Community Life

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

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

Current Exhibit:

The Clare Gallery will start the new year celebrating community by exhibiting the Hartford Public Library’s (HPL) community weaving project, Woven Threads, Woven Lives from January 30 to February 23, 2020. Artist and weaver, Sandy Fromson, began the project in 2016 and completed it in 2018 with contributing artist Charmaine Craig. The culmination of the project produced a beautifully colored twenty-four foot woven banner, with nearly 200 people taking part in its creation. An artist talk and reception will be held on Sunday, February 9,
1–3 p.m.
 where artist, Sandy Fromson, and Charmaine Craig speak about this community art endeavor. The artist talk and reception are free and open to the public. (The snow date is Sunday, February 16.)