Currently on display month of October 2020:

What is Color? What is Race? - A Presentation of Black

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Art Exhibition, series of Presentations and Performances Produced by Deborah Garner

and the Make It Different Foundation at SoCCA in the Hopko Performance Hall/Gallery.
Welcoming ALL with an invitation to experience a community educational opportunity to learn, share, and participate.

This multifaceted October 2020 Presentation and corresponding events will include historical representation

and visual arts exhibits, performance, spoken word and motivational speaking.
FREE & Open to the Public! Visit us October 1-30th, 2020
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm & Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm

All weekly events are FREE & Open to the Public - Socially Distanced & Limited Capacity Seating
RSVP HERE to reserve a seat!

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

Recent Works by Necla Balasaygun

Newport Shore lorez.jpgAn exhibit of Oil Paintings and Mixed media works in the Hopko Performance Hall Gallery, September 1 - 26, Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12 - 5:00pm, Saturday, 12 - 3pm.  Additional hours by appointment, 860.276.1581  Left: Newport Shore, Oil on Canvas

Artist Statement
I work in oil and mixed-media.  A unique feature of my mixed-media works is the use of cantaloupe and pumpkin seeds to add dimension to the canvas. To my knowledge, no other artist utilizes this technique in this way. I draw inspiration from nature and my travels throughout the United States and Turkey.

Recent Awards and Exhibitions
2019 Rembish and LaSaracina Award, Southington Arts and Crafts Association Juried Show
2018 Dick Blick Award for Oil Painting, Southington Arts and Crafts Association, Annual Art show, judged by Zufar Bibkov
2016 Artist of the Month at the Southington Library
2015 Rembish and LaSaracina Award, Southington Arts and Crafts Association Juried Show

In 2014, Necla exhibited fifteen of her works at Waterbury Hospital. She has had solo exhibits at the Orchards in Southington and the Southington Community Cultural Arts Center (SoCCA) and has exhibited at other venues throughout Connecticut.

Introduction to Jamie Chasse Studio

jChasse Gratefulness.jpgAn exhibit of Paintings by Jamie Casse, August 4 - 28, 2020. Opening Reception TBA.  Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 2-5:00pm, and Saturday 12noon-3:00pm Additional hours by appointment.

Artist Statement - An artist’s work is a reflection of themselves; their past, their present, their fears, their joys, beliefs, dreams, and so much more. It demands emotion and interpretation from the viewer and offers an impression of the artist.

My work borders the two-dimensional and three-dimensional realms, encompassing my life’s experiences to this point.  By offering a simultaneous reflection of my past and present, viewers can see themselves through my eyes, passion, and perseverance. The reflective quality of alloy offers viewers a chance to manipulate the artwork and alter its appearance from where they stand, creating an indirect, vivid interaction between the observer and my works.

The story I tell through my work is: with faith, hope, dedication, and positivity, you can accomplish anything you set out for.  Jamie Chasse

Gratefulness, Acrylic Urethane on Stainless Steel, 24x36"The first in a new series 'The Essential HeARTs Collection'

Veterans of Southington Exhibit

We are proud to present an exhibit of artwork by five area Veteran Artists working in sessions at SoCCA since September 2019 with Instructing Artist, Susan Patla Brereton.  In partnership with funding from The American Legion Auxiliary Kiltonic Unit 72, the individuals were offered to work with instruction at no cost to sessions.  The exhibit is on display through August 1, 2020 in the Hopko Performace Gallery, and is availabe to view Tuesday - Friday, 2-5:00pm, and Saturday 12noon - 3:00pm.  The exhibit features the works of Bill Bowden, Cliff Ongley, Ralph Nardi, A. Raymond and Paula G. Woodeshick.

Me & My BFF A Virtual Exhibit

An electronic exhibit of Selfies poised with their BestFurryFriend.

Me&myBFF banner top.pngThe entire team at SoCCA has pets. In our daily working hours we include their names in casual conversations, often scrolling to share pics at the water cooler.  And, are the respite to our being sane during the Covid 19 isolation shut down while all working from home.

This crowd-sourced exhibit showcases how today’s technology offers community social connectivity via devices and how we record our lives through photography. Our furry friends keep us happy and occupied while giving us what we know as today ‘our only means of touch’ - a healing reciprocity while the CDC suggests distancing.

Our team aims to bring some joy to your moment with this collection of photos representing loving relationships.  We encourage your sharing and brightening the spirit of dear friends.  We will get through this together!

Our team is extremely grateful for the participation of all, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Join the Social Media/Facebook event HERE:

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Rogers_D_MarshDeepSummerPalette.jpgConnecticut Pastel Society 34th Annual Members Exhibition

March 6 - 28, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 1 - 3:00pm.  (Snow date Sunday, March 8)

Offering viewers opportunity to explore the beautiful pastel medium and works on exhibit created by 80 accomplished artists from Connecticut and the Northeast. The group is also offering an artist demonstration with Karen Israel on Saturday, March 28, 1 - 3pm. The public is invited to join all for the opening reception and the live demonstration by Karen Israel.

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 11-6:00pm, Saturday 10-3:00pm

View the exhibit and awards CATALOG HERE:  For more information, contact CPS Exhibition Co-Chair Diana Rogers at

Image: Marsh, Deep Summer Palette, Pastel, 21 x 15”  Diana Rogers

2020 Student & Faculty Exhibit

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SoCCA invited 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 features Youth and Adult’s drawings, paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media artwork.

The exhibit is an ideal opportunity to view and appreciate the vast array of talents of Instrucrtors and Students within our current Education Programming.  We encourage all to participate in taking on art classes at SoCCA.  Investing in time to be creative is a journey, and there is no end to being inspired by those we have teaching our audiences.  Let us know what you think of the works! 

12 X 12, SoCCA’s All Access Art Fundraiser

fullsizeoutput_a34.jpegCollect a 12x12" Abstract Mixed Media Painting on canvas 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

November 1-30, 2019 Things Seen And Unseen, Paintings by P.R.Bailey

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.

October 1 - 29, 2019  Art in Fiber A Duet In Design, Works by Paula Klingerman and Rose Unwin

rUnwin enigma lo res.jpgAn exhibit of an 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.

Rose Unwin, Enigma, Commercial Cotton and Thread

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

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.

June 8-28, 2019 - SACA, Southington Arts and Crafts Association 28th Annual Juried Exhibit

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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May 4 - 31, 2019 - Women Photographers of Connecticut

“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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We continually seek Artists from the area and beyond to consider exhibiting in our galleries - Please be in touch!

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