Art Show presented by Bolton Land Trust

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Bolton - posted Fri., Mar. 15, 2013
Artist and teacher Dorothy Hall, seen here in her studio, is the founder of The Artists of Bolton Art Show. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec.
Artist and teacher Dorothy Hall, seen here in her studio, is the founder of The Artists of Bolton Art Show. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec.

If Dorothy Hall, founder of the annual Artists of Bolton Art Show, could highlight three points about the seventh annual show starting May 17, they would be as follows:

“We really want to get across that it's an all new show,” said Hall. “None of the work is repetitive.” This is in response to the incorrect perception that if you went last year, you do not have to go again this year. “That is not the case. We won't let you hang the same piece of artwork,” said Hall.

Secondly, attendees do not have to buy a single piece of art. “Most artists just want their work to be seen,” Hall said.

The third and final point: free admission. Hall emphasizes that this is not the Wadsworth Atheneum, and there are no tickets or fees.

The Bolton Art Show is presented by the Bolton Land Trust, and the event will help support the trust's mission of preserving land in Bolton. “We feel it's an honor to have the artists donate some of the proceeds from their sold work, as well as the hanging fees, to the Bolton Land Trust,” said Gwen Marrion, president of the Bolton Land Trust.

“These artists, because they're Bolton artists, often paint landscapes that are Bolton scenes. So they highlight the special places in Bolton, which is what the Bolton Land Trust does, too,” said Marrion. “The artists highlight them with their art, and we try to preserve them. I think it's a beautiful tie-in.”

There is still time for Bolton artists to submit pieces. Every piece must be wired to hang. For those who cannot afford to have their mattes or canvases professionally wired, Hall recommends purchasing plastic tabs which can be taped to the back of the work and can be suspended with a wire in between. This is a cheap and easy alternative and can be bought at art supply stores.

Students from Bolton High School are particularly encouraged to submit works. Student works will be judged, and the first-place prize is a gift certificate to Jerry's Artarama in West Hartford.

The art show takes places at the Early New England Homes, off Route 85, on 26 West St. in Bolton. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring music by local duo Ellen Iovino and Larry Ruhl of “We Got Rhythm.” On Saturday, May 18, the show opens at 10 a.m. and goes to 5 p.m., and will feature art demonstrations and piano recitals by the students of Nancy Capodicasa. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, and will feature more art demonstrations and viewers' choice awards will be presented.

“As it is, people say it's the most fun social event in Bolton all year,” said Hall.

For more information, contact Hall at 860-647-8266 or

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