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By Renato Ghio
As you may remember, last year I had the honor of participating in the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut Accessible Art project. For about a month, my high-contrast photographs hung in the Citycenter Danbury office. This year, I am excited to report that I’m not only an accessible art project artist, but also that my office is now a venue. And all you need to do is to look up.
In the window of my second floor office at 241 Main Street, sits an enlarged version of one of my high-contrast photographs. And my window isn’t the only one. Creative windows have popped up throughout the downtown as part of the expanded Accessible Art: In The Windows project.
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut has brought together artists with downtown property owners and businesses to create a vibrant city experience. The purpose of the project is to activate storefront spaces, increase pedestrian activity, grow awareness of Western Connecticut’s creative and entrepreneurial resources and add value to downtowns by making them more attractive to potential residents, businesses and visitors.
There are currently five installations in downtown Hat City, with more to come.
- ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street – The Bearing of Light The Lightness of Being by Chris Plaisted (New Milford), 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.”
- 40 White Street – A triptych, Dancing in the Dark, It’s A Party and Promises of Spring by Jane and Herb Herschlag (Danbury), a gala revue, complete with glittering disco ball, streamers and reflections of the melting snow.
- Virtual Density, 4 Liberty Street – Distant Communication by Royal Scott (Brookfield), the indescribable communication only hinted of when describing the closeness of siblings or of a mother to a child. In the words of the artist, “I hope to entice the observer into first thinking about non-verbal dialog and then observing it in their lives.”
- RmediA, 241 Main Street – Simplified by Renato Ghio (Danbury), a high contrast photograph taken a step further and a floor above.
- Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main Street – Remembering the Flood of ’55 by Ted Killmer (Danbury), a playful retake on an event that impacted Danbury 60 years ago.
If you’re a local business or a local artist, why not join in on the project? For more information, contact the Cultural Alliance at 203-798-0760.