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Art Opening Hosted in Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery

Meredith Berry-Toon

Canterbury School welcomed Matthew Best, a Hartford-based painter, to the Edward J. Duffy Family Gallery to open his exhibit on Friday, January 12. Students, faculty, and community members attended the opening and had the opportunity to discuss Best's work among themselves and with the artist.

"His artwork compares pattern, color, and contrast to the repetition, time, and layering of music," notes Fine Arts faculty member Stacey Kolbig, a friend of Best. "Like music, his work becomes an experience that happens over time as it condenses moments into fixed yet dynamic images."

Best received his BFA in Painting from the University of Hartford Art School and his MFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was selected to be a Studio Resident at the Arlington Center for the Arts.

In his artist statement, Matthew writes, "I've always experienced the world as a tidal wave of sensory information, the five sense competing constantly for my attention. This series of painting uses the vocabulary of painting to find new ways of depicting the overload, the collapse of the sense into visual form."

"Come down and look at the art - figure out what it once was," says Kim Tester, Chair of the Fine Arts Department. The exhibit runs through January 26, 2018.

Photos of the opening can be found through our Flickr here.