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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.

Current and Upcoming Exhibits:
March 14–May 5, 2019 - BEGGING BOWLS and OFFERING BOWLS Works by Ann Grasso. 

This exhibition presents works of art from two of Grasso’s series, Begging Bowls and Offering Bowls. The series are both complex in meaning, yet simple in form. The works create many intimate moments where the viewer needs to lean in “to get to know” the work better. Grasso hopes viewers will notice details in each work, hopefully offering them something new they did not see before, such as unusual visual shapes; unique titles; familiar and unfamiliar cultural symbols; and the use of repetition, pattern, texture, and color in her compositions. When both series are seen together, viewers are asked to reflect on the meaning of both begging and offering in their own lives and the lives of others.

The exhibition was inspired by a trip to Vienna. While walking through the city and studying its architecture, Grasso noticed that gold was used abundantly on buildings and in artwork. Juxtaposed with these cultural symbols of wealth were street beggars (dressed as monks), who quietly and anonymously asked for money. Reflecting on that day, Grasso was struck by the contrasts and similarities of both the beggars and those who gave to them. Grasso’s second inspiration for the work came as she had the privilege of slowing down to care for a parent. This experience gave her the time to offer help and also to research patterns of living.
Artist's Reception and Panel Discussion: Tonight, April 11, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Panel discussion begins at 6:00 p.m. Joan Linley, Program Director, Mercy by the Seea in Madison, Connecticut and James Demetriades, Esq., Town Councilman, Cromwell, Connecticut will join our artist, Ann Grasso as panelists for our discussion.