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‘Color In Winter And Into Spring’ On View At Municipal Center



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Adele Moros was busy last Monday afternoon, single-handedly receiving dozens of artworks for the first exhibition this year at Newtown Municipal Center.

Moros is chairing the annual winter show and sale for the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN). In years past, show chairs had a bit of assistance as SCAN artists dropped off their works. This year, it was a one-person job, but Moros was prepared.

Artists had to register their works in advance — another change from past shows, all due to the COVID-19 pandemic and distancing guidelines — and then arrive at the municipal center between 4 and 6 pm, March 1. As they arrived, Moros looked up each artist’s name, checked a list of the expected works, and then affixed labels to each work. It was a longstanding procedure, but one traditionally handled by a few people.

The show had been postponed twice before this week’s opening. SCAN’s annual winter show, “Color in Winter,” traditionally opens at the beginning of January, and remains on view for two months.

This year, however, the pandemic changed those plans. With the need to maintain distancing and prevent groups from gathering, the new show will extend into spring, and SCAN has renamed this year’s show “Color in Winter and into Spring.”

Additionally, this exhibition will not be celebrated with an opening reception.

There will also not be any artist demonstrations. “Color in Winter” traditionally hosted up to four of those events, which drew large groups of attendees.

On the positive side, members this year could enter as many works as they wanted. Some registered five works for the exhibition. For most SCAN exhibitions, artists are limited to two or three works, and pay a fee to the organization for each work entered.

“There is no limit this time,” Moros confirmed Monday afternoon. “We just want to get people out, and we want to give them something to look at.”

With that opening, just over 80 works were expected for the exhibition. As promised by the show’s title, the collection is indeed a bright, colorful presentation. Landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and even glasswork have filled the exhibition space, offering something very cheerful for employees and visitors to enjoy for eight weeks.

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) Chair Laura Lerman was also at the setup Monday. Among its charges, NCAC coordinates exhibitions presented within the municipal center.

This week, Lerman’s main task was to make sure too many people were not inside the building at the same time.

“The first selectman has been so good about this,” Lerman mentioned, keeping her eyes trained on those entering and exiting through the building’s southern entrance. “We have been checking in with him to find out when he will allow the show to open.

“We appreciate how thoughtful he has been,” Lerman added.

SCAN members Suzanne Molineaux and Ed Arribas hung the works on the walls, occasionally adjusting their placement, while fellow artist Eileen Lapointe acted as the sole runner for the group.

Works of all sizes, primarily in acrylic, oil, and watercolor, were quickly arranged. The show’s catalog — lists created by Moros of the artists, their works, and prices — also shows a few pastels, one colored pencil piece, one fused glass piece, and one mixed media work.

The vast majority are available for purchase.

By Tuesday morning, the show was officially open. It will remain on view until April 30.

“Color in Winter and into Spring” can be viewed weekdays between 8 am and 4:30 pm in the main corridor of Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

Ralph Schwartz holds up one painting while his wife, Lennie, unwraps a second, and Adele Moros moves a third to the side of her work station Monday afternoon during the receiving for “Color in Winter and into Spring.” Moros is chair of the eight-week-long exhibition, the first inside Newtown Municipal Center following months of closures and partial closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. —Bee Photo, Hicks
Suzanne Molineaux adjusts “Harvest Acrylic,” one of three acrylic works by Valdmese Burdoev received Monday afternoon for “Color in Winter and into Spring.” —Bee Photo, Hicks
Works are shown already hanging, and waiting to be hung, during the receiving hours of “Color in Winter and into Spring,” Monday afternoon. —Bee Photo, Hicks
“Yellow Flowers on My Table” by Ed Arribas, who hung much of the art as it arrived Monday afternoon. —Bee Photo, Hicks
“Garden Mix,” one of five works — two oils and three watercolors — by Anita Gregorski in the SCAN winter/spring exhibition. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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