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The de Menil Gallery

The de Menil Gallery at Groton School, a public gallery that opened in October 2001, is a cultural resource to the Town of Groton and the region. Designed by Perry Dean Rogers/Partners of Boston, this state-of-the-art gallery has approximately 900 square feet of exhibition space.

During each academic year, the de Menil Gallery hosts three exhibitions; they showcase a variety of media, including photographs, paintings, prints, and decorative arts.
The de Menil Gallery is located at the Dillon Art Center at Groton School, a mile and half south of Groton Center on Route 111. Enter at the first gate to the right. Parking is available either behind the Art Center (a silver-roofed building) or at the Groton School Athletic Center, a short walk away.

Gallery hours: The de Menil Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays (except Wednesdays) and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends (except school holidays). The de Menil Gallery is free and open to the public.

For more information please call 978-448-7ART or Groton School at 978-448-3363.
Spring Exhibit

"Anatomy of a Small Universe"

by Nancy Hayes
 
Through June 4
Artist’s Open House: April 8, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
 
Nancy Hayes’ large-format paintings are colorful landscapes of the artist’s imagination and invitations to explore your own.
 
Paying reverence to design concepts—colors, lines, patterns—the artist creates characters in the abstract, engaging viewers in a mystical, physical world. “Just as a reader injects their own personal knowledge into a story, enriching the plot, my objective is to allow the viewer to explore their own visual narratives, enhancing the forms with their own imaginations,” Hayes says.
 
A sculptor in clay for twenty-five years before taking up painting, Hayes says that, through painting, “I can be the designer, color theorist, and inventor, giving form to my creativity.” She also says that painting allows her to “express concepts beyond my understanding.”
 
Powerful but subtle, gentle but tough, Hayes’ paintings can evoke visceral reactions. According to de Menil Gallery curator and photography teacher Monika Andersson, the work “summons something organic, and something tribal, through which the power of our physical world and the flow of cells get honored and seen. By proxy, the work speaks to life, ever in transition, and ultimately to the interconnectedness of self to all. And through this process of thought and visual exploration, we may find a representation of the innermost heart, where beauty is form, and meaning lies in the fact that the very delicate can be very strong.”
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