November 15 through December 21
Weekdays 10am – 5pm
EXHIBITION OPENING: Saturday, November 17 from 5pm to 7pm.
Charter Oak Cultural Center honors the late Robert Neiditz with an exhibition of his original art in their gallery space located at 21 Charter Oak Avenue in downtown Hartford. This retrospective of Neiditz’s work, which encompassed paintings, etchings, and pastels, will be on display from November 15 through December 21, 2018.
The exhibit will be open during Charter Oak Cultural Center’s normal operating hours, weekdays from 10am to 5pm. In addition, the exhibition can be viewed when there are evening or weekend programs. The Art of Robert Neiditz is free and open to the public with a complimentary Opening Night Reception on Saturday, November 17th from 5pm to 7pm.
Neiditz said, “According to some definitions, my art could be considered forms of abstract expressionism. It is, in many ways, far more elusive than spoken language. For me, it is a song that has never been written. A song and a story make for good art. Depending on the situation, when the two meet, the result is a form of energy. In this meeting, there is the beginning of the process of creating art.”
Robert Michael Neiditz, 59 years of age, of Avon, CT died on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Born in Hartford, CT, he was the son of Minerva (Heller) Neiditz of West Hartford, CT and the late David H. Neiditz. He was an artist and a graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School and Manchester Community College. His life became a struggle with Tourette’s syndrome and other behavioral and physical challenges, but instead of “marginalizing” him, his mother made him the center of her life. He was a generous and gentle soul, and when his illness came late in adolescence, that generosity and gentleness were preserved for the rest of his life, making it natural even in the midst of his struggle for him to love and be loved.
He continued, “Long ago, I was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome. Art has saved me, has given me a window through which to see beyond the curtain of this disease. I have had the great fortune of working with a renowned artist, Chet Kempchinski, of Hartford, CT. Through him I discovered my potential for productivity and creativity. I was able to explore both the outer world and my inner world, as well as undiscovered aspects of my being. I am forever grateful to him for his guidance and inspiration.”