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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hygienic Art XXXI starts this weekend!

Hygienic Art
83 Bank St., P.O. Box 417, New London, (860) 443-8001
Hygienic Art XXX
Jan. 30—Feb. 13, 2010
Opening reception for Salon des Independants: Sat., Jan. 30, 8 p.m.

(Hanging for the show starts 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Self-express yourself: One Piece Per Artist, No Judge, No Jury, No Fees, No Censorship! Show up and show!)

Press release

Jan. 30, 2010 at the Hygienic Galleries in New London, Connecticut. Modeled after the Salon des Indépendants held annually in Paris since 1884, New London's outsider art event is open to all artists. The rules are simple: one piece per artist; no judge, no jury, no fees, no censorship.

The Salon des Indépendants movement was created by French Impressionists who were not accepted into the established Salon of the late 19th Century. To protest the rigid arts establishment, these artists exhibited their works in cafés in the seamy sections of Paris. This revolutionary movement included notable characters such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Munch, Rousseau, Cézanne, Modigliani among others. The intent of the artists (and that of Hygienic Art) was to create an artistic event without jury or reward so that all forms of expression and trends in the art of the moment would have a chance to be presented to the public without restriction.

In that spirit, all artists are welcome to submit one piece of their work for the public's consideration. Sign-in and hanging begins on Sat., January 30 at 8 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. The exhibition opens to the public at 8 p.m. that night. The show runs through Sat., Feb. 13. Art pick-up is on Sun., Feb. 14, beginning at Noon.

The exhibition is well known for its diverse original art ranging from the sublime to the outrageous. Over its 30 year history, the annual art extravaganza has grown from an anti-establishment visual art show to an anti-establishment multi-media art event including film making, performance art as well as a young artists' show and musical events. Call (860) 444-6855 for more info.

There are many other events associated with the Hygienic Arts Festival. Go to the Hygienic Web site for more information!

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