Norwich Arts Council has lots to offer; looking for your support

By Joan Hunt - Managing Editor
Norwich - posted Tue., Mar. 29, 2011
The future of the arts in Norwich is currently being discussed. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

An important meeting is scheduled to take place tonight, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Norwich City Hall to talk about the future of the arts district in downtown Norwich. The meeting was planned in order “to provide new ideas and strong encouragement for the continuing development of all aspects of cultural heritage, arts and tourism in the district and surrounding region.” If you can't make it, connect with the Norwich Arts Center at  and/or sign up to receive NAC’s bi-weekly newsletter Intaglio.

An example of what the Norwich Arts Council brings to Norwich and the surrounding communities includes the upcoming exhibit at the NAC Gallery on 60 Broadway in Norwich. Artist Bethany Bonner presents “Recent Prints and Drawings,” the product of her latest fascinations with space and form, which runs from March 30 to April 30, with an opening reception on Friday, April 1, from 6-8 p.m.  “I am captivated by the beauty of linear movement, as it is processed through drawing, printing and redrawing,” Bonner said of her work.  The opening reception is free to the public and refreshments are available.

NAC is currently running a Lincoln Portrait Copy Competition, which carries with it an $8,000 purchase award, through the generous support of the Sachem Fund and the City of Norwich and with the cooperation of the Slater Memorial Museum and the Norwich Historical Society.  Portraits must be submitted by 3 p.m. on April 15 to The Norwich Arts Center Gallery, 60 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360. For more information about submission guidelines, visit the NAC website. Portraits submitted must be unframed, 39 inches wide by 50 inches high, stretched and ready for framing. They will be on exhibit from May 1 through May 29, 2011. The winning portrait will become the property of the City of Norwich, in exchange for the purchase award.

On Friday, April 1, at the Donald L. Oat Theater, the Norwich Arts Center presents Gail Wade at 8 p.m. as part of the First Friday Live Sounds series of music performances. Wade is an original songcrafter and guitarist who “simmers together a concoction of American musical genres, including folk and blues,” according to the NAC website. Wade has been entertaining audiences for the past 20 years throughout the U.S., in Ireland and in several European countries.

Tickets are $20, and the doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Donald Oat Theater is located at 62 Broadway, in Norwich.

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