Gallery 53 is a nonprofit association of artists and artisans dedicated to the promotion of the arts and the cultural enrichment of local communities. Founded in 1907, it is one of the oldest visual arts organizations in Connecticut. Located at 53 Colony Street in Meriden, Gallery 53, which is part of the Meriden Arts and Crafts Association, Inc., is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 to 4:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00.
Gallery space is provided for artists and artisans to display and sell their work. The art, both on display and for sale, includes unique handcrafted gifts and accessories, pottery, textiles, jewelry, photoraphy and paintings done in a wide range of mediums. The Gallery also offers classes in a variety of art forms for both the novice and the experienced artist.
The highlight of Gallery 53 events is First Friday opening nights. On the first Friday of each month the Gallery hosts an open house reception from 4:00 to 7:00 PM to introduce the special exhibit for the month. The reception is a social opportunity for the community to meet and view the artists' works as well as share food and conversation. Each month in 2012 the Gallery will also be showing art work from students in the Meriden schools. The current, February, exhibit is an animal themed show: Alligators to Zebras, held to benefit the Meriden Humane Society.
Upcoming First Friday openings include The Connecticut Pastel Society in March, a members show: People, Places and Things in April, a student show in May and the Southington Arts and Crafts Association's show in June. Spring classes are just beginning and workshops will resume later in the spring. Information on shows, classes, workshops and Gallery Events can be obtained at the Gallery during business hours or by calling (203) 235-5347.
53 Colony Street
Meriden, Connecticut 06451
Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 to 4:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00.