Bloomfield painter exhibits 27 Kisses From The Sun in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN – Bloomfield-based painter and muralist Alex Ranniello will be showing his artwork in an upcoming 27 Kisses From The Sun exhibition
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His plays will be on view in September, with a reception on September 24 from 6pm to 8pm. There is no entry fee for this event, but donations are encouraged.

Outside of Ranniello’s role as a studio artist, he has had both a multi-faceted and widespread community involvement in the arts, according to a press release. Since 2016, he has served as an arts program administrator, gallery assistant, workshop assistant, curator, guest speaker, guest artist, event team manager, juror, and advocate for the arts.


His academic training includes a bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing, including two minors in ceramics and art history, the press release said. He earned his Masters in Marketing and Communications from the University of Hartford.

In 2017, Ranniello became a workshop assistant at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts. In 2018 he completed his Single Artist Residency at AIR Studio in Paducah, Kentucky and co-founded GoingPlaces Art Collective, a Connecticut-based arts advocacy group formed to connect local artists with businesses and organizations through sustainable opportunities, the Buttonwood, to support and unite said.

From 2018 to 2021 he was Assistant Gallery Manager at Stockman Gallery in New Britain and in 2020 he served as Art Program Administrator for Connecticut State Office of the Arts. Ranniello has also served as a Maljuror for the Regional Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards in Connecticut and has been a visiting artist on the arts program at Community College in Manchester.

In five years, Ranniello has presented five solo shows, including over 30 group shows, in addition to its litany of festivals, fairs and pop-up community events, the venue said. At the West Hartford Art League, he was the second honoree of the judging exhibition The CT+6 Regional (2018) and third honoree at the 30th annual exhibition of the National Arts Program in Connecticut.

Over the years, Ranniello has produced over 15 murals and public works across Connecticut, most notably the Hartford Paints The City Project, the 5 x 5 Mural Downtown Hartford Initiative, the Meriden Humane Society Mural, the SoDo Project, the Constitution Plaza mural Barbershop, the JB Hunt mural, Hartford Has It mural, Faces of Connecticut mural, The Manchester Mahoney Recreation Center mural and New Canaan High School mural, the press release states.

Through partnerships with local businesses, he has worked as a freelance marketing consultant for Glaze Innovative Salon (Hamden) and Agonist Gallery (Broad Brook), interior designer with Bee’s Artistry (Hartford) and as a workshop trainer with Le Petit Studios (Farmington). and RiseUP Community Group (Hartford).

Ranniello spent a number of years at Stack Influence Agency as a social media micro-influencer on a variety of product marketing campaigns. Today he is a regular contributor to the Sports & Culture Podcast Productive Conversations.

In the near future, Ranniello plans to continue expanding his Alexander Califournia brand, both to collaborate with other artists and to design new products and merchandise, the venue said. He’s expanding into blogging and podcasting, but remains true to his studio practice and mural painting, Buttonwood said.

See buttonwood.org For show details, call 860-347-4957 or email TheButtonwoodTree@gmail.com.

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