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Friday, October 04, 2013

Brian Walters' sculpture show reception at History Center in Manchester Fri., Oct. 11

History Center
175 Pine St., Manchester, (860) 647-9983
Brian C. Walters II: Harvest
Oct. 1—Dec. 1, 2013.
Reception: Fri., Oct. 11, 5:30—8:30 p.m.

Press release from Manchester Historical Society

The Manchester Historical Society is pleased to present Harvest an exhibition of sculpture by Brian C. Walters II at the History Center on 175 Pine Street in Manchester. This is the inaugural visual art exhibit to take place at this venue.

Walters, a Bethel, Connecticut-based artist has been sculpting for over a decade and has exhibited throughout Connecticut and New York. While self-taught as an artist, Walters has an extensive welding and metal working background that he has honed since first expressing interest in the trade back in the late 90’s. The marriage of his creativity and passion for the trade is very evident in his work. He is represented by the Behnke Doherty Gallery of Washington Depot, Connecticut, and a member of the prestigious New Haven Paint and Clay Club.

Gallery view of Brian C. Walters II's "Harvest"

The theme of this exhibition is Harvest; honoring the humble beginnings of the Cheney Brothers' silk empire as a silk cultivation initiative, while playing on Walters' use of raw and collected materials to create his art. Using innovative technologies as a catalyst for change, the Cheney Brothers transformed from silk growers in the early 19th century to one of the largest silk manufacturers in the world by the early 20th century. An enduring symbol of their success is the survival of the Machine Shop, the host venue of this exhibition.

Curator Valerie Garlick is the ‎Visual Arts Manager, Real Art Ways in Hartford Connecticut. Garlick received her MFA in New Media and a MA in Art History from the University of Connecticut, Storrs and has exhibited her work in numerous venues worldwide. Her strong ties to Connecticut especially the Greater Hartford area made it very easy choice to request her vision as a curator for this exhibition. Both the Manchester Historical Society and Brian Walters are very excited to be working with Valerie Garlick on this project.

The exhibit will run from Oct. 1, through Dec. 1. Please call the Manchester Historical Society at (860) 647-9983 for more details.

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