Student & Faculty Exhibit - Call for Entries!

February 1 - 29, 2020

SoCCA invites ALL past and current students to submit work for the 2020 Student & Faculty Exhibit February 1 - 29 with an Artists’ Opening Reception on February 8, 1-3:00pm in the Hopko Performance Hall/Gallery at SoCCA. The exhibit will feature artwork in any medium created by the instructors and students of SoCCA.

Submissions are due January 28 through January 31 delivered to SoCCA between 12-5:00pm.  To submit artwork to the exhibit - enclose the the submission form on the Student & Faculty Prospectus HERE:

Recent Exhibits
Our history with Individauls and Organizations participating in our Gallery Programming.


fullsizeoutput_a34.jpegSoCCA’s All Access Art Fundraiser!

Collect a 12x12" Abstract Mixed Media Painting on canvas by January 31, 2020 to support the SoCCA All Access Art Program!

With more than fifty colorful paintings to choose from, you could freshen up a wall in the new year with an original artwork by the participants to the program.  Each, signed by the artist, are $25 to support the All Access Program.

SoCCA’s All Access program is a creative arts program dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities through artistic expression and exploration.  A thriving multi-faceted program that reaches more than 50 individuals weekly, All Access engages professional artists who connect participants to their community, provide creative skills training, produce meaningful income and enhance their quality of life through the creative process. View a slideshow video of the artwork HERE:

A 501c3 organization with all proceeds supporting The All Access Art Program
SoCCA Hopko Performance Hall, 93 Main Street, Southington, CT 860.276.1581

Things Seen And Unseen

November 1-30, 2019 - Paintings by P.R.Bailey

Artist Opening Reception - November 9, 1-4:00pm

Abbe Wade portrait.jpgP.R.Bailey, AKA Abbe Wade, presents award winning artworks in oils, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink and graphite. Specializing in portraiture and the landscape Bailey has worked in painting more than six decades with Tom Lynch, Carolyn Jasper, Bob Burridge, John Howard Sanden, Daniel E. Greene and others.  She has established the Farmington River School of Art, Plainville, CT in 2006 offering in-depth instruction to youth and adults, and is also on the rooster of instructors at SoCCA.

Art in Fiber A Duet In Design

October 1 - 29, 2019
Opening Reception. Saturday, October 19, 1-3:00pm

Works by Paula Klingerman and Rose Unwin

An exhibit of n exploration in fiber arts evolved from tradition quilting.  The Fiber Artists works express inspiration through fabric and thread informed by the experiences and passions of the artists.  Each using  a variety of fiber media, methods and artistic approaches to stitching.

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Rose Unwin, Enigma, Commercial Cotton and Thread

Primitive Curiosities

August 28 - September 28, 2019 - Primitive Curiosities, Collaborative Paintings of All Access Artists

Artists' Opening Reception - Thursday, September 26, 6-8:00pm

Wave.jpgThe title of the project is “Primitive Curiosities” and focuses on Art History and how symbolism has been used for thousands of years to convey meaning.  Artwork will include large paintings illustrating what is important to the group by using primitive painting techniques and symbolism. The paintings will replicate the style of many of the cave drawing discovered throughout the ages and symbols used in artwork that have existed for thousands of years. Color and design has been implemented but freedom of expression is stressed in all the art pieces.   The exhibit will include a theatre production written and acted by adults with disabilities from the Unified Theater in Southington and will be performed alongside the artwork September 26.  SoCCA has partnered and collaborated with many similar organizations for the past 2 years and this production will be another facet of the arts and the opportunity to experience different avenues for our participants.

‘Collaborating within Community’ comes to mind when assembling a project statement.
SoCCA’s All Access program serves at present six groups in separate working sessions.  Sessions include sketching and painting, demonstrations of techniques, discussions within arts applications, hands-on creative exercises, and physical stretching through guided movement.  Topics including a wide range of focus to capture attention to diverse interests.  Students work closely together in studio spaces set up to accommodate multiple pursuits in creativity with studios supplies stocked with many visual arts media.  Instructors guide exercises for individuals to express imagery through each owns ability, not criticizing nor altering individuals artistic output.  Participants are encouraged to make choices of their own, and are supported through group observations and discussions touching on personal expression.  The collaborative paintings are composed in each group and include elements of each individual participating in the All Access Program.

July 1 - 31, 2019 - Faces of Southington, Photography by John Atashian 

Shooting well know faces of Southington over the past 20 years has been a mission by photographer, John Atashian. Captured during special events and activities throughout town., the exhibit includes 75 different photographs featuring over 100 familiar faces some of which include: John Weichsel, Gail DePaolo, Chris Palmieri, Melissa & Charlie Cocuzza, Julie Wallace, Teresa & Mike Soltis, Andy & Fran Meade, Jim & Rosemary Champagne, Gary Brumback, Jack Eisenmann, John Meyers.  Learn more about John Atashian Photography and to view more of his Southington related images you can visit

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Left to Right:  SoCCA Staff Ribbon Cutting: Left to right – Diann Thomson, Paula Knight, Lori Holm, Dawn Miceli, Mary DeCroce, back -Susan Skarvinko, Susan Urillo Larson, Mindy Otlowski, Diana Sheard, front - Linda Deluca.  Southington Fire Department staff members representing Company #2 racing during the Apple Harvest Festival Bed Race event.  Victoria Triano, Lynn Rossini, Gail Depaolo & Moira Meyers dancing and having fun at the Aqua Turf Club.

SACA, Southington Arts and Crafts Association

June 8-28, 2019 - 28th Annual Juried Exhibit

Opening and Awards Reception - June 7,  6:30 - 8:30pm

An exhibit of members and non-members works selected by Juror, Bill Thompson - Professor of Illustration at the University of Hartford.  Artwork including original paintings, graphics, photography, and mixed media.

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Women Photographers of Connecticut

May 4 - 31, 2019 - Photography by WPOC

Artists' Opening Reception - Friday, May 10, 6-9:00pm

“Women Photographers of Connecticut” was envisioned by Geneva Renegar in 2015 as a creative endeavor to collectively bring together female photographers of the Nutmeg State, a group of amateur, professional and new photographers. It has been a vision fulfilled as the group comprises 900 women and growing.  Since our inception we have exhibited as the group “Women Photographers of Connecticut” at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Wauregan Gallery, La Grua Center, Spectrum Art Gallery and Madison Outdoor Arts Festival. Members have conducted workshops, led field trips and have traveled to various locations for photo shoots. The group continues to be active and engaged and are continually adding new members.

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