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Announcing GAC Members Week, New Classes & Soup Support

Upcoming Events
Like Craft Expo? You’ll love Guilford Art Center’s annual holiday shop, which opens this coming Monday (Nov 1). The Shop doubles in size, filled with extraordinary work from over 200 American artists, makers and designers. Gift categories include ceramics, pottery, glass, jewelry, homewares, clothing, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods, stationery, leather goods and more.
Members Week is Nov 1-7, when all GAC members get 15% off all purchases in the holiday shop. It’s a great opportunity to do some early holiday shopping. Not a member yet? Purchase a membership and you can use the benefit right away.

This event is sold-out but you can still support us!
Purchase a $40 ticket and be entered into drawings for prizes, plus a 15% shop coupon
and event recipe booklet. All proceeds from this event provides crucial support for Guilford Art Center and the Guilford Food Bank. We are so appreciative of your donations that enable us to provide quality arts programming year-round, plus benefit the good works of our friends at the Food Bank.
Click here to purchase.
Classes & Workshops Beginning This Week

5 Wednesdays begins October 27
11:00am-1:00pm Instructor: Jonathan Weekes
Basic mastery of digital camera controls and image composition can greatly improve the quality of your photographs. Explore exposure and the proper use of the aperture and shutter. We will focus on applying traditional analog photography techniques to the use of digital cameras. Please bring DSLR or mirrorless camera that has shutter and aperture control. We will also discuss basic image correction using apps on a laptop, smartphone or tablet. More info & registration.
4 Thursdays beginning October 28 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Instructor: Eileen O’Donnell
This class is for beginning and experienced stained glass artists where you will build works of your choosing using the copper foil method. Learn how to cut glass, foil and assemble pieces into windows, sun catchers, boxes, panel lamps, etc. There will be patterns for you to choose from or bring your own ideas. This class will enable you to expand your skills and make beautiful color creations of light.
4 Fridays begins October 29, 9:30am-12:30pm
Instructor: Claudia Mathison
Experiment with a variety of printing techniques while becoming familiar with proper carving tools, textile paints, inks, fabric and papers. Basic material will be provided although students may wish to purchase additional supplies.
Saturday, October 30, 10:00am-5:00pm
Instructor: Katie Coleman
Every goblin and ghoul loves a good mask! Make a leather half mask that students will tool, wet form and dye. Each mask will be as unique as the person wearing it. We will focus on teaching tooling skills, the wet forming process, discussions about choosing the right leather materials, finishing skills and basic pattern concepts. Join us to make something truly spooktacular that will last you for decades of Halloweens and masquerade parties!
Saturday, October 30, 11:00am-2:00pm
Instructor: Eva Polizzi
In this hands-on fun workshop, students will make a set of greeting cards that will stand out on the mantel. We’ll stitch notecards using naturally dyed paper and cloth, beads, buttons and anything else we can think of. Participants encouraged to bring scissors, rulers, x-acto knives and small collage materials. An assortment of paper with envelopes and stiching notions will be provided.
Saturday, October 30, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Lynn Sheft
LMost people admire donut gemstones, but don’t know what to do with them except for a cord tie. This bail uses two guages of wire which students will learn to weave together in creating this unique design. Learn how to incorporate beads for added sparkle. Experience with wire helpful but not required.
Saturday-Sunday, October 30-31, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Marsha Trattner
This class will teach basic skills to make useful kitchen and BBQ utensils, emphasizing hand forging and individual expression. Transform steel round, square and flat stock, as well as sheet metal, into your choice of bottle openers, hooks, bowls, cheese knives, spoons, egg spoons, skewers, steak turners, BBQ forks, spatula, ladle or small pan. Drawing down, slitting, twisting, spreading, scrolling, stretching and planishing are some of the techniques.
The Shop
These woven baskets in come in an array of vibrant colors and sizes.
Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sundays 12-4pm
(on November 1, we switch to 7 days a week for the Holiday Shop)

Registration is ongoing for Fall Workshops and Classes

Thank you to all of our Business Sponsors
Prospector Partners · Yale New Haven Health
Eder Brothers · Page Hardware & Appliance · The Stone Agency
Bailey Scarano · CK Architects · East River Energy · Kebabian’s ·
Ladd Capital Management · Monte Financial Group · Shoreline Financial Advisors ·
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty