NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain city center district and gallery 66 motoring art exhibition, celebrating the abolition of motor vehicles, will go on display next Wednesday, just three days before the motor show annual.
“I think it’s going to bring two different worlds together, because typically your car show is frequented by die-hard fans of the vintage, classic, muscle car world, but now you’re putting an artistic component to it as well,” Nicole said. Bosco, executive director of the New Britain Downtown District. “So it attracts lovers of the art world at the same time.”
The exhibit is part of the annual New Britain City Center Quarter Motor Show, scheduled for next Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The opening hours of the special gallery will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“There were three winners of the art exhibition competition whose works are going to be featured,” said Adrian Elliott, curator of Gallery 66.
Kurtis “Unique” Gomez (photographer), David Mocarsky (photographer) and James D’Amore (visual artist) will each have their work displayed at the Visitors Center located at 66 West Main St. until November 4.
“It’s great to be part of this exhibit again and to be chosen to represent my own city’s photography,” Gomez said. “This year, I chose pieces that I had the pleasure of photographing for both clients as well as my personal collection of outing photos.”
Mocarsky’s love for cars fits perfectly into this year’s exhibit.
“This year, I submitted five photographs taken at car shows and racing events in Connecticut over the past 12 months,” Mocarsky said. “I love cars and auto-related events. My dad took me to them growing up and now I do the same with my daughters.
Although the exhibit returns after a four-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the two photographers are no strangers to the exhibit, having been part of the exhibit in previous years.
“This will now be my fifth time exhibiting my work at Gallery 66 and I am very grateful to Adrian and the City of New Britain for appreciating my art. I am proud of my work and my company that I leads through CenterPoint Visuals, LLC and I look forward to continuing my growth in this lifetime,” Gomez said.
“I’m very happy the event is back,” Mocarsky added. “It’s a fun event every year and I’m very grateful that the Downtown District and Gallery 66 organize it. It gives me and my family a chance to visit the show and gallery while seeing some awesome cars.
There will be a Meet the Artists Opening Reception with a special guest on October 5 at 6 p.m.
“I have this 71-year-old guy who sent me watercolors from the 70s,” Elliott said.
Elliott was excited about the unique story of the artist and his connection to the visitor center.
“He lived in the original building and painted cars from his living room,” she added. “He’s in charge of a big race that’s going on in Walnut Hill right now and he was part of a bike club.”
The Gallery wanted the artist to be part of the exhibition, but he sold everything.
“So I’m bringing him to the reception and sharing his unique story,” Elliott said. “He will bring his wallet.”