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Rainy Day Solutions; February Vacation Workshop, Valentine Day Shop with Kids

Want to Beat the Rainy Day Blues?

Our classrooms are warm and filled with sunny smiles – come join us! There are over 35 more classes and workshops coming up in our winter semester that runs through March. Choose from blacksmithing, metals, sewing, leather, pottery, painting and much more. It’s easy to browse the class offerings 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



Opening Reception Friday, Feb 9, 5-7pm

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 free reception on Friday, February 9, 5-7pm in the GAC gallery. All are welcome.

If you can’t attend the opening, please know you can visit the show 7 days a week. Our gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sundays 12-4pm and is always free entry.



Help Create The GAC Community Quilt on Feb. 23, 5-7pm

To coincide with the current Studio Art Quilt Associates exhibition in our gallery, GAC is inviting the community to participate in a group art project – The GAC Community Quilt! The three-day artmaking event will kick off Friday, February 23 from 5PM – 7PM with an open studio workshop in our school building, during which participants will receive a square to decorate at one (or all) of our creation stations. For the remainder of the weekend, visitors can stop by the gallery foyer during business hours decorate a square and create with other community members. The squares will then be attached together, culminating in a community-made quilt which represents how all our lives and stories are woven together.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with this project, or have any questions, please reach out to Ashley at



A Gift for Everyone! You Shop While Your Kids Create

Let us creatively entertain your kids for you while you shop on Saturday, Feb 10 from 1:00-4:00pm.

We’ll have volunteers work with them in our shop lobby to create Valentine’s Day cards. You are free to browse the shop for Valentine’s gifts for all of your loved ones!

No need to register; just drop in. Free for all.
All adults must remain on GAC premises.

Come find a gift for your Valentine, made by hand and with love by a local artist.
Shop Monday-Saturday 10a-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm. All members receive 10% off.



February Vacation Workshops for Kids


Monday, February 19, 9:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Claudia Mathison
Mold and carve your favorite animals and build a habitat where they can play, rest, eat and hide. You’ll use self-hardening clay, cardboard, papers, pipe cleaners, gems and more. Bring your imagination and a snack. Fee payable with tuition $10. Tuition $45; Members $40.50.


Tuesday, February 20, 9:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Claudia Mathison
Using watercolor pencils and canvas students will draw from a still life and learn a new way of seeing the ordinary objects around them. Perspective, watercolor painting techniques, and proper materials will be discussed. Fee payable with tuition $10. Tuition $45; Members $40.50.



Summer Youth Camp Update

We are hard at work putting the finishing touches on all of our summer programming for kids and teens. You can see the online catalog and register beginning on March 27.

You can register for half or full day week-long session from June 17 – August 23; ages 5-12 years. There will also be programs for tweens and teens.