By: Emily Chauvin

Already binged every TV show worth watching? Find your ticket to a new kind of visual delight at the VPAC Gallery! Not only is the current exhibition, Parallel Practices, absolutely stunning and silly, they are offering reduced admission to four local museums. Get out there before the show closes on March 4th!

Parallel Practices explores the ‘side work’ of established, critically acclaimed artists, which may be why the show is so diverse and carefree. One wall is completely covered in scribbled, goo-ed, crunkled, and blacked-out magazine pages. Another artist includes two gorgeous paintings of pastels rainbow candy-land trail sections, displayed alongside globs of the paint obviously scraped off of her palette while creating those paintings, formed around the bodies of fake birds. A beak or a tail pokes out of the dried oil paint pulled like spiked hair, almost making your eyes think they’re seeing other aviary anatomy, limbs, wing tips.

Words just don’t do it justice; you’ll have to stop by the Gallery on the second floor of the VPAC to check it out! Gallery hours are 12:00-4:00 Monday-Thursday and 1:00-4:00 Saturday and Sunday. There, you can pick up your reduced-admission ticket free of charge! Participating museums include the Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art in Ridgefield, which is currently exhibiting the strange architectural work of Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley in which they occupy a very small, vertical living unit together in the gallery; the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, which has a fascinating propaganda showcase as well as an exhibit about the intersection of art and science during the Cold War; the New Britain Museum of American Art which has a video exhibit exploring the use of sign language; and the Katonah (New York) Art Center whose current exhibition features contemporary art rooted in the Islamic tradition.

You really can’t lose when you go out and do something new! Take a mini road trip to any of these museums, less than an hour from campus, and see what inspiration they can give you. Maybe you’ll walk away with a newfound passion for architecture, or be spurred to get down to some serious doodling. Maybe you’ll find that you want to learn sign language, or ask your friends to tell you more about their own spiritual practice. Art isn’t just for artists; it’s a beginning of a dialogue and countless adventures.