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‘Extraordinary’ and ‘Out of the Loop’ Exhibits Opening in West Hartford

'Reclaimed' by Brian Walters. Courtesy of West Hartford Art League

REVISED: Due to the snow storm, The opening receptions for ExtraOrdinary (Saltbox Gallery) , and Out of the Loop (Clubhouse Gallery) scheduled for 2/15 have been canceled and rescheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2-4 p.m. Fiber Awards at 3 p.m.

Cork sculpture by Diane Bannon. Courtesy of West  Hartford Art League

Cork sculpture by Diane Bannon. Courtesy of West Hartford Art League

Submitted by the West Hartford Art League

Exhibits will open Sunday at both the West Hartford Art League’s Saltbox and Clubhouse galleries.

Extraordinary features work by artists Eric Hedberg, Peggy Dembicer, Brian Walters and Diane Olean Bannon and will be on exhibit in the Saltbox gallery. Extraordinary highlights work by these artists that focuses on using ordinary, found materials to create artwork that is anything but.

Diane Olean Bannon is a Connecticut based artist specializing in cork sculpture. Diane’s academic background in art inspired her first piece, a classic female nude named Emma. From this first endeavor, she found herself intrigued with the distinct personality that develops as each piece evolves. Brian Walters is a self-taught sculptor who works primarily with salvaged materials. Brian unique outlook on his materials “every bit and piece that I collect in my journeys throughout Connecticut has a story to tell. From a flywheel out of a Chevy truck to a piece of rebar that once held a sidewalk together” helps him create one of a kind sculptures. Peggy Dembicer is a mixed media artist who uses her background in textile and fiber arts to present a modern take on traditional techniques. Her recent weavings incorporate recycled materials and found objects. Eric Hedberg is a mixed media who creates boxed assemblages from found objects.

'Reclaimed' by Brian Walters. Courtesy of West Hartford Art League

‘Reclaimed’ by Brian Walters. Courtesy of West Hartford Art League

Extraordinary will open with a reception Sunday, Feb. 22, from 2-4 p.m. in the Saltbox Gallery. It is free and open to the public. www.westhartfordart.org

Out of the Loop, a juried fiber exhibit, will also open on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 2-4 p.m., and will be on display in the Clubhouse Gallery, up the hill from the Saltbox Gallery, at 37 Buena Vista Rd. This is the third fiber exhibit produced by the Art League in an effort to showcase the diversity of contemporary fiber works by local artists. Contemporary quilts, weaving, felting and basketry are all included in the exhibit.

Both exhibits will be on display through Sunday, March 1. The West Hartford Art League, founded in 1934, is located at 37 Buena Vista Road.

Gallery hours are Thursday – Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

For more information, please call the office Monday –Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. during business hours.

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