We think art enhances our community, and since 2008, when we commissioned “The Bear,” to Cornwall artist Peter Busby, the West Hartford Art League has led an effort to place public work by CT artists on public land for everyone to see and enjoy.
In 2011, we completed a fundraising effort to purchase the three bronze horses by Karen Petersen that we installed on Memorial Road in Blue Back Square in 2008.
We installed 'Susan', a large portrait by sculptor Philip Grausman on our grounds in September 2012, as well as a community mural, completed by attendees of ArtWalk 2012 which was installed in the Town Hall lobby that November. ArtWalk 2013 saw the development of another community project, "Wheel Art", which is in installed on the side of our Saltbox building on Buena Vista Road. This project was developed by West Hartford artist Anita Balkun and created by members of the community.
Our latest project is an an outdoor mural based on four quilts designed by Hartford Quilter Ed Johnetta Miller. Join us as we dedicate the project, Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 2 p.m on our grounds at 37 Buena Vista Road. Ed Johnetta’s quilts will be loaned and placed in public buildings throughout West Hartford where they can be seen by the public on a daily basis, free of charge. The mural based on Ed Johnetta’s quilts is being painted by artists Brian Colbath, Lindaluz Carrillo, and Sara Warda.
The map below shows where the public art in West Hartford is located. Click on a location and you can get directions to the sculpture.
To view a list of contributors to our Art in Public Places program, click here