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Library’s Art Walk Features “Birth/Place”

HARTFORD — One day, Hartford-born Adrienne Gale was driving past the newly renovated downtown Hartford Public Library on Main Street. And then it hit her: she’s going to use that public space to showcase her artwork.

Guests examine Gale's display of intricately decorated egg shells

Fast forward to February 2011, Gale’s exhibit appropriately titled, Birth/Place, is now showing at the library’s state-of-the art gallery on the third floor. It’s above Main Street along a glass wall that floods the space with ambient light during the day and glows with lights at night.

On this particular night, it belonged to Gale (center in featured photo) and her art.

“I’m 30-years-old and I choose to be in Hartford,” Gale said last Friday at her opening reception as guests nibble on cheese and crackers and sipped wine. “This is it for me I’ve settled in Hartford.”

For her, Birth/Place represents the idea of home as a place into which people are born and place people create for themselves. She uses her art to “demonstrate the choices we have (or may not have) about where those homes are located, what they are made of, or who they include.”

Initially drawn to eggshells for their visual appeal, Gale combine them with roots, trees and seeds and incorporates that combination in a variety of media, including printmaking, drawing, handmade paper and book arts to “illustrate the many connections in the world that inspire her creations.”

In her artist statement, she said she made the conscious choice to reside in Hartford, knowing that many who live in Hartford do so because they lack choice.

Consequently, she set out to create art that will “encourage those who live in and visit Hartford to think about the people who live here and why they live in this City, and to also consider their own choices.”

The installation will be on display through March 20, 2011.


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