Press Release

“Home Is Where Hartford Is,”
An art exhibition of work by the students of Hartford Prints!
To be Held at La Paloma Sabanera Coffeehouse

The students at Hartford Prints!, a letterpress studio that employs Hartford Public High School students, are presenting their art works in a special exhibit called “Home Is Where Hartford Is.” The exhibit will take place at La Paloma Sabanera Coffee House from March 15 – April 15, 2010. La Paloma is located at 405 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. A reception will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2010 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to the reception and art will be for sale.

For this exhibit, the students were asked to create a visual representation of their view of or experience in Hartford, keeping in mind the theme of Hartford as home, in both a personal and universal perspective. The resulting images range from interpretations of the skyline of the city, to the Bushnell Park carousel, to a Calder sculpture. One student wrote a poem about walking the streets and another wished to share his experience of seeing the city via public transportation.

Hartford Prints! is the creation of Adrienne Gale and is made possible by the Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Program, Eddie A. Perez, Mayor. Adrienne Gale is a third-generation Hartford resident and graduate of Hartford Public High School. In a recent interview for a video that is being made about the studio, Adrienne said, “Hartford Prints! is a love of Hartford from me and my students and it is an attempt to give back to the people of Hartford, the residents and the visitors.” Nine students from Hartford Public High are employed by Hartford Prints! which creates pro-Hartford printed matter and ephemera. While supported by the grant, the goal of Hartford Prints! is to donate the art to other area businesses.

La Paloma Sabanera Coffee House is hosting the art exhibit. Virginia Iacobucci, the owner of La Paloma, stated, “We are committed to supporting the arts in Hartford and this was a wonderful opportunity to showcase young talent. It also celebrates Hartford and its many wonderful characteristics. We are thrilled to work with Hartford Prints!”