We went up there two weeks ago to check it out. I remember when RAW was downtown, but now it’s near the West Hartford line in an old industrial building. There’s decent gallery space, of course, and also a cinema with a lounge and a decent cafe/refreshment stand. It’s huge, although the day we went, on a Saturday afternoon, we still had to bang the door and ring the doorbell until someone finally let us in and turned on the lights. They were technically still exhibiting one show, but really getting geared up for the next one.
We didn’t see RAW in its best light, but even still I was so jealous that our Black Rock Art Center, which was led by a former RAW executive director, never came close to operating on this level.
To mark its 35 years, RAW has planned year-long celebration that begins this weekend with the opening of three exhibits and a taping of public radio’s “Where We Live.” And a fundraising roast of director Will K. Wilkins, who marks his 20th anniversary at RAW, is 7 p.m. Friday at the Pond House in Elizabeth Park.
Three art shows open Saturday with Olu Oguibe, Saya Woofalk and Cary Smith. A reception is set from 6 to 8 p.m., with performances.