ART EXHIBITIONS: Library to display paintings by local artists | Free time

The East Hartford Public Library will host “Resilience 2”, a new exhibit by local artist Georges Annan-Kingsley. This exhibition of paintings, coinciding with Black History Month, includes works that draw on Annan-Kingsley’s roots.

Annan-Kingsley is an American artist originally from Ivory Coast in West Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from the School of Applied Arts in Bingerville, Ivory Coast, as well as a Master of Arts in Sculpture from the National School of Fine Arts in Paris. In addition, he holds a certificate in art administration from the Louvre and another certificate in social services from Capital Community College in Hartford.

Annan-Kingsley lives in Hartford, where he has presented two murals and numerous exhibitions and received numerous awards. One of his paintings was part of President Barack Obama’s collection at the White House. His works and creations are part of private and public collections in museums and sites around the world.

The exhibit runs until March 3 and can be viewed in the atrium during regular library hours.

The East Hartford Public Library is located at 840 Main Street. Hours of operation are Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A photo exhibition of ‘9/11 Flags’ by local photographer Michael Selissens will be on display at Arts of Tolland from Saturday to March 19.

A reception will be held on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Selissens’ photos reflect the diversity of responses to the September attacks and that the American flag was a constant.

Manchester Community College’s Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery features artwork from the MCC’s Visual Fine Arts faculty, as well as work by faculty from all of Connecticut’s community colleges, in the exhibition “The Art of teach art” until March 11.

The exhibition, while showcasing the talent of MCC faculty in their own right, is designed to focus on how artistic creation and arts education have long gone hand in hand. The themes of the work address the question of how art educators instill creativity in the next generation of artists and designers while practicing their own craft.

Featured MCC faculty are:

• Assistant Professor Brett Eberhardt (painting and drawing).

• Professor and holder of the VFA Daniel Long chair (photography).

• Professor Kate Oggel (ceramics).

• Professor and program coordinator Maura O’Connor (graphic design).

• Associate Professor Patricia Carrigan (painting and drawing).

• Professor Tim Kussow (sculpture).

Also included is the work of faculty from the community colleges of Asnuntuck, Housatonic, Middlesex, Northwestern, Norwalk, and Tunxis.

For more information and gallery opening hours, visit:

A fiber art exhibit is running through Saturday at the Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon.

The textile arts have a long tradition of utility, storytelling and self-expression. This exhibition celebrates the hard work and creativity of fiber artists with pieces such as quilts, dresses, tapestries and sculptures.

Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry. The exhibition is also visible online at:

Overseas Art: A Celebration of Our ‘Studios’ continues at the Windsor Art Center until March 5th.

This exhibition includes works by resident artists of the Windsor Station studio:

• Andres Chaparro, paintings inspired by jazz.

• LeaAnn Cogswell, figurative sculpture of human and animal forms.

• Cathy Doocy, explorations of composition and color using the vernacular of landscape painting.

• Michelle Hawran, paintings inspired by her family history.

• JoeSam, multimedia artist reflecting Afro-American culture.

• Adam Lenz, works on paper.

• Xarea Lockhart, catwalk and ready-to-wear.

• Amy Hoffman, mixed floral and landscape imagery

For more information and gallery opening hours, visit:

William E. Bennett