Handwright Gallery Expands into former Varnum’s Space through End of Year
Though the lettering itself has been removed, the words ‘Varnum’s Pharmacy’ remain visible above the glass door at 91 Main St. Yet inside the space that long has served as the home of New Canaan’s last independent pharmacy (it’s been renamed ‘New Canaan Pharmacy’ and moved down the hill, to the shopping area opposite Cherry Street East on East Avenue), everything has changed. Though it isn’t yet clear what type of business in the long term will occupy the familiar commercial space—all we know for sure is that it won’t be a food establishment—from now through the end of the year New Canaanite and downtown visitors can enjoy it as a new gallery show space. Bright, airy and with hardwood floors exposed (who knew) and refinished, the ‘Handwright Gallery Annex’ launched Oct. 2 and will play host to two shows between now and Dec.