News & Events - Art Displays and Exhibits

Historic Connecticut Bank & Trust Company

The CBT Alumni Club, the last remaining entity of the original Connecticut Bank & Trust Co., will have their memorabilia and historical items on display for the public.  CBT was the bank that had ATM's called "Barney," some of the first ATM's in the state. Middletown had several Barney machines and CBT branches; the bank had a statewide presence in Connecticut.  CBT had deep roots in Connecticut and can trace it earliest charter to 1766. It grew over the years to over 150 branches state wide. Most branch personnel lived in the community it served and knew their customers by their first names. Loan decisions were handled locally and the Bank had a great community presence, with many of our people volunteering on school boards, local charities, and various other organizations in each of the cities and towns we served.  The original CBT Retirees Club converted into the CBT Alumni Club, which still has 500 members. For more information, contact Paul A. Young, President of the CBT Alumni Club at 860-563-1378.

John Wade Hampton: Photographs

Photographs by the late John Wade Hampton, who was a Middletown resident, will be on exhibit for the month of July on the second floor.  Hampton's first spoken word was "light," which pointed auspiciously to the art form that would capture his heart. He fell in love with photography as a boy when given a vintage box camera by his grandfather. His photographic walkabouts became epic hunts for visual treasure. Whether combing through the nooks and crannies of New York or traversing the contours of the human face, his search for that holy grail of an image, one that would ignite inner awakenings, propelled him forward. He won numerous awards for his photographs including a full tuition scholarship to the School of Visual Arts.  The black and white photos on exhibit were taken in the 1980s. Many have a cinematic quality. Hampton often quoted the phrase "Carpe Diem."  By immortalizing the play of light on even the most fleeting of moments, truly seizing the day, he preserved it for us to savor.
Photographs are on loan from the collection of Linda Hampton Smith, who prepared this exhibit of her brother's work.

Diane Rubacha - Relief Reduction PrintsFishing Shack Reduction by Diane Rubacha

In relief printmaking the surface of a printing plate (wood, linoleum, or a synthetic substitute) is carved with sharp tools. Ink is applied to the surface of the printing plate with a roller; only those areas of the plate where material has not been removed by the carving tools will accept the ink. A piece of paper is laid on top of the plate and the ink on the plate is transferred to the paper.  Subsequent carving and printing continues until the artist has completed the image. It is possible to make beautiful prints using two or three colors or many more. The process itself is engaging; the final image emerges almost like magic as each color application more clearly defines the image.

Diana Rubacha will exhibit her relief reduction prints at Russell Library throughout the month of August. Ms. Rubacha of Middletown is a watercolorist and printmaker who studied art at Middlesex Community College and Central Connecticut State University and is a member of the Art Guild of Middletown. She started making relief reduction prints after taking a summer workshop with Elizabeth Cameron.

CPA Prison Arts Exhibit
September 2 – October 27, 2015

An exhibition of work from the Community Partners in Action (CPA) Prison Arts Program will feature  recent drawings, paintings and sculptures by artists incarcerated in Connecticut’s prisons.
Community Partners in Action is a nonprofit agency created in 1875, first called the Friends of Prisoners Society and later, the Connecticut Prison Association. The Prison Arts Program was initiated in 1978 as collaboration between the Connecticut Department of Correction and Community Partners in Action. The program operates under the belief that the arts are an integral tool in aiding inmates to develop their self-discipline, self-esteem, work ethic, interpersonal and communication skills and their ability to think critically while they examine their lives and the actions that led to their incarceration. Exhibitions and publications are the culmination of each year’s work organizing and providing arts workshops and projects within the State’s prison system. As well, they provide the general public with a unique window into an important, but often unseen, part of our community.