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Art League Accepting Entries for ‘West Hartford in Pictures’

Blue Back Square stairs photo by Leonard Hellerman. Courtesy image

The West Hartford Art League has issued an open call for entries into its upcoming juried exhibit ‘West Hartford in Pictures.’

Fern Street driving west, a pastel, by artist Karen Israel. Courtesy image

By Ronni Newton

In celebration of its 85th anniversary this year, the West Hartford Art League is holding a special juried exhibit – “West Hartford in Pictures” – which will feature art that celebrates the diversity of the town.

Artwork in any medium, not just “pictures,” can be submitted for the exhibit.

West Hartford Art League Executive Director Roxanne Stachelek said in a news release that the exhibit “will showcase art that captures the diversity of our town, from its culture, community, families, industry, landscape, architecture, history, and politics.” Painting, collage, photography, sculpture, and other types of art are eligible.

Pieces must be entered by Sept. 23, 2019, and submission instructions can be found on the West Hartford Art League website.

The exhibit will open Sunday, Oct. 3 and run through Oct. 27 in the Saltbox Gallery – one of the town’s oldest buildings. The Saltbox Gallery, a former farmhouse located on the WHAL’s Buena Vista campus, was built in 1752 and formerly known as the “Woodruff Allen House.” It was acquired by the town in 1943, and renovated by the West Hartford Art League and turned into a gallery in the mid-1970s, according to the organization’s website.

The West Hartford Art League, which was founded in 1934, has a second gallery on Buena Vista Road, and also offers four sessions of classes throughout the year and a summer art camp in the “Schoolhouse” building on Mountain Road. Monthly exhibits are free and open to the public.

More information can be found on the website, or by calling 860-231-8019.

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En plein air painting of the Clubhouse Gallery on Buena Vista Road, by artist Linda Rahm. Courtesy image

Photo of Noah Webster statue by Leonard Hellerman. Courtesy image

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