On Friday evening, June 21, Bare Bones, 156 School St., Bristol, will open its gallery to the whimsical and extraordinary illustrations of George Nowak.
Nowak was an illustrator for the New Britain Herald and Hartford Courant as well as an art teacher for over 20 years. In recent years, the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis have made it difficult for George to continue his work.
His illustrations demonstrated the levity and iconic nature of pop culture. George’s daughter Sara, 28, who works in art education in New York City, explained her father’s work. “My dad is a huge fan of rock and roll, comedy and literature and it always showed in his work. He is a very humble man who would never go out of the way to promote himself. His work speaks volumes for him. Any student of his would confirm the impact he had on their practice and discipline.”
“My dad is a hidden gem in a small town,” Sara said.
Originals of George’s pop culture illustrations will be displayed until July 19 and prints will be for sale between $15 and $25. Prints will be available for sale throughout the month during regular Bare Bones gallery hours. Half of the proceeds from the door fees will support the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. Proceeds from sales of full-size prints will benefit the Nowak family’s medical expenses.
Friday’s reception will feature food provided by George’s favorite restaurant, Fatherland Polish restaurant of New Britain. Entrance fee is $10 at the door, $8 at meetup.com/BareBones. Visit Facebook.com/BareBonesBristol for weekly hours information or call (860) 506-5980.