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    Sunday, October 02, 2022

    Hartford artist Roshane Stephenson show goes up at La Grua

    Jamaica-born, American-raised Roshane Stephenson is a Hartford-based visual artist whose latest exhibit, "New, Used & Unfriendly," opens with a reception Friday in Stonington's La Grua Center.

    Prolific and creative, Stephenson is self-taught and gleefully traffics in an evolving mélange of semi-abstract/impressionistic works that incorporate elements of minimalism, caricature, portraiture and cityscape.

    That's not one of those pompous "artist's statements," by the way. That's me trying to describe what I delightedly see when I scroll through works on Stephenson' website. It's fair to suggest he's interpreting and capturing the Black Experience through the prism of the last few frantic years and inspired by a variety of emotions — but it's also fair to say Stephenson is apparently having a helluva fine time and finding fulfilment in good work.

    "New, Used & Unfriendly," Roshane Stephenson, La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington; opening reception 5-7 Friday and runs through Oct. 31; museum hours 1-4 p.m. Wed., Fri. and Sat.; free; lagrua.org, (860) 535-2300.

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