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‘Lock Works’: Lock and key collection inspires Stamford art group

January 25, 2019

Loft Artists Association members — inspired by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s collection of antique Yale and Towne locks and keys — will showcase their work in a new exhibit, “Lock Works,” with an opening reception Friday, Feb. 8.

A portion of the Stamford Museum’s Yale and Towne lock and key collection will be on view at the opening reception.

“This is a rare opportunity for our artists to work from original artifacts on loan to us from the Stamford Museum and Nature Center,” LAA Director Mark Macrides was quoted as saying in a news release. “The broad range of talent and diverse and innovative styles of the LAA artists will be highlighted by this very unique inspiration.”

The Yale and Towne lock manufacturing company, founded in Stamford’s South End in 1868, was well known for the invention of the pin tumbler lock, as well as padlocks and bank vault locks. When the company closed many of the original locks were given to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

“These locks and keys represent a significant part of Stamford’s history as well as the history of the Loft Artists Association, which occupied the vacant Yale and Towne building with artist studios for many years,” Macrides said. “The LAA is excited to have the opportunity to create works of art inspired by these magnificent artifacts with their very relevant and interesting historical context. We’re grateful to the museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Collections, Jillian Casey for making this possible.”

Loft Artists Assoiciation’s Phillips and West Galleries at 575 Pacific St., Stamford. Saturday, Feb. 2-Sunday, Feb. 24. Exhibit hours Saturdays and Sundays 1-4:30 p.m. Free. Opening reception on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6-8 pm. 203-247-2027, loftartists.org

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