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What’s Next at GAC: In the Gallery, Call for Healthcare Artists, Expo Volunteering, Whales on the Wall

IN THE GALLERY

Final Week! New Current Exhibition by Gallery One Artists
The “New Currents” exhibition features works by Gallery One artists and celebrates the role of art in navigating the currents of life. Connecticut-based Gallery One represents a diverse group of established artists whose works reflect different artistic traditions. On View at the Guilford Art Center from May 13 – June 5, 2022.

Ceramics Biennial 2022: A National Juried Exhibition Opens June 17
This exhibition present contemporary works in clay, both functional and non-functional by American artists from across the nation. It represents a fascinating overview of the variety of ways ceramic artists further craft traditions, explore innovative approaches, and utilize this ancient medium for creating new works. On View at the Guilford Art Center from June 17 – July 31, 2022.

The Gallery is open 7 days a week, Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm. Entry is free & open to the community.


CALL FOR ARTISTS

IN GOOD HANDS: HEALTHCARE WORKERS MAKE ART
August 10 – September 4, 2022
Artwork Drop-Off July 25-29

Healthcare workers who enjoy making art are invited to submit one piece to Guilford Art Center’s gallery exhibition. Works in all media—painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, photography, jewelry, mixed media and more—are welcome.

In Good Hands will demonstrate how art helps with strength, resilience, and healing. Especially since the pandemic, people are turning toward the arts for these benefits. How has art helped healthcare workers, in particular, who are bearing an increased toll? How do their abilities to observe creatively in their jobs translate to their art? How do they engage with art’s joyful, therapeutic benefits? This exhibition will celebrate some of these answers through the art of these heralded community members. MORE INFORMATION


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

We are excited about Guilford Craft Expo 2022 and hope you would like to join us as a volunteer this year. The show is one of the shoreline’s favorite summer events, and one of Guilford Art Center’s most important fundraisers.

In addition to our gratitude, volunteers receive free admission to Craft Expo for all 3 days.
Show dates and times:

Friday: July 15, 11am-7:30pm
Saturday: July 16, 10am-7pm
Sunday: July 17, 12pm-5pm

Please let us know how you’d like to help. Remember, you can sign up for more than one shift; and thank you for spreading the word to anyone else you know who’d like to volunteer.
This year we are using Sign Up Genius to organize the volunteer schedule. Please click here to view the schedule and to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4eadac2ca4f8c70-craft

If you need assistance, please email Ashley Seneco, Program Assistant, at aseneco@guilfordartcenter.org. Thank you, we are looking forward to working with our volunteers on this great community event!


IN THE SHOP

Thar she blows!! Pictured above: salvaged wood whales by local artist Andy Teran.

Shop 7 days a week, Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sundays 12-4pm. GAC members receive 10% off all purchases


UPCOMING EVENTS

#SongStrong: This Saturday, June 4 in Guilford
We are proud to support this event, which celebrates the life of Guilford’s Ethan Song who passed away in January 2018 due to a. All proceeds go to the Ethan Miller Song Foundation, a non-profit that develops and supports Ethan’s causes and programs that keep kids safe. The weather looks great for race day!

Next Pop-Up Event is Saturday, June 25
Shop local artists who will under tents at GAC from 10am-4pm. Find unique handcrafted goods to give as gifts or find something to treat yourself! There is no fee for this event and it’s open to all. Participating artists include: Mountain Tree Studios (Jewelry), Susan Roberts (Jewelry), Stacey Burwell (Leather), Andy Teran (Wood), Maira Wickert (Ceramics).


CRAFT EXPO 2022
Connecticut’s Premier Outdoor Juried Show of American Craft
FRI, SAT, & SUN – JULY 15, 16 & 17
Friday, July 15 from 11:00AM-7:30PM
Saturday, July 16 from 10:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday, July 17 from 12:00-5:00PM
(Rain or Shine)
ON THE GUILFORD GREEN IN GUILFORD, CT


JUNE WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

POT HOLDER WEAVING WITH A MODERN TWIST WORKSHOP
Friday, June 3, 9:30am-12:30pm
Instructor: Claudia Mathison

Enjoy this craft once again using cotton loops, sophisticated patterns and gorgeous colors.

FORGING TONGS WORKSHOP
Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Greg AmEnde

Learn basic techniques of forging blacksmith’s tongs; explore the process and explore different jaw styles. This workshop is intended for students who have some forging experience and good hammer control but beginners are also welcome.

MAKE AN OCTOPUS WORKSHOP (ages 5+)
Saturday, June 4, 10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Jasmine Ahern

Together we’ll use recycled fabrics like old shirts to stuff and put together an Octopus teddy to take home!

FORGING YOUR OWN HAMMER WORKSHOP
Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Aidan Garrity

In this workshop students will forge their own hammers and make and mount handles.

TEEN BLACKSMITHING
3 Tuesdays beginning June 14, 3:30-5:30pm
Instructor: Colt Allen

Learn to build a coal fire and use the new skills to make small projects such as hooks, fire pokers, and hand-forged jewelry.