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Sandra Bender Fromson and Ellen Schiffman

October 14-November 27, 2016

Opening Reception Friday, Oct. 14 6 pm

Sandra Bender Fromson is primarily a fiber artist whose work incorporates felting, weaving, quilting, embroidery, and dyeing  and she takes her inspiration for materials, colors, and textures from nature. Her textile pieces are presented in the context of their creation; her floor loom, shuttles, and garment patterns are part of the display.

Ellen Schiffman, a fiber artist working sculpturally, spent a year filling a shadow box per week with explorations of methods and materials. The resulting 52-box visual diary, presented as a cohesive whole and employing both traditional and experimental techniques, questions the boundaries of what fiber art can be. 


Christine Dalenta and Benjamin Parker

January 13-February 26, 2017

Photographer Christine Dalenta and origami artist Benjamin Parker will present a collaborative series based in paper-folding and photographic techniques. Dalenta and Parker fold light-sensitive paper in a darkroom, expose it, and process it using standard photographic chemistry. The results complicate the differentiation between image and object; the paper itself both modulates and records the light. These objects are shaped by folds and creases, and they are depictions of their own physicality.

Dalenta and Parker’s two-part exhibition consists of 35 framed gelatin silver prints (created without a camera in the method detailed above), and a site-specific installation of large-scale abstract paper sculptures. While photographic paper is generally seen as functionally transparent, in the work of Dalenta and Parker its material nature is celebrated. The paper becomes inextricably bound to the image it holds.



Rafael Oses and Michael Sweeney

March 17-April 30, 2017

Rafael Oses makes small word paintings—everyday or esoteric words and phrases, utilizing geometric shapes and simply color symbolism, encouraging viewers to consider both the meaning and visually of language. Their minute size and concentrated color will bring an interesting play in scale and intimacy when exhibited in the vast whiteness of the Artwalk gallery.

Woodworker Michael Sweeney’s carved wooden books, the books of things we do not know, connect thematically to Oses’s poker-faced paintings. These richly finished wooden sculptures, ranging in scale from palm-sized to massive, will be stacked and shelved enticingly, appropriating the sense of tactility of the well-loved books in the Library’s collection.

Sweeney’s carved books cannot be opened and perused, and Oses’s punchy little paintings make their statements blankly. Books and the language they contain are picked apart, examined, and reformatted; the exhibition will present paintings to be pored over and books that cannot be read.


Pablo Delano

May 19-July 1, 2017

Pablo Delano, a painter-turned-photographer, documents the city of Hartford in flux. His exhibition Hartford Views consists of 120 large format photographs that focus on the built environment of this small metropolis. The photographs, spanning eight years, highlight the nuances and contradictions inherent in a city with a layered history, and record what has been lost over time. They are not sociological statements, despite their subject matter; Delano’s love of visual form, design, composition, and color elevate the images to works of art. The 120 photographs will find a fitting home at the Library, which has come to represent an accessible intellectual and education crossroads for Hartford’s diverse population.  

Click here to read about previous ArtWalk exhibitions