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Support Funding for the Arts in CT

Calling all supporters of the arts and GAC! Here is an opportunity to make your voice heard on an important bill in the Connecticut General Assembly (HB 6119) sponsored by State Rep. John-Michael Parker (101st District). This bill will strengthen the arts, culture, and tourism sector in Connecticut by directing additional funds into the Tourism Fund, renaming the fund to better represent the full scope of the sector and ensuring equitable funding among arts, culture, and tourism initiatives.
  • To learn more about the bill, click here.
  • Here’s how to share your testimony at this week’s Public Hearing, taking place Thursday 2/11 at 10 AM. 
  • Email written testimony (reference HB 6119) to cetestimony@cga.ct.gov
  • The CT Arts Alliance has a great guide on how to submit effective testimony. In short, be authentic!
  • Register to testify live, via Zoom, by Wednesday 2/10 at 3 PM.
  • Last but not least, please reach out to your legislators to tell them why the arts, culture, and tourism sector is important to you, and ask them to co-sponsor this legislation.

 
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Wednesday – Friday 12-4pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
All GAC members receive 10% off all purchases!
Aren’t heading out yet? You can shop online and have items shipped or curbside pickup.
 

Fun idea for Valentine’s Day!

 
Join us online to create handmade valentines using mixed media collage. You’ll cut, arrange and collage to create original handcrafted Valentines using contemporary and vintage imagery.
 
Valentines Mixed Media Cards & Collage (online workshop)
Sunday Feb. 14. 1:00-3:00pm
Tuition per person: $24/$21.60 for GAC members.
Level: Adult (13+ years and older)
 

 
Mysterious Watercolors (online)
4 Thursdays beginning Feb 11. 10:00 am-12:00pm
This medium can yield so many different styles and moods. We’ll create transparent washes, work in dry-brush, and wet-on-wet pieces. Explore color mixing and more.
Tuition: $104; GAC members $93.60
 
Painterly Effects on the Gelli Plate Workshop (online)
Saturday, Feb 13 & 20 10:00 – 12:00pm
You may not realize that the Gelli Plate can be used to create more than just patterned papers and designs. In this workshop we will create painterly mono printed artworks that begin on the Gelli Plate. We’ll use full bodied acrylic paints and work on either watercolor or mixed media paper.
Tuition $52; GAC members $46.80
 
Valentines Mixed Media Cards & Collage (online)
Sunday Feb. 14. 1:00-3:00pm
Join us online to create handmade valentines using mixed media collage. You’ll cut, arrange and collage to create original handcrafted Valentines using contemporary and vintage imagery.
Tuition per person: $24/$21.60 for GAC members.
Level: Adult (13+ years and older)
 
Watercolor for Beginners (online)
5 Fridays beginning Feb 19, 10am-12pm
This project-based class will introduce methods and processes to build fundamental skills while having fun with this wonderful medium. Class builds upon work started in Watercolor for Absolute Beginners but it is not required that you have taken it.
Tuition: $130; $117 for GAC members.
 
Hand-stitched Amulets Workshop (on-campus)
Sunday, February 21 1:00-4:30pm
Spend a calming afternoon exploring meditative hand stitching. You’ll design and sew good fortune amulets using new and vintage fabrics, hand stamped textiles, beads, charms, and embroidery stitches. Personal tiny treasures, fabric scraps and momentos welcomed but not required. Fee payable with tuition $15.
Tuition: $45.50; GAC Members $40.95
 

 

Faculty Exhibition Opens this Friday, February 12

As the challenges of the past year have exacted an enormous toll, artistic practice and pursuit have proven a balm for many. Guilford Art Center plans a multi-media exhibit of faculty work, called “Keeping On,” on February 12 – March 27. This exhibition shares how GAC instructors have engaged with their art to help them “keep on” during this time of the pandemic, or even how they have struggled, or changed creatively. Featured works include ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber art, metals, and sculpture by members of our 50 person faculty.
 
The GAC gallery is open Wednesday – Friday, 12:00-4:00pm and Saturdays 10:00 am-4:00pm. The gallery is free and open to the community. Mask wearing and social distancing is required upon entry. Click here for more information.