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September 11—Remembrance Through the Arts at NBMAA

Join the New Britain Museum of American Art for a special day of programming to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Pencil sculpture artist Dalton Ghetti will unveil his nearly decade-long project involving carving a single teardrop a day for each victim lost. Artist Graydon Parrish will present a gallery talk in front of his masterpiece The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy, September 11, 2001. Pianist Paul Bisaccia will wrap up the day’s events with a concert titled The Great American Piano Revisited. Dalton and Graydon will be available to sign postcards and posters throughout the day.

12:30 p.m. Dalton Ghetti Unveils and Discusses his Memorial to 911: 3,000 Teardrops

Stanley Works Center

Deeply affected by the events of September 11, 2001, miniature pencil artist Dalton M. Ghetti decided soon after to create a memorial to honor the victims of the attack.

Using only his hands, naked eyes and a razor blade, Ghetti carved a single teardrop every day for each of the victims from the graphite of recycled pencils found on streets and sidewalks. Each teardrop, about the size of a grain of rice, took in little less than one hour to carve. Averaging 300 teardrops per year, Dalton took 10 years to complete the 3,000 teardrops necessary for the project. Combined, the 3,000 drops make one large, two-dimensional, dark teardrop against a white background. The work will be unveiled at the NBMAA on the tenth anniversary of 911, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

Ghetti, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was featured in a 2010 NBMAA exhibition, Meticulous Masterpieces Contemporary Art by Dalton Ghetti, Les Lourigan and Jennifer Maestre, April 2-August 29, 2010 and he currently has three pieces on view in the Batchelor Gallery.

1:30 p.m. Gallery Talk with Artist Graydon Parrish: The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy, September 11, 2001

Batchelor Gallery for Contemporary Art

Once considered the highest form of art, allegorical painting is rare these days. With The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy: September 11, 2001, classical realist painter Graydon Parrish has created a monumental allegorical painting that represents “the endless cycle of human frailty, how we are blind to tragic events, no matter in what form and no matter how many have come before.” The work was commissioned by the Museum to commemorate September 11th and the family of Scott O’Brien, a New Britain native who perished while attending a trade show on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center the morning of the attacks.

3 p.m. Pianist Paul Bisaccia, The Great American Piano Revisited

Stanley Works Center

Award-winning pianist Paul Bisaccia returns to the NBMAA to perform a concert of music based on his newest CD, “The Great American Piano Revisited,” including premieres of unpublished, never before heard George Gershwin treasures.

Bisaccia, a classical pianist by training, and summa cum laude graduate of Hartt School of Music in 1978, applies his formidable classical technique to faithful recreations of Gershwin’s own piano arrangements. A protégé of renowned Brazilian pianist Luis de Moura Castro, he has performed on four continents, on public television and in George Burns documentaries.