What’s New

This Week on Zoom: Pastel Drawing, Creativity Check-In, Potter’s Wheel

Join us this week on Zoom! Free & open to all. The Boldness as Well as the Lightness Using Pastels Instructor: Lisa Arnold Tuesday, May 26 2:00 pmPastels can offer a wide range of variety – one can seek and achieve translucent qualities as well as create bold blending of color as well. One of…

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This Week on Zoom: Pastel Drawing, Potter’s Wheel, Draw-Along

Join us this week on Zoom! Free & open to all. The Boldness as Well as the Lightness Using Pastels Instructor: Lisa Arnold 1st Session: Tuesday, May 19 2:00 pm 2nd Session: Tuesday, May 26 2:00 pm Pastels can offer the artist a wide range of variety- one can seek and achieve translucent qualities as…

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GAC Shop Online, Ceramic Zoom Today, Craft Expo, Online Learning Opps

  New! The GAC Shop Offers Online Options We have a selection of items featured online that can be purchased while our doors are closed. Every purchase helps to support the GAC Shop, as well as local and national artists who handcraft every item. Check out jewelry, ceramics, accessories and more here. We can arrange…

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This Week on Zoom: Photography & Wheel-Throwing an Altered Vase

JOIN US THIS WEEK ON ZOOM! FREE & OPEN TO ALL Using Art to Heal During a Time of Crisis Instructor: Harold Shapiro Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 PM Join GAC photography instructor Harold Shapiro, who will discuss his 2 ongoing art projects, inspired by the coronavirus era. “I have used photography, creative writing and music…

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Your support is our lifeline now. Please donate to The Great Give!

Your response has been amazing so far! Thank you for recognizing our need. With cancellation of our classes and all of our major fundraising events, we need your support now more than ever. Every dollar helps. Really. And it will see us through this tough time. If you’re able, please give a gift of $5…

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Just in time for Mother’s Day!

Just in time for Mother’s Day! The Shop at Guilford Art Center now has featured items online. Find curated jewelry, home items, accessories, candles, ceramics and more for purchase. We can take your order and arrange for a pick-up time. We’ll feature a different item each day this week, but you can see the range…

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Turning Things Around During the Great Give

On May 5 & 6, GAC will participate in The Great Give, a community-wide fundraiser hosted by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic to our organization, as for many others, is staggering. We are realizing no revenue from our school, shop, gallery, or events. We have had…

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Craft Expo 2020 Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

Guilford Art Center regretfully announces the cancellation of the Guilford Craft Expo 2020, originally scheduled for July 17-19, due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has become clear that government social distancing guidelines prohibiting large gatherings will likely remain in effect into the summer months. These restrictions greatly affect the planning and execution of this large,…

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COVID-19 Update from Guilford Art Center

April 24, 2020 Due to unknown variables of scheduling, and the fact that Connecticut schools are closed at least through May 20, we regret that we must cancel all spring classes and workshops, as holding even a shortened semester is not feasible. Our primary concern is for the good health of all in our GAC…

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Director’s Update, New Online Learning Page, Construction Underway

Update with Maureen Belden, GAC Exec Director New! “Online Learning” Page on GAC Website While we are social distancing, we can still experience and learn from our inspiring GAC community. Please check out our new Online Learning page and find online sessions, demonstrations, studio tours, virtual galleries, creative ideas and links. Even though we can’t…

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New This Week! GAC Online Events

Gathering Together While Distancing We’re excited to begin the first of many online gatherings. Please join us for these free events (this week we have two on Wednesday and one on Friday) where we can share experiences, learn from GAC instructors and inspire, support and encourage each other. All events are free and open to…

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All About GAC Faculty: Support, Creativity & More

Supporting GAC Faculty Our school is the heart and soul of GAC. It is where we come together, inspiring each other, creating work and forming strong community. We feel the absence of this place greatly and we know you do too. Please know how much we look forward to joining together again in our classrooms,…

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Staying Creative at Home, Summer Semesters, IMAGES Goes Digital

Staying Creative & Inspired at Home We hope you all are staying healthy and safe. While remaining separate is certainly difficult for many reasons, we hope that you’re finding ways to stay creatively engaged. Whether you are painting, drawing, baking, gardening, sewing or teaching your kids, remember that making art is good for your mind…

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Gift Cards, Summer Plans & Craft Expo

Summer Youth Program Registration is Open At this time, we are keeping our fingers crossed that we can hold our summer youth program that runs from July 6 – August 28. Registration is open online; you can see the entire catalog of summer youth class offerings here. Programming is open to children ages 4-12 years,…

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Spring Tuition Information

  Hello GAC Students, Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we’ve had to cancel the end of the winter semester and the whole spring semester. This is unfortunate for all, but everyone will have a choice of a refund or a tuition credit that will be valid until 8/31/2021. At this point, we are still…

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Guilford Craft Expo 2020 Brings Fine Craft to the Guilford Green in July

The Guilford Art Center is pleased to welcome nationally-recognized and emerging craft artists to the historic Guilford Green for Guilford Craft Expo 2020. Held July 17-19, 2020, this annual show is celebrating its’ 63rd year as Connecticut’s premier outdoor juried show of fine American craft. Artists from across the country will display and sell their…

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Update – Spring Semester and Beyond

  Update – Spring Semester and Beyond Due to unknown variables of scheduling, and the fact that Connecticut schools are closed at least through April 20, we regret that we must cancel spring classes and workshops, as holding even a shortened semester is not feasible. At this point, we are planning to hold May workshops, and…

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GAC Closed Due to Covid-19

Due to unknown variables of scheduling, and the fact that Connecticut schools are closed at least through April 20, we regret that we must cancel spring classes and workshops, as holding even a shortened semester is not feasible. At this point, we are planning to hold May workshops, and we will be in touch with…

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CANCELLED Spring Designers Circus “Pop-Up” Event

Designers Circus, a Boston-based creative fashion and accessories event, is returning to Guilford and will hold a “pop-up” sale in the gallery at the Guilford Art Center.  The sale will be open on Thursday, April 9 from 10am – 6pm, Friday, April 10 from 10am – 6pm & Saturday, April 11, 10 am – 4…

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Guilford Art Center Opens Contemporary Glass Exhibition, “New Glass, Northeast”

**VISIT OUR VIRTUAL GALLERY TO SEE THE NEW GLASS NORTHEAST EXHIBIT** New Glass, Northeast, a juried exhibition of contemporary glass art works, will be featured in the Guilford Art Center gallery, March 13-April 5, 2020. The show is juried by Amy Schwartz, Founding Director of The Studio, The Corning Museum of Glass. This exhibition features…

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Fantastic Ekphrastic Poems by the Guilford Poets Guild

A poetry reading inspired by the Guilford Art Center’s 2020 Student Exhibition, held on Sunday, March 1. The event featured poems by the following Guilford poets guild members: Dan Goldberg, Gwen Gunn, Juliana Harris, Nan Meneely, Jane Muir, Pat O’Brien, Jen Payne, Elizabeth Possidente, and Gordy Whiteman.   A Dwelling Place Daniel Goldberg I am…

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Fantastic Ekphrastic, New Brews, Spring Break

Ekphrastic Poetry Reading & Gallery Exhibition Sunday, May 1, 2-4 pm Join members of the Guilford Poets Guild (GPG) as they present poems inspired by selected works of art in GAC’s 2020 Student Exhibition on Sunday, March 1, 2-4pm. It’s free and open to the public. Ekphrastic poetry is a response to a visual work of art, often a vivid, dramatic…

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Guilford Art Center and the Guilford Poets Guild Present an Ekphrastic Poetry Reading and Gallery Exhibition

Join members of the Guilford Poets Guild as they present original poems inspired by selected works of art in Guilford Art Center’s 2020 Student Exhibition. The reading will take place Sunday, March 1, 2-4pm, and is free and open to the public. Ekphrastic poetry is a response to a visual work of art, often a…

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GAC Announces Registration for 2020 Spring Semester Classes & Workshop

Registration is now open for Spring 2020 classes and workshops at Guilford Art Center. Classes are offered for youth (ages 5 yrs and older), teens and adults. The spring semester runs from March 23– May 17. Classes and workshops are offered in a range of mediums, including beading, glass, ceramics, blacksmithing, drawing, fiber, painting, photography,…

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Valentine gifts made with love by American artists

Is love the color of Aperol, perhaps? This orange glassware is by Bill Burch, a Berkley, CA artist. He’s known for his brilliant use of color, pattern work and distinctive shapes. (From $60 for a large pitcher to $53 for small creamer) If you’re ready to spell it all out to your sweetheart … check…

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Expansion Update, New Faculty, Unique Valentines

Exciting News! We’re Expanding the School As a result of our 50th anniversary Capital Campaign launched 3 years ago, we’ve been planning to expand the school. We are now close to beginning the work, which should take place between April and late June. The expansion is designed to create additional space for our heavily-used ceramics…

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Small Work Big Power, Liquid Art, Time for Spring Registration

Liquid Art: A Gallery/Cocktail Party at GAC Friday, March 6, 6-8:30 pm featuring CT Breweries, Cideries & Distilleries Raise your spirits – and support the arts – at GAC’s cool mid-winter party, Liquid Art. We’re celebrating the art of CT’s breweries, cideries, and distilleries. Come sample small batch libations, including Deep River Distillery of Chester, Fifth State…

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Raise Your Spirits with “Liquid Art” Cocktail/Gallery Party at Guilford Art Center

Raise your spirits (and support the arts) during these cold and gray months at Guilford Art Center’s cool (and warm!) mid-winter party, Liquid Art, on Friday, March 6, 6:00 – 8:30pm in the GAC gallery. Liquid Art features tastings of creative craft beverages from some of CT’s newest breweries, cideries and distilleries. There will also…

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In the Schools, Expo Deadline & Liquid Art

New Collaboration with Guilford Public Schools GAC is collaborating with Guilford Public Schools on an Artist-in-Residence program with the elementary schools, led by GAC youth program instructor Renee Soares. Soares is a mixed-media visual artist, educator, and curator whose extraordinary beaded masks have been exhibited throughout the Northeast. She will be working with the elementary…

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Art Exhibition at GAC Highlights Multi-Media Work by Adult Students

New art work by adult students at Guilford Art Center will be featured in the GAC Adult Student Exhibition in the Center’s gallery, February 21 – March 6, 2020. The show will highlight recent work in all media by adult students who have taken classes or workshops at Guilford Art Center in the past two…

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Interested in Silkscreening?

Interested in silkscreening? Check out this unique art class where you’ll explore silkscreen printing in the Andy Warhol style. Four week class at Guilford Art Center beginning Jan 16, 2020, 6:30-9:30pm, uses the silkscreen printing process to emulate and explore the print styles of Andy Warhol. Open to all levels. Theme, repetition and variation are…

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Silkscreen Printing & Warhol, the Egg, Call for Artists

WINTER SEMESTER BEGINS NEXT WEEK New Year = New Opportunities for a Creative YOU It’s time to try that class or workshop you’ve always thought about – and there’s no time like the present to register! The new semester begins Jan. 13. There is something for every level and interest: Blacksmithing, Book Arts, Calligraphy, Ceramics,…

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Memorial Exhibition of Multi-Media Art by Joan Killion at Guilford Art Center

A memorial exhibition in honor of artist Joan Killion will be featured in the Guilford Art Center gallery, January 31-February 16, 2020. Killion was a longtime student at Guilford Art Center, as well as an occasional instructor. She took many classes in Ceramic Sculpture with instructor and pottery studio manager Lisa Wolkow, and taught workshops…

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Craft Expo 2020: Don’t let the deadline sneak up on you!

It’s time to apply for Guilford Craft Expo 2020! APPLICATION DEADLINE – JANUARY 21, 2020 Show Dates and Hours: Friday, July 17— 11am-7:30pm Saturday, July 18 — 10am-7pm Sunday, July 19 — 12am-5pm *note Friday hours have changed to 11:00am-7:30pm Guilford Art Center’s Guilford Craft Expo 2020 continues a 63-year tradition of bringing exceptional fine…

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2019 Year in Review & Looking Ahead

Over 2,000 students enrolled in over 400 classes and workshops during 4 semesters. We presented many new and innovative classes, along with our popular core offerings. We noticed a renewed interest in the “traditional arts,” such as calligraphy, sewing and creative writing. We welcomed close to 200 people at our annual, free Open Arts Day,…

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Learn, See & Do at Guilford Art Center

The community is invited to attend our 8th annual, FREE Open Arts Day on Sunday, January 5, 2020, 1-3pm. Our studios and classrooms will be open with instructor artists demonstrating their crafts and offering hands-on art projects. Visitors are invited to try out a variety of art forms that they would like to learn more…

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Holiday Shop, Open Arts Day 2020, January Workshops

The Holiday Shop is Open 7 Days a Week Monday – Friday 9am-5:30pm, Thursday 9am-8pm, Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Sunday 12-5pm Give an Experience For hard-to-shop-for friends or people who don’t want more stuff, giving the gift of EXPERIENCE is ideal. How about a class in painting, sculpting, drawing or ceramics? Perhaps try swinging a hammer in…

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Men’s Shopping Night at The Holiday Shop

Guilford Art Center announces a special shopping night for men (women are invited too!) on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 5-8 pm. Shoppers will enjoy beer and bar food while shopping for last minute gifts for everyone on their list. Gift categories include jewelry, accessories, ceramics, leather goods, home décor, ornaments, gourmet foods, carved wood,…

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Thinking Outside the Box, Sandcasting, Men’s Shopping Night

Think Outside the Box For hard-to-shop-for friends or people who don’t want more stuff, giving the gift of EXPERIENCE is ideal. How about a class in painting, sculpting, drawing or ceramics? Perhaps try swinging a hammer in the blacksmith forge? Or finally learning how to use a digital camera to create really amazing photos? Purchase…

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Learn, See & Do during “Open Arts Day”

Guilford Art Center is pleased to invite all community members to the 8th annual, FREE Open Arts Day on Sunday, January 5, 2020, 1-3pm. The Art Center’s studios and classrooms will be open with instructor artists demonstrating their crafts and offering hands-on art projects. Visitors are invited to try out a variety of art forms…

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Kids Holiday Workshops, Our Annual Appeal, Shopping Events

  Holiday-Themed Workshops for Kids These are fun and festive for the kids (and give parents a few hours on a Saturday to get some shopping done too!). And we just added a gingerbread house workshop to the line-up. Felt Holiday Stocking Saturday, Dec 7 9:00 am-12:00 pm Ages 8 and older. Design and decorate…

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Pouring Prosecco, Making Tomahawks & Admiring Glass at Guilford Art Center

Jewelry & Prosecco Event Held in The Holiday Shop Join us to sip and shop on Thursday, Dec 5, 5-8pm in The Holiday shop. Enjoy glasses of Mionetto prosecco, Aperol spritzers and chocolates while viewing a wide range of jewelry and accessories for sale. There will be free raffles and give-aways offered throughout the evening….

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Over 50 American Jewelry Artists featured at Prosecco Event at Guilford Art Center’s Holiday Shop

The public is invited to a free and festive Jewelry & Prosecco Reception at The Holiday Shop at Guilford Art Center on Thursday, December 5 from 5-8 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy glasses of Mionetto prosecco, Aperol spritzers and chocolates while viewing a wide range of jewelry and accessories for sale. There will be…

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New Resident Potter Gives GAC a Spin

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce its new Resident Potter, Megan Mayall. She is the fifth artist to serve in this position, during which she will be responsible for working with Guilford Art Center pottery students, as well as overseeing ceramics studio practice times. Mayall is most interested in functional pottery, and is proficient…

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Find Extraordinary Gifts at Guilford Art Center’s Holiday Shop

Guilford Art Center announces the opening of THE HOLIDAY SHOP, its annual holiday shopping event which takes place November 1, 2019 through January 5, 2020. The Shop at Guilford Art Center doubles in size during the holidays, filling the shop and gallery with extraordinary work from over 200 American artists, makers and designers. Gift categories…

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7th Annual “Soup for Good” Event Benefits Guilford Art Center and the Guilford Food Bank

SOLD OUT! The public is invited to a warm, soup supper while supporting two important shoreline organizations — Guilford Art Center and the Guilford Food Bank — at Soup for Good, Sunday, November 10, 4:30-6:30 pm at Guilford Art Center. The dinner is hosted in the Guilford Art Center school, where guests can select from…

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Guilford Art Center announces “Call for Entry” for Craft Expo 2020

Exhibition dates: July 17, 18, 19, 2020 Application deadline: January 21, 2020 Late Entry: January 23, 2020 • Click here for a complete prospectus and application • Click here for additional details about Craft Expo Craft Expo 2020, held on the historic Guilford Green, is Connecticut’s premier outdoor show of fine American craft. Now in…

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Go Behind the Scenes at Guilford Art Center with Free Tour

Guilford Art Center will conduct a free tour of its school, gallery and shop on Saturday, September 14, 11:00am. Maureen Belden, GAC Executive Director, will lead the tour which will include a behind-the-scenes view of the GAC school facilities, gallery and shop. Attendees will learn all about classes, arts opportunities and unique history of the…

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Designers Circus “Pop-Up” Clothing & Accessories Fall Event

Designers Circus, a Boston-based creative fashion and accessories event, is returning to Guilford and will hold a “pop-up” sale in the gallery at the Guilford Art Center. The sale will be open on Thursday, October 3 from 10am – 6pm, Friday, October 4 from 10am – 6pm & Saturday, October 5, 10 am – 4…

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Guilford Art League 72nd Annual Juried Exhibition & Sale

Guilford Art League 72nd Annual Juried Exhibition & Sale at the Guilford Art Center Gallery September 9-28, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION Friday, September 13, 6-8 pm Awards and Refreshments A Juried Show for Connecticut Artists, 18 years and older. The GAL was founded in 1047 by a small group of local artists, to promote and stimulate…

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Poetry Reading Features Guilford Poets Guild & Madison Art Society

One of the Guilford Poets Guild’s favorite events is the ekphrastic poetry reading held in conjunction with the Madison Art Society’s Annual Art Exhibit. The exhibit is currently on view at Guilford Art Center’s Mill Gallery where the poetry reading will take place on Wednesday, August 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Ekphrastic poetry takes…

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Exhibit Showcases Work by Dana Lofink, GAC Resident Potter

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of ceramic work by Dana Lofink, GAC’s resident potter. The exhibition is on view in the gallery August 21 – September 4, with an opening reception on Friday, August 23 from 6-8 pm, which is free and open to the public. Dana graduated in May, 2019…

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Madison Art Society 44th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale

The Madison Art Society 44th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale will will be held from Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 16  at the Guilford Art Center’s Mill Gallery. This show will be dedicated to Sally Spiegel and Shirley Davidson, two MAS artists of long standing who sadly passed away last year. Opening Reception –…

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Over 180 Established and Emerging Artists Converge on Guilford Green for Craft Expo 2019

The Guilford Art Center is pleased to welcome over 180 nationally-recognized and emerging craft artists to the historic Guilford Green for Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo 2019. Held on July 19-21, this annual show is celebrating its’ 62nd year as Connecticut’s premier outdoor juried show of fine American craft. Artists from across the country will…

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Guilford Art Center to Debut Artwork of Chef Jacques Pepin in Gallery Exhibition

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of original painting and prints by Master Chef Jacques Pepin, called “The Artistry of Jacques Pepin.” This exhibition will take place in the Center’s Gallery June 21 – July 21, 2019. It is the first comprehensive exhibition of Jacques Pepin’s art, and will introduce viewers to…

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The Artists of Gallery One & Friends at GAC, April 19 – May 11

Gallery One is a diverse group of established artists who use current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. Their common bond is a commitment to each artist’s individual voice and evolution. Each artist represents a different background and tradition which is clearly visible in the art. How each artist interprets the world…

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Ceramics 2019: A National Juried Exhibition at GAC

“Warp and Weft (detail)” by Angela Cunningham Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce its newest gallery exhibition, entitled Ceramics 2019: A National Juried Exhibition, from May 17 – June 14 in the gallery at Guilford Art Center. This exhibition presents contemporary works in clay, both functional and non-functional by American artists from across the…

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Guilford Art Center Hosts Summer Benefit Party at Owenego Club

Join Guilford Art Center for the Summer Benefit Party, Friday, July 12 at 6:30 – 10:00 pm, at the Owenego Beach & Tennis Club in Branford, CT. World-renowned chef Jacques Pepin, whose artwork is the subject of GAC’s summer gallery exhibition, will attend and serve as the Honorary Chairperson. Guests will enjoy a special summer…

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More than 180 Established and Emerging Artists Converge on Guilford Green for Craft Expo 2019

More than 180 nationally-recognized and emerging craft artists will converge on the historic Guilford Green for Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo 2019. Held on July 19-21, this annual show celebrates its 62nd year. It is Connecticut’s premier outdoor juried show of fine American craft. Artists from across the country will display and sell their fine…

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IMAGES Photography Competition and Exhibition Opening to the Public March 21, 2019

Shoreline Arts Alliance’s IMAGES, Connecticut’s Oldest Photography Competition and Exhibition, will be open and on view at Guilford Art Center from March 20 to April 6 Shoreline Arts Alliance presents the 38th annual IMAGES Photography Competition and Exhibition, Connecticut’s Oldest State Wide Photography Competition and Exhibition. IMAGES is opening on March 20, 2019 and will…

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GAC Hosts Michael Alexander Jeweler Trunk Show

Guilford Art Center announces it will host a trunk show for jewelry by Michael Alexander Jeweler on Saturday, April 6 from 10am-4pm. Artisan jewelry and Guilford Art Center Craft Expo exhibitor Michael Alexander will make a trip to Guilford for this special, one-day pop-up event. Michael’s work is known for its strong minimalist lines, iconic…

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Read Poems from Guilford Poets Guild Event at GAC

On Sunday, March 3, the Guilford Art Center hosted the Guilford Poets Guild for a reading of poems inspired by the 2019 Faculty Exhibit. Here is a sampling of poems and images. The Mettle of Petals Dan Goldberg First Impression, Julia Rogoff We look upon flowers as beautiful things, The prom corsage, the wedding bouquet,…

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Guilford Art Center to Exhibit Work by Local Artist DeWitt Brouard

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of a selection of works by artist DeWitt Brouard. The exhibition will take place in the Center’s school building, March 31-April 28, 2019, with a reception for the public on Sunday, March 31, 2-4pm. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. DeWitt…

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Guilford Poets Guild Poetry Reading in Conjunction with Guilford Art Center’s Faculty Exhibit

Sunday, March 3, 2:00-4:00pm at Guilford Art Center Gallery Join members of the Guilford Poets Guild as they present original poems inspired by selected works of art in Guilford Art Center’s 2019 Faculty Exhibition. The reading will take place Sunday, March 3 from 2:00-4:00pm, and is free and open to the public. (Snow date, Sunday,…

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Guilford Art Center to Feature Works by Instructors in Gallery Exhibition

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of works in all media by its faculty artists. The Faculty Exhibition will take place in the Center’s Gallery February 1-March 10, 2019. Paintings, drawings, pottery, glass, weaving, jewelry, and more will be featured in this exhibition, which celebrates the talent and creativity of GAC’s teaching…

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World Famous Chef, Jacques Pepin, Comes to GAC for Book Signing Event

Guilford Art Center announces a book signing event with Jacques Pepin on Sunday, December 16, from 2-4pm in the Artistry Shop at the Center. The renowned chef and artist will be signing copies of his latest book Menus: Book for Your Meals and Memories, which has just been chosen as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things…

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New Gallery Exhibition, Vibrance, featuring Work of Resident Potter Victoria Burnham

Works on View are Culmination of Ceramics Residency Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Vibrance, an exhibition of the ceramic work of Victoria Burnham, the Center’s Resident Potter since September, 2017. The exhibition is on view in the gallery August 22 – September 5, with an opening reception on Friday, August 24 from 6-8…

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Paintings, Sculpture & More Featured in EIGHT ’18 Exhibition

Guilford Art Center will present the exhibition EIGHT ’18, celebrating the work of a longtime group of Connecticut artists who work in a variety of media. The exhibition will be on view in the Gallery July 29 – August 18, 2018. The artists of EIGHT ’18 all hail from the Hartford area: Joanne Barry-Dutro; Francie…

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Handmade Tales: New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast + Mixed Media Artist Leslie Giuliani

Guilford Art Center is pleased to present the exhibition Roz Chast and Leslie Giuliani: Handmade Tales, on view in the Gallery, June 1-July 22; the opening reception is Friday, June 8, 6-8pm. Roz Chast and Leslie Giuliani are close friends. Chast is a renowned cartoonist for the New Yorker who also has a zeal for…

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The Artists of Gallery One & Friends

The Artists of Gallery One & Friends return to the Guilford Art Center with an exhibition at its Mill Gallery from Sunday, April 29 to Sunday, May 20. There is an opening reception on Friday, May 4 from 5-7pm; and a closing reception with a performance by The Wild Angels dance troupe on Sunday, May…

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I Couldn’t Stop Smiling

John J. Fleming, Jr. Art Show at Guilford Art Center Review by Mary Beeman The moment I walked in, shaking off the cold drizzle falling outside, I couldn’t stop smiling. It happened! John Fleming was there in the room with me in all his splendor. The joy overtook me as I enjoyed each and every…

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Students Showcase Work at Guilford Art Center

New creations by adult students at Guilford Art Center will be featured in the Student Exhibition in the Center’s gallery, February 2-18, 2018. The show will highlight recent work in all media by adult students who have taken classes or workshops at GAC in the past two years. “This show is a great opportunity for…

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Whimsical Art Works by John Fleming Featured in Exhibition at GAC

Works by the late John Fleming, a prolific artist who studied for many years at Guilford Art Center, will be featured in an exhibition in the Gallery, February 23 – March 11, 2018. John Fleming came to his artistic calling later in life at the age of 45, following a devastating accident while working as…

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Guilford Art League 70th Annual Juried Exhibition & Sale

September 11 – 30 Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 15 6-8 pm Open Mon-Sun 10am – 4 pm The Guilford Art League was founded in 1947 by a small group of local artists. Their mission continues to promote and stimulate interest in the visual arts. This juried show for Connecticut artists is jurored by Robert Brennan…

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Gallery Exhibition featuring Work of Resident Potter, Monica Hewryk

Works on view are culmination of ceramics residency. Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of the ceramic work of Monica Hewryk, the Center’s Resident Potter since September 2016. The exhibition is on view in the gallery August 16 – September 3, with an opening reception on Friday, August 18 from 5-7 pm….

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GALLERY: The Friday Night Painters Show Their Stuff

Opening Reception: Friday, July 28, 5-7 pm Gallery Talk: Sunday, July 30, 2-4 pm Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce The Friday Night Painters / Show Their Stuff, an exhibition of works by a feisty, dedicated, close-knit group of painters, some of whom have been working at GAC since the mid-1970s. The exhibition will…

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Front of the House: Dining Together in Objects & Images

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce its newest gallery exhibition entitled Front of the House: Dining Together in Objects & Image, on view in the Center’s gallery June 16-July 23, 2017. Front of the House — restaurant lingo for where guests are seated — presents serving ware and art created by American artists that…

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In the Gallery: Guilford Public Schools Students & Photographs by Sheri Kellaher

Works by students in grades K-12 in Guilford Public Schools will be featured in an exhibition in the gallery at Guilford Art Center, May 12-June 4, 2017. This exhibition will celebrate the creativity and talent of Guilford’s youngest artists and will include works in all media. “We are excited to highlight art works created by…

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The Artists of Gallery One & Friends

“The Artists of Gallery One & Friends,” an exhibition of recent works by this professional cooperative group of regional artists, will be on view from April 18 through May 7 at the Mill Gallery, Guilford Art Center. An opening reception with the artists will take place on Friday, April 21, 5 – 7 pm. There…

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Black, White & Awe50me! Gala Event

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce its Black, White & Awe50me! Gala event on Friday, June 2 at 6:30 pm at the Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club in Branford, CT. This year Guilford Art Center celebrates its 50th anniversary of creating art and community and its continuing importance as a thriving cultural institution…

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Michael Alexander Jeweler Trunk Show

Guilford Art Center announces it will host a trunk show for jewelry by Michael Alexander Jeweler on Saturday, April 8 from 10am-4pm. Artisan jewelry and Guilford Art Center Craft Expo exhibitor Michael Alexander will make a trip to Guilford for this special, one-day pop-up event. Michael’s work is known for its strong minimalist lines, iconic…

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Free Community Workshops

Guilford Art Center Offers Series of Free Community Workshops in Honor of its 50th Anniversary Year Workshops funded by a grant from the Guilford Foundation Guilford Art Center is offering a series of three, free community workshops, in honor of its50th anniversary year. These free workshops are funded by a generous grant from the Guilford…

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Faculty + Student Exhibition in Honor of 50 Years

New creations by faculty members and students at Guilford Art Center will be featured in the FACULTY & STUDENT EXHIBITION, in Honor of 50 Years, on view in the Center’s gallery February 3 – March 5, 2017. The exhibition will highlight recent work in all media by faculty members and adult students who have taught…

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Jasmine Gonzalez, Resident Potter, Featured in Gallery

Works on View are Culmination of Ceramics Residency Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of the ceramic works of Jasmine Gonzalez, the Center’s Resident Potter since January, 2015. The exhibition is on view in the gallery August 12-September 4, 2016, with a closing reception on Thursday, September 1, 5-7pm. Gonzalez creates a…

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Bowls: A National Juried Exhibition

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce its newest gallery exhibition entitled “Bowls: A National Juried Exhibition” from June 17 – July 31 in the gallery at Guilford Art Center. The opening reception will be held Friday, June 17 from 5-7 pm. This exhibition explores the continuing vitality of this simplest, most ancient, and most…

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Video: Behind the Scenes at Craft Expo

Claudia Mathison, GAC Instructor & Craft Camille Benjamin, Craft Expo Artist Butterfield Pottery (Dave & Susan Butterfield), Craft Expo Artist Phyllis Quinn, Craft Expo Patron Peggy Russell, Craft Expo Volunteer Videography by Shannon Gale of Visual Clarity

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High School Invitational Exhibition

Guilford Art Center announces its High School Invitational Exhibition from May 19-June 5 at the Guilford Art Center gallery. The opening reception will be Thursday, May 19 from 5-7pm. This exhibition celebrates the creativity of young artists in all media. It features work from high school students around the Connecticut shoreline. “There is a wealth…

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In the Gallery: The Artists of Gallery One and Friends

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends April 22 – May 15, 2016 Gallery One, a cooperative of mid-career artists working in a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture and works on paper, will exhibit at the Guilford Art Center’s Mill Gallery, from April 22 through May 15,…

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“Connecticut Blacksmiths” Exhibition

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Connecticut Blacksmiths, an exhibition of works created by Connecticut-based blacksmiths and Guilford Art Center forge instructors and students. Works displayed will range from swords and knives to early-American hardware. The exhibit will be on view February 26 – March 10, 2016 at Guilford Art Center. The exhibition celebrates…

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“Local Color: Connecticut Stories” Quilt Exhibit

  Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Local Color: Connecticut Stories, a juried, traveling exhibition of fiber art created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) in the Connecticut Region. The exhibit celebrates the concept of narrative as construed by Connecticut artists. The exhibit will be on view February 5 – 21, 2016…

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Instructor Profile: Claudia Mathison

Claudia Mathison Youth Classes What inspires you? I find inspiration everywhere…in nature’s natural patterns and designs, graphic visuals in a big city, in small galleries and museums. If you could try a different art medium, what would it be? Lately I’ve been drawn to ceramics and would love to spend time “getting messy” experimenting with…

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Student Profile: Nancy Judd

Class: “Painting Studio” Thursdays from 9:30am-12:30pm with Instructor Julia Rogoff Nancy, a Branford resident, attended the Paier College of Art in Hamden. Always involved in illustration and design, she now works in oils since taking classes at Guilford Art Center. She loves the laid-back atmosphere of GAC. “It’s a wonderful place to paint. You don’t…

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Profile: DeeDee Hakun

She’s setting up Artistry…and the gallery…she’s a former board member…sculptor…and a ceramic studio apprenctice too! If you’ve spent any time at GAC, then it’s likely you’ve seen DeeDee with either clay or a drill in her hands! She currently serves as a ceramic studio apprentice, as well as a true “behind-the-scenes” force in getting Artistry…

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Student Profile: Julia Joslin

Julia Joslin (and Rocky!) Class: “Painting Studio” Thursdays from 9:30am – 12:30am with Instructor Julia Rogoff Julia is originally from Westerly, RI. After taking her first painting class with GAC instructor Julia Rogoff, she fell in love with the shoreline as well as the art scene at GAC and moved to Guilford. Art is a…

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Instructor Profile: David Frank

David Frank Class: “Expressions in Clay” Tuesdays from 9:30am-12:30pm What inspires you? Architecture, previous work that I’ve done or seen, forms that are meaningful. If you could try a different art medium, what would it be?  I’d like to spin metal and learn to bend shapes on a lathe. I’m also trying a painting class…

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Student Profile: Mike Baldetti

CLASS: Painting Studio Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30am with Instructor Julia Rogoff Mike Baldetti is a Connecticut native but found himself in California for the past 40 years. Since returning to Connecticut, he enrolled at GAC in his second painting class (his first class was in Junior College!). Mike loves the creative process and enjoys painting,…

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Public Reception & Exhibit Planned for “Forged in Fire” Winners

Guilford Art Center will hold a reception and temporary display of works by its GAC blacksmith instructors and “Forged in Fire” winners, Mace Vitale and Matt Parkinson, on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 5-7pm. This event will celebrate their victories on the new History Channel series, as well as provide the public a chance to…

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Faculty Profile: Emma Ballachino

Emma is an Old Lyme native and is studying Art Education at MA College of Art & Design. This is her third summer working for GAC coordinating the youth program. What’s your favorite thing about working with children? Watching children make art is so inspiring to me. They are so free in the way they…

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Guilford Art Center Instructors Win “Forged in Fire” Competition on the History Channel

Guilford Art Center is very proud to announce that two of its Blacksmithing instructors – Mace Vitale and Matt Parkinson – were winners on a new series on the History Channel, Forged in Fire. GAC instructor and forge manager Vitale won the series finale episode on August 10; Parkinson, a frequent visiting instructor, won the…

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Teapots, Vessels, Flagons & Flasks Exhibit

EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 19 Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Teapots, Vessels, Flagons & Flasks, a juried exhibition of pourable containers made by contemporary American artists. The show will be on view in the Center’s Mill Gallery from May 15-July 19, 2015. The public is welcome to view the exhibit at a free opening…

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The Artists of Gallery One and Friends

On View from April 24 – May 9, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, April 24, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Closing Reception and Artists Talks: Saturday, May 9, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Gallery One, a cooperative of mid-career artists working in a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture and works…

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Teen learns blacksmith trade from Iron Age, forging a trade at Guilford Art Center

By Sarah Page Kyrcz, Shoreline Times Photo by Catherine Avalone, New Haven Register Ben Cohen’s blackened hands, resting near the red-hot coal forge in the Guilford Art Center blacksmithing shop, are just one visible example of his commitment to this ancient art. “A desire, a desire to do something with your hands,” is what it…

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GAC Selects Talented Gonzalez as Resident Potter

by Pam Johnson, Senior Staff Writer, Shore Publishing With talent and promise in her hands, Jasmine Gonzalez is happy and excited have been selected as the first Resident Potter for Guilford Art Center’s (GAC) newly-launched residency program. Fresh from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School (BFA 2014, major in Ceramics and Sculpture; minor in…

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Faculty Art Work Featured in Exhibition

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibit of works in all media by its faculty artists. The Faculty Exhibition will take place in the Center’s Gallery February 6-March 8, 2015. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase works created by our own faculty members in our own gallery,” says Executive Director Maureen…

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Process to Painting: 4 Artists

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Process to Painting: 4 Artists, on view in the gallery August 1-September 7, 2014. The exhibit features works in a range of media by Lady McCrady, Larry Morelli, Lenny Moskowitz and Robert Reynolds that reveal various processes and evolutions of a visual idea, from studies and sketches to…

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“Soulcology In Metal” Exhibit

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Soulcology: An Exhibition in Metal, a national, juried exhibition of a wide variety of works by contemporary metal artists. The exhibit will be on view June 6-July 26, 2014. Organized by GAC metalsmithing and jewelrymaking instructor Lanette Barber, Soulcology will display a broad spectrum of the many works…

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Shoreline House Tour Offers Glimpse of Beautiful Homes

Please note: We regret that two modernist homes in the Old Quarry neighborhood of Guilford had to withdraw from the House Tour at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances.  We apologize for any disappointment this may cause and hope you will enjoy visiting the other 12 houses on the tour. Join Guilford Art Center…

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“Local Color” Quilt Exhibit Opens February 7th

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce Local Color, a juried, traveling exhibition of fiber art created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) in the Connecticut Region, celebrating the beauty and diversity of Connecticut. The exhibit will be on view February 7-March 16, 2014. Local Color features fiber art works depicting and interpreting…

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Stoddard Family Foundation Donation

The Guilford Art Center has received a generous donation of $10,000 from the Stoddard Family Foundation, which will be used to support its school, gallery, and educational outreach programs. Donor contributions are vital to the Center to, continue to provide its many programs, says executive director Maureen Belden. “We are thrilled and grateful to have…

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