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All that glitters IS gold (and silver, and Stony Creek granite too!)

  Workshops This Week   Register now for a range of workshops held in person and online this week!     Watercolor Painting Inspired by the Masters 2 Fridays, October 15 & 22 – ONLINE 10:00am-1:00pm Instructor: Marcy La Bella   There is much to be learned from the great masters at any level in…

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Soup for Good TO GO Tickets Available Now

  Ticketing is now open for our popular Soup for Good TO GO event, scheduled for Sunday, November 21.   This events provides crucial support for Guilford Art Center and the Guilford Food Bank. Tickets are $40 per person and a bowl, plus a choice of 3 homemade soups, bread, a split of wine, and…

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Forging Ahead & Ready to Party

  October Blacksmithing Workshops   Did you know that Guilford Art Center operates one of the largest working/teaching forges in Connecticut and the Northeast? And that it’s open to students of all levels and abilities? Come take a class or workshop in the fully-equipped forge and explore blacksmithing, swordsmithing, bladesmithing and metalworking. The atmosphere is relaxed…

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New Potter in Residence, Early October Classes, Botanical Prints

  NEWS & EVENTS   Welcome to New Potter in Residence Nicole Ginzburg    Nicole is a recent graduate of the Pratt Institute with a major in industrial design and minor in ceramics. She comes from an industrial/product design background where her focus has been on hand-built, functional vessels and tabletop pieces.   “I am…

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You’re Invited to the GAL Opening Reception Tonight

  Tonight in the Gallery! Opening Reception for the Guilford Art League Gallery Exhibit     The community is invited to join the Guilford Art League tonight from 6-8pm to celebrate the opening of the 73rd Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale on view in the gallery. Enjoy beverages, live music, and award presentations.   Juried…

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7 Kids Classes That Start Next Week

  Youth Programs for Fall   We have lots of after school programs and weekend workshops for kids and teens this fall. Many begin next week, so take a look and register soon so you don’t miss out!     Kids classes that start next week     Upcycling (ages 5+) 8 Mondays begins September…

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Guilford Art League Exhibits New Work in Gallery Show at GAC

The Guilford Art League presents its 73rd Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale on view at The Gallery at Guilford Art Center from Monday, September 13 – Saturday, October 2. Juried by Lenny Moskowitz, the colorful and eclectic show features more than 100 Connecticut artists working in all media including oils, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, sculpture, collage,…

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Fall Events, Online Painting Classes, Guilford Art League, New Jewelry in the Shop

  Creating Art & Community: This is what we stand for at GAC   But especially throughout the past year, this catchy “tagline” has taken on greater resonance. Despite all of the challenges of distancing and loss, we’ve learned that we can still stay connected. More than ever we we’ve been reminded that art can bring…

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Find Extraordinary Gifts at Guilford Art Center’s Holiday Shop

Guilford Art Center announces the opening of its annual holiday shopping event which takes place November 1, 2021 through January 9, 2022. The Shop at Guilford Art Center doubles in size, filling the shop and gallery with extraordinary work from over 200 American artists, makers and designers. Gift categories include ceramics, pottery, glass, jewelry, homewares,…

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The Bowls are Back at Guilford Art Center’s “Soup for Good TO GO” Fundraiser Event

The bowls are back! Guilford Art Center is happy to announce that its popular fundraiser, Soup for Good TO GO, is back this year and scheduled for Sunday, November 21. Guests can come to GAC and pick up a delicious meal “to go”, as well as select a handmade ceramic bowl created by GAC potters….

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We’ve Got the Blues (but in a good way)

  New Fiber Workshops Focus on Indigo   In addition to all of the sewing and textile printing classes we normally offer, we’re rolling out some new workshops that dig deeper into the magical world of blue.   Blue Alchemy Workshop Saturday-Sunday, October 2-3, 10:00am-3:00pm Building on already existing knowledge of the indigo vat and…

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Don’t Miss Any Classes in the Early Fall Semester!

  Early Fall Semester Classes Beginning Next Week   There are always a few classes that roll around pretty quickly in a new semester, so we wanted to make sure you don’t miss them. Register now!   BLACKSMITHING   Open Forge Session A: 5 Wednesdays beginning Sept 1, 6-9pm Here’s a chance for blacksmithing and…

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Have you seen the new gallery exhibit?

  Megan Mayall served as GAC’s fifth Resident Potter. Her term was extended from one to two years, due to the loss of time during Covid-19 closures of 2020.   When the pandemic put everything on hold, “art took center stage”, says Mayall. She explored other ways to continue making, including playing with primitive firing…

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Youth Summer Program Wrap-Up

We just completed the 9th week of our summer programming for kids ages 5-12. They had a great time expressing their creativity, working together, and connecting with peers. Especially after the past year and a half of challenges for all, making art can be a mood-lifting, mindful, positive pursuit, and we’re thrilled these kids had a…

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Call for Artists: Guilford Art League 73rd Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale

The Guilford Art League welcomes exhibiting artists for its 73rd Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale to be held in the Mill Gallery at Guilford Art Center from September 13 – October 2, 2021. The show, juried by Lenny Moskowitz, is open to Connecticut artists working in all media including oils, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, sculpture, collage,…

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New Gallery Exhibition, More Summer for Kids & Adults, Thank You Bailey Scarano

  New Gallery Exhibition Opens Thursday, Aug 12   View ceramic work by Megan Mayall, GAC’s resident potter, in the art gallery from August 12 – September 4. Mayall started her residency at Guilford Art Center during the summer of 2019. When the pandemic put everything on hold, “art took center stage” says Mayall. She…

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16 Pages of Art Opportunities for YOU

  The fall catalog is here! Our fall semester brings many new opportunities to explore in your creative journey. The blacksmith forge will keep the fires burning with a slew of classes and workshops for beginners and experienced students. There are new fiber classes, including indigo dying, printing, sewing and giving existing textiles new life…

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Booth Pictures! Shop Pop-Up Today until 4pm

  Shop Today from 10am-4pm, Saturday, August 7 at GAC   Olefson Art Opticals   Susan Roberts Jewelry   Peter Petrochko Woodworking   Linda Vree Jewelry   Brett Hillman Pottery   Elm City Botanicals   Vanessa Patrizio   Come by GAC this Saturday from 10am-4pm and shop all the artists and support their work! Artists…

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Tomorrow! Shop Artisan Pop-Up Event at GAC

  Support local artists and shop!      

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Resident Potter Megan Mayall Featured in New Guilford Art Center Gallery Exhibition

Guilford Art Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of ceramic work by Megan Mayall, GAC’s resident potter, in the art gallery from August 12 – September 4. Mayall started her residency at Guilford Art Center during the summer of 2019. When the pandemic put everything on hold, “art took center stage” says Mayall. She…

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There’s More! Additional Artist at Saturday’s Pop-Up

  Wait – there’s more!   Elm City Botanicals will also be at the August 7 Pop-Up. Elm City Botanicals is a one-woman shop specializing in handmade soy candles, artisanal soaps, and natural skin care for all genders. Started by a PhD student who wanted to integrate more natural and environmentally friendly products into their routine…

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This Saturday! Shop 7 Artists at the Artisan Pop-Up

    THIS SATURDAY, August 7, 10am-4pm Meet the Pop-Up Artists   Come by GAC this Saturday from 10am-4pm and shop artists (many would have been at Craft Expo) and support their work! Artists will be outside under tents; entrance is free. The Shop will also be open.   Olefson Art Opticals, based in NJ,…

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Fall Registration Opens Online Tomorrow at 10am

  We can’t believe it either!   Fall registration for adults & children classes opens online on Monday, July 26 at 10:00 am.   The catalog PDF will be available online in another week. In the meantime, you can go directly to our online registration page and browse classes and register.   Right now, we’re…

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Visit the Artisan Pop-Up Today until 4 pm

  Open until 4 pm today!          

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Register for Week 6 Youth Program & Teen Classes

Summer Semester Registration     Our youth art camp program runs for 4 more weeks. There’s LOTS more creative fun to be had at GAC this summer! See the schedule for next week, or view all the upcoming weeks in the entire summer catalog here. There is space available in most classes.   Looking for…

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2 Jewelry Making Workshops, July 24 Pop-Up, Student Work

  ARTIST LINEUP for Saturday, July 24 Pop-Up at GAC 10am-4pm; free admission   Penny Feder, printmaking & mixed media Stephanie Maddalena, glass jewelry Megan Mayall, GAC Resident Potter Donna McGee, ceramics Yvonne Oxley, Komfort Zone Soaps   Admission is free and open to the community. Rain or shine. Next Pop-Up is Aug 7 with…

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Meet the 5 Artists for this Saturday’s Pop-Up

  ARTIST LINEUP for Saturday, June 24 Pop-Up 10am-4pm; free admission   Penny Feder, printmaking & mixed media Stephanie Maddalena, glass jewelry Megan Mayall, GAC Resident Potter Donna McGee, ceramics Yvonne Oxley, Komfort Zone Soaps   Admission is free and open to the community. Rain or shine!   Penny Feder, Mixed Media   Penny’s work…

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No Craft Expo, Local Round-Ups, July 24 Pop-Up, Student Work

  Just a reminder … no Craft Expo this year 🙁   Just a reminder to all the Craft Expo fans out there … the 2021 event was cancelled. We are extremely sad not to be with the artists and art enthusiasts this weekend on the Guilford Green.   We’ve tried to keep everyone informed,…

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Summer Youth Program in Full Swing

    Our youth summer program is in full swing! Take a look at the programs for the next couple weeks below – or view the entire summer catalog here. There are still openings in many upcoming classes.   Contact us if you have any questions at info@guilfordartcenter.org or call (203) 453-5947 and someone will…

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Visit the Artisan Pop-Up Today until 4 pm

  Open until 4 pm today!   Guilford Art Center | info@guilfordartcenter.org | (203) 453-5947 | guilfordartcenter.org   See what’s happening on our social sites: ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌   Guilford Art Center | 411 Church Street, P.O. Box 589, Guilford, CT 06437

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Meet the Artists: July 10 Artisan Pop-Up

  Saturday July 10 Pop-Up: Meet the Artists   We encourage you to come by GAC this Saturday from 10am-4pm, meet the artists (many would have been at Craft Expo) and support their work! Artists will be outside under tents; entrance is free. The Shop and Gallery will also be open.   British born Michael…

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Student Exhibit Reflections, July 10 Pop-Up, Early July Workshops

  The 2021 GAC Student Exhibition is now up in the gallery through July 31. Students shared reflections on how art helped them through the pandemic and was meaningful to them. Check our social media for all the featured works and video tour.   Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 12-3pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. Gallery entry is free…

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Register Now for July Youth (Weekly) Classes

    Our youth summer program is in full swing! Take a look at the programs for the next couple weeks below – or view the entire summer catalog here. There are still some openings in upcoming classes.   Contact us if you have any questions at info@guilfordartcenter.org or call (203) 453-5947 and someone will…

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Student Exhibition Opens Friday, Summer Classes Begin, July 10 Pop-Up Artists

    Opening this Friday in the Gallery     New art work by adult students at Guilford Art Center will be featured in the GAC Adult Student Exhibition in the Center’s gallery, June 25 – July 31, 2021. The show will highlight recent work in all media by adult students who have taken classes or workshops…

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Classes Beginning this Week

    Here’s the list of new adult classes starting this week. There is space still available for each class/workshop, but register quickly to make sure you get in!   Wednesday, June 23 Learn Photography This Summer Summer Blues (dyeing with indigo) Floor Loom Weaving: Session B Casting for Jewelry/Metals   Friday, June 25 Acrylic…

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Meet Leatherworking Instructor Katie Coleman

    New Leatherworking Classes & Workshops for Adults, Teens and Youth   Our new leatherworking instructor, Katie Coleman, was featured today in the Guilford Courier paper. Read all about her background and the new classes and workshops she’ll be teaching for adults, teens and youth throughout the summer.   Read article Many summer classes…

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Pop-Up This Saturday, Father’s Day Gifting, Stone Carving & More

    ARTIST LINEUP for Saturday, June 19 Pop-Up at GAC 10am-4pm; free admission   Infinity Art Designs, metal artisans Maureen Buzzeo, Posh Felt, felted accessories Loren Maron, ceramics Kiara Matos, ceramics Molly Oliver Flowers   Pop-Up shows will be held outside on the GAC campus on June 19, July 10 & 24 and Aug…

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Summer Classes Filling – Register Now!

    Register for Summer Classes & Workshops   The summer semester begins the week of June 21 for all youth and adult classes. Sign up now to secure your spot! Please know we’re following all state mandates. Your health and safety while on our campus is our top priority.   Youth Catalog / Adult…

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GAC Students Display Creative Inspiration in Gallery Exhibition Opening June 25

New art work by adult students at Guilford Art Center will be featured in the GAC Adult Student Exhibition in the Center’s gallery, June 25 – July 31, 2021. 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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Visit the Artists of Gallery One Exhibition

  Make sure to see this stunning exhibition of new work by Gallery One artists that celebrates art as a catalyst for resilience and well-being. Connecticut-based Gallery Artists include: Victor Filepp, Ann Knickerbocker, Molly McDonald, Paul Fitzpatrick Nager, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg and Jill Vaughn.   “The pandemic settled down on all…

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Artisan Pop-Ups Begin This Saturday, 10am-4pm (it’s free!)

  New Artisan Pop-Up Series Begins THIS SATURDAY   Don’t miss GAC’s exciting new Summer Artisan Pop-Up Series, featuring fine craft artists representing ceramics, jewelry, fiber, eyewear, soap, accessories 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…

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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…

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GAC Summer Artisan Pop-Up Series Features Craft Expo & Local Artists

Shop your favorite Craft Expo and local artists at the Summer Artisan Pop-Up Series  Don’t miss Guilford Art Center’s exciting new Summer Artisan Pop-Up Series featuring fine craft artists in an array of media, including ceramics, jewelry, wood, leather, glass, fiber and more! Pop-up shows will be held outside on the Guilford Art Center campus…

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Check out Guilford Art Center’s Summer Semester of Classes!

  Registration is now open for Guilford Art Center’s 2021 summer semester. Classes and workshops will begin the week of June 21 and are offered for adults (ages 13+). The summer semester runs from June 21 – August 20. Registration will be online only.  The semester will continue to be a hybrid of on-campus and online offerings. Class…

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New Teen Classes, Summer Catalog Uploaded, Financial Aid, Gallery Video & More

  Summer Opportunities for Teens   Summer break will be here soon! Keep your teens creatively engaged with these new classes and workshops created just for them. (But remember, teens can take any adult class too!)   Small Leather Working Projects Workshop (ages 12+) Saturday, July 10. 1-4pm Make small leather projects, like bookmarks, keychains…

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Gallery One CT Presents the ARxT Exhibition

Gallery One CT Presents the ARxT Exhibition at THE GALLERY at Guilford Art Center from May 15 – June 19, 2021   The ARxT Exhibition features new works by Gallery One artists and celebrates art as a catalyst for resilience and well-being. Connecticut-based Gallery Artists include: Victor Filepp, Ann Knickerbocker, Molly McDonald, Paul Fitzpatrick Nager, T….

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Artisan Pop-Up Today at The Shop, 10am-4pm

  Special Shopping Day on Saturday, May 8 from 10am-4pm   Meet local artists Yvonne Oxley and Lauren Mullaney at The Shop on May 8. Both CT artists will be set up to sell their work which make PERFECT Mother’s Day presents!   Meet visiting artist Lauren Mullaney, who honed her metalsmithing skills at the…

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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…

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We lost our largest fundraiser (AGAIN). Please donate during the Great Give.

  We never thought we’d have to cancel Craft Expo for a second time.   But earlier this spring, we had to once again announce the cancellation of this beloved event for 2021. Though Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted, they’re just not happening quickly enough to enable us to hold this large event this year.  …

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Help Us Win the Guilford Foundation Prize

  On May 4 & 5, GAC will participate in The Great Give, a community-wide fundraiser hosted by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.   The Guilford Foundation will award $500 to two Guilford-based organizations who receive at least 30 gifts from Guilford-resident donors.   Of course we welcome ALL gifts :). But if…

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Registration for Summer Adult Classes Opens Tomorrow, May 3 at 10am

    ATTENTION GAC STUDENTS!     Registration for summer adult classes opens TOMORROW, Monday, May 3, 10am EST.   All summer adult classes and workshops can be found listed on our website here. or in the Summer 2021 Catalog (PDF).   All registration is online. If you have questions, please contact info@guilfordartcenter.org during our office…

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Mother’s Day Gift Shopping, Great Give, Spring Workshops, Summer Youth

  Find Gifts for Mother’s Day in The Shop   Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift at our shop, which is filled with handcrafted items by American artists. Browse jewelry, accessories, ceramics, glass, leather goods, candles, picture frames, fabric bags, scarfs and much more. If you’re a GAC member, you can use your 10% discount…

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Let’s get a head start on the Great Give!

  On May 4 & 5, GAC will participate in The Great Give, a community-wide fundraiser hosted by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Did you know you can start giving now?!   DONATE TO THE GREAT GIVE     Any advance gifts received before May 4th are eligible for matching funds from The…

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Register Now for May & June Workshops

  May & June Classes and Workshops There is still space available in these session, so register now before they fill up!   BEADING June 5 Introduction to Kumihimo Workshop   BLACKSMITHING June 5 Jewelry from the Forge Workshop June 17 The Bowie Knife Workshop   FIBER May 2 Leaf Printing on Textiles and Paper…

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May 9: Shop Visiting Artists for Mother’s Day

  Meet local artists and shop in store on May 8   Yvonne Oxley       Yvonne Oxley wasn’t comfortable with using the expensive steroid creams the dermatologist prescribed for her son’s eczema. “I knew there had to be a better way” she said, “so I researched and found natural soap could help. The…

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Summer Youth Program, New Gallery Show, Jewelry Pop-Up, Spring Workshops & More

  Michael Alexander Jewelers Pop-Up at GAC THIS WEEKEND! Saturday, April 24, 10am-4pm & Sunday, April 25, 10am-4pm   Guilford Art Center will host a pop-up show for jewelry by Michael Alexander Jeweler on Saturday, April 24 – 25 from 10am-4pm. Artisan jewelry and Guilford Art Center Craft Expo exhibitor Michael Alexander will make a…

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Spring & Summer News, Student Exhibition & Wedding Gifts

      Need activities for kids next week?   Register now for vacation workshops for youth and teens held April 12-16. We are offering two different sessions each day that are tailored for younger and older age groups. Sessions for ages 9+ are 10am-11:30am; sessions for ages 13+ are 1:30 – 3:30pm. Sign up…

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Guilford Art Center 2021 Summer Youth Program

  Registration is now open for Guilford Art Center’s 2021 summer youth program. Weekly sessions will begin the week of June 21 for children ages 5 – 12 years and teens. The summer semester runs from June 21 – August 20. Registration will be online only. The summer program features weekly on-campus sessions; youth can…

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Spring in(to) the GAC Shop

THE SHOP at Guilford Art Center Gifts for spring made with love by American artists     Easter bunny cards featuring felted bunnies by local fiber artist Holly Bollier ($10)   Just in – fine silver jewelry inspired by nature and leaf patterns, made by a CT-based artist.   Spring-themed wooden keepsake boxes ($15) and…

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GAC Announces “Sisters in Cloth Retrospective” Gallery Exhibition

A new exhibition by local quilting artists will open on April 9 in the Gallery at Guilford Art Center called “Sisters in Cloth Retrospective.” Open from April 9 – May 8, this exhibition features quilts made by “Sisters in Cloth”, a group of 12 fiber artists based along the CT shoreline. “We’re thrilled to host…

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Spring Classes Start Next Week, Faculty Exhibition Ends 3/27, New Jewelry in Shop

  Classes Start Next Week! Here comes spring semester! Many classes begin next week, so make sure to register asap. Some classes have filled but there are plenty of openings in blacksmithing, beading, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, calligraphy, fiber arts and more. For the Spring, we continue our hybrid program (on-campus and online), with the…

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Last Week for Exhibition & Final Artist Profiles

LAST WEEK OF FACULTY ART EXHIBIT!   “Keeping On” shares how GAC instructors have engaged with their art to help them “keep on” during this time of the pandemic, or even how they have struggled, or changed creatively. This exhibit is up in the gallery through March 27. Admission is free and open to the…

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Register for April Vacation Workshops for Youth & Teens

  Keep the kids creative during the April break!   Register now for April vacation workshops for youth and teens held April 12-16. Each day will feature two different sessions tailored for younger and older age groups. Workshops will be held on-campus; masking and social distancing protocols will be strictly followed. Register for single sessions…

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Keeping On: More Exhibiting Artist Features

  “Keeping On” shares how GAC instructors have engaged with their art to help them “keep on” during this time of the pandemic, or even how they have struggled, or changed creatively. Featured works include ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber art, metals, and sculpture by members of our 50 person faculty. This exhibit is up in…

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April Vacation Workshops for Youth & Teens

  Keep the kids creative during the April break!   Register now for April vacation workshops for youth and teens held April 12-16. Each day will feature two different sessions tailored for younger and older age groups. Workshops will be held on-campus; masking and social distancing protocols will be strictly followed.   Youth sessions are…

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Guilford Art Center Offers April Vacation Workshops for Youth & Teens

Registration is now open for April vacation workshops for youth and teens held April 12-16. Each day will feature two different sessions tailored for younger and older age groups. Workshops will be held on-campus; masking and social distancing protocols will be strictly followed. Youth sessions are offered for ages 9+ from 10:00-11:30am and ages 13+…

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Ekphrastic Poetry, April Break Sessions, Craft Expo News & More

Time for Register for Spring! Classes and workshops begin end of March, so don’t wait to register! Check out the full catalog online. Some classes have filled but there are plenty of openings in blacksmithing, beading, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, calligraphy, fiber arts and so much more. For the Spring, we continue our hybrid program…

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Guilford Poets Guild and the Guilford Art Center Present Ekphrastic Poems in March

Poets and artists alike have been “Keeping On” during the pandemic. Proof can be seen at the Guilford Art Center’s Faculty Exhibit and its accompanying series of poems written by members of the Guilford Poets Guild — both on view through the month of March. The exhibit and poems share how GAC instructors and GPG…

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Keeping On: Video Tour & Exhibiting Artist Features

      “Keeping On” shares how GAC instructors have engaged with their art to help them “keep on” during this time of the pandemic, or even how they have struggled, or changed creatively. Featured works include ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber art, metals, and sculpture by members of our 50 person faculty.   Here’s a…

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New Spring Semester Catalog; More Winter Workshops; Faculty Exhibit

  We’re so pleased to release the new spring catalog, filled with in-person and online classes and workshops for kids and adults. Classes kick off the week of March 29 and run through June 5. Registration will continue to be online only.   Class sizes for on-campus gatherings will continue to be limited and with…

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Upcoming Winter Classes & Workshops

Although our spring semester opens for registration today, there is still a lot to learn in Winter! Below are the upcoming classes and workshops taking place through the end of March. There is space still available in all of these, so register now on our website. Questions? Contact us at info@guilfordartcenter.org.   More Sketchbook Revival…

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Guilford Art Center Opens Registration for 2021 Spring Semester Classes & Workshops

Online registration will open on February 22 for Spring 2021 classes and workshops at Guilford Art Center. Classes and workshops will begin the week of March 29, and are offered for adults, teens and youth. The spring semester runs from March 29 – June 5. Registration will continue to be online only. The semester will…

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Online Registration Opens Monday, Faculty Exhibition, Amulets this Weekend

Hello GAC Students! Thank you for helping us to have successful Fall and Winter semesters. We are extremely grateful for your respect of our safety protocols that allow us to remain open for our community through these most difficult past months. For the Spring, we continue our hybrid program (on-campus and online), with the same safety…

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Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Here’s a listing of classes and workshops starting over the next several weeks. You can see all school offerings scheduled through the end of the semester (March 28) on our website.   And don’t forget … registration for spring semester begins online on February 22. Three cheers for spring!!!! Watercolor for Beginners (online) 5 Fridays…

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GAC Announces Re-Opening of Gallery with Faculty Art Exhibit “Keeping On”

As the challenges of the past year have exacted an enormous toll, artistic practice and pursuit have proven a balm for many. Guilford Art Center plans a multi-media exhibit of faculty work, called “Keeping On,” on February 17 – March 27. This exhibition shares how GAC instructors have engaged with their art to help them…

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CT Arts Funding, Faculty Show, new classes & workshops, Valentine gifts

Support Funding for the Arts in CT Calling all supporters of the arts and GAC! Here is an opportunity to make your voice heard on an important bill in the Connecticut General Assembly (HB 6119) sponsored by State Rep. John-Michael Parker (101st District). This bill will strengthen the arts, culture, and tourism sector in Connecticut by…

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New Valentine Workshop, Upcoming Classes & Faculty Art Exhibition

      Shop for your Valentine at GAC   Delight your special someone with a unique Valentine from our Shop. We can help you find the perfect gift … lots of ideas for jewelry (we especially love these metallic acrylic pins from artist Kathy Frank), accessories, stained glass, scarves and handcrafted cards. You can…

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Valentine’s Gifts Made with Love

  Special gifts made with love by American artists SHOP HOURS Wednesday – Friday, 12-4pm; Saturdays 10am-4pm GAC members receive 10% off all purchases – all year! click here to renew your membership       Sweet pewter bowls & small colored box. Size 2x2x.5; $10.     Vibrant metallic acrylic pins and earrings made…

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Gallery Re-Opening, Valentine Gifts, Upcoming Workshops, GAC Sponsor Thank You

Our Gallery Re-Opens on Feb 12! As the challenges of the past year have exacted an enormous toll, artistic practice and pursuit have proven a balm for many. Guilford Art Center plans a multi-media exhibit of faculty work, called “Keeping On,” on February 12 – March 27. This exhibition shares how GAC instructors have engaged…

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS Openings in Jan/early Feb Winter Semester

Exploring Abstract Painting (online) 6 Fridays beginning January 22, 4:30-6:00pm   Check out all of the online and in-person classes and workshops foStep outside your comfort zone and create unique art that energizes your painting practice. This class explores abstraction in painting; through discussion, demonstration, and implementation this class will review a different topic each…

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Register ASAP! Classes & Workshops Begin This Week

BEADING – BLACKSMITHING – CERAMICS – DRAWING – FIBER – GLASS – METALS – PAINTING – PHOTOGRAPHY – SCULPTURE – SPECIAL INTERESTS – WEAVING We have something for you to try this winter! Take a class or workshop either in-person or online – whatever makes you most comfortable. Many of our classes begin this week….

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Winter Semester starts Monday, January 11

Register Now! Online and in-person classes begin next week. The winter semester continues our hybrid approach, which offers classes and workshops that take place on-campus as well as online. Class sizes for on-campus gatherings will continue to be limited to 50% capacity and with a strict masking mandate and all other protocols in place, in…

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Online Learning Opportunities; 25% off Shop thru Sunday

We will miss seeing everyone at our annual Open Arts Day, normally held on the first Sunday of January. Instead, we hope you’ll discover an artistic pursuit, and register for a class, either on campus or online, for the winter or an upcoming semester. Please check out our library of online learning opportunities, developed over…

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Find last-minute gifts at The Shop at GAC

The Shop is open all week through Christmas Eve. Tuesday, Dec 22 12-4pm Wednesday, Dec 23 12-4pm Thursday, Dec 24 12-4pm Friday, Dec 25 Closed All GAC members receive 10% off all purchases (all year!). Interested in a membership or need to renew? Click here. You can use your discount right away! Every purchase benefits…

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Give creativity & connection with a GAC class or workshop

Learning at GAC is more than just taking a class … it’s a creative experience. Now more than ever people are looking for new ways to create, connect and add meaningful moments to their day. A class or workshop at GAC is a gift that will bring joy and community to the recipient for a…

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Expanded Shop Hours for Christmas Week

8 Shopping Days Until Christmas! We’ll be open all next week through Christmas Eve. Shop for handcrafted work by hundreds of American artists, including functional and decorative ceramics, glass objects, wood, ornaments, cozy mittens, stylish and warm scarves and wraps, candles, and lots and lots of jewelry in all price points. All GAC members receive…

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New! Winter Semester Catalog of Classes & Workshops

Register Now for Winter Semester Classes & Workshops We’re excited to launch the new catalog for our Winter 2021 semester! The winter semester continues our hybrid approach, which offers classes and workshops that take place on-campus as well as online. Class sizes for on-campus gatherings will continue to be limited to 50% capacity and with…

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Life’s Too Short to Wear Boring Jewelry

Are you looking for jewelry for a holiday gift? The Shop carries hundreds of items in all styles and price points, each meticulously handcrafted by an American artisan. If you’d like a little help, we have friendly and knowledgeable shop staff ready to lend assistance. Come find a beautiful holiday gift, or something just for…

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Winter Registration Opens Today, Gift Certificates, Holiday Presents

Winter Semester Registration Opens Today Registration for Guilford Art Center’s Winter 2021 semester opens today at 10:00 am. We’re excited to look ahead as we continual to create new educational opportunities for all. The winter semester continues our hybrid approach, which offers classes and workshops that take place on-campus as well as online. Class sizes…

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Support GAC on Giving Tuesday

Your giving keeps us going. On this day of global generosity, we hope you know how much we value your support. Through the most difficult of months, you have ensured our mission continues to be funded and strengthened. Every single dollar makes a difference for us. If you’re able to give to Guilford Art Center’s…

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Guilford Art Center Announces Annual Meeting

Guilford Art Center will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 9am, via Zoom. The meeting will entail voting by the Board of Directors on the proposed nominations for the 2020-2021 officers. The slate will be presented at the meeting. Guilford Art Center members are permitted to propose candidates, from among current board…

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Shop During New Sunday Hours 12-4pm

The Shop is now open every Sunday from 12:00-4:00 pm. Come visit us today to find truly special holiday gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Browse jewelry, ceramics, glass, accessories, wood, leather, food, holiday decor, ornaments, candles, cards, metalwork and so much more. Every item is handcrafted by American artist, many who are local artists….

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Registration Dates, Shop Hours & Sale, Family Workshop & More

Winter Semester Registration Opens Dec 3 at 10:00 am Registration for Guilford Art Center’s Winter 2021 semester will open online on December 3 at 10:00 am. Classes and workshops will begin the week of January 11. Registration will continue to be online only. The semester will continue to be a hybrid of on-campus and online…

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Giving Thanks for YOU

We can’t say it enough: Thank you. We know it’s the season of thanks, but we want to express our appreciation to you for an especially extraordinary year at Guilford Art Center. Through the most difficult of months, you have sustained us, given us hope, buoyed our spirits, and assured us that our mission in…

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Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sale!

Take 20% off all ceramic items in The Shop during our sale days, Friday, November 27 and Saturday November 28 (cannot be combined with any other offers). Find a wide range of ceramic styles and price points in both function and decorative pottery. Come find a beautiful holiday gift, or something just for you! Every…

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Guilford Art Center Announces Winter 2021 Classes & Workshops

Registration for Guilford Art Center’s Winter 2021 semester will open online on December 3 at 10:00 am. Classes and workshops will begin the week of January 11. Registration will continue to be online only. The semester will continue to be a hybrid of on-campus and online offerings. Class sizes for on-campus gatherings will continue to…

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3 Ways to Shop Holidays at GAC

  SHOP IN PERSON Our Shop and Gallery are filled with handcrafted items by hundreds of American artists. Come visit The Shop and find unique gifts for everyone (even yourself!).   SHOP ONLINE We have lots of new items posted on our website, which you can view and then contact us to purchase. We can…

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Winter Semester News, Shop Video Tour & Knitting During Stressful Times

WINTER SEMESTER ANNOUNCED SOON We are working on creating our winter semester, which is planned to continue as a hybrid of on-campus and online offerings. Class sizes for on-campus offerings will continue to be limited to 50% capacity and with a strict masking mandate and all other protocols in place, in order to operate safely….

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Jewelry Pop-Up, Nov Workshops, Soup & Standing STRONG

Michael Alexander Jewelry Pop-Up This Weekend They’re back! Michael Alexander Jewelry will be set up under an outdoor tent at Guilford Art Center on Friday, Nov 6 (12-4pm) and Saturday, Nov 7 (10am-4pm). Come see his innovative, original contemporary fine jewelry. Michael’s techniques include casting, metal fabrication, metalsmithing and hand carved wax and cad modeling….

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Soup for Good TO GO Tickets Available Now

The Soup for Good To Go event is sold out! However, you can still give much-needed support to the Guilford Art Center and the Community Dining Room through an event donation. Help support two important shoreline non-profit organizations at the annual Soup for Good TO GO event on Sunday, December 6. This popular fundraiser, which…

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Donate By November 1 & Your Gift Can Be Matched

THANKS FOR STICKING WITH US. YOU ARE HELPING GAC TO STAND STRONG.  Your support means more now than ever as we reopen our doors and serve our students and visitors with all the benefits of the arts during these most challenging times. Thanks to our supporters, GAC provided free, virtual offering this spring, then…

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Pledges Matched by Nov 1; Soup for Good TO GO; Workshops & Shopping

  This Just In! Pledges & Donations made by November 1 are matched by CT CARES Act COVID Relief Fund for the Arts   This is the time of year when we send our annual appeal, which helps sustain the Center with operating support for all of our programming and facilities. Be on the lookout…

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Soup for Good TO GO Event Benefits Guilford Art Center and Community Dining Room

The Soup for Good To Go event is sold out! However, you can still give much-needed support to the Guilford Art Center and the Community Dining Room through an event donation. If you donate the ticket price ($30), you will be entered into the drawings for the handmade pottery bowls and Jacques Pepin cook books….

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Shop GAC for the Holidays

Our Shop and Gallery are filled with handcrafted items by hundreds of American artists. Come visit The Shop and find unique gifts for everyone (even yourself!). Every purchase benefits the individual artist, and provides necessary support for GAC. Please try to shop small and local this season – it’s appreciated now more than ever! All…

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More Fall Workshops; Ladies Night; December in The Shop

  New Classes Starting Next Week These classes are running but there are still a few spots left. Click each linked class to see more details and register ASAP! Kids Classes: Meet the Masters: 4 Tuesdays beginning Oct 20, 4-6pm (ON CAMPUS) (ages 7+) Creating a World with Clay: 4 Mondays beginning Oct 19, 4:30-5:30pm…

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Meet the architects behind our new building & renovation

Designing Our New Building & Renovation Interview with Russell Campaigne & Mary Jo Kestner of CK Architects “Russell and I were very excited to be selected by the GAC Building Committee for this project. The Center’s mission to inspire and promote participation in the visual arts through education, exhibition and outreach is in line with…

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15% Off All Shop Purchases During Members Week (it ends this Saturday!)

GAC Members Week Ends This Saturday!   Don’t miss out on your chance for a 15% discount during Members Week. All GAC members receive 15% off all purchases in the Shop through Saturday, October 10.   Do you want to purchase a membership or need to renew? It’s easy. Just click here and you can…

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Doors Open to our Holiday Shop TODAY

Hooray! Our Shop Re-Opens Today!   We are thrilled to welcome all of our supporters and shoppers back to The Shop today at NOON. We decided it made sense to start our annual holiday sale to coincide with our re-opening this year. You’ll find the shop and gallery space filled with work by over 200…

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2 Ways to Shop at GAC Today & Tomorrow

  Looking for a change of scenery? Come visit The Shop and surround yourself with beauty, creativity and warmth. The shop and gallery are filled with work by hundreds of American artists. Start making your mental shopping lists for the holidays, or find something special for yourself.   GAC MEMBERS RECEIVE 15% ALL PURCHASES IN…

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4 Classes & Workshops That Begin Later This Week

We have four classes/workshops that begin this week. All are online sessions (via Zoom); there are still a few spaces left in each. Register asap!   See class descriptions and pricing HERE, and register HERE. Have a question? Contact us at info@guilfordartcenter.og, M-F. Paper Earrings Workshop Thursday, Oct 1, 6:30-8:30pm Instructor: Cheryl Tuttle   Paper…

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Upcoming Workshops for Adults & Kids, Members Week is Oct 1-10

Want to join a workshop this weekend?   There are a few spots left, so register ASAP and enjoy some creative time on-campus or online.   Making Cold Connection without a Torch Workshop – Saturday, Sept 26 10am-1pm (Online) Do you wonder which glue is best or thread or metal you should use? Learn to…

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The Shop at Guilford Art Center Reopens with Its Holiday Shopping Event

  The Shop at Guilford Art Center re-opens on October 1 with the annual Holiday Shop. Once again, the Shop and Gallery will be filled with fine handmade crafts by over 180 American artists — just in time to get a head-start on your holiday shopping! Normally, the popular Holiday Shop opens in November, but…

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Heating Up the Forge; Teaching Online; All Our Fall Youth Classes

Join us On-Campus or Online this Fall! No matter how you want to learn this fall, we have class solutions for you and your family. Many adult classes begin this week; youth classes begin next week. There’s still space and time to sign up, so don’t delay.   See class descriptions and pricing HERE, and…

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New Protocols for Returning to Campus

Welcome Back to the Classroom! Guilford Art Center is very pleased to welcome back our community to our campus. We can’t wait to see our students and visitors in person! As GAC resumes on-site operations, we are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, students, faculty, and staff. Nothing is more…

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See Our New Spaces; Register for Fall; Metalworking; Options for Youth

We’re Re-Opening Our (freshly painted) Doors! GAC is opening its doors again for the fall semester– part of a newly-expanded and refurbished school building. Please click on the video to hear the latest from Maureen Belden, GAC Executive Director. And check out the photos of our new spaces, inside and out! Our expansion and renovation…

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See our Fall Youth Classes: On-campus & Online

GAC Youth Art Classes & Workshops – something for everyone! Keep the kids engaged in art this fall at GAC! You can choose either on-campus gatherings or online sessions. Many classes begin the week of Sept 22, but there are also some starting in October. See class descriptions and pricing HERE, and register HERE. Have…

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Fall Classes & Workshops, Returning Faculty, Shop Re-Opening

We have learning options that will work for YOU! Join us on-campus or study online … the most important thing is that we continue to gather together to learn in a supportive creative community. Fall semester classes begin the week of Sept 14. We’ve reduced the sizes of classes due to new safety guidelines, so don’t…

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Guilford Art Center Announces Re-Opening for Fall 2020

Guilford Art Center announces its reopening for the fall semester, which will begin the week of September 14. Online registration opens August 24. The fall semester of classes will include a hybrid selection of on-campus and online classes. Small-sized on-campus classes will meet to ensure proper social distancing; there will also be a robust selection…

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Really Good News

And now for some REALLY GOOD NEWS …. GAC is re-opening for the fall semester! We are thrilled to announce that our doors will open for the fall semester on September 14. Online registration opens August 24. We realize everyone is throwing around the word “hybrid” solutions these days. We’re also taking that approach, however,…

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3 Youth Classes Offered Next Week

Register now for our final week of summer youth classes! Our photography class runs for 5 days; there is also a 1-day sculpture and 1-day clay class. Register now and learn from GAC instructors from the comfort of your home! See class descriptions and pricing HERE, and register HERE. All classes are virtual on Zoom….

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Our Sponsors Keep Us Going

Our sponsors & supporters mean so much.   Thank you to all the organizations who continue to support our mission of creating art & community. Especially during this year of challenge and uncertainty, the donations and encouragement from these organizations means more than ever. Not just because their dollars are helping GAC continue to provide…

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New Items from The Shop

Although our doors are still closed, you can still purchase items from our Shop! We’re listing new items on our website all the time. We can arrange for curbside pickup or shipping to your door. Every purchase benefits a fine craft artist that we support, as well as the Guilford Art Center mission to bring…

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4 New Adult Classes Starting This Week

Join our online learning community! There are 4 new adult classes starting this week. (We consider an adult aged 13 and older.) Need more for your kids this summer? We have lots of options for youth classes through the end of August. Register now and learn from GAC instructors from the comfort of your home!…

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2 Free Demos Tomorrow, Kids Classes, & More in August

WE’RE RUNNING TWO FREE ZOOM DEMOS TOMORROW. JOIN US – BUT MAKE SURE TO REGISTER BY TONIGHT! Also, check out what’s going on for kids next week – photography, clay, and architecture. Lots of options for your young artists! Check online for all our adult and kids summer classes, descriptions and pricing HERE, and register…

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More Summer Class Options for Kids & Adults

THERE’S MORE SUMMER SEMESTER!   Check online for all our adult and kids summer classes, descriptions and pricing HERE, and register HERE. All classes are virtual on Zoom. Have a question? Contact us at info@guilfordartcenter.og, M-F.   Free Demo Sessions   Sketchbook Revival – Free Demo Monday, July 29. 12:30 – 1:30 pm Instructor: Sharon…

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Last Day for Virtual Craft Expo; Kids Class For This Week

    How to Start Browse the Exhibitors Gallery to see images from 170 Craft Expo artists.    When You’re Ready to Shop Visit each artist’s website via the Participating Artists List. Many are running special promotions for the weekend. Click here to see the complete listing of artist promotions.    Follow Us on Social Media For the latest information…

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Ready, Set, Shop! Virtual Craft Expo Opens Today

New artist specials just added! See below for entire listing.     READY TO SHOP?   Visit all 170 Craft Expo artist websites today through Sunday to browse and purchase beautiful fine handcrafts. Visit the Guilford Art Center website now to view artists listings and image gallery.   Make sure to follow Guilford Craft Expo…

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Virtual Craft Expo Artist Promotions Offered This Weekend

The first-ever Virtual Craft Expo is this weekend!   Visit the Virtual Craft Expo page now to view artists listings and image gallery. Browse their work and prepare your shopping lists!   Then … shop this weekend (July 17-19) on all of the artist’s websites! See below for a full listing of special offers and…

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Full Listing of Summer Youth Classes

2020 Summer Youth Classes   Here is the list of all upcoming youth classes for this summer. They can vary in length- some are weeklong, while some are 1, 2 or 3 days. We’ve included brief descriptions below. Click on each class link for more information regarding pricing and age groups (most classes are geared…

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Join us for a summer filled with learning & community!

Join us for a summer filled with learning & community!  Here’s the latest from Maureen Belden, GAC Executive Director   SUMMER SEMESTER STARTS NEXT WEEK! Classes vary in length from 1, 2, 4 or 8 weeks. All classes are held on Zoom. You can find all summer class descriptions and pricing HERE, and register HERE.  All…

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Summer Catalog, Free Zoom Sessions (last call!), Virtual Craft Expo

SUMMER SEMESTER CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE All of our virtual summer classes and workshops for adults and kids are now listed in a catalog that you can print out or view online. Click HERE to download the Summer Catalog, then Register Online today! We hope this makes it easier for you to see all the options. Classes…

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Need a gift? The Shop is open online

Although our doors are still closed, you can still purchase items from our Shop! We have many items featured on our Shop webpage, plus what you see below. We can arrange for curbside pickup or shipping to your door. Every purchase benefits a fine craft artist that we support, as well as the Guilford Art…

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Register for New Zoom Sessions, Summer Semester Starts Soon, Shop Online for Gifts

Make Sure To Register for Upcoming Free Zoom Sessions We have a bunch of new free online sessions in the next two weeks (before our summer semester begins). They’re open to everyone – and free (except for one). But, we’re now asking everyone to register for them in advance. Don’t worry – it’s painless. We…

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STANDING TOGETHER

Guilford Art Center adds its voice to the calls for justice in the wake of the senseless killing of George Floyd. His violent death throws into sharp relief the persistent inequities along racial lines. All Americans deserve the respect, rights, and fairness due under our laws. There are voices speaking to us, demanding change across…

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Ekphrastic May: Poems from Home

Stuck at home during COVID-19, members of the Guilford Poets Guild recently engaged in an ekphrastic exercise of writing poems inspired by works of art in their own homes. Similar to seeing rooms on Zoom, these poems offer a unique and intimate glimpse into the lives of these local poets. Summertime, Evelyn Atreya November Walk…

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Staying Creative & Connected: Summer 2020 at GAC

As Connecticut’s shelter-in-place orders begin to ease, GAC continues to assess the best and safest ways to serve our community. We miss our students and supporters very much, but as the weeks and seasons unfurl, we need to be certain we can meet all safety guidelines before welcoming folks into our buildings again. We need…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 with an exhibition at THE GALLERY at Guilford Art Center 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 20 from…

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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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