Come Fall in Love with a Child Exhibit Coming to Green Street!

The Heart Gallery is a traveling exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care.


The Heart Gallery is a collaborative project of over 120 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to provide permanency for children needing homes in our community. Professional photographers have volunteered their time and talent to photograph the children in care. The Heart Gallery model is being replicated in many communities across the country. Although many of our children were removed from abusive and neglectful situations, they still have hope. They love to laugh, to learn, and to be with their friends. Most of all, they hope to find a stable home and family connection.

The CT exhibit is a collection of various photographs of children who are medically complex, have siblings or are young adolescents to older teens. These children all have one wish in common, to find a permanent connection with a family.

Opening reception will be on Thursday, October 2nd from 6-8pm

The exhibit will run from October 2- October 29, 2014

Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 9a.m.-3:00p.m.


If you would like to know more about foster care and adoption program, please email: Jacqueline Ford, Heart GalleryExhibit Coordinator, or, you may call 1-888-KID-HERO.


Joseph Smolinski showing 3D printed bees and more at Green Street

 “Ghost Bee”   Printed PLA plastic, 5 x 8 x 4”      2014


photo courtesy of Joseph Smolinski and Mixed Greens, New York

An exhibition of the artwork of Joseph Smolinski entitled, Colony Collapse–  including his drawing, 3D printed sculpture, and video will open at the Green Street Arts Center of Wesleyan University on Thursday, September 4 with a reception  from 5-8:00p.m— in conjunction with Middletown’s first Thursday Gallery Walk that evening.

Smolinski’s most current body of work focuses on  the notion of collapse in relation to human impacts on the environment.   He notes that although honeybees are vital to the production of food on our planet, since 2006, commercial honeybee farmers have reported numerous occurrences where their hives have gone empty and billions of honeybees have disappeared without a trace.  While the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder have not been proven, Smolinski’s exhibit cautions us that the evidence of environmental stressors and commercial agricultural practices cannot be ignored.    Both artist and scholar, Joseph Smolinski will be this year’s Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Wesleyan’s College of the Environment.

The artwork of Joseph Smolinski will be on display at the Green Street Arts Center of Wesleyan University from September 4th through September 25th.  September gallery hours are Mondays 9a.m.-noon. and Tuesdays-Fridays 9a.m.-3p.m.


“Caught in the Trees” exhibit by Artist Barbara Hocker

Ghost Tree I Arboretum Birches II large

On Thursday, August 7th, from 5-8:00 p.m. (in conjunction with Middletown’s Gallery Walk series) there will be an opening reception for Barbara Hocker’s exhibit, Caught In The Trees.  

Hocker’s exhibit consists of printed images using pigmented inks on rice paper.  She then embeds them in beeswax and damar varnish (encaustic medium – one of the oldest painting mediums known). She loves beeswax and damar (a tree resin) because they are themselves natural substances and their properties allow her to layer images and play with lightness and translucency. Each piece has at least two layers of images.

Barbara Hocker has over two decades of experience creating and exhibiting work in New England including shows and projects in Hartford, New Haven, Newport, and Boston. She has work in several corporate and private collections in New England. She holds a degree from Syracuse University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts and attended Cranbrook Academy of Arts. Barbara lives in Coventry, CT and maintains a studio in the Arbor Arts Center in Hartford. She practices Tai Chi and Zen Yoga. Barbara received a Creation of New Work Initiative Grant from The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation in 2013, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council in 2008.

Hocker’s work will remain on display at Green Street from August 7th through August 26th during regular business hours (M-F 9a.m.-5p.m.)

Visual Arts Workshop – Vincent van Gogh



On Thursday, July 10th, 2014 come to a visual arts workshop from 6:30-8:30pm led by Green Street Teaching Artist Meredith Arcari. This introductory hands-on workshop explores the history of Vincent van Gogh and his work through the use of line and color. Come and create your own work of art and experience using color to express emotion. No experience needed, workshop open for teens and adults.

Workshop fee – $45 (includes $20 worth of supplies)

Please call or email the Green Street Arts Center by Monday, July 7th to reserve your space.

860-685-7871 or

*All workshops are contingent on a minimum enrollment.