Pearl Street Gallery


Hartford Artisans Weaving Center

A recipient of our Artscape Grant, the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center does valuable work for the community by training visually-impaired and elderly citizens the art of weaving. The result is beautiful handcrafted scarves, pillows, and handbags available for purchase giving artists a sense of accomplishment and major self-esteem boost.

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Scarves from the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center


Hong Hong

Hong’s beautiful large-scale paper works, made of Kozo fiber,  connote natural phenomena, such as tide, weather, murmuration, and migration. Hong describes her art as “[capturing] the serenity of an unfolding moment while referencing its dynamic relationship with a chaotic, infinite whole.” We’re also excited to feature Hong in 100 Pearl Street Gallery later this year so keep an eye out for the Relics and Reveries exhibition.

All Night Dream-Sowing by Hong Hong


Veterans Art Foundation

Created by veterans for veterans with the understanding that art can be used to cope with the traumas of war, the Veterans Art Foundation provides arts therapy to veterans and families of veterans to promote healing, self-expression, and assist veterans in re-adjusting to civilian life. Art featured is by veterans and family members of veterans.

Mi Amor, Mi Flor by Edward Santos


Neighborhood Studios photography apprentices of The Amistad Center for Art & Culture

Each year we get blown away by the provocative photography created by Neighborhood Studios apprentices and we’re excited to share their work with you at Big Red.

Amistad Center Neighborhood Studios
“Everyone has experienced the struggle of becoming comfortable with their own self. In my work, I took my inspiration from the Rorschach inkblot test and my interest in psychology. I was able to slowly overcome the emotional grey that comes with insecurities, changing not only how I perceived myself but everything around me.” – Keyshla Roman, Hartford, CT


Amistad Neighborhood Studios

“My story works with the idea of not letting people around you confine you into something you don’t want to be.” – Lauren Cassot, Simsbury, CT

Neighborhood Studios Amistad Center

“I can see my growth as a photographer; being able to affect my audience with at least one of my pictures is one of the best things that I got out of the program. In my series, I express my feeling of containment that my ADHD medication creates, and my ability to break that barrier.” – Logan Lovett, Hartford, CT


Tickets to Big Red for the Arts are on sale now! All proceeds benefit our United Arts Campaign, which supports arts organizations and programs that keep our communities strong from providing educational opportunities for thousands of citizens and revitalizing neighborhood to celebrating diversity and driving the local economy.



  1. Wonderful selection of visual art and artists. Will there also be live performing arts presentations?

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