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Expressiones is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the community with quality artistic programming.
We celebrate diversity by inspiring the community to immerse themselves in the music, art, and customs of our multicultural population.

Expressiones main program is ArtVenture, which provides culturally competency, relevant and unique experiences, bilingual arts and educational programming for children in New London Public Schools, and in after-school sessions in New London. This program serves to bridge cultural gaps between the diverse communities in the area and to provide arts and other educational programs for children in New London, including a large and growing population from low income families.

The population served includes among all of them the underserved Latino or Hispanic children in New London. We use the Artists-in- Residence recruited by Expressiones from Latin-America and other professionals.

Expressiones is committed to providing a safe environment which addresses the needs, expands the abilities, and encourages aspirations of the people of Southeastern Connecticut by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

The two primary goals are:
(1) to increase the cultural competency and awareness of low- income children and families, including the growing Latino population, and
(2) to introduce the non-Latino population to the richness of Latin American arts and culture.

In 2017-2018, Expressiones Artists-in-Residence worked with K-12 students in New London Public Schools through collaborations with different classroom teachers. Over 50% of students are Hispanic, and 78.8% qualify for free or reduced priced meals. 28.7% of the district's students come from homes where English is not the primary language.

The overarching goal of our program is to support community engagement, providing an intensive, hands-on in art, science, history, geography, and math curriculum that emphasizes discovery, critical thinking and problem solving.

The residency programs offer resources to artists and provide opportunities for our diverse community to strengthen their ability to pursue lifelong learning.



  •  5/25/2024 06:00 PM - 5/25/2024 08:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Expressiones Cultural Center is proud to present “NOMADS,” a solo exhibition by the Hondurean artist Mary Morales. This marks the first time Morales is showcasing her work in the United States.

  •  1/26/2024 06:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

You are invited this Friday, January 26th, at 6:00PM to be part of the installation of AIR Josué Orellana from Honduras, final product of his residency at Expressions. The presentation is called: "Nada te llevás" (Nothing you will take with you). The artist tells us; It is a multidisciplinary exhibition, with no pretensions other than to have fun, have a good time, and look inside ourselves, looking for that famous inner child. The world is going through many difficult and complex things, and I, as a Honduran artist in the USA, can not do much or nothing to change it. Still, I can alter my body/mind/being, my environment, and my people, or at least utopia exists in me always; we came with nothing to this world. Likewise, we will leave with nothing, we only take our experiences, experiences, feelings and stories...

  •  12/1/2023 07:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

In a harmonious blend of inspiration and education, Expressiones Cultural Center is proud to showcase the culmination of months of artistic exploration through its after-school art program. This innovative initiative has been an enchanting collaboration between the Expressiones and the The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of New London, bringing the colorful world of art to the heart of the community. The latest installment of this creative odyssey focused on the reinterpretation of the renowned artist Roger Beers, whose retrospective exhibition currently graces the walls of Expressiones Cultural Center. Our young participants, eager minds from New London, embarked on a journey of artistic discovery as they delved into the life and emotions woven into Beers' masterpieces. This isn't just an art program; it's a celebration of imagination, a symphony of colors and forms that have come alive under the guidance of dedicated instructors. The children, after immersing themselves in the exhibition, were given the liberty to select a piece and breathe life into their own interpretation. The process has been nothing short of intense, yet undeniably fun, spanning several months of learning and creating. Concepts of color, form, harmony, line, and composition became the building blocks for the young artists as they crafted their unique visions. The result is a collection of works that not only pay homage to Beers but also stand as testaments to the kaleidoscope of perspectives that art can inspire. "Art is about freedom—freedom to dream, to interpret, to express. Our program is a platform for these young minds to spread their artistic wings and let their imagination soar," remarked José Garaycochea, executive director at Expressiones Cultural Center in New London. The free ongoing art program is a testament to Expressiones's commitment to providing a nurturing space where creativity flourishes. In collaboration with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of New London, this initiative has become a beacon of artistic exploration, transcending the boundaries of traditional education. Children participating in the program attend New London schools: Jennings, Isaac, Nathan Hale, Winthrop, MMRS. Esmeralda Ayala, Camila Agosto, Yamila Agosto, Jahki Barns, Aleshliany Candelario, Alexiany Candelario, Alexis Candelario, Edward Chica, Nelly Chica, Dariel Coronado, Joaquin Bueno, Noah Gonzalez, Mia Lituma, Sofia Lituma, Aniyah Lora, Wilmer Martinez, Damian Ocampo, Fatima Ortiz, Wander Ortiz, Jairam Peralta, Jeirem Peralta, Jesuam Peralta, Genesis Ramos, Edwin Ramos, Berthaliz Rivera, Adriana Rosario, Kendra Santiago, Kenneth Santiago, Keyshlian Santiago, Krystal Torres, Nicole Valverde, Rey Rivera, Ambar Mejias, Emireth Fiat, Luis Fiat, Britany Insuasti, Klever Robles, Leilani Rolon, Angelo Rodriguez, Michael Rodriguez, Tizziana Izaguirre, Isaac Cortorreal, Kareem Herrera, Alissah Vargas.

  •  9/22/2023 06:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

In an effort to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers, Expressiones Cultural Center is thrilled to announce that the upcoming exhibition, "Roger Beers: A Journey in Art," will be open to children aged 8 to 14. We believe in the transformative power of art to ignite curiosity and foster critical thinking in young minds. By welcoming children to explore Roger Beers' captivating artwork, learn about the artist's unique sources of inspiration, and delve into the books that influenced his creative process, we aim to provide a meaningful and enriching experience for our young visitors. This initiative is a testament to our commitment to nurturing creativity and imagination in the youth, and we hope that this exhibition will leave a lasting impression on their artistic journey. Exhibition Details The exhibition will feature a selection of Roger Beers' exceptional artworks, showcasing his journey as an artist. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore his paintings, which skillfully blend representation and abstraction, reflecting his deep understanding of the human spirit. Event Information Exhibition Title: "Roger Beers: A Journey in Art" Dates: September 22 – November 22 Location: Expressiones Cultural Center, 84 Bank Street – New London – CT 06320 Opening Reception: September 22, 2023 at 6 pm Expressiones Cultural Center invites art enthusiasts, environmental advocates, and the community at large to join us in commemorating the life and artistic legacy of Roger Beers. For more information, please visit Expressiones Cultural Center's website or contact Jose Garaycochea at director@expressiones.org.

  •  7/7/2023 06:00 PM - 7/7/2023 08:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Join us this July 7th at 6 PM for a captivating artist talk and reception as we welcome “HOT TRIBUTE” an exhibit highlighting one of our current AIR (Artist in Residency) from Perú, Ramón Ostolaza and his last body of work.

  •  5/8/2023 01:00 PM - 5/8/2023 03:00 PM
  •   305 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT 06385

A collaboration between Expressiones, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of New London and The Drop-In Learning Center. Expressiones has collaborated with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of New London and The Drop-In Learning Center on a puppet presentation of “Pinocchio” that will be given a public performance at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford. The program has been providing kids with the chance to learn about the Pinocchio story and its lessons. It has included workshops on puppet-making and has provided life experiences like a field trip to New York City, where the children of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club visited the Pinocchio exhibition at MOMA. Expressiones' partnership with the other two organizations fits with its mission of bridging cultural gaps between diverse communities in the area and providing arts and educational programs for children in New London.

  •  4/15/2023 06:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

CONTRASTES April 15 – May 15, 2023

  •  11/18/2022 06:00 PM - 11/18/2022 08:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Expressiones Cultural Center is very proud to launch Sisyphus, an exhibition made during his stay in New London as part of his artist-in-residence experience. The title of this exhibition – is a reference to the Greek myth of Sisyphus – the tale of a king who, for cheating death, enraged the gods so much that Hades punished him by condemning Sisyphus to push a boulder up a mountain only for it to roll back down again, for all eternity. “Sisyphean” has invaded our language as an idiom for a difficult, yet pointless task. Albert Camus, the French existentialist, used the myth as a metaphor for our human predicament: if our existence is meaningless, thus futile, how do we make sense of it? This is our choice, according to Camus, and not our dilemma; at the end of his essay “The Myth of Sisyphus”, he states that we must imagine Sisyphus happy.

  •  9/9/2022 06:00 PM
  •   32 Water St Stonington, CT 06378

In partnership with La Grua Center in Stonington, we are very pleased to highlight the talented Hispanic artists of Expressiones Cultural Center and the Hispanic Alliance during the months of September and October at La Grua Center. Come celebrate these talented artist from our region and beyond! Exhibit Opening Friday, September 9 from 5-7pm. Open to the public. Suggested donation $5. Gallery Hours are Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday afternoons 1-4pm through October 30th. Other times available by appointment. Times are subject to change; please call ahead 860-535-2300.

  •  7/2/2022 06:30 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

El Proyecto del Pez puts many techniques together masterfully united by Carlos' imagination giving life to characters. This installation is composed of more than one hundred and fifty quilt pieces, joined, colored, designed to provide the viewer with a unique experience. Guido Garaycochea-curator. “I believe in the cathartic power of storytelling and art making which provides an opportunity to share perspectives with people of diverse backgrounds. A theme in my art is absurdity, caused by a constant awareness of the socio-political conditions and attitudes of humankind. This project is a response to the fragmentation and polarization we are experiencing because of the double Pandemic of socio-political tensions and the current health crisis. Proyecto del Pez encourages participants to be rigorously aware, always observing, searching for beauty, kindness, the struggles of good and band, justice, bias, joy, pain and realizing gratitude and realization of the fragility of our environment, our blessings, relationships and that we are stewards of our planet, our community and ourselves”. Carlos Biernnay The exhibition will be open to the public by appointment until July 30. Guided tours by the artist can be arranged in advance. email: dirctor@expressiones.org

  •  6/11/2022 10:30 AM - 6/11/2022 12:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Join us for a family workshop to celebrate Father's Day by making 2D and 3D cards! Saturday, June 11 @ 10:30 AM-12:00PM. This workshop is free - materials will be provided. Sign up at www.expressiones.com/events or send an email events@expressiones.org

  •  5/28/2022 10:30 AM - 5/28/2022 12:30 PM
  •   84 Bank St, New London, CT, USA
  •  4/9/2022 05:00 PM - 4/9/2022 07:00 PM
  •   84 Bank St, New London, CT, USA

Art Opening and Artist Talk April 9th, 5-7 PM. Exhibition will run until Saturday, April 30 TRAILBRAZING Expressiones Artists in Residence Iliana Scheggia & Ramón Ostolaza Expressiones Cultural Center is very proud to launch TRAILBRAZING an exhibition of two artists whose artistic practices and personal lives intersect in the same exhibition.

  •  4/9/2022 10:30 AM - 4/9/2022 12:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut, EE. UU.

Join us for last Saturday's Workshop led by Expressiones artists in Residence, Ramon Ostolaza and liana Scheggia. This is a family workshop to create habitats and animals using polyhedron! Create a series of characters based on regular polyhedrons. Create your platonic toys or geometric toys When: Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 am Where: Expressiones, 84 Bank Street - New London This is a FREE workshop for families, registration is required. All material included.

  •  3/19/2022 10:30 AM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA
  •  3/18/2022 05:00 PM - 3/18/2022 07:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA
  •  3/5/2022 10:30 AM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut, EE. UU.

Learn how to make kites! With basic materials and imagination! Yes, this Saturday, March 5th at 10:30 am! It is a workshop for families. Where: 84 Bank St. NL Free and materials will be provided. Please register at: events@expressiones.org

  •  2/19/2022 10:30 AM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Registration required

  •  2/5/2022 10:30 AM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA
  •  12/18/2021 10:30 AM - 12/18/2021 12:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Join us this Saturday for a fun Family Workshop! During the class, we will look at and talk about photos, and why we photograph. We will also go out around town, photograph, and finally get together and talk about the photos. Bring your smart phone and if you don't have one, please let us know. Registration is mandatory.

  •  12/11/2021 10:30 AM - 12/11/2021 12:30 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Let's celebrate this holidays Season by learning origami and making our own tree ornaments! This is a free workshop for families. Where: 84 Bank Street, New London When: Saturday, December 11. Time: 10:30 AM!

  •  12/4/2021 10:30 AM - 12/4/2021 12:30 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Join the first Holiday workshops at Expressiones. This coming Saturday, December 4th, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Create holiday cards with Guido Garaycochea.

  •  10/23/2021 06:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Expressiones is very proud to launch, once again, an exhibit by Honduran Artist in Residence Alberto Palma. His work, in constant evolution and transformation, emerges to surprise the viewer in all instances. It doesn’t evoke a tangible reality but a continuous question of the nature and origin of the idea, questioning those existential concepts behind the human being, deep in meaning as it would be in an extension of philosophy.

  •  10/2/2021 03:00 PM - 10/2/2021 06:00 PM
  •   71 Silas Deane Road, Ledyard, CT, USA

"Every child deserves the opportunity to do well." Join us for this event. Live music, Art exhibit, Open Bar, and hors d'oeuvres. $45 per person.

  •  7/16/2021 06:00 PM
  •   300 State St, New London, CT, USA

“MicroMacro 2021” Expressiones is very proud to launch, once again, an exhibit by Peruvian Artist in Residence Ramon Ostoloza. His work, in constant evolution and transformation, emerges to surprise the viewer in all instances. It doesn’t evoke a tangible reality, but a constant question of the nature and origin of the idea, questioning those existential concepts behind the human being, deep in meaning as it would be in an extention of philosophy.

  •  3/18/2021 05:30 PM
  • Online Event

BOOKMAKING AND PAPER ARTS. ARTIST FACILITATOR: Michelle Melo ADULTS

  •  2/7/2020 06:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

“To deeply explore these objects, I need the stories and events of which they are part. Science fiction literature and all its appliances, poetry and sound are raised as references. But also, the history of art, the drawings of the first machines and the first inventors and their excitement about artifactual innovation. The coordinates play between plausibility and fiction allows me to immerse myself in the possibility of discovering the utopian universe of these objects, inventing their own archeology, their own geographical and historical context.” Maria Colombo Expressiones Artist in Residence

  •  11/2/2019 06:00 PM - 11/2/2019 09:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

If you love great music, fine art, good wine, delicious food and great company, like the new artist in Residence from Uruguay: Adrian Meyer, you will definitely not want to miss our new Saturday Night at Expressiones on the Waterfront. Combine the fabulous music, art, culture, and fantastic food with an excellent location and view, and You've got the perfect evening out on the town in New London CT!

  •  9/30/2019 06:00 PM
  •   27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT 06355, USA

Fundraising event presenting The Motorcycle Diaries/Los Diarios de Motocicleta. Limited seating. Advanced tickets $25

  •  8/17/2019 05:00 PM - 8/17/2019 06:30 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Learn how to use ink to create an ink watercolor piece for your home!

  •  8/16/2019 11:00 AM - 8/16/2019 12:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

A Creative Workshop for Kids It’s back! A workshop for creative imaginations! Participants will learn how to use black ink to create their own unique watercolor piece for their home!

  •  5/31/2019 06:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Expressiones is very proud to invite you to an art opening by the current artist in residence from Honduras, Andres Mejia. He is the first artist to come to US as part of a partnership between Expressiones and Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Interamericana. (IHCI)

  •  5/3/2019 07:00 PM - 5/3/2019 09:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

5th Annual Literary Art Series "InFusion: Where Literary Traditions Traverse" Featuring: Hartford Poet Laureate, Frederick-Douglass Knowles II & The Jeff Robinson Jazz Trio InFusion is a literary art series that amalgams the creative works of literature with visual and musical arts. The annual reading features distinguished artists from each genre. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Date: Friday May 3rd, 2019 Time: 7-9pm (30 min social begins at 7) Location: Expressiones Cultural Center, 84 Bank St., New London, CT Sponsored by: Three Rivers Community College Foundation TRCC Community Involvement Committee Expressiones Cultural Center

  •  3/22/2019 06:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Ramón Ostolaza’s Opening: "SPLIT" March 22, 2019

  •  5/25/2024 06:00 PM
  •   Expressiones Cultural Center

We are delighted to present “Nomads,” the first solo exhibition in the United States by artist Mary Morales. Hailing from Honduras, Mary has garnered several awards in her native country. Her captivating works were created during her residency at Expressions in New London. The exhibition invites us to explore the concept of migration, both in the broader context of species and in the intimate details of individual experiences. Mary’s body of work, developed entirely during her stay, reflects her unique perspective on this universal theme. Join us for the opening reception this Saturday, May 25th, at 6:00 PM. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in Mary Morales’ thought-provoking art.

  •  12/1/2023 07:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Expressiones Cultural Center is proud to showcase the culmination of artistic exploration through its after-school art program in a harmonious blend of inspiration and education. This innovative initiative has been an enchanting collaboration between the Expressiones and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of New London, bringing the colorful world of art to the heart of the community. The latest installment of this creative odyssey focused on the reinterpretation of the renowned artist Roger Beers, whose retrospective exhibition currently graces the walls of Expressiones Cultural Center. The young participants, eager minds from New London, embarked on a journey of artistic discovery as they delved into the life and emotions woven into Beers' masterpieces. This isn't just an art program; it's a celebration of imagination, a symphony of colors and forms that have come alive under the guidance of dedicated instructors. The children, after immersing themselves in the exhibition, were given the liberty to select a piece and breathe life into their own interpretation. Children participating in the program attend New London schools: Jennings, Isaac, Nathan Hale, Winthrop, MMRS. Esmeralda Ayala, Camila Agosto, Yamila Agosto, Jahki Barns, Aleshliany Candelario, Alexiany Candelario, Alexis Candelario, Edward Chica, Nelly Chica, Dariel Coronado, Joaquin Bueno, Noah Gonzalez, Mia Lituma, Sofia Lituma, Aniyah Lora, Wilmer Martinez, Damian Ocampo, Fatima Ortiz, Wander Ortiz, Jairam Peralta, Jeirem Peralta, Jesuam Peralta, Genesis Ramos, Edwin Ramos, Berthaliz Rivera, Adriana Rosario, Kendra Santiago, Kenneth Santiago, Keyshlian Santiago, Krystal Torres, Nicole Valverde, Rey Rivera, Ambar Mejias, Emireth Fiat, Luis Fiat, Britany Insuasti, Klever Robles, Leilani Rolon, Angelo Rodriguez, Michael Rodriguez, Tizziana Izaguirre, Isaac Cortorreal, Kareem Herrera, Alissah Vargas.

  •  9/22/2023 06:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Expressiones Cultural Center is thrilled to announce an upcoming exhibition that pays tribute to the late Roger Beers, a cherished friend and dedicated supporter of our organization in countless ways. This multifaceted event is dedicated to celebrating his extraordinary contributions to environmental law and his profound passion for painting. The exhibition not only commemorates Roger's life and artistic journey but also stands as a testament to the enduring bond between Roger and Expressiones. About Roger Beers Roger Beers, a native of Waco, Texas, was not only a brilliant environmental litigator for three decades in the San Francisco Bay Area but also a prolific artist. He moved to New London, CT, in 2006 to pursue his true passion – painting and drawing. Roger's background in philosophy from Baylor University and his magna cum laude graduate degree from Harvard Law School set the foundation for his groundbreaking work as an attorney. He took on landmark cases on behalf of environmental groups, leaving a lasting impact on environmental law. Roger received numerous awards for his commitment, including the Sierra Club's William O. Douglas Award. Yet, Roger's true calling was art. His work, spanning various mediums, predominantly depicted people and their unique personalities. He aimed to capture the spirit rather than mere resemblance, often infusing everyday activities with profound meaning in his paintings. Exposing Young Minds to Art and Inspiration. In an effort to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers, Expressiones Cultural Center is thrilled to announce that the upcoming exhibition, "Roger Beers: A Journey in Art," will be open to children aged 8 to 14. We believe in the transformative power of art to ignite curiosity and foster critical thinking in young minds. By welcoming children to explore Roger Beers' captivating artwork, learn about the artist's unique sources of inspiration, and delve into the books that influenced his creative process, we aim to provide a meaningful and enriching experience for our young visitors. This initiative is a testament to our commitment to nurturing creativity and imagination in the youth, and we hope that this exhibition will leave a lasting impression on their artistic journey. Exhibition Details The exhibition will feature a selection of Roger Beers' exceptional artworks, showcasing his journey as an artist. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore his paintings, which skillfully blend representation and abstraction, reflecting his deep understanding of the human spirit. Event Information Exhibition Title: "Roger Beers: A Journey in Art" Dates: September 22 – November 22 Location: Expressiones Cultural Center, 84 Bank Street – New London – CT 06320 Opening Reception: September 22, 2023 at 6 pm Expressiones Cultural Center invites art enthusiasts, environmental advocates, and the community at large to join us in commemorating the life and artistic legacy of Roger Beers. For more information, please visit Expressiones Cultural Center's website or contact Jose Garaycochea at director@expressiones.org.

  •  7/28/2023 06:00 PM - 8/5/2023 06:40 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

“Walkabout - New London” An Exhibit by Iliana Scheggia AIR from Perú Opening Reception Friday, July 28th. 6:00 PM. “Places become a kind of machine through which new states of consciousness are acquired.” Franco La Cecla With a profound focus on the architecture of space and her intimate relationship with the urban landscape, Scheggia's body of work on clay, breathes life into abstract questions that linger at the core of our existence. Drawing inspiration from the fluidity of geometry, each work serves as a portal to contemplation, where the viewer is invited to embark on a journey of self-discovery and heightened consciousness. Join us in this transcendent encounter, where each piece unveils the profound transformation of New London’s identity, wrapped in the eloquence of geometry and the artistic finesse of Iliana’s work. “Traveling and exploring cities to get in contact with their people and their surroundings opens me into a new state of consciousness. This movement challenges me to face diverse worlds and, into this cultural exchange, my perception and construction of the world is transformed. I’ve been doing Artist in Residence programs since 2012 and found this is a perfect way to get in contact with other communities. Sometimes, if you are lucky, become part of them and return more than once. These experiences enrich my way of thinking and break down barriers making my universe bigger. Walkabout is a project where I explore the cartography of the chosen places and transform these patterns into ceramic pieces which, due to their primitive appearance, are reminiscent of rock carvings or petroglyphs as ancient peoples did in their need to configure space and find themselves in it. In addition, I also find some detail that identifies the city; in New London it was the sound. My work revolves around the construction of space and how we relate to it. I've always been attracted to the nature of Universe, how it is configured and what is my function within it; where you are from; what is beyond the visible. I use geometry as a way to abstract these questions.” Iliana Scheggia

  •  7/8/2023 09:26 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Art Opening and Ar-st Talk HOT tribute Old tales/New meanings Ar-st: Ramón Ostolaza from Perú Date: Friday, July 7th. “HOT TRIBUTE” an exhibit highligh-ng one of our current AIR (Ar-st in Residency) from Perú, Ramón Ostolaza and his last body of work. Ramón invites us to embark on a nostalgic journey with his latest series of prints -tled Hot TRIBUTE. Transpor-ng us back half a century to the vibrant streets of Lima-Perú, his artworks evoke memories of a bygone era when brightly colored posters and pop art adorned the walls of his childhood home. In those days, the collec-ve known as HOT leX an indelible mark on the ar-s-c landscape, with Emilio Hernandez, Victor Ostolaza (Ramón's father), and José Tang working diligently on the rooXop of Ramón's home in Lima. The remnants of their crea-ve endeavors remained in the ar-st's family for years, ac-ng as his ini-al introduc-on to the cap-va-ng world of art.

  •  4/15/2023 02:10 PM - 5/15/2023 02:10 PM
  •   Expressiones Cultural Center, 84 Bank Street, NL

Art Opening Reception Saturday, April 15 @ 6:00PM. Honduran Artist Shines Light on Nature Degradation and Wildfires in New Exhibition Marcio Arteaga Expressiones Artist in Residence from Honduras, is set to debut his latest exhibition, "Contrastes/Contrasts," on April 15, 2023, at Expressiones Cultural Center at 6:00 PM. The exhibition features a stunning collection of landscape paintings that showcase the effects of climate change, wildfires, and environmental degradation in Honduras' natural landscapes. As a native of Honduras, Marcio has witnessed the devastating impact of climate change and wildfires firsthand. His paintings are a reflection of his passion for nature and his concern for the environment. Using a combination of vivid colors and striking imagery, Marcio highlights the fragility of the natural world and urges viewers to take action. "The body of works showcased in this exhibition are not just beautiful works of art; they represent a call to action," says Guido Garaycochea, Expressiones co founder and curator, "We are thrilled to showcase the work of such a talented artist who is using his art to raise awareness about important environmental issues." "Contrastes" is a must-see exhibition for anyone who cares about the environment and wants to learn more about the impact of climate change on Honduras. The exhibition runs from April 15 through May 15, 2023, and is open to the public later by appointment. For more information about the exhibition, please contact Jose Garaycochea at director@expressiones.org

  •  11/18/2022 06:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Art Opening and Artist Talk November 18th, 6-8 PM. Sisyphus A selection of new works Expressiones Artists in Residence Federico Rosa, AIR from Honduras Expressiones Cultural Center is very proud to launch Sisyphus, an exhibition made during his stay in New London as part of his artist-in-residence experience. The title of this exhibition – is a reference to the Greek myth of Sisyphus – the tale of a king who, for cheating death, enraged the gods so much that Hades punished him by condemning Sisyphus to push a boulder up a mountain only for it to roll back down again, for all eternity. “Sisyphean” has invaded our language as an idiom for a difficult, yet pointless task. Albert Camus, the French existentialist, used the myth as a metaphor for our human predicament: if our existence is meaningless, thus futile, how do we make sense of it? This is our choice, according to Camus, and not our dilemma; at the end of his essay “The Myth of Sisyphus”, he states that we must imagine Sisyphus happy. . About the exhibit These new works reveal a thorough understanding achieved through processes of experimentation of the materials at hand, consisting of multiple superimposed layers, where the effect of a gradual, haphazard palimpsest starts to become a much more considered, intentional layering and removing of paint, cutting, and placing in a rigorous fashion, with obvious nods to minimalism, neo expressionism, and of course, dada and surrealism. The availability of all these languages places the artist within a cacophony of sources, with which he engages in a thorough dialogue with the practices that have come before him, including the works of artists who have switched multiple languages simultaneously. About the artist Federico got his Bachelor of Arts at The City and Guilds of London Art School, and his Master of Arts (Fine Art: Sculpture) at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London. He is a multifaceted artist with a wide range of solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Belgium, Austria, the United States and his native Honduras. He has also held diplomatic posts representing his country abroad and has been a columnist for several publications.

  •  7/2/2022 06:00 PM - 7/30/2022 08:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut, EE. UU.

Expressions is excited to launch Chilean artist Carlos Biernnay's first solo show in New London. The exhibition entitled El Proyecto del Pez / the fish project is an accumulation of works made as part of his experience as an artist in residence at Expressions as well as long accumulated works now brought together in an installation that is a self-biographical reflection of the artist. A work in progress that has no determined end yet, it will continue to live and grow even after this exhibition. About this exhibition: El Proyecto del Pez puts many techniques together masterfully united by Carlos' imagination giving life to characters. This installation is composed of more than one hundred and fifty quilt pieces, joined, colored, designed to provide the viewer with a unique experience. Guido Garaycochea-curator. “I believe in the cathartic power of storytelling and art making which provides an opportunity to share perspectives with people of diverse backgrounds. A theme in my art is absurdity, caused by a constant awareness of the socio-political conditions and attitudes of humankind. This project is a response to the fragmentation and polarization we are experiencing because of the double Pandemic of socio-political tensions and the current health crisis. Proyecto del Pez encourages participants to be rigorously aware, always observing, searching for beauty, kindness, the struggles of good and band, justice, bias, joy, pain and realizing gratitude and realization of the fragility of our environment, our blessings, relationships and that we are stewards of our planet, our community and ourselves”. Carlos Biernnay The exhibition will be open to the public by appointment until July 30. Guided tours by the artist can be arranged in advance. email: dirctor@expressiones.org

  •  3/18/2022 05:00 PM - 4/2/2022 02:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut, EE. UU.

This collaborative project was born from the imagination of one of the current artists in residence at Expressions, Ramon Ostolaza. Expressiones has invited various artists, with diverse artistic practices to intervene these objects created by Ramon. Each artist received a small-sized object that Ramon called Mostroks. The artist tells us that the Mostroks appeared with the intention of bringing the traditions of different cultures to a public that is increasingly moving away from the stories and traditions that have shaped humanity. Through collective artists recreated a new and updated vision. The intervened pieces will be exhibited at Expressions on a date yet to be announced in which the artists will be able to tell us about their experiences during the process. Participant Artists: Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli, Lucrecia Novoa, Yujuan Zhai Patnode (Juner), Xanda McCagg, Mattias Lundblad, Iliana Scheggia, R. Douglass Rice, Kim Abraham, Ramon Ostolaza,

  •  2/7/2020 06:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

A Form that Resembles Join us this Friday, February 7th @ 6:00 PM Maria Colombo Art Opening Reception for her Solo Show at Expressiones: "A Form that Resembles." Maria is a conceptual artist whose sculptures, and installations challenge the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience. Her work absorbs the tradition of the art of memory and is embedded into her daily practice. This personal follow-up and the rebirth of a past tradition are important as an act of meditation that is the core of her work. Guido Garaycochea Expressiones

  •  5/31/2019 06:00 PM - 5/31/2019 08:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

Expressiones is very proud to invite you to an art opening by the current artist in residence from Honduras, Andres Mejia. He is the first artist to come to US as part of a partnership between Expressiones and Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Interamericana. (IHCI). Join us on Friday, May 31 from 6 to 8 pm.

  •  2/16/2019 05:00 PM
  •   84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA

“AD ASTRA” by Juan Carlos Fernandez Artist in residence from Tegucigalpa - Honduras November 30 - February 16

What happened during our Summer 2023 workshops?
Our enriching and free-of-charge summer programs for the children of New London!
 Through a harmonious blend of art and reading, our workshops provided a bilingual platform where young minds flourished. In our Art Workshop, children engaged in various creative activities, from clay modeling and painting to crafting unique masterpieces, fostering self-expression and imagination. In the Reading Workshop, captivating stories and literary adventures in both English and Spanish cultivated a love for literature while improving language skills. Our bilingual approach ensured that children developed valuable tools for personal growth and
education in a supportive and inclusive environment.
During the summer, our workshops were centered around nurturing a profound adoration for literature, stimulating intellectual curiosity, and reigniting our children's capacity for wonderment. Simultaneously, we aimed to cultivate critical thinking abilities and refine manual dexterity. In essence, our primary objective was to serve as an incubator for cultivating inquisitive and astute minds!
 
Reading:
During the summer workshops of 2023 at Expressiones, a heartwarming routine unfolded each day as kids eagerly gathered from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM for the captivating reading of "The Chronicles of Narnia." This literary voyage not only kindled their imaginations but also became a catalyst for the development of various essential skills. As they embarked on a journey through the enchanting world of Narnia, the young minds were immersed in the art of active listening. Focused attention to the story enhanced their comprehension and honed their ability to absorb and retain information. The magical adventures of the Pevensie siblings and the captivating narrative instilled a love for reading, encouraging the participants to explore other books and genres independently.
Beyond improving their literacy, the daily reading sessions nurtured critical thinking skills. Engaging with the characters' dilemmas, ethical choices, and conflicts, the kids were prompted to reflect on the consequences of actions and the significance of moral values. They exercised their imaginations by visualizing the settings, creatures, and magical elements, which fostered creativity and expanded their capacity for abstract thinking. These exercises helped them develop problem-solving skills and provided a safe space to discuss their ideas and interpretations with peers, nurturing effective communication and teamwork.
The Chronicles of Narnia also served as a conduit for cultural awareness and empathy. The diverse characters and their backgrounds allowed the young readers to understand and appreciate different perspectives and cultures. This empathy-building experience laid the groundwork for enhanced emotional intelligence, compassion, and kindness. The children discovered the power of storytelling not just as a means of entertainment but as a medium to connect with the wider world, encouraging tolerance and a sense of global citizenship.
The reading sessions went beyond the confines of the fictional realm, as skilled instructors engaged the children in interactive discussions, encouraging them to relate the characters' challenges to real-life situations. Such discussions promoted critical analysis and decision-making abilities. Additionally, kids were inspired to express their interpretations and emotions through various artistic forms, such as drawing, writing, and acting, fostering creativity and self-expression.
Furthermore, the exploration of literature, including "The Chronicles of Narnia," opened windows to history, mythology, and other cultures. This expanded their general knowledge and intellectual curiosity, igniting a thirst for learning that would extend far beyond the workshop walls.
Overall, the summer workshops of 2023 at Expressiones were a nurturing ground for personal growth and skill development. From the simple act of gathering for the reading of "The Chronicles of Narnia," the children absorbed vital abilities such as active listening, critical thinking, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, and empathy. These skills collectively empowered them to face challenges, explore new horizons, and embrace a lifelong love for learning and literature. As the summer came to a close, the children left with cherished memories of Narnia, carrying the valuable gifts of knowledge and skills they had acquired throughout this magical journey.
This workshop was in charge of our AIR Iliana Scheggia, artist from Peru.
Printmaking
During the vibrant summer workshops of 2023, from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM each day, young minds embarked on an artistic journey through the Printing workshop at our esteemed program. This workshop proved to be an enriching experience, as it not only introduced the kids to the fundamentals of printing but also provided a comprehensive understanding of the technique's history and its application on diverse materials, ranging from mayas to paper and culminating in the creation of personalized t-shirts with their unique designs.
The workshop commenced by familiarizing the participants with the formation and concept of printing. Through interactive sessions, they learned about the origin of this art form, dating back to ancient times when humans imprinted designs on cave walls and later developed techniques using stamps, blocks, and presses. This historical context ignited curiosity and appreciation for the timeless art of printing, inspiring the children to explore its possibilities in contemporary contexts.
Moving forward, the kids delved into the practical aspects of the printing process. They experimented with mayas, traditional materials used by indigenous communities, gaining a deeper understanding of the technique's cultural significance. Under the guidance of skilled instructors, the children learned the art of creating intricate designs on mayas, meticulously transferring images onto the fabric, and embracing the beauty of this traditional craft. By immersing themselves in this cultural aspect, the kids not only honed their motor skills but also developed a profound appreciation for heritage and craftsmanship.
Building upon their newfound knowledge, the participants were introduced to printing on paper. They grasped the intricacies of ink, colors, and pattern alignment to create visually stunning prints on various surfaces. This phase encouraged them to think critically about design composition, colors, and textures, fostering their creativity and artistic expression. Through trial and error, they learned the value of patience and precision, and their confidence soared as they witnessed their ideas come to life on paper.
As the workshop progressed, the kids were encouraged to combine their skills in printing on mayas and paper to embark on a special project—creating their personalized t-shirts. This project exemplified the culmination of their efforts, showcasing the growth in their talent and abilities over the course of the program. With their imaginations at the forefront, they sketched and designed unique patterns, reflecting their individual interests and passions.
Printing their designs on t-shirts provided the children with a sense of accomplishment and ownership over their creative expressions. This experience taught them not only technical skills but also instilled a strong work ethic, discipline, and pride in their achievements. Witnessing their final products elicited feelings of joy and accomplishment, inspiring them to embrace their artistic talents and pursue further explorations in the world of art.
Moreover, the Printing workshop emphasized the significance of teamwork and collaboration. Throughout the program, the children engaged in group activities, exchanging ideas and assisting one another in perfecting their craft. This collaborative environment nurtured interpersonal skills, teaching them the value of cooperation, empathy, and effective communication.
As the summer workshops of 2023 came to a close, the kids departed with hearts full of gratitude and unforgettable memories. They had discovered the magic of printing, from its historical roots to its contemporary applications, and had experienced the joy of transforming plain surfaces into masterpieces. The Printing workshop had not only nurtured their creative talents but had also imbued them with valuable life skills, leaving them with a newfound sense of confidence, camaraderie, and passion for art that would continue to blossom in the years to come.
 
Clay Modeling Workshop
During the exciting summer courses of 2023, our kids were treated to a daily Clay Modeling Workshop, held from 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM. This unique and imaginative course allowed them to explore the limitless possibilities of clay as an artistic medium. Guided by the talented AIR Iliana Scheggia, the children engaged in unconventional activities, including painting with clay on the wall, molding and shaping, and envisioning fantastical beings.
The workshop was a haven for their creativity, encouraging them to push the boundaries of their imagination. The kids delved into the realm of playfulness and freedom, where they could let their ideas run wild and express themselves without limitations. As they experimented with clay on the walls, they experienced a novel approach to painting, using their hands to craft textures and layers that brought their visions to life.
Modeling with clay was not only an enjoyable pastime but also a valuable learning experience. The children honed their tactile skills, becoming familiar with the unique properties of clay and how it responded to their touch. They developed a heightened awareness of three-dimensional shapes and space, allowing them to visualize and transform abstract ideas into tangible sculptures.
Throughout the workshop, the children were encouraged to engage in imaginative play, unleashing their creativity to its fullest potential. This uninhibited form of expression fostered their confidence and self-esteem, as they saw their visions materialize through their artistic creations. Embracing the joy of play, they discovered the power of spontaneity and the beauty of embracing imperfections as part of the creative process.
In the hands of AIR Iliana Scheggia, the Clay Modeling Workshop became a space of discovery and exploration. Her guidance and expertise nurtured the children's artistic abilities, encouraging them to push beyond their comfort zones and embrace new artistic perspectives. As they laughed, played, and expressed themselves freely, they cultivated a deep appreciation for art as a medium of self-discovery and personal growth.
In summary, the Clay Modeling Workshop during the 2023 summer courses became a cherished experience for the children. Through painting with clay on walls, modeling fantastical beings, and unleashing their creativity, they developed their tactile skills, honed their understanding of three-dimensional shapes and space, and discovered the joys of playful expression. Under the tutelage of AIR Iliana Scheggia, they not only crafted beautiful clay creations but also embarked on a transformative artistic journey that would leave a lasting impact on their lives.
Expressiones and Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Interamericana

Expressiones and Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Interamericana

Sikiu Perez at the XXVI Central American & Caribbean Biennial. Tegucigalpa - Honduras. July, 2018

Sikiu Perez, Expressiones first exchange artist from New London, speaking at an event at the Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Interamericana. She helped curate painters for the 26th Biennale. She also held a marketing conference about giving artists and institutions tools on how to promote and sell their artwork in the United states.

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IHCI Art Biennial 2022

IHCI Art Biennial 2022

Artist Kim Abraham, representative of Expressions Cultural Center at the 27th Biennial of Painting, gave a talk yesterday to the public that attended the MIN auditorium. During her lecture, Abraham spoke about her work as a painter and gallery owner in the American community of New London, Connecticut.

Honoring our alliance with the Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Iberoamerican known by IHCI, Expressiones has once again sent a representative to serve as a juror in this very important event for the visual arts in this Central American country.


Expressiones is very pleased to be represented by Kim Abraham, a local artist of trajectory and an important part of our local landscape in New London. Kim, along with her husband Mattias have been part of several events, talks and presentations for the artistic community of Tegucigalpa and for the local public.

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IHCI 2023 Sculpture and Ceramic Biennial

IHCI 2023 Sculpture and Ceramic Biennial

Expressiones Cultural Center played a crucial role as a partner in the 19th International Biennial of Sculpture and Ceramic, which was organized by IHCI (Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Interamericana) and held in Tegucigalpa last July. This partnership proved to be a fruitful collaboration that brought together artists and curators from different countries to celebrate and promote contemporary art.

As part of the partnership, Expressiones sent two experienced jurors to contribute their expertise and knowledge to the event. The first juror was Carlos Biernnay, an acclaimed artist hailing from Chile and a former Expressiones Artist-in-Residence (AIR). Carlos brought a unique perspective to the judging panel, combining his artistic background with a deep understanding of the creative process and artistic expression.

The second juror was Guido Garaycochea, an accomplished artist, curator, and co-founder of Expressiones Cultural Center. Guido's extensive experience in the art world, particularly in promoting cross-cultural exchange, made him an ideal candidate to evaluate the diverse range of sculptures and ceramics presented at the biennial.

Together with Juana Juan, representing the U.S. Embassy, who generously sponsored the event, and Pedro Pedro, a renowned artist from Guatemala, the panel of judges assumed the task of evaluating the artworks. Their discerning eyes and keen insights ensured a fair and thorough evaluation process, recognizing the exceptional talent and innovation of the participating artists.

Beyond their role as jurors, Carlos and Guido actively engaged with the event's participants. They conducted lectures and discussions, providing valuable guidance and mentorship to the aspiring young artists who attended the biennial. By sharing their expertise and artistic journeys, Carlos and Guido inspired a new generation of artists, fostering a sense of camaraderie and encouragement among the attendees.

The central hub for these enlightening exchanges was the Museum for National Identity in Tegucigalpa. This historical venue provided a fitting backdrop for the biennial, symbolizing the rich cultural heritage of Honduras and the region as a whole. It allowed the artists and participants to immerse themselves in a space that echoed the narratives and histories of Central America.

Overall, the partnership between Expressiones Cultural Center and IHCI brought an international flair to the 19th International Biennial of Sculpture and Ceramic. By uniting artists from diverse backgrounds, this collaboration succeeded in promoting artistic dialogue, cultural exchange, and creative growth. As a result, the event proved to be an outstanding success in celebrating contemporary art and fostering connections between artists, curators, and art enthusiasts across borders.


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Dear friends and supporters,

As the year draws to a close, we at Expressiones want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support throughout our journey. Your dedication has allowed us to continue our mission of fostering cultural exchange and promoting the arts. We are truly grateful for your unwavering belief in our cause.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we would like to highlight the impact your generosity has had on our community. Through your contributions, we have been able to provide artistic opportunities to aspiring talents, organize captivating exhibitions, and offer enriching cultural programs. Your support has helped us create a vibrant and inclusive space for artists of all backgrounds to showcase their creativity and connect with audiences.

This year, we have witnessed incredible moments of connection and inspiration, all made possible because of you. As we look ahead to the coming year, we are filled with excitement and optimism for what lies ahead.
Click here to see the last Opening at Expressiones Roger Beer's Project with young artists!

Click here to see the Culmination and Diploma Ceremony of Roger Beer's Project at Boys and Girls Club of New London
However, we need your help. As a non-profit organization, we rely on donations to sustain our programs and initiatives. With just a few weeks left in 2023, we kindly ask for your continued support. A donation from you will have a direct and lasting impact, ensuring that we can continue to foster artistic expression, nurture talent, and promote cultural understanding.

We invite you to learn more about our work and to make a contribution. Every donation, no matter the size, will make a significant difference in the lives of the artists and participants we serve.

This holiday season, let us come together to celebrate the beauty of diversity and the power of art to unite us. Your support will enable us to make an even greater impact in the year to come, fostering creativity, nurturing talent, and promoting cultural exchange.

From all of us at Expressiones, we extend our warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Thank you for being a vital part of our community.

With heartfelt gratitude,

The Expressiones Team


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  • 84 Bank Street, New London, CT, United States

 New London Harbor School students have had the incredible experience with working with visiting artists from Central and South America through the local cultural arts center, Expressiones, for the past few years. These visiting artists have allowed students to make connections to new cultures, classroom curriculum and their fellow peers in the art room. By the end of the visit, Harbor students have a new respect for the art making process of creating, reflecting and presenting their work. Harbor School looks forward to working with new visiting artists, as their knowledge, talent and dedication have such a positive influence on our students. 

Rachel Schlachter
Art Teacher at Harbor School

 The chi ldren from The Center: A Drop-In Community Learning and Resource Center, Inc. have greatly befitted from their experiences with the artists from Expressiones. The children have come to learn and value that Art is a process and not just the product. They have gained a wealth of knowledge; about different forms of art, the materials that an artist uses, the different types of art mediums, what are the elements of art and different styles of art. What impressed and touch me the most was the diversity of the artist. Artist from all over the world. Many of the children worked with artists who spoke their native tongues and shared art from their countries. Math and Art went hand in hand when our children designed their own chess board and chess pieces. Over the years, Expression es has brought our children to the local Florence Griswold Museum and The Museum in New York City. During the Summer, weekly visit to their art gallery was something the children looked forward to. Two different groups were involved, and their visits were culminated with an art show. During the school year weekly visit continue for our school-age children. In addition to their "master pieces" displayed in the center, the families enjoy having the children's personal art work displayed in their homes. 

Alex Waid
Alex Waid (Parent)

 The children from The Center: A Drop-In Community Learning and Resource Center, Inc. have greatly befitted from their experiences with the artists from Expressiones. The children have come to learn and value that Art is a process and not just the product. They have gained a wealth of knowledge; about different forms of art, the materials that an artist uses, the different types of art mediums, what are the elements of art and different styles of art. What impressed and touch me the most was the diversity of the artist. Artist from all over the world. Many of the children worked with artists who spoke their native tongues and shared art from their countries. Math and Art went hand in hand when our children designed their own chess board and chess pieces. Over the years, Expression es has brought our children to the local Florence Griswold Museum and The Museum in New York City. During the Summer, weekly visit to their art gallery was something the children looked forward to. Two different groups were involved, and their visits were culminated with an art show. During the school year weekly visit continue for our school-age children. In addition to their "master pieces" displayed in the center, the families enjoy having the children's personal art work displayed in their homes. 

Reona Dyess
Executive Director at Drop in Learning Center

ARTVenture - Artist in Residence Program

Carlos Biernnay at Expressiones Cultural Center "El Proyecto del Pez" exhibition. June-July 2022.

As an artist one of the most important aspects of my practice is being in the dialogue with other artists. Doing a studio visits is an important way to connect, get to know others process, thinking and be inspired in my own work.


I arrived for my studio visit with Carlos Biernnay the current artist in residence at Experssiones, he greeted me at the door with his wonderful smile. Up the steep stairs to the apartment and studio -flooded with light and views of the New London harbor, occasional trains sounding their horns to my second encounter with his work.


Two things that caught my eye, made me curious and lead us into conversation: The materials, technique, and the sewing machines first.


The floor and walls are covered with sewn and hand stitched fabric, painted, layered with washes of paint and line drawing, handmade pieces each a work of art unto themselves; these elements are quilted together with a narrative steeped in history and his personal experiences. He incorporates hand embroidery and the wonderful sewing machines, techniques taught to him by his grandmother and mother, whom he saw “making “sewing, creating out of need when he was a young boy .


The second is the narrative. It struck me how sewing is often associated with making clothes but also how powerful this mode of expression can be in the artist hand; Iranian war rugs, the Quilts of G-bend, beaded Totems, sewn paintings , cut canvas and all the ways artists over time have use the medium of sewing.


Carlos work is deeply connected to both personal history and the history of his home country Chile as well as his experiences coming to America. As a fellow artist the technique resonates as does the narrative - the metaphors of how our life experiences although different impacts the work. We talked about many things not the least of beauty and the contrast of real life events current and past, cameras every where watching as did a government in his birth country, perceptions, and the impact of the media powerful tools of oppression and manipulation in the hands of the corrupt and how the materials show us how to “say” working with paint, drawing, and other materials with our hands , eyes and ears collaging expressions telling a story like putting words together. His pieces suggesting a dream or fairy tale narrative with deep meaning just below the surface installed wall to wall and to the floor.


Ramon Ostolaza (Lima, Peru) is an artist who mainly works with iconic historical strategies. By focusing on techniques and materials, Ostolaza considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to a utopic reality.

His current body of work presented at Expressiones is a fantastic collection of masks that bear strong oneiric dream-wise references. The possibility or the dream, the annulment of a (historically references to the Vikings) fixed identity as a constant focal point.

Ramon applies poetic and often metaphorical shapes and forms that result in the astonishment of the spectator, creating characters or settings that generate tranquil poetic masks that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.

His works are notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature, high importance and bear witness to excellent craftsmanship. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, he uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space – a fictional and experiential world that only emerges bit by bit.

His works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet; well-known tropes merge; meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role.

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Giving Tuesday

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February 7 @ 6 pm

A Form that Resembles

By Expressiones's Artist in Residence Maria Colombo from Argentina.

Imagine a world where every child recognizes the sacredness of their humanity. And every family has enough to eat, and a place to call home, no matter the color of their skin or the zip code of their birth.

Imagine how much higher we could soar in our arts and sciences if we realized that ingenuity comes from all quarters, and we sought out hidden assets.

Imagine if everyone could enjoy the bounty of the land that has sustained us for generations, and we could come together to preserve our one and only Earth.

Guided by this vision, Expressiones is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values.

Diversity: We appreciate and leverage our differences, and we involve and reflect the communities we serve.

Equity: We align our policies, practices, and resources so that people of all races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses have genuine opportunities to thrive.

Inclusion: We create an environment in which everyone feels valued and respected.

This commitment is critical to deepening our relevance, credibility, and effectiveness, and it will strengthen our mission to improve the lives of present and future generations. The civic and economic vitality of our home state of Connecticut depends on inclusive and equitable opportunities for everyone.

We see many ways to realize this vision as a funder, convener, thought leader, and as an employer, economic entity, and institutional investor.

In all we do, we seek to be conscious of and address the deeply entrenched practices, cultural norms, and decision-making structures that perpetuate inequities. Racial discrimination is a legacy of our nation’s painful history, and institutional racism and unconscious bias persist. Equity means receiving what one needs to succeed, as we are not all born with the same opportunities.

We approach our work on diversity, equity, and inclusion with courage and optimism—knowing it requires a sustained commitment. When we make mistakes along the way, we will adapt and continue to learn.

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Christmas Card Workshop

Join us this Saturday, November 19, at 10 am for a FREE family workshop to make a beautiful card to send to your loved ones. All materials will be provided. Having you signed up will help us to have all the needed materials.


  • Date: 11/19/2022 10:00 AM
  • Location: 84 Bank Street, New London, CT, USA (Map)

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