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Monday, April 19, 2010

"Arts After Dark" in Mystic tomorrow night

Mystic Arts Center
9 Water St., Mystic, (860) 536-7601
Arts After Dark
Tues., Apr. 20, 2010, 5:30—8 p.m.

Press release

On Tues., Apr. 20, the Mystic Arts Center will host the outdoor after-hours event Art After Dark, featuring live music by local jam band, RIPE, and live art by New London artist Denny Rivera.

From 5:30—8 p.m., guests can enjoy Cottrell beer and Pizza Grille snacks while lounging on the patio, listening to music, and watching Rivera transform a blank canvas into funky new graphic art. The artwork will be sold in a silent bid auction at the end of the evening to benefit the programs of MAC.

Rivera has been part of the New London art scene since the mid 90s, and is now part-owner of Aticc Gallery with his partner Cristin Gallagher. His work has been embraced by critics and artists for its untrained innocence and inspired radiance which draws from both classical and street influences. Other works by Rivera will be on display during the event.

The Mystic Arts Center is also currently exhibiting the Elected Artist Exhibition and a juried themed exhibition titled Long and Lean.

Art After Dark is designed to bring together art forms and showcase the Arts Center's role as a community hub for new creative expression and young artists. This event begins a new series which will be held the third Tuesday of each month through October and will feature different musicians and artists each month.

"The arts are such a great way to draw community members together," says volunteer event coordinator Courtney Moore, co-owner of CMB Creative Group. "The first event we held last October was a huge success, and we're really excited about this year's line-up."

Tickets are $10 at the door and benefit the exhibitions and educational programs of the Mystic Arts Center. Guests should dress for the weather, but the event will move indoors if it is inclement. For more information, call 860-536-7601x209 or visit

The Mystic Arts Center is located at 9 Water Street in downtown Mystic. The Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting community with current creative expression, cultural enrichment and Mystic's rich artistic heritage. Open daily 11 a.m.—5 p.m.

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