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Mask Update, Artisan Pop-Up Schedule, Glass Studio Tour, Summer Registration

Mask Wearing Protocols Update
The CDC and CT’s announcement of loosening of mask-wearing guidelines for vaccinated people indoors was welcome news, but it came about very quickly. We want to take into account the comfort levels of our students, visitors, and staff who may be apprehensive about such a sudden change. 
We have only 3 weeks left in the spring semester–we’ve come this far! We think it makes sense to retain our mask-wearing guidelines through the end of the semester, June 5, in our school, shop, and gallery. By then, hopefully some of the confusion about these guidelines will be more resolved. We will continue to provide updates. In the meantime, we hope this will offer continued reassurance about your time spent at Guilford Art Center. As always, if you have any questions, please contact Maureen Belden at Thank you!

New Artisan Pop-Up Series Comes to GAC this Summer
Don’t miss GAC’s exciting new Summer Artisan Pop-Up Series, featuring fine craft artists representing ceramics, jewelry, fiber, eyewear, soap, accessories, metals and more. Pop-Up shows will be held outside on the GAC campus on May 29, June 5 & 19, July 10 & 24 and Aug 7 (all Saturdays) from 10am-4pm. Admission is free and open to the community.
We encourage you to come by, meet the artists (many would have been at Craft Expo, plus other local talent) and support their work!
Saturday, May 29 Pop-Up
Kathleen Scranton, Beez, Vintage Book Purses
Brett Hillman, Raising Wallz Pottery, ceramics
Susan Roberts, jewelry

Glassblowing Studio Tour with Cedric Mitchell, June 18
Join GAC for an online studio tour on Friday, June 18, 7pm with Los Angeles-based glassblowing artist Cedric Mitchell. Mitchell will demonstrate his process in his “hot shop,” discuss his work, and answer questions about the techniques and artistry of this fascinating and captivating medium.
Mitchell hails from Oklahoma, and honed his skills while studying business at Tulsa Community College. He learned about glass art as an emerging local hip-hop artist, becoming an apprentice and instructor at The Tulsa Glassblowing School. Inspired by an eccentric mix of Graffiti Art, Pop Culture, Mid-Century Modern and Memphis Design, he creates work that ranges from functional to decorative, combining simplicity in design with bold colors. He is also Events and Resource Manager at Crafting the Future, a nonprofit organization that works to diversity the fields of art, craft and design by connecting BIPOC artists with opportunities that will help them thrive.
$10; Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

Register for Summer Classes & Workshops
The summer semester for adult classes and workshops runs from June 21- August 20. The majority of classes are now in-person (we’re so happy!), but we’re continuing several online classes for those not quite ready to come back to the Center, or who live out of town.
Class sizes for on-campus gatherings continue to be limited and with a strict masking mandate and safety protocols in place. We will stay in touch with students regarding any changes in safety guidelines for GAC for the coming months. Click here for a PDF catalog with clickable links to registration.
Financial Aid Forms Due June 11
Prospective GAC students are encouraged to apply for financial aid if it will better enable them to enroll in classes. Aid is based on need and may be limited to classes that do not otherwise have full enrollment. Click here to download and print a financial aid form. For more information, please email

Now in the Gallery

In the GAC Lobby Gallery
Mary Beeman: Pet Portraits & More
Guilford’s Mary Beeman presents her beautiful and expressive watercolor pet and animal portraits and other images from May 5 – June 5. Mary will share proceeds with GAC on any custom commission she receives during the course of her exhibition. The lobby gallery is open Wednesday-Friday, 12-4pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. Admission is free and open to the community.

Call for Artists for the GAC Student Exhibition
The student exhibition will hang in the gallery, June 25 – July 31. All students who have taken a GAC class between September 2019 and June 2021 are invited to participate. Work should be delivered to GAC June 16-18. We encourage everyone to participate – it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or have experience! There is no good or bad. There is just creative expression. And we want to share all of that with you and our supportive community.
Click here for more information and submission form.

The Shop
We’ll help you find a host/hostess gift for all those parties you’re attending now! The Shop is open Wed-Fri, 12-4pm; Saturdays 10am-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