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GALLERY: The Friday Night Painters Show Their Stuff

Opening Reception: Friday, July 28, 5-7 pm Gallery Talk: Sunday, July 30, 2-4 pm Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce The Friday Night Painters / Show Their Stuff, an exhibition of works by a feisty, dedicated, close-knit group of painters, some of whom have been working at GAC since the mid-1970s. The exhibition will…

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Front of the House: Dining Together in Objects & Images

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce its newest gallery exhibition entitled Front of the House: Dining Together in Objects & Image, on view in the Center’s gallery June 16-July 23, 2017. Front of the House — restaurant lingo for where guests are seated — presents serving ware and art created by American artists that…

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In the Gallery: Guilford Public Schools Students & Photographs by Sheri Kellaher

Works by students in grades K-12 in Guilford Public Schools will be featured in an exhibition in the gallery at Guilford Art Center, May 12-June 4, 2017. This exhibition will celebrate the creativity and talent of Guilford’s youngest artists and will include works in all media. “We are excited to highlight art works created by…

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The Artists of Gallery One & Friends

“The Artists of Gallery One & Friends,” an exhibition of recent works by this professional cooperative group of regional artists, will be on view from April 18 through May 7 at the Mill Gallery, Guilford Art Center. An opening reception with the artists will take place on Friday, April 21, 5 – 7 pm. There…

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Black, White & Awe50me! Gala Event

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce its Black, White & Awe50me! Gala event on Friday, June 2 at 6:30 pm at the Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club in Branford, CT. This year Guilford Art Center celebrates its 50th anniversary of creating art and community and its continuing importance as a thriving cultural institution…

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Designers Circus “Pop-Up” Fashion & Accessories Event

Designers Circus, a Boston-based creative fashion and accessories event, is returning to Guilford and will hold a “pop-up” sale in the gallery at the Guilford Art Center. The sale will be open on Thursday, April 13 from 10am – 6pm, Friday, April 14 from 10am – 6pm & Saturday, April 15, 10 am – 6…

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Michael Alexander Jeweler Trunk Show

Guilford Art Center announces it will host a trunk show for jewelry by Michael Alexander Jeweler on Saturday, April 8 from 10am-4pm. Artisan jewelry and Guilford Art Center Craft Expo exhibitor Michael Alexander will make a trip to Guilford for this special, one-day pop-up event. Michael’s work is known for its strong minimalist lines, iconic…

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Free Community Workshops

Guilford Art Center Offers Series of Free Community Workshops in Honor of its 50th Anniversary Year Workshops funded by a grant from the Guilford Foundation Guilford Art Center is offering a series of three, free community workshops, in honor of its50th anniversary year. These free workshops are funded by a generous grant from the Guilford…

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GAC Limited Edition Tees!

We’re so excited about our new t-shirts to celebrate our 50th anniversary year! New graphics feature a lively set of color theory-based icons – marking GAC’s five decades, our variety of creative offerings and the cultural and historical diversity of the arts. We couldn’t stop at just one design either. Why? Because operating for 50…

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Art & Craft Beer Fundraiser

Sample some of Connecticut’s best craft brews at Guilford Art Center’s ART & CRAFT BEER FUNDRAISER, scheduled for Friday, March 3 from 6-8:30 pm at Guilford Art Center. Guests are invited to try a selection of beers from area breweries, including 30 Mile Brewery, Black Hog Brewing Company, Stony Creek Brewery, and Thimble Island Brewing…

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Faculty + Student Exhibition in Honor of 50 Years

New creations by faculty members and students at Guilford Art Center will be featured in the FACULTY & STUDENT EXHIBITION, in Honor of 50 Years, on view in the Center’s gallery February 3 – March 5, 2017. The exhibition will highlight recent work in all media by faculty members and adult students who have taught…

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Open Arts Day: January 8

Guilford Art Center is pleased to invite all community members to the 6th annual Open Arts Day on Sunday, January 8, 1-3pm. This event is free and open to the community. The Art Center’s studios and classrooms will be open with instructor artists demonstrating their crafts and offering hands-on art projects. Visitors are invited to…

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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,…

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Annual Membership Meeting

Guilford Art Center will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 8-9:30am. The meeting will entail voting by the Board of Directors on the proposed nominations for the 2016-2017 officers. The slate will be presented at the meeting. Guilford Art Center members are permitted to propose candidates, from among current board members, to…

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2016 Annual Appeal

Guilford Art Center announces its 2016 Annual Appeal, an annual fundraising effort to support the GAC’s mission of “Creating Art & Community.” The public is invited to support the Annual Appeal through monetary donations, which can be made online (click here) or directly to the GAC office via mail or in person. Guilford Art Center…

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ONEHOPE Wine Tasting Fundraiser in Artistry Holiday Shop

The public is invited to a free wine tasting event at Guilford Art Center on Thursday, December 1, 5-8 pm. Select wines from ONEHOPE will be offered in the Artistry Holiday Shop; a portion of proceeds of all wine sold will benefit Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Shoppers will enjoy sampling a variety…

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Winter Semester Registration Open!

Classes & Workshops Begin January 2017 New classes include lots of photography options, fly tying and a Haiku writing workshop for adults; new kids workshops include mud painting (how fun is that?!) and water bottle art! Click here to see all class listings for adults and children. Printed catalogs should be in your mailbox soon….

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ARTISTRY: Candy, Cake & Cocktail Party

Celebrate “Sweet” Holiday Shopping November 17, 5-8 pm The public is invited to a free event at Guilford Art Center called “Candy, Cake & Cocktails” on Thursday, Nov 17, 5-8 pm. Shoppers will enjoy sweets and festive cocktails while shopping for holiday gifts in the Guilford Art Center’s holiday Artistry shop. Artistry: American Craft Shopping…

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Fourth Annual SOUP FOR GOOD

The 4th Annual “Soup for Good” Fundraiser at Guilford Art Center benefits GAC and the Community Dining Room, Sunday, November 13, 2016 Enjoy a warm, soup supper while supporting two great shoreline organizations –Guilford Art Center and the Community Dining Room–at Soup for Good, Sunday, November 13, 4:30-7:00 pm at Guilford Art Center. Guests are…

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Designers Circus “Pop-Up” Fashion & Accessories Event

Designer Circus Pop-Up Shopping Event Friday, October 7, 10am-6pm Saturday, October 8, 10am-6pm Sunday, October 9, 11am-3pm Admission is free. Designers Circus, a Boston-based creative fashion and accessories event, is returning to Guilford and will hold a “pop-up” sale in the gallery at the Guilford Art Center. The sale will be open on Friday, October…

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Jasmine Gonzalez, Resident Potter, Featured in Gallery

Works on View are Culmination of Ceramics Residency Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of the ceramic works of Jasmine Gonzalez, the Center’s Resident Potter since January, 2015. The exhibition is on view in the gallery August 12-September 4, 2016, with a closing reception on Thursday, September 1, 5-7pm. Gonzalez creates a…

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Free Bus Service from Guilford Middle & High Schools!

Guilford Middle School and High School-aged students, take the school bus directly to your after-school class at Guilford Art Center! Just check with your school office; middle-schoolers need a note of permission. Parents Note: Students are welcome to keep themselves quietly occupied in a classroom or the lobby until class starts. This is not a…

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Bowls: A National Juried Exhibition

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce its newest gallery exhibition entitled “Bowls: A National Juried Exhibition” from June 17 – July 31 in the gallery at Guilford Art Center. The opening reception will be held Friday, June 17 from 5-7 pm. This exhibition explores the continuing vitality of this simplest, most ancient, and most…

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Video: Behind the Scenes at Craft Expo

Claudia Mathison, GAC Instructor & Craft Camille Benjamin, Craft Expo Artist Butterfield Pottery (Dave & Susan Butterfield), Craft Expo Artist Phyllis Quinn, Craft Expo Patron Peggy Russell, Craft Expo Volunteer Videography by Shannon Gale of Visual Clarity

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High School Invitational Exhibition

Guilford Art Center announces its High School Invitational Exhibition from May 19-June 5 at the Guilford Art Center gallery. The opening reception will be Thursday, May 19 from 5-7pm. This exhibition celebrates the creativity of young artists in all media. It features work from high school students around the Connecticut shoreline. “There is a wealth…

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IMAGES 2016 – 35th Annual Juried Photography Competition & Exhibition

The Shoreline Arts Alliance will be accepting submissions for the 35th annual IMAGES photography competition and exhibition, March 11, 12, and 13 at the Mill Gallery of the Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT. IMAGES 2016 celebrates the art of photography in its many aspects, formats and technologies and encourages excellence among photographic…

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In the Gallery: The Artists of Gallery One and Friends

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends April 22 – May 15, 2016 Gallery One, a cooperative of mid-career artists working in a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture and works on paper, will exhibit at the Guilford Art Center’s Mill Gallery, from April 22 through May 15,…

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“Connecticut Blacksmiths” Exhibition

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Connecticut Blacksmiths, an exhibition of works created by Connecticut-based blacksmiths and Guilford Art Center forge instructors and students. Works displayed will range from swords and knives to early-American hardware. The exhibit will be on view February 26 – March 10, 2016 at Guilford Art Center. The exhibition celebrates…

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“Local Color: Connecticut Stories” Quilt Exhibit

  Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Local Color: Connecticut Stories, a juried, traveling exhibition of fiber art created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) in the Connecticut Region. The exhibit celebrates the concept of narrative as construed by Connecticut artists. The exhibit will be on view February 5 – 21, 2016…

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Instructor Profile: Claudia Mathison

Claudia Mathison Youth Classes What inspires you? I find inspiration everywhere…in nature’s natural patterns and designs, graphic visuals in a big city, in small galleries and museums. If you could try a different art medium, what would it be? Lately I’ve been drawn to ceramics and would love to spend time “getting messy” experimenting with…

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Student Profile: Nancy Judd

Class: “Painting Studio” Thursdays from 9:30am-12:30pm with Instructor Julia Rogoff Nancy, a Branford resident, attended the Paier College of Art in Hamden. Always involved in illustration and design, she now works in oils since taking classes at Guilford Art Center. She loves the laid-back atmosphere of GAC. “It’s a wonderful place to paint. You don’t…

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Profile: DeeDee Hakun

She’s setting up Artistry…and the gallery…she’s a former board member…sculptor…and a ceramic studio apprenctice too! If you’ve spent any time at GAC, then it’s likely you’ve seen DeeDee with either clay or a drill in her hands! She currently serves as a ceramic studio apprentice, as well as a true “behind-the-scenes” force in getting Artistry…

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Student Profile: Julia Joslin

Julia Joslin (and Rocky!) Class: “Painting Studio” Thursdays from 9:30am – 12:30am with Instructor Julia Rogoff Julia is originally from Westerly, RI. After taking her first painting class with GAC instructor Julia Rogoff, she fell in love with the shoreline as well as the art scene at GAC and moved to Guilford. Art is a…

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Instructor Profile: David Frank

David Frank Class: “Expressions in Clay” Tuesdays from 9:30am-12:30pm What inspires you? Architecture, previous work that I’ve done or seen, forms that are meaningful. If you could try a different art medium, what would it be?  I’d like to spin metal and learn to bend shapes on a lathe. I’m also trying a painting class…

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Student Profile: Mike Baldetti

CLASS: Painting Studio Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30am with Instructor Julia Rogoff Mike Baldetti is a Connecticut native but found himself in California for the past 40 years. Since returning to Connecticut, he enrolled at GAC in his second painting class (his first class was in Junior College!). Mike loves the creative process and enjoys painting,…

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Public Reception & Exhibit Planned for “Forged in Fire” Winners

Guilford Art Center will hold a reception and temporary display of works by its GAC blacksmith instructors and “Forged in Fire” winners, Mace Vitale and Matt Parkinson, on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 5-7pm. This event will celebrate their victories on the new History Channel series, as well as provide the public a chance to…

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Faculty Profile: Emma Ballachino

Emma is an Old Lyme native and is studying Art Education at MA College of Art & Design. This is her third summer working for GAC coordinating the youth program. What’s your favorite thing about working with children? Watching children make art is so inspiring to me. They are so free in the way they…

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Guilford Art Center Instructors Win “Forged in Fire” Competition on the History Channel

Guilford Art Center is very proud to announce that two of its Blacksmithing instructors – Mace Vitale and Matt Parkinson – were winners on a new series on the History Channel, Forged in Fire. GAC instructor and forge manager Vitale won the series finale episode on August 10; Parkinson, a frequent visiting instructor, won the…

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Teapots, Vessels, Flagons & Flasks Exhibit

EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 19 Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Teapots, Vessels, Flagons & Flasks, a juried exhibition of pourable containers made by contemporary American artists. The show will be on view in the Center’s Mill Gallery from May 15-July 19, 2015. The public is welcome to view the exhibit at a free opening…

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The Artists of Gallery One and Friends

On View from April 24 – May 9, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, April 24, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Closing Reception and Artists Talks: Saturday, May 9, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Gallery One, a cooperative of mid-career artists working in a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture and works…

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Teen learns blacksmith trade from Iron Age, forging a trade at Guilford Art Center

By Sarah Page Kyrcz, Shoreline Times Photo by Catherine Avalone, New Haven Register Ben Cohen’s blackened hands, resting near the red-hot coal forge in the Guilford Art Center blacksmithing shop, are just one visible example of his commitment to this ancient art. “A desire, a desire to do something with your hands,” is what it…

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GAC Selects Talented Gonzalez as Resident Potter

by Pam Johnson, Senior Staff Writer, Shore Publishing With talent and promise in her hands, Jasmine Gonzalez is happy and excited have been selected as the first Resident Potter for Guilford Art Center’s (GAC) newly-launched residency program. Fresh from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School (BFA 2014, major in Ceramics and Sculpture; minor in…

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Faculty Art Work Featured in Exhibition

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibit of works in all media by its faculty artists. The Faculty Exhibition will take place in the Center’s Gallery February 6-March 8, 2015. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase works created by our own faculty members in our own gallery,” says Executive Director Maureen…

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Guilford Art League’s 67th Annual Juried Exhibition & Sale

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce the Guilford Art League’s 67th Annual Juried Exhibition & Sale, on view in the gallery at Guilford Art Center from September 15 through October 4, 2014. The show will feature original paintings, drawings, mixed-media, printmaking and sculpture. Opening reception will be held on Friday, September 19, 6-8pm. 1st…

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Process to Painting: 4 Artists

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Process to Painting: 4 Artists, on view in the gallery August 1-September 7, 2014. The exhibit features works in a range of media by Lady McCrady, Larry Morelli, Lenny Moskowitz and Robert Reynolds that reveal various processes and evolutions of a visual idea, from studies and sketches to…

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“Soulcology In Metal” Exhibit

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Soulcology: An Exhibition in Metal, a national, juried exhibition of a wide variety of works by contemporary metal artists. The exhibit will be on view June 6-July 26, 2014. Organized by GAC metalsmithing and jewelrymaking instructor Lanette Barber, Soulcology will display a broad spectrum of the many works…

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Shoreline House Tour Offers Glimpse of Beautiful Homes

Please note: We regret that two modernist homes in the Old Quarry neighborhood of Guilford had to withdraw from the House Tour at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances.  We apologize for any disappointment this may cause and hope you will enjoy visiting the other 12 houses on the tour. Join Guilford Art Center…

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“Local Color” Quilt Exhibit Opens February 7th

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Local Color, a juried, traveling exhibition of fiber art created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) in the Connecticut Region, celebrating the beauty and diversity of Connecticut. The exhibit will be on view February 7-March 16, 2014. Local Color features fiber art works depicting and interpreting…

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Stoddard Family Foundation Donation

The Guilford Art Center has received a generous donation of $10,000 from the Stoddard Family Foundation, which will be used to support its school, gallery, and educational outreach programs. Donor contributions are vital to the Center to, continue to provide its many programs, says executive director Maureen Belden. “We are thrilled and grateful to have…

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