Opposite Sides of the World - Connecticut to Singapore
Date: August 28-October 9, 2015
Location: ArtWalk, Downtown Library
Things you notice when entering a new culture - people, food, everyday items in a store, street signs, the textures and colors of a place. No filters and all overwhelming. A short time passes, curiosity takes hold, you go deeper into that place and form answers to questions starting with the reference points in your own past.
A lifetime resident of Connecticut, I left for an adventure abroad to live in Singapore, the Island/City/State/Country one degree north of the equator in exotic, (or so I thought), South East Asia. Upon my return, I rediscovered my own Town/State/Country realizing it was more curious and unusual than I ever thought possible.
This exhibition compares and contrasts people, places, and everyday objects in Singapore and Connecticut. This series of gouache paintings tells a story of these two places, and my connection to them, as an informed insider and a curious outsider.
About The Artist
Janette Maxey was born in California and lives and works in Connecticut. She holds an AS in Fine Arts at Tunxis Community College, and a BFA (magna cum laude) in painting from The Hartford Art School. Before finishing her BFA she studied abroad in Cortona, Italy. In addition, she has studied at the Art Students League of New York, New York Studio School and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
Maxey has received the following residencies: The League Residency at VYT Campus - part of the Art Students League of New York, Vermont Studio Center, and the Urban Artist Initiative studio residency at the Farmington Valley Arts Center. She has also been awarded grants from the Ruth Katzman Scholarship in loving memory of her parents Lillian and Max Katzman for Artist-in-Residence Program, Middletown Commission on the Arts, The Urban Artist Initiative through the Institute of Community Research, and Banca Popolare of Cortona, Italy.
She has exhibited throughout New England, Italy, and Singapore. Her works are included in private and public collections in North America, Europe and Asia.
Please join us on Friday, August 28 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to celebrate this new exhibition in the ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library, located in the heart of the city at 500 Main Street.
ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in greater Hartford and the opportunity for visitors to view art in a magnificent setting in their own community. The state-of-the art gallery rises above Main Street along a glass wall that floods the space with ambient light during the day and appears to glow as a jewel box at night. Exhibitions offer an array of art experiences that reflect a variety of media, styles, and cultures in the art world, providing diverse viewing experiences, and allowing for many tastes. Because of the unusual cable system in place, one of the most unique aspects of the ArtWalk is that any wall and lighting configuration or arrangement can change with the nature of every new exhibition. The ArtWalk is made possible through the generosity of donors, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.