Fashion in the Ballroom & Other Hygienic Events

CoryMendenhanwebSalon des Indépendants (Hygienic Art Galleries, 79 Bank Street)

January 26 through February 9
Art drop-off: Sat. Jan. 26 8am-6pm; Show opens 8pm

Pick-up: Sun. Feb. 10 Noon to 4pm

Visual artists are invited to submit work to the 34th Salon des Indépendants exhibition to be held at the Hygienic Art Galleries. The rules are simple: one piece per artist, no judge, no jury, no fees, and no censorship!  More than 400 artists are expected to have their work on display in the galleries for this unique and inspiring exhibition.


Hygienic Young Artists Exhibition (The Garde Gallery, 305 State Street)
January 26 – February 2, opening celebration Sat, Jan 28 from Noon to 4pm

Art drop-off, Thurs, Jan 24 & Fri, Jan 25 4-7pm;

Pick-up Sun. Feb. 3 Noon to 4pm

Young artists are encouraged to submit work to the junior salon hosted at the Garde Gallery space on State Street.  There will be many hands-on arts related activities and performances throughout the day on January 26 celebrating the opening.


Hy-gienic Photo-gienic (Expressiones, 84 Bank Street)

Opening reception February 1, 6-8pm

The Visual Scavenger Hunt! Calling all photographers! Come join us for a photographic scavenger hunt! Grab a Photo-gienic packet at the Hygienic Art Galleries on Saturday January 26th from 9am-3pm. The packet contains a list of words to be interpreted throughout the New London Historic District. Return the packet with your 5×7 photographs and be part of the PHOTO-GIENIC IV Exhibition. Packets are due Wednesday, January 30th and may be returned to the Hygienic. The opening is Friday, Feb 1 and runs through Sunday, Feb 10th at Expressiones Gallery directly across from the Hygienic Art Galleries!


Fashion in the Ballroom (Crocker House Ballroom, 35 Union Street)
Friday, February 1, 8pm

Haute couture comes to New London for its fifth year in this exciting event that will showcase new work from local designers Susan Hickman, Cristin Gallagher, Christina Dempsey, Susan Gorra, Vintage Chic, and special designs from Ruben Elijah Reiser Johnson in the gorgeous and historic Crocker House Ballroom. Doors open at 7pm with a $10 suggested donation at the door.  Show will be accompanied by the local DJ styling of Kid igloo, Newsflash!, and #dagYO.


Mayfly Playhouse 24 (Crocker House Ballroom, 35 Union Street)
Saturday, February 2, 8pm

It is the lure of the Unknown that drives us to explore outside our boundaries, to discover new worlds, to look beyond our universe, gives us life, moves us forward towards…our beginning? It is the Unknown at the heart of the Mayfly Playhouse. Stories, yet unwritten. Actors not yet cast. Words unspoken. An empty stage. Until the last, the last day, the end times. In 24 hours, seven plays, conceived, written, rehearsed, come together under the lights, never witnessed before, never again. Will it happen, become reality, or is it all just illusion, imagination? When that can be answered, it’s too late to ask the question. You need to see for yourself. It is the Great Unknown.


Hygienic Poets (Hygienic Art Galleries, 79 Bank Street)

Saturday, February 9, 7pm

Hosted by Rhonda Ward.  Open mic reading followed by a poetry slam with cash prizes judged by members of the audience.


Rock Lobster Band-O-Matic (Oasis Pub, 16 Bank Street)
Saturday, February 9, 10pm

A pick-up game for musicians! Interested parties sign up for one of five categories: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, or Other.  On January 26, we’ll draw one name from each category and create up to five new bands.  The groups will have two weeks to get together and work up one cover and one original (and name their acts and work out wardrobes) before performing at the closing party for Hygienic XXXIV at the Oasis Pub on February 9.