North End Art Walk Boasts Detailed Tibetan and Digital Art

Guests are encouraged to wend their way along Main north of Washington Street Wednesday evening, visiting seven art galleries and a myriad of small restaurants — with new exhibits at MAC 650 and Middletown Framing.


Folks who stroll along Middletown's North End this evening, stopping into art galleries and restaurants, will be treated to live music, live art, and two exhibit openings.

"Tibetan Thangka Painting," an exhibit by Chuntui Lama at MAC 650 Gallery Sept. 14 to Oct. 4, will be open for Wednesday's North End Gallery Walk from 5-8 p.m. Dmitri D'Alessandro of Middletown Framing will be exhibiting his digital art, including pieces created over the past four years, one never before seen.

Lama, who lives in West Hartford, is originally from Nepal, according to Rachel Caldwell, the new vice president of MAC 650 and gallery coordinator. Thangka-style painting is an ancient Tibetan art form. The show at MAC 650 includes intricate mandalas and reverent depictions of Buddhist and Hindu deities.

D'Alessandro's work in creating art about eight years ago began as gifts for friends. He soon learned he could communicate concepts and ideas through his media. "When I started making art, I always wanted to try to find ways to visually communicate things that are hard to communicate in words," D'Alessandro says.

NoRa Cupcakes will feature live music and an artist creating work and the Buttonwood Tree has "What’s Our Frame of Reference?" portraits from the North End by teacher Buster Nelson.

The Thangka show's opening reception is Friday from 7-10 p.m. and features food by Tibetan Kitchen of Middletown. The exhibit run concides with "Mandala: The Sacred Art of Sand" at the Trinity College Austin Arts Center in Hartford. The Thanka show will end with a Tibetan singing bowl concert by percussionist Heidi Olsen of the Chenrezig Buddhist Center in Middletown on Oct. 5.

For information on the two remaning North End Gallery Walks, see here. You can call any of the host businesses for information.

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