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Clare Gallery


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The Clare Gallery is a not-for-profit professional exhibition gallery located in the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry. Clare Gallery exhibitions, receptions, and artist lectures are free and open to the public. The Clare Gallery Committee promotes the arts through its exhibits and educational programs which focus on world religious, interfaith, and social justice themes.


Committee members promote the Gallery by generating written and visual publicity materials; setting up and taking down exhibits; providing hospitality at receptions; coordinating scheduling with other parish ministries; researching art and artists for exhibits; and coordinating the Gallery's finances and fundraising opportunities.

Clare Gallery hours are from:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays;
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and
  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.

Free parking is available directly across from the Church and Urban Center, and the facility is handicapped accessible.

Upcoming Current Exhibit:


The Clare Gallery is pleased to present IROKO: Tree Of Life/Arbol de Vida, works by artist Imna Arroyo, from March 16, 2017 through May 21, 2017. The exhibit draws on the importance of the sacred Tree Of Life; containing great symbolic, spiritual, mythological, medicinal, magical, commercial, ecological and aesthetic import.

Ms. Arroyo explores “the marvelous power of nature” ancient myths of creation, fertility, and spirituality, as well as our relationship to the environment and the challenges of climate change.

The artist will lead a workshop at the Gallery on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. This workshop will coincide with Global Event - Slow Art Day.  Slow Art Day is taking place around the world. It’s premise is to encourage people to look at art for more than 7 seconds. It is designed around the practice of slow looking. This event is free and open to the public, registration is required. Please contact Patricia Curtis at or call 860-756-4034 for more information.

Artist reception and artist talk will begin immediately following the workshop at 5:00 pm.

For more information about Slow Art Day, please visit their website.