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Welcome to Jess, Valentine’s Gifts, Flora & Fauna, Registration Continues

Weather Announcements

We try to announce any class and office cancellations due to weather as early as possible on the day. You can call the office for a recorded message with updates (203) 453-5947. We also post notifications our website and Facebook page.



Jess Reeve, New GAC Resident Potter

Jess holds a BFA in Ceramics from Hartford Art School and a Post Baccalaureate from Colorado State University. After leaving Colorado, she moved to Portland Maine and worked as a studio assistant for Ayumi Horie Pottery and was the Production Manager at Campfire Pottery in Westbrook, Maine.

Jess took her very first pottery class at the Guilford Art Center where she was taught by Debbie Staub. She fell in love with the medium, which led her to complete a degree in ceramics. She is excited to return to the Guilford Art Center where she has always loved the warm and enthusiastic community. While a resident at the Art Center she hopes to continue her development as a potter, both throwing and hand-building functional pottery with a focus on decoration, pattern and color.



NEW DATE: “Let There Be Light” Workshop
Tuesday, January 30, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Harold Shapiro

Share an evening exploring the expressive nature of light used in photography. From understanding the subtleties of natural light to mastering artificial lighting techniques, this class can unlock the secrets of creating compelling and visually striking photographs. Exploring topics like exposure, composition, and the interplay between light and shadow, participants will gain insight that can transform their perspective behind the lens. Instructor Harold Shapiro will present a slide presentation and lecture, with time for questions and brief discussion.
Tuition $26; Members $23.40



Shop for Valentines Day

We’re feeling the love in the shop. 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.



Vote for The Shop at GAC

Will you vote for us in the “Best of CT” awards? It’s easy – simple follow the link below and enter “The Shop at Guilford Art Center” into the box under Gift or Specialty Shop.
Help us support all of the artists who sell in our shop! Vote Here.



Winter Semester Classes Open

It’s easy to look at classes 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



In the Gallery

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 reception on Friday, February 9, 5-7pm.



Free Workshops for Middle Schoolers

Wednesdays, January 24 & March 27 12:45-2:45pm
Instructor: Carole Firth

Join us for this new program to coincide with Wednesday early dismissal days at Adams and Baldwin middle schools.

Students are welcome to drop in between 12:45-2:45, when GAC instructor Carole Firth leads an art project for the afternoon. Students can also do independent exploration with materials on hand. Take an afternoon to explore your creativity.

No need to register. It’s FREE!



Creative Well Being Series

Enjoy a series of seasonal, nature-inspired art gatherings for fun creative connection, self-expression and wellbeing. Activities are designed to be accessible and invite your ideas to flourish as you support a practice of creative expression to nourish yourself.

3 Wednesdays beginning January 24
Instructor: Janice Baker

January 24 – Doorway to the New Collage: Create a unique doorway image that opens to new possibilities. Use collage to explore your vision for the new year.

January 31 – From These Roots: Celebrate the resilience of the plants whose roots nourish their emergence in spring. Use pen and watercolor to create a mandala of what feeds your own bloom.

February 7 – My Nested Heart, Nature Art: Use natural materials to create a cozy nest that is a perfect place of comfort for you. Create a vessel to hold what is dear to you. Weave in memories and kindness for yourself.

Tuition $117; Members $105.30

3 Wednesdays beginning March 6
Instructor: Janice Baker

March 6 – With These Wings: Share expressions of resilience or inspiration in the heart of a little bird. Paint a bird and create a positive message for yourself and your community. Release your hope to fly into the world.

March 13 – I Am A Flower, Mandala: We are all anxious for spring color. Paint decorative papers, cut and combine to create a flower-inspired circle design. Celebrate the flower in you, open fresh to the season.

March 20 – Leaf Print Doodling, Printmaking: Explore what is growing and emerging this time of year. Use ink to create detailed prints of real leaves, flowers and roots. Explore mark making and watercolor to make a unique artwork.

Tuition $117; Members $105.30