Young artists show their stuff

August 19, 2014


Young artists show their stuff

Monday, August 18, 2014 10:24 PM EDT

NEW BRITAIN — Up-and-coming artists had the opportunity to display and sell their work in a “not-so silent auction” Aug. 15 at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Sarah Rohlfing, supervisor of visitor services for the museum, said the event, part of the museum’s quarterly Museum after Dark series, served as a stepping stone for young artists to get their names out and meet other artists.

“This event is for young professionals who can come out and network with other young professionals,” said Rohlfing. “This really lets them see their art in an art space and visualize it in a different way.”

Artists were able to display their art in a museum for the first time and sell pieces for a flat rate of $50.


Terrance Regan, 2013 art major and graduate student from Central Connecticut State University, talked about his “automatic drawing,” which involves using battery-operated toys to create random images.

“Usually when people do automatic drawings they do a lot with the human body,” Regan said. “I have been doing a lot with small machines or toys. It’s like a cat toy, it flips around and flails everywhere. So what I do is dip the end of that in paint, and I just let it go all over this big piece of paper so it just draws a picture itself. That’s why I call it automatic painting.”

Photographers also sold their creations for $10 apiece. Guests also were offered drinks and food courtesy of Shebeen Brewing Company of Wolcott, Chet’s Italian Ice of New Britain and Wrap That Food of New Haven. DJ Danny Diggz and DJ Stealth spun turntables on the main floor, while live music was being played by Jose Oyola and the Astronauts or Loom.

The next Museum After Dark event will be a Halloween party Oct. 31. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the New Britain Museum of American Art located at 56 Lexington Street. For more information, call (860) 229-0257.