Art Galleries: Opening of an exhibition of watercolors at the Arts Center East Sunday | Life

VERNON – Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, will host the biennial New England Watercolor Society Regional Exhibition, Sunday to Sunday, October 31.

The exhibition, curated by a jury and judged by artist Anni Crouter, will feature 66 watercolors from the six New England states.

The New England Watercolor Society sponsors many shows throughout the year. This will be the first watercolor society biennial hosted by a Connecticut gallery in more than a decade.

The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission fee and all works are available for purchase. Visitors are required to wear masks at all times in the building. There will be no reception on site due to COVID-19.

The images of the selected works will also be visible online from Sunday on: artscentereast.org/ new-england-watercolor-society

• The Center des arts de l’Est is calling for artists for its Open & Shut multimedia juried exhibition, which will run from December 2 to 18.

The submission deadline is November 8 and the jury results will be announced on November 15.

East Arts Center exhibits are open to artists 18 and older. All artwork must be original and never featured in ACE juried exhibitions.

Arts of Tolland, 22 Tolland Green, will host local contemporary landscape artist Blanche Serban in October.

A reception will be held on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays 3-5pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm

The exhibit “Our Tears Are Sweet, Our Laughter Venomous” is on view at the Eastern Connecticut State University Art Gallery through Friday, October 8.

This is the first exhibition of the Fall 2021 semester and features 14 Iranian-American artists whose mixed-media works explore the diasporic dualities of Iranian immigrants and challenge people’s perceptions of Iran.

The exhibition takes its name from a line in a poem by Simin Behbahani, an influential poet known as “Iran’s Lioness” for her fierce defense of human rights and her dissenting voice in the Iran before and after the revolution. The poem is a response to the bloody Iran-Iraq war, which ended in 1988 after eight years of conflict.

The art gallery is located in the Fine Arts Education Center at 306 High St. and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends by appointment.

Mildred D. Field