Paintings, Sculpture & More Featured in EIGHT ’18 Exhibition

Guilford Art Center will present the exhibition EIGHT ’18, celebrating the work of a longtime group of Connecticut artists who work in a variety of media. The exhibition will be on view in the Gallery July 29 – August 18, 2018.

The artists of EIGHT ’18 all hail from the Hartford area: Joanne Barry-Dutro; Francie Berquist; Sheri Ellis; Marsha Lewis; Jo McGinnis; Donna Namnoum; Kelly Smurthwiate; and Mary Lou Solomon. Featured works include painting, sculpture, drawing and mixed media.

According to the artist-members: “We are a group of eight artists, colleagues and friends, who for many years have a link to fine arts and teaching. After many years of gathering to discuss art, ideas and life’s many turns, we are coming together again to show our work as a group for a fourth time. Each of us has exhibited individually in the Hartford area and in galleries throughout New England and the country in addition to group shows in Hartford. We are honored to be exhibiting together at the Guilford Art Center this year for the first time.”

The opening reception for EIGHT ’18 is Sunday, July 29, 4-7pm. The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-4:30pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm.

For more information contact www.guilfordartcenter.org or 203.453.5947.


The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts. Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work. Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957. It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round. The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.