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LOCATION

30 Cedar Street, New Britain, CT  06052

CONTACT

860-229-1484
contact@alnb.org

DIRECTIONS

From the East/North: I-84 W toward Hartford, Take Left Exit 35 - CT 72 E toward RT 9. Take Exit 8 - Columbus Blvd. toward Downtown/ New Britain.  Turn Right onto Lake St. which turns into Cedar St.  

From the West: I-84 E, Slight left onto CT-72 E, Take Exit 8 for columbus Blvd toward Downtown/New Britain. Turn right onto Lake St which becomes Cedar St.

From the South: I-91 N to I-9 W, Take Exit 26-Downtown New Britain, Merge onto Columbus Blvd.  When you cannot go straight, turn left onto Cedar St.

Entrance for all destinations: Very quickly on the right there will be an ALNB house shaped sign between two white houses (law offices) marking the entrance to the ALNB parking lot. Take a right between the law offices down to the back parking lot where you will see the ALNB red carriage house on the right corner.
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EXCERPT FROM SamLow.com

My father also decided that New Britain needed an art school. The headline from an article in the Sunday Hartford Courant reads: “Grandson of late Hawaiian ruler to be first director of institution which will teach students to paint along original lines.” 
The article goes on: “A humble old red barn will soon become the home of New Britain 's first art school. Gone is the quiet that for years has haunted the old building as it stood, silent and ignored, at 30 Cedar Street . Today it echoes the sounds of busy workmen who are reconditioning it for the new and important role it is to play in the city's life. Within it's walls strange changes are taking place. Familiar stalls and stables are being torn away. Partitions are being removed. Rats and mice and cats, tenants of yesterday, have fled in terror before all this confusion. A big studio is being fashioned – a studio in which many future artists of New Britain will receive their first training.” This new institution was known as The Art League of New Britain or, more simply, The Studio. 

Supporters of The Art League included Arthur Kimball, Judge Hungerford, William F. Brooks, Mrs. Stanley Hart, Miss Fanny Brown, Wesley Parker, Lawrence Edwardson, Miss Minna Richter, and Earle K. Bishop. Also Grace Vibberts and Margaret Cooper who donated paintings which were raffled off to raise seven hundred dollars for the art school. My father brought in Thomas Craven and William Zorach to lecture and Spencer Nichols and Herbert Meyer to teach art. 

Sandy Low and his colleague, Walter Korder, painted dozens of murals at the Art League, beginning in 1937 with a series he called “The Connecticut Murals.” Among them, Walter and Sandy painted a 30-foot piece that was displayed at the New Britain Savings and Loan Association in 1957. As I understand it, the artists charged $5 a square foot. The murals were put up in restaurants, hotels and office buildings. 

The Studio transformed the social life of New Britain by bringing together in moments of camaraderie, probably for the first time, artists and people from all walks of life - businessmen, storeowners, lawyers, doctors - all kinds of folks that would normally not have anything to do with artists. The Studio's motto, meticulously painted, presumably by my father, hung prominently over a workbench that also served as an impromptu bar during parties. It read: “welcome all both great and small.” And that's how it was. 
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HISTORY

The Art League of New Britain, a non-profit organization,    is the second oldest art league in the United States.  Founded in 1928 and its original mission was as an art school holding both day and evening sessions.  in 1934 it transitioned into an art club where artists could work together and gather for social affairs. 

The ALNB’s first president, Artist and former Director of the New Britain Museum of American ArtSanford B.D. Low was the driving force behind the original success of the League.  He gave considerable time, talent and enthusiasm to keep the arts alive during the depression.  We honor him with our Sanford B. D. Low gallery.  

The Art League's home first served as local industrialist George Post stable and carriage house.  In fact the names of the horses are still above each stall door and the horse shoe cut out is still remains at the peak of the main gable.  Post's daughter sold the barn to A.J. Sloper who in turn sold it to William C. Hungerford.  The late judge Hungerford had granted the use of his stable to the League for some time before passing, and after his widow deeded the property to the league along with the surrounding land.  

Along the way the Art League has the responsibility for caring and preserving our precious landmark and has been careful stewards.  In the words of Meta Lacy "Let no man presume to modernize our old barn by stripping it of its architectural personality, which properly dates it as a fine example of its period."  
  
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