Connecticut

The BeeKeepers

Busy as Bees

Formed just a year ago, New London, Connecticut’s The BeeKeepers are creating a buzz in the bluesy folk music world.

Min Jung Kim, New Britain Museum of American Art

American Art Reconsidered

America’s first museum dedicated to American art recently got an unlikely new director: Min Jung Kim, a native of South Korea.

Ecstasy, cropped, by Judith Thorpe

The Passions of Judith Thorpe

Connecticut photographer Judith Thorpe on the female body, religious iconography, and her life behind a camera.

Shelby Head, Connecticut artist

Paper and Light

Madison, Connecticut, artist Shelby Head harnesses her rich technical skill to uplift everyday materials into new possibilities.

Shelby Head, Connecticut artist

Paper and Light

Madison, Connecticut artist Shelby Head harnesses her rich technical skill to uplift everyday materials into new possibilities.

Starfield 4, Jason Werner

Hartford’s Star Painter

Influenced by transcendentalists and Carl Sagan, Connecticut artist Jason Werner creates immersive paintings of the night sky.

Video still from Ego Loser, Johannes DeYoung

An Accident of Time

New Haven digital media artist Johannes DeYoung takes on absurdist storytelling and the poetic capacity of time-based media.

Jacques Lamarre, Hartford playwright

A Life in Recipes

Jacques Lamarre brings his latest play—the first punk-rock, lesbian, Jewish catering show—to TheaterWorks in Hartford.

Bob Gregson, Run Around

Connecticut’s Merry Prankster

Connecticut conceptual multimedia artist Bob Gregson prefers to make his art with the help of total strangers.

Hard Luck Horseshoe Revue, New London Connecticut

Hard Luck, Good Times

The Hard Luck Horseshoe Revue mixes old-school bingo and live music to create a great way to spend a night out in Connecticut.

Casey Spectacular, Connecticut artist, I Ate My Best Friend

Life is Gross

Casey Spectacular paints, performs, and writes to illuminate how our specific histories inevitably inform personal mythology.

Know Good Market, Hartford Connecticut

The Good Stuff

Breakfast Lunch and Dinner created the Know Good Market to help Hartford-area businesses reach the audience they deserve.

Rework Creative, Toni Johnson,

Sacred Stones

Hartford designer Toni Johnson, founder of Rework Creative, channels the divine to create jewelry that attunes the soul.

NEST Arts Factory, Lee Phyllis, Bridgeport Connecticut

NESTing Together in Bridgeport

NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a community of fine artists working together with an open-door artist policy.

Trashion Fashion, Amy Merli, Hartford, photo by Paul Martinka

Waste Management

At Hartford’s Trashion Fashion, students and designers show us what can happen when we turn garbage into wearable art.

Flair Fair, New Haven, Connecticut, photo by Alex Esposito

A Fair for Flair

New Haven’s Flair Fair makes art (and self-expression) accessible for all. Fans of Office Space know exactly why flair matters.

Adam Niklewicz, New Haven Connecticut artist

Objects In-Between

New Haven artist Adam Niklewicz uses everyday objects to create worlds suspended between nostalgia and absurdity.

Bananaland, Victoria Gloria Photography

Heading to the Bananaland

The Bananaland in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is taking your business on vacation for a much needed makeover. Tanning optional.

Madore in his studio | Photo courtesy

The Insider Outsider

Hartford, Connecticut artist Michael Madore imagines a future of migrating species and global warming, without leaving his home.

Crush Bowl Porcelain 15-inch diameter, 2015 | Photo by Roger Castonguay

From Clay to Catastasis

Hartford artist Matthew Towers chats about the history of porcelain, the mythology of hair, and subverting pottery tradition.

Pinted Ladies Tee

Cinder + Salt

This female-run indie lifestyle shop in Middletown, Connecticut, is creating eco-friendly art using almost zero waste.

A Struggle (a Painting in Two Acts), 2014, 12 hour performative action, wood, rope, earth, acrylic, water, brushes, palette knives, cotton shirt, denim pants, glass and plastic containers | Photo courtesy Chris Randall

Pulp, Plastic, and Poetry

Sandy Hook performance artist Allison Hornak finds beauty in inertia, reading poetry, and visible vulnerability.

Photo by Jimmy Ienner, Jr., 2015

Did You Know? Holy Land USA

If your travel budget precludes a trip to the Holy Land, you might consider a trip to Connecticut instead. Yes, you read correctly.

Photo by Chion Wolf, courtesy WNPR

Built to Last

Hartford, Connecticut may not be one of the fashion capitals of the world, but trust us, they know how to do denim.

Neville Wisdom photo by Tim Ireland

Neville’s Wearable Wisdom

Neville Wisdom’s success is built on a signature style of architectural—“little bit more constructed”—designs.

Top photo Linda Miller is part of Studio 860’s teen competitive dance team, Elite 860 | All photos by Ian Barnard

Fly Moves

Studio 860 inspires young hip-hop dancers and spawns new talent in the Hartford, Connecticut dance community.

Bun Lai

Invasive Species-to-Table

At Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, the usual is unusual. On the menu? Killer bees, poisonous vipers, and stingrays.

The Nipples Have Eyes

It’s not exactly ugly, yet it kind of is. Sarah Mikolowsky is reassembling the taboo and turning it into something wearable.

Max Toth photograph by Dewey Nicks

Max Toth – Line Forms Here

Speaking loudly, looming large, and looking as if it’s about to fly off the wall, Max Toth’s art is much like the man himself.

A Gamer’s Cafe

Elm City Games, with their hundreds of obscure, classic, and strange boardgames for all tabletop gamers, is the perfect place to hide.

Image from 23.5° | Courtesy of Rick Giles

Gaze Through Rick Giles’ Lens

Rick Giles’ deeply personal exploration of his environment creates a relationship between humans and nature in his artwork. 

Reynaldo Garcia and Juanita Harris | photograph by Thomas Giroir

Dancing Across the Divide

The Bushnell in Hartford premiers Sonia Plumb’s new choreographed work – poignant, collaborative, and timely.

An Andy Warhol exhibition in the MATRIX gallery of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in 1979.

Did You Know? This MATRIX is Real

Hartford’s art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum, invites you to step into the MATRIX. No choice of red or blue pill needed.

Photo by Matthew Placek | Courtesy The Glass House

Glass House – Yayoi Kusama

The Philip Johnson Glass House becomes a canvas for one of the world’s most avant-garde conceptual artists.

Art of Jahmane

Follow Jahmane through his multi-media reflections on hip-hop, alchemy, healing, Afrofuturism and his complex go-between life.

BL&D Interview – Arien Wilkerson

It’s no secret that the Take Magazine staff loves the folks at BreakfastxLunchxDinner and all the work they do for Hartford.

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