Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays


Come to the Guilford Art Center’s Artistry shopping event to find the most unique and beautiful gifts, all handmade by American artisans.  Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays, will take place November 3, 2016 through January 8, 2017. One-of-a-kind, handmade crafts by more than 200 artists from across America will be featured, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods, and more.

During Artistry, works spill from the shop into the gallery at the Center, creating a full shopping experience with variety of items and price points.  Scores of new artists will have their work featured this year, offering shoppers a huge array of unique gift ideas. New works are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will want to return to snag a “find” they might not have seen before.

“As distinct from mall and online shopping, Artistry offers the opportunity to find truly one-of-a-kind, special objects that you can find to really connect with your gift recipients,” says Guilford Art Center Executive Director Maureen Belden. “The opportunity to buy American-made goods is also very important to people.”

Artistry also offers visitors a variety of shopping experiences: personal shoppers are available for advice and gift-giving ideas; a registry makes gift-selection easy; and businesses can take advantage of personal shoppers and discounts for employee holiday gift-giving.

Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.


OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 3, 5-8pm, free and open to the public. Join us for shopping & refreshments.

MEMBERS’ WEEK-SPECIAL MEMBERS’ BENEFITS:Nov 3 -November 9: Members receive 15% off all items and 10% off throughout the rest of sale. Become a member at any time and immediately receive this benefit.

SPECIAL ARTISTRY EVENTS (all are free and open to the public – no registration necessary)

Nov 17 Candy, Cake & Cocktails 5:00 – 8:00 pm Enjoy a sweet shopping experience! Treat yourself to special sweet treats and a signature Artistry cocktail while shopping for everyone on your list

Dec 1 ONEHOPE Wine Tasting Event 5:00 – 8:00 pm Sample and purchase ONEHOPE wine while benefitting causes and non-profits (including GAC!). Award-winning ONEHOPE wines, crafted in partnership with Rob Mondavi Jr in Napa, are on offer to all shoppers. Sip whites, red, sparkling and reserve wines while you shop. Bring your friends and enjoy a festive evening while helping others (including finding them the right holiday gift!).


Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact