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“Natural Dynamism” Open at The Downtown Gallery

“Natural Dynamism: Works on Paper by Susan Spaniol” is open in the Downtown Gallery at 66 West Main St. The Downtown Gallery is located on the ground floor of the New Britain Artists’ CO-OP building where “Five Floors of Art” will be also be open to the public and where members of the CO-OP will host open studios during and after the Spaniol reception.

Artist Susan Spaniol presents a series of works inspired by what she calls “The Event at Herring Cove.” The “event” is a reference to the beaching of a right whale in Provincetown, MA that the artist saw after it had some ashore. Spaniol relates: “The sky was a steely gray and the ocean was tinted pink with blood, yet the scene remained strangely calm as scientists removed sheets of blubber to reveal a battered carcass. The only sound was the scrunching of sand as people arrived and left in silence, as if enacting some ancient ritual. By nighttime, a large backhoe had deposited the mammoth’s remains into an enormous waste bin. No sign of the event remained on the beach.” The artist returned to her studio, and, over the course of several weeks, created over a dozen pictures “drawn from within” to capture her experience and pay homage to the life that had been lost. Nine of the “whale series” will be in the show along with three pieces from the artist’s “Constructed Worlds Series.”

The Downtown Gallery is open M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and, during exhibitions, Thursdays until 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. Parking on the Street and in the City Garages is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends. For more information, including images from the show, visit and go to the “Downtown Gallery” menu item or call 860-832-8299 or email The Downtown Gallery is a program of the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance and the New Britain Downtown District.