A Connecticut Welcome Opens Today in the Gallery

IN THE GALLERY
“A Connecticut Welcome” Gallery Exhibition Opens Today 

Come view 35 pieces of fiber art created by twenty-two members of the Connecticut Region of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).

The pieces on display range from scenes of Connecticut, to people or events that welcome you in, to images or words that create a feeling of welcome or other ideas of how to explore Connecticut. Each work was juried into the exhibit by Anna Patalano, a painter with degrees from Yale University School of Art and Tyler School of Art.

The exhibit runs from February 4 – March 5. The gallery is open 7 days a week, is free to enter and open to the community. Monday -Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm.

Please follow all GAC Covid protocols when visiting.


CLASSES BEGINNING NEXT WEEK

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION; PHOTOGRAPHY 2

4 Wednesday beginning Feb 9, 11am-1pm
Instructor: Jonathan Weekes
This class if for those who are comfortable with their camera’s exposure controls and want to learn more. Explore the works of various photographers from different eras/styles/philosopies for inspiration. We will combine this with creative assignments to gain a deeper understanding of what is possible with your camera.

TRY YOUR HAND AT PAINTING & DRAWING WORKSHOP; SESSION B

Saturday, February 12, 10:00am-1:30pm
Instructor: Scott Paterson
This workshop is geared towards the absolute beginner to come learn the basics of painting and drawing in a supportive, judgement-free session. Spend the morning in the GAC studios and learn about basic materials, and approaches to working creatively in two dimensions. Come discover your creative potential!

KNIFE SHEATH WORKSHOP; POUCH SPLIT TOE STYLE

Saturday-Sunday, February 12-13, 9AM-5PM
Instructor: Katie Coleman
Learn how to design, pattern, sew and treat a pouch or split toe style sheath made with or without a belt loop.This sheath requires less sewing than the Stud Sheath (class also offered in March) and is a versatile, solid style of sheath.

PAINT ONE ABSTRACT; FOCUS ON YOUR ART WORKSHOP

Saturday, February 12, 10AM-3PM
Instructor: Shilo Ratner
Learn quick expressive exercises and how to create abstracts from source material such as photos and studies. Learn how to evaluate your painting throughout the day to bring it to conclusion. This is a fun, high energy class that will have you feeling excited to get in the studio and paint.

Although we’ve opened up registration for our spring semester, there is still plenty of winter workshops and classes that are running through March. Check out all the offerings for both winter and spring for adults, teens and youth.


SHOP VALENTINE GIFTS IN THE SHOP


UPCOMING EVENTS

Book Signing & Art Exhibit with Author Jen Payne
Saturday, February 12, 11:00 am-1:00pm

Connecticut writer Jen Payne (and graphic designer for GAC!) has long been inspired by those life moments that move us most – love and loss, joy and disappointment, milestones and turning points – and her new book WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE: A SORT-OF LOVE STORY tells of such a moment. It’s a conversation, a memoir, a love story – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Told through a series of emails, WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE is the story of two people who reconnect after 15 years apart and work to reconcile their pasts … and futures. “Ultimately,” Jen says, “it’s about being brave and speaking our truth, about trust and vulnerability, about the true blessings found when we open our hearts.”

The gallery lobby will feature a specially curated exhibit of work by cover artist Sarah Zar throughout February.

Jen will offer complimentary coffee and donuts, packaged to go. Free and open to the community. Please follow all GAC Covid protocols when visiting.