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Pet Portraits, Great Give Thanks, Summer Reg, Mother’s Day Gifting & More

On Display 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. A longtime GAC painting student, Beeman discovered painting animals as “her thing” with instructor Joan Downey. “I’ve always been so grateful for the classes I took at GAC”, says Beeman. “They really fed my creative side and provided me with life-long friendships”.
Mary will share proceeds with GAC on any custom commission she receives during the course of her exhibition (what a great Mother’s Day gift!).
The lobby gallery is open Wednesday-Friday, 12-4pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. Admission is free and open to the community.

We asked. You answered.
Thank you to all who donated to The Great Give on behalf of Guilford Art Center. Your donations are vital and go a long way to help us weather this current financial situation. We pledge to use them wisely as we share art education and experiences with our community. We look forward to sharing all of that with you. If you missed The Great Give, you can still donate directly to GAC here.

Be part of the GAC Student Exhibition (yes, YOU!)
“My work isn’t good enough” … “I’m just a beginner” … “I’m too shy”.
We hear this all the time.
If that sounds like you, here’s what you need to know:
The GAC community is here to celebrate every student at every stage in their creative journey. Because art is from the heart. It is joy, experimentation, communication or consolation. 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.
The student exhibition 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 dropped off at GAC June 16-18.
Click here for more information and submission form.

Pop-Up in the Shop on Saturday, May 8
Meet local artists Yvonne Oxley and Lauren Mullaney at The Shop on May 8, 10am-4pm. Both CT artists will be set up to sell their work which make PERFECT Mother’s Day presents!
Lauren Mullaney’s jewelry line includes bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings crafted from brass, sterling silver and stone. Designed to wear dressy or every day.
Yvonne Oxley’s merchandise line that includes 30 different varieties of natural soap along with lotions, geode bath bombs (they’re so cool!), beard oils, sugar scrubs and body butters.

Adult Summer Semester Registration Now Open
Our summer semester for adult classes and workshops runs from June 21- August 20. Head to our website to see the full listing of classes and to register.
Our semester continues to offer a hybrid of on-campus and online classes and workshops (it probably always will!). 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.

Register Now for Summer Youth Program
Our summer youth program offers weekly sessions June 21 – August 20 for children ages 5 – 12 years and teens.
Click here for the catalog and to register online.
The summer program features weekly on-campus sessions; youth can attend half-day or full-day. Bridge care will be available. There will also be weekend workshops and online workshops offered throughout the summer. 
Classes and workshops are available in a variety of mediums, including beading, jewelry making, leather working, metalsmithing, painting, paper arts (paper quilling), pottery (hand-building and potters’ wheel), recycled material art, shell crafts, sculpture, weaving and special interest online workshops in drawing and mixed media. Teen classes include blacksmithing, leatherworking and stained glass. 
Financial aid is available; applications due June 11.

Looms for Sale
Two beautiful cherry Loomcraft looms for sale.
1. 6 harness 40” weaving width (no bench) – currently in lobby of GAC School
2. 4 harness 46” weaving width (no bench) – currently at private home in Cheshire 
Asking price $300 each. If interested, please email

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