Patricia Rosoff

"The Bada Bing," by Patricia Rosoff, part of an exhibit in her memory of abstract art at ArtSpace in Hartford. (July 8, 2014)

Simsbury abstract artist Joe Nicorici wanted to curate an abstract exhibit, and in February, he signed up his first artist: Patricia Rosoff, his art teacher and mentor at Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, where he was in the class of 1999.

Rosoff did not live to see the exhibit. She was killed in late March in an auto accident in West Hartford.

But the show must go on, and now it's dedicated to her. "Untitled: Abstract Exhibition," featuring work by 40 Connecticut abstract artists, opens Thursday, July 10, at ArtSpace in Hartford.

"I was very much into impressionism through high school, but she tried to encourage me to go abstact," said Nicorici, who was born in Bucharest, Romania, and raised in Hartford. "I got to like it. I like the idea that it is limitless, creatively experimental, not constrained to one idea. In representational work you have to mimic an image. With abstract, you're painting ideas rather than images. You paint things you don't realize you were thinking about, they all just come out."

The exhibit features paintings, sculpture, photographs and installation work. Rosoff's widower, Neil, approved of four of Rosoff's works to be in the show. Other artists in the show are Kenneth Albert, Anita Balkun, Rishi A.G. Bhoodram, Ethan Boisvert. Vanessa Braucci, Rick Chozick, Jean Dalton, Nancy Doherty, Evan Fable, Yeny Flores, Carol Ganick, Peter Ganick, Ana Lawler Gersten, Danuta Gordon, Cecil Eci'Am Gresham, Kevin Hernandez, Adam Hewes, Monica Hewryk, Gray Jacobik, Gary Jacobs, Zachary Keeting, Edith Skiba LaMonica, Diana Lemcoff, Ilona S. Levitz, Yessenia Manrique, Sarah Merkel, Joe Nicorici, Sofia Plater, Laura Viola Preciado, Carolanne Pinto, Erin Scanlon, Victoria Sivigny, Kelly Taylor, John Tyner, Adam Viens, Diane Ward, Sandy Welch, Jason Werner and Gretchen Wohlgemuth.

UNTITLED: ABSTRACT EXHIBITION is at Hartford ArtSpace, 555 Asylum Ave., from July 10, when it opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. (suggested donation $5), until July 26. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Half of the artists' entry fees, and a percentage of donations from the reception, will benefit the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Details: joenica@gmail.com.