Hartford Painter Opens Show At Passages Gallery

Elrode Reid spends his days at his job, then goes home to his wife and two young sons in Hartford. Late at night, when the family is asleep, he paints.

“When I am not with my wife, I am with my paintings,” Reid said. “It helps me keep away the stress, to relax. I get carried away. I call art my ‘second girlfriend’.”

An exhibit of Reid’s warm, bright landscapes and seascapes, with colors and scenes reminiscent of his native Jamaica, opens Saturday, March 16, with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. at Passages Gallery. The gallery, at 21 Whitney St. in Hartford, between Mo’s Midtown and Japanalia Eiko on Whitney Street, is a jam-packed, but nonetheless cozy, gallery focusing on art by Hartford residents, or from the collection of Hartford art collectors.

Reid, 64, works as a home-improvement contractor, and that’s all right with him. “I don’t like to depend on

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