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Big Shop Sale; Wellness Series; Parent & Child Workshop & More

Don’t miss this once-in-a-year sale in our Shop. All holiday items are 40% off and everything else is 20% off. The sale runs through January 14. New Shopping Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12-4pm.


Winter Semester Classes Open

Many classes begin this week, but note there are lots more to come throughout the semester, which runs from January – March. Join us in the GAC classrooms to warm up your artistic spirits with a variety of inspiring programs this winter! It’s easy to look at classes and then register. You can start with the online catalog or go directly to the registration page. If you have questions, reach out to us Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm at (203) 453-5947 or



Creative Well Being Series

Enjoy a series of seasonal, nature-inspired art gatherings for fun creative connection, self-expression and wellbeing. Activities are designed to be accessible and invite your ideas to flourish as you support a practice of creative expression to nourish yourself.

3 Wednesdays beginning January 24
Instructor: Janice Baker

January 24 – Doorway to the New Collage: Create a unique doorway image that opens to new possibilities. Use collage to explore your vision for the new year.

January 31 – From These Roots: Celebrate the resilience of the plants whose roots nourish their emergence in spring. Use pen and watercolor to create a mandala of what feeds your own bloom.

February 7 – My Nested Heart, Nature Art: Use natural materials to create a cozy nest that is a perfect place of comfort for you. Create a vessel to hold what is dear to you. Weave in memories and kindness for yourself.

Tuition $117; Members $105.30

3 Wednesdays beginning March 6
Instructor: Janice Baker

March 6 – With These Wings: Share expressions of resilience or inspiration in the heart of a little bird. Paint a bird and create a positive message for yourself and your community. Release your hope to fly into the world.

March 13 – I Am A Flower, Mandala: We are all anxious for spring color. Paint decorative papers, cut and combine to create a flower-inspired circle design. Celebrate the flower in you, open fresh to the season.

March 20 – Leaf Print Doodling, Printmaking: Explore what is growing and emerging this time of year. Use ink to create detailed prints of real leaves, flowers and roots. Explore mark making and watercolor to make a unique artwork.

Tuition $117; Members $105.30



Parent & Child Workshop

Sunday, Jan 14: Session A: Winter Snowflake Workshop
Instructor: Carole Firth
Enjoy a calm, relaxing activity together. We will use paper and a variety of design pigments to paint beautiful mandala art. Embellish your designs with a variety of crafting materials and botanicals. We will listen to meditation music during the session. The basis of mandalas can be found in nature, such as the swirling pattern of a sunflower or seashell or the symmetry of a snowflake. These shapes, forms and colors can evoke a deep sense of harmony, perception and inner peace. Fee payable with tuition $12.50. Tuition and material fee is per person.
Tuition $30; Members $27


Free Workshops for Middle Schoolers

Wednesdays, January 24 & March 27 12:45-2:45pm
Instructor: Carole Firth

Join us for this new program to coincide with Wednesday early dismissal days at Adams and Baldwin middle schools.

Students are welcome to drop in between 12:45-2:45, when GAC instructor Carole Firth leads an art project for the afternoon. Students can also do independent exploration with materials on hand. Take an afternoon to explore your creativity.

No need to register. It’s FREE!



MLK Holiday
GAC will be closed on January 15 for the MLK holiday. If you have a Monday class, that day will be made up at the end of the semester. Please talk with your instructor if you have questions about scheduling.



New Gallery Exhibition

Flora & Fauna, a new exhibit of art quilts, begins its tour of Connecticut at the Guilford Art Center in February. Come view the show and meet some of the artists at a reception on Friday, February 9, 5-7pm. The exhibit consists of thirty-two pieces of fiber art created by twenty-six members of the Connecticut Region of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The pieces on display range from realistic to abstract and depict real and imagined plants and animals. Some use plants to create the images; others are created by piecing fabrics together as a form of collage or through more traditional piecing methods, and some use dyes, paints, and/or stitching.