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12:00pm to 8:00pm
Spirit Gallery Tattoo – New London’s tattoo studio and art gallery – presents "Chromaphilia," a collection of artwork by artist Ashleigh Kay. The show will open on Saturday, December 1, with an artist’s reception from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"Simply put, my newest work is about my obsessive love for color," said Kay. "The work shown is rather different for me than my usual abstract expressionist style of mark making, but it felt right to jump into something new and play with patterning and layers in a way that challenged me to achieve the same kind of depth as I did with splashes and drips."

For "Chromaphilia," Kay drew her inspiration from pop culture: music, movies, fashion, social media and literature.

"I feel it is only right to play up on the things that I find intriguing, a reflection on the contemporary, the here and now, the things that surround us. And while my interpretation of these influences may be more on the subtle side, such as diamond patterns to represent opulence, bubbly patterns to represent champagne and my own self-made logo used repeatedly to represent narcissism, I find it leaves it more open to my audience for their own interpretation. I never want to tell my audience what to think or experience, rather I like to guide them half way and leave them to make the own conclusions, and always leave them guessing."

"Chromaphilia" will feature 18 new works created by Kay in 2012 and will hang until January 19, 2013. Viewing hours are 12-8 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday at Spirit Gallery Tattoo.

For more information, call (860) 443-0484 or visit For more on Ashleigh Kay, visit

Photo 1: Bangarang! by Ashleigh Kay
Photo 2: It Makes Me Smile by Ashleigh Kay

Location: Spirit Gallery Tattoo, 207 Bank Street, New London