Art Galleries: Eastern Arts Center Members’ Exhibit Opens Saturday | Free time

The Eastern Arts Center’s 11th Annual Artist Member Exhibition opens Saturday, March 5 at the Art Gallery and online.

After opening, exhibit hours are Thursday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., through March 26.

Each year, Arts Center East dedicates an exhibition to its active artist members.

• The Center d’arts de l’Est will open its gift shop during the members’ exhibition to further showcase its member artists and artisans.

• Arts Center East will feature an exhibition of contemporary still lifes, artwork and information about 19th and early 20th century artist Charles Ethan Porter, who lived in the Rockville neighborhood of Vernon for most of of his life.

Porter studied art at the National Academy of Design in New York, where he was one of the first black artists to exhibit there and is considered one of the most revered African-American still life painters.

Porter’s works in the exhibition are privately owned and have not been officially authenticated.

The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 30.

• Alongside the Porter exhibition, the art gallery will celebrate artists who work in the style of still lifes. Artists 18 and over working in any medium in traditional still life or memento mori composition (flowers, fruits, watches, etc.), more contemporary or surreal compositions, can submit their works by Sunday March 13 to be judged.

The arts center is at 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon. For more information, visit:

A photo exhibition of ‘9/11 Flags’ by local photographer Michael Selissens is on view at the Arts of Tolland, 22 Tolland Green, until Saturday 19 March.

Selissens’ photos reflect the diversity of responses to the September attacks and that the American flag was a constant.

• Arts of Tolland will host its 17th juried art exhibition in April. For an application, call 860-871-7405 or email: [email protected]

Manchester Community College’s Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery will feature artwork from the MCC’s Faculty of Visual Fine Arts, as well as work by faculty from all of Connecticut’s community colleges, in the exhibition “The Art of teach the art” until March 11.

The exhibition, while showcasing the talent of MCC faculty in their own right, is designed to focus on how artistic creation and arts education have long gone hand in hand.

The themes of the work address the question of how art educators instill creativity in the next generation of artists and designers while practicing their own craft.

The East Hartford Public Library invites the community to view artwork created by students from Robert J. O’Brien, Anna E. Norris and Silver Lane Elementary Schools. Colorful art is on display throughout the children’s department of the ground floor library.

The art installation is part of an ongoing partnership between the schools and the library. During an in-service teacher training held in the building, art teachers from across the district visited the library and saw the permanent art and museum works on display and were encouraged to view the Raymond Library as a public art space to share student art.

The works on display were created using a variety of mediums and techniques ranging from watercolor and collage to paper folding and pastels. Inspiration in the creation of some pieces includes the use of literature such as “Iggy Peck, architect” by Andrea Beaty and “Windblown” by Edouard Manceau.

The library is at 840 Main St.

“Art Across the Tracks: A Celebration of Our ‘Studios’ continues at the Windsor Art Center through Saturday, March 5.

This exhibition includes works by resident artists of the Windsor Station studio:

• Andres Chaparro, paintings inspired by jazz.

• LeaAnn Cogswell, figurative sculpture of human and animal forms.

• Cathy Doocy, explorations of composition and color using the vernacular of landscape painting.

• Michelle Hawran, paintings inspired by her family history.

• JoeSam, multimedia artist reflecting Afro-American culture.

• Adam Lenz, works on paper.

• Xarea Lockhart, catwalk and ready-to-wear.

• Amy Hoffman, mixed floral and landscape imagery

Mildred D. Field