About Our Gallery
In August of 2017 we move out of our home at Holy Family Retreat Center and embark in a new direction as a gallery without walls. We will continue our art presence on our social media platforms until we are able to find another exhibit space and will continue to plan our community arts programming in the community.
Established in 2013, our mission is connecting the human spirit through the arts. At our gallery, we exhibit professional and emerging artists from various backgrounds and welcomes all mediums and cultures. By displaying a collection of various perspectives on a common theme, we reveal how art can creatively illustrate the diversity of the human condition. Our name, The Golden Thread, represents the invisible, underlying connection that weaves together the spirit of humanity – through the arts. Innovative art exhibits and exciting programming are critical to the success of The Golden Thread. As a theme-based gallery, we are already set apart from other galleries in our region. Through this work we provide many opportunities for a broad and inclusive group of people to experience and engage in art in the community.
Our key initiatives for The Golden Thread include:
- Present thought-provoking theme-based art exhibits that reach a broad and diverse audience,
- Exhibit the work of professional and emerging artists,
- Create exciting programming that allows us to engage with one another through art,
- Give artists opportunities to spread their work into the community through our SPARK program to Foster, support, and create community art projects for our region.
We strongly believe in the necessity of the arts and the important role they play in our lives and the community. We continually seek opportunities to expand our work in underserved communities and create new partnerships with organizations working for the greater good.
In 2014, The Golden Thread expanded our work to create meaningful public art projects that improve the quality of community life, encourage neighborhood engagement, and better define place-based identity and culture. Our community work has included a partnership with Grace Academy School, a middle school serving young women from Hartford’s poorest neighborhoods, to provide art enrichment programming for their students. We collaborated with Community Solutions, a nonprofit organization, to create two creative and meaningful art projects: a public art installation that celebrates the diversity of the North End of Hartford through a large-scale contemporary art project and a “Community Paint Out” where we led the creation of a large mural by the North Hartford neighborhood which was displayed at Envisionfest located across from the Wadswoth Atheneum Museum of Art on Main Street on September 19th.
Golden Thread Gallery Founders, Kate Wilson (L) and Tricia Haggerty Wenz (R)