Bloomfield-based painter to exhibit ’27 Kisses From The Sun’ in Middletown


MIDDLETOWN — Bloomfield-based painter and mural artist Alex Ranniello will feature his works in an upcoming exhibition, “27 Kisses From The Sun,” at

The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main St.

His pieces will be exhibited in September, with a reception on September 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. There is no entry for this event, but donations are encouraged.

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


Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing, including a double minor in ceramics and art history, according to the press release. He received his Masters in Marketing and Communications from the University of Hartford.

In 2017 Ranniello became a studio assistant at the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts. In 2018, he completed his one-time artist residency at AIR studio in Paducah, Ky., and co-founded GoingPlaces Art Collective, a Connecticut-based arts advocacy group founded to support and unite local artists with businesses. and organizations through sustainable opportunities, Buttonwood said.

From 2018 to 2021 he was Deputy Director of the Stockman Gallery in New Britain, and in 2020 he served as the Connecticut State Office of the Arts’ Arts Program Administrator. Additionally, Ranniello served as a Painting Jury Member for the Regional Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards in Connecticut and was a Visiting Artist in the Arts Program at Community College Manchester.

In five years, Ranniello has presented five solo exhibitions, including more than 30 group exhibitions in addition to his litany of pop-up festivals, fairs and community events, the venue said. At the West Hartford Art League, he won second place in the CT+6 Regional Juried Exhibition (2018) and third place in the 30th Annual Connecticut National Arts Program Exhibition.

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

Through partnership with local businesses, he has collaborated as an independent marketing consultant for Glaze Innovative Salon (Hamden) and Agonist Gallery (Broad Brook), interior designer with Bee’s Artistry (Hartford) and as an instructor of workshop with Le Petit Studios (Farmington). and community group RiseUP (Hartford).

Ranniello spent a few years with Stack Influence Agency as a social media micro-influencer on a host of product marketing campaigns. Today, he remains a regular contributor to the Sports & Culture Productive Conversations podcast.

In the near future, Ranniello plans to continue to grow his Alexander Califournia brand to both collaborate with other artists and design new products and merchandise, the site said. He thrives in blogging and podcasting, while staying true to his studio practice and mural work, Buttonwood said.

See buttonwood.org for show details or call 860-347-4957 or email [email protected]

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