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The New Britain Museum of American Art offers members and guests the opportunity to sign up for an “Art Pass” for the Connecticut Art Trail, which provides admission to 15 prominent Connecticut museums for only $25. It includes museums from all over Connecticut such as the Yale University Art Gallery, Bruce Museum, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum, among others. For guests who like to travel and who, presumably, love art, this would be a great way to spend a vacation. Along with surveying a number of exceptional museums, pass holders also get a chance to explore all the different regions of Connecticut. The Connecticut Art Trail website also offers several other packages for museums in each separate region, covering meals and transportation as well. (more…)

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Lego Sculpture, Nathan Sawaya, example of commodity sculpture

Yellow, 2006. Nathan Sawaya (b. 1973). 35″ x 13″ x 28″, Legos.

In 2008, artist Lisa Hoke created a new installation for the NBMAA on the landing of the LeWitt Staircase.  The Gravity of Color, New Britain  consists of thousands of plastic cups coated with various paints and then attached to the Museum’s walls adjacent to the stairs.  The vibrant colors create breathtaking gradations of colors and textures.  The individual cups do not appear as mere plastic cups when put together.  Instead, they ooze in a spiraling manner from their intersecting center around the windows, as if they are growing.  If you haven’t seen this in person, it is an installation that should not be missed!  (more…)

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Alphabet, 2005. Dalton Ghetti (b. 1961). Pencil and graphite. Collection of the Artist.

Pencils have been associated with art for hundreds of years, but it is only recently that they have been used for sculptures rather than to draw with. Artist Dalton Ghetti, a Brazilian native now living in Bridgeport, CT, has been carving miniature sculptures into the graphite of pencils since he was a school boy in Brazil. However, he makes a living as a carpenter. He received his associate’s degree in architecture from Norwalk Community Technical College. As a child in Brazil, Ghetti sharpened his pencils with a razor blade, which led to him experiment with carving into the wood of the pencils and then with other materials such as chalk, soap, and tree bark. Eventually, he discovered the ease with which graphite could be carved into because of its smooth texture. He uses No. 2 pencils and stronger, flat carpenter pencils. (more…)

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