WEST HARTFORD — The Monastery Gallery of Art in West Hartford is pleased to announce the opening of its newest themed exhibit, “Our Deepest Longing,” running now through April 20, according to a release from organizers.

Each year, the Gallery asks artists near and far to interpret the theme that mirrors the retreat theme at Holy Family Retreat Center, on whose campus the Gallery resides. The theme is posted, with no context or explanation, and artists are invited to use their creative spirit, in any medium, to present a visual interpretation.

This year, the Gallery showcases a wide variety of artists and artworks, each representing their “deepest longing.” From love to peace, from safety to acceptance, from hope to a wish, the artworks reveal that which is important to the artist. For us to read the artist’s thoughts and gaze at the art enhances our own ability to visualize an image for our own “deepest longing.”

The reception for this exhibit will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Gallery. It is a chance to meet the artists and hear about their artwork directly from them. The public is invited to attend the reception and celebrate their work. There is no charge and no registration is required.

The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the campus of Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford. For more information, contact MGA co-curators Kathy Parulski or Beth Malley at 860-841-3493 or visit www.monasterygallery.art.

Connecticut Media Group