DANBURY, Conn. -- Whether literal, philosophical or humorous, the new "Accessible Art: In the Windows" installations, presented throughout downtown Danbury by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, are all about light.
The creative pop-ups have arrived just in time for spring and are sure to cause some chatter and chirping as you see CityCenter blossom. A short walking tour highlights five installations, with more to come:
- "The Bearing of Light The Lightness of Being" by Chris Plaisted of New Milford is an ethereal, introspective reflection on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton' s comment: "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." Located at ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main St.
- A tryptich, "Dancing in the Dark, It's A Party, and Promises of Spring" by Jane and Herb Herschlag of Danbury, is complete with glittering disco ball, streamers, and reflections of the melting snow. Located at 40 White St.
- "Distant Communication" by Royal Scott of Brookfield, shows the indescribable communication only hinted of when describing the closeness of siblings or of a mother to a child. Says the artist, "I hope to entice the observer into first thinking about non-verbal dialog and then observing it in their lives." Located at Virtual Density, 4 Liberty St.
- "Simplified" by Renato and Alicia Ghio of Danbury, offers a high-contrast photograph taken a step further and a floor above. "My second floor studio in downtown was the perfect venue to do so," said Renato. Located at RmediA, 241 Main St.
- "Remembering the Flood of '55" by Ted Killmer of Danbury, is a playful retake on an event that impacted Danbury 60 years ago. "Fun and pun are in my nature," the arts whip reveals. Located at the Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main St.
The purpose of the In The Windows project is to activate storefront spaces, increase pedestrian activity, to grow awareness of Western Connecticut’s creative and entrepreneurial resources, and to add value to downtowns by making them more attractive to potential residents, businesses, and visitors.
"This is a pilot for downtown Danbury," says Lisa Scails, executive director of the Cultural Alliance. "But the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut welcomes interest from downtown property owners and occupants in surrounding communities."
For information about the Accessible Art project, call 203-798-0760 or visit artswesternct.org.
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