Framing New Haven
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6-8 pm
CAW examines the arts in context–in New Haven, the arts community, and our social fabric. This year the program will explore the experience of immigrant artists in the region, looking at the role artists and art play in fostering an inclusive equitable community. This year, Framing New Haven features artists Mohamad Hafez and playwright Elizabeth Nearing.
About the Artists:
Syrian artist and architect, Mohamad Hafez was born in Damascus, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and educated in the midwestern United States. Expressing the juxtaposition of East and West within him, Hafez’s art reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint and scrap metal. Using his architectural skills, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in their content. Hafez’ work will be featured in “Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart,” a group show at the Brooklyn Museum running October 13, 2018-January 13, 2019 as part of the Arab Art and Education Initiative in collaboration with UNESCO, Misk Art Institute and the Saudi Mission to the United Nations. He has also has recently been featured in four highly acclaimed exhibitions and featured on National Public Radio, and in The New York Times and The New Yorker. He serves as a 2018 Yale University Silliman College Fellow.
Playwright Elizabeth Nearing collaborated with IRIS for a year and a half on “The American Unicorn,” a performance piece written by seven refugees who have settled in New Haven. “The American Unicorn” performed at Long Wharf in June 2018. Nearing is also the community engagement manager at Long Wharf.
Tickets go on sale soon.
November 18, 2018 — Pottery Studio @ CAW (times to be announced)
Celebration of American Crafts
Saturday, November 24-December 24, 2018
Celebration is a much-anticipated annual sale event juried by Creative Arts Workshop in its two-floor gallery space. This year’s Celebration — our 49th — will feature works by more than 125 artists and makers, primarily from the New Haven and northeast region.
Traditional and contemporary in design and form, Celebration’s handmade works include fiber art, small-scale sculpture, handmade books and jewelry, ornaments, clothing, limited edition prints and photographs, pottery and ceramics, and more. All are made in the United States by artists selected for their excellence, originality, and mastery in their medium, and for breathing new life into handcrafted traditions. CAC annually showcases work of the highest standards of fine arts and fine crafts, with many objects being one-of-a-kind.