THE MERCURIAL GALLERY in downtown Danbury, Connecticut will be showing works by local tattoo artists from June 9 through July 20 in the exhibit ‘Body of Work’. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Saturday, June 9 from 12pm to 5pm and will include an artist meet and greet and live tattoo demonstrations. Tattooed attendees are encouraged to show off their own “bodies of work” at the opening reception.
Five Connecticut tattoo artists are being featured in ‘Body of Work’: Eric Chapman and Bretnon Vaughan of New Milford’s Canvas Tattoo, Chris Tavino of Danbury’s Hat City Tattoo, Mark Fernicola of New Haven, and Christopher Olszewski, apprentice at West Haven Tattoo in West Haven. The gallery is accepting additional submissions from tattoo artists. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tavino, owner of Hat City Tattoo, began tattooing in early 2006 and prefers to work in the bold lines and bright colors of American traditional style. Tavino grew up just over the Connecticut border in Brewster, New York and now lives in Danbury with his wife and young son.
Olszewski, 25, lists Tavino as one of his influences, along with Thom deVita, Nico Acosta, Eli Quinters, Tomas Vasquez and Daniel Albrigo. Olszewski graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2010 with degrees in graphic design and photography and recently started an appreticeship at West Haven Tattoo.
Featured artist Brenton Vaughan will be performing at the gallery with his Americana rock band, The Hat City Ramblers, on Saturday July 7 and 7pm following an opening performance by Russ Preston at 6:30pm.
The ‘Body of Work’ opening reception on June 9 is a part of Greater Danbury Open House Day (GDOHD), a collective event created by the grassroots group Arts Network of Danbury to encourage tourism at local arts, culture and history establishments. Kids can get a fun GDOHD activity passport online or at any GDOHD venue. For more information, visit greaterdanburyopenhouseday.wordpress.com.
The Mercurial Gallery is located at 11 Library Place in Danbury Connecticut. Regular gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 5pm and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm. For additional information, visit themercurialgallery.com, email email@example.com or call Amanda Bloom at (203)417-2215.