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Fall Events, Online Painting Classes, Guilford Art League, New Jewelry in the Shop

Creating Art & Community: This is what we stand for at GAC
But especially throughout the past year, this catchy “tagline” has taken on greater resonance. Despite all of the challenges of distancing and loss, we’ve learned that we can still stay connected. More than ever we we’ve been reminded that art can bring us together, create commonalities and encourage joy–over screens, despite masks and 6-foot floor stickers, and especially to be relished together, safely, in person.
We are a community that celebrates and is strengthened by art.
As we look forward to the fall 2021 semester, GAC plans to keep in place the safety protocols that have served us so well over the past year. These include universal masking and enhanced cleaning. We are grateful that we’ve been able to serve our students and visitors since last fall, and that is thanks to the strong sense of cooperation and shared responsibility of our entire community–instructors, students, staff, visitors and volunteers.
We will continue to keep up the good work.
Thank you for standing with us at Guilford Art Center.
And for helping us continue our mission of Creating Art & Community.

Upcoming Events


Expanded Shop Hours – including Sundays!
There are more opportunities to shop GAC now with expanded hours that begin this week.
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm and Sundays 12-4pm.
GAC members always receive 10% off all purchases, all year. Click here if you need to renew or purchase a membership.
The Holiday Shop Opens November 1
Holiday shopping will be back! Find special gifts made with care by American artists and makers at our annual holiday sale. Doors will be open November 1 – January 9. All GAC members receive 10% off purchases throughout the sale event. Need to renew? Click here.
The Bowls are Back!
Save the date for GAC’s annual Soup for Good event, Sunday, November 21, pickup 2-4pm. Tickets are $40 and include a handmade bowl by GAC potters, choice of homemade soups, bread, wine and a sweet. The GAC Holiday Shop will also be open that day, and participants will receive a coupon to shop. Stay tuned for ticketing details.


New Gallery Exhibition Opens Sept 13

View the 73rd Annual Juried Exhibition and Sale of work by the Guilford Art League, September 13 – October 2. Featuring a multi-media exhibition of works by Connecticut artists. Juror: Lenny Moskowitz. Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm


Online Painting Classes & Workshops

While the majority of our classes and workshops have moved to in-person, we understand that many of you prefer to stay online for a variety of reasons (we love our out-of-state students!). See below for a list of ONLINE painting classes offered this semester.
Watercolor & Drawing
8 Tuesdays beginning September 21, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Sharon Schmiedel
This class is mainly about watercolor but we’ll refresh drawing skills as well. Along with watercolor paint, we’ll use pencil, colored pencils and markers to create a playful approach.
Watercolor Painting Inspired by the Masters Workshop
2 Fridays, October 15 & 22, 10am-1pm
Instructor: Mary La Bella
There is so much to learn from the great masters; we’ll focus on Braque, Matisse, Bonnard and Kandinsky and create work in watercolor or gouache and mixed media. Discuss process, technique and ways to have a successful painting.
Abstract Experimentation Workshop
Saturday, October 23, 10am-3pm
Instructor: Shilo Ratner
Play and embrace painting from a place of no judgement. Focus on experimenting with abstract painting and explore color theory, color mixing, brush , paint handling, layering and composition. Get a jump start to any creative painting practice!
Paint One Abstract: Focus on Your Art Workshop
Saturday, November 6, 10am-3pm
Instructor: Shilo Ratner
This workshop will include quick expressive exercises, how to create abstracts from source materials such as photos and studies. Students will also learn to evaluate their painting to bring it to conclusion. A fun, high energy class that will get you excited to paint!
Abstracting the Figure Workshop
Saturday, November 20, 10am-1pm
Instructor: Shilo Ratner
Learn to examine the figure and paint it in the abstract. Some understanding of proportions may be helpful but not a requirement. Proportions and measurement will be demonstrated as a reference for students to develop their own interpretations of abstracting the figure on canvas.

Fall Semester Catalog
We have a wide range of adult classes and workshops, including Beading, Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Leather, Metals, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Paper and Weaving. There are also classes for ages 4-12, plus teen classes. Most classes begin the week of Sept. 20. There is something for EVERYONE. Register now!

Financial Aid Deadline is September 12:  Financial aid is available for adults and children based on need and interest. Forms are available here and should be emailed to or mailed to Guilford Art Center, PO Box 589, Guilford, CT 0637. Questions? Call (203) 453-5947.

Nature-inspired earrings & necklaces from California artist Lacee Alexandra
Open Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sundays 12-4pm

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