We All Have Stories to Tell at Crosby Gallery

April 21 to June 2, 2017

Photograph by Leigh Busby

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents We All Have Stories to Tell, at Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery at The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., New Haven. We All Have Stories to Tell brings together projects that engage the community in different ways, featuring artists Leigh Busby, Adam Chambers, Keana Dubose, Julia Hamer-Light, Briah Luckey, and Rashmi Talpade.

The Arts Council will host an opening reception on Thursday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring artists talks at 5 p.m. The exhibition will be on view to the public through June 2, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

About the artists:

Painter and photographer Leigh Busby captures empathetic, compassionate portraits of fellow artists performing and creating in his dramatic portrayals of artists and community members performing during open mic night at Musical Intervention in New Haven, a community music center free from drugs and alcohol where people from all walks of life come to connect musically and to contribute to one another’s growth and opportunities thru open mic night and workshops.

Adam Chambers and Keana Dubose, both visual and literary artists, created the Hope Project as part of an artist-led workshop series at Liberty Community Services. Their project uses visual poetry as an easily accessible medium for creative expression, to provide intensive workshops to individuals experiencing homelessness and/or challenges to their mental health.

Elm City Echo, a project by Julia Hamer-Light and the Yale Homeless Outreach program, works with individuals who are experiencing homelessness in the New Haven area, employing them to do creative writing that is then published in their magazine of the same name. This model builds self-esteem as it encourages individuals to take themselves seriously as creative workers, as well as personal ownership of the business process of creating and distributing the finished creative product.

Artist and art therapist Briah Luckey will share works created with the women of Park Ridge Seniors Complex. Earlier this winter, Luckey was sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven to offer a three-part workshop series with residents of the Park Ridge apartments in Westville.

Rashmi Talpade will present “Townscapes” created at libraries in Wallingford and New Haven using her signature photo collage approach. The project is a community photo-collage of the history of the Town of Wallingford with the goal of involving the community in creating this collage.

For more information about We All Have Stories to Tell and the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery email communications@newhavenarts.org or call (203) 772-2788.


Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, a program of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, is located at the Arts Council offices at 70 Audubon Street, 2nd floor. The gallery features regional artists in group and thematic shows. Hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Artists’ Opportunity
If you would like to be considered for an exhibit at Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, please send images, résumé and bio to: Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510. For more information, call Debbie Hesse at 203-772-2788 or email dhesse [at] newhavenarts.org.



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