Western Connecticut Cultural Alliance Hosts Artists’ Reception and Mobile Art Mural at Danbury Fair Mall

The first of six permanent and movable canvas murals at the Danbury Fair Mall will be unveiled Thursday, July 21 with a 6 p.m. reception for artist Marcus Escribano.

To exemplify the “Reemergence and Awakening” theme of the mural, Escribano incorporated symbols from his Caribbean and African heritage to represent the sun and the meaning of sunrise. He also used the blue crescent, a symbol of fidelity which is essential during the revival process.

Reveals and receptions for the next five artists will be held most Thursdays through early September near the murals, which are on display near the Apple Store wing on the mall’s second level.

The Western Connecticut Cultural Alliance collaborated with Art in Common of Ridgefield to curate the series and showcase emerging and aspiring artists. The canvases are constructed to easily move and showcase the intended permanent wall installation for the Apple wing. Mobile murals focus on social sustainability and community building. This project is an extension of the large mural installation coming this fall to Danbury Fair.

In addition to Escribano, artists include:

Janelle Chandler

“As a society, we are re-emerging and waking up after COVID. We are no different from the poppy, with the ability to bud, unfold, open and bloom in whatever way suits it best. Like flowers, we are each different, unique and beautiful in our own way.

Revelation and reception: July 28, 6 p.m.

Eric Chandler

A caterpillar restricted to branches, limited by its form, undergoes a transformation. The caterpillar awakens from its chrysalis and reappears as a stronger and more resilient self, transformed, freed from its restraints, ready to fly.

Revelation and reception: August 18, 6 p.m.

Dedan Davenport

“We must meet the internal and external conditions of our lives with humility. We can emerge humble in every situation that presents itself. It allows us to choose an open and engaged relationship with ourselves, the community and society instead of remaining closed.

Revelation and reception: August 25, 6 p.m.

Dennis Rosa:

“After the pandemic, people are slowly reappearing, as a sketch of a popular park in Danbury shows. This Plein Air painting will embody the spirit of waking activities, such as spending time with family and friends, capturing the impact of nature as a source of mental well-being.

Revelation and reception: Sept. 1, 6 p.m.

Kelsey Gilmore:

“I based my mural on a painting by Giotto Di Bondone (or Giotto). This quote inspired my work and creates the link between re-emergence and awakening: “Every nature, every molded form, every creature, exists in and with the other. »

Revelation and reception: Sept. 8, 6 p.m.

James C. Tibbs