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 a lineman for Connecticut Light & Power. Confined to a wheelchair for many months during his recuperation, he received a-paint-by-number art set, which was the catalyst for his love of art. He enrolled in painting classes at the Guilford Handcraft Center (now Guilford Art Center) and became a member of the Madison and Guilford Art Societies. He immersed himself in his newly discovered passion and began to share his life’s stories through painting, sculpture and poetry.

This exhibition focuses on Fleming’s watercolors, many created in classes at the Guilford Art Center with instructor Joan Downey. It will also include a selection of Fleming’s found-object sculptures. Both communicate unique stories of the artist’s life in colorful and creative ways, including his views about love, politics and religion. His pieces are filled with wisdom, hopefulness, color, beauty and whimsy.

Fleming’s works have been donated to benefit the mission of Guilford Art Center and will be available for purchase during the Exhibition.

Opening reception for the John Fleming exhibition is Friday, February 23, 5-7pm. The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm. For more information, call 203.453.5947.

Works by John Flemming
I Couldn’t Stop Smiling, Review by Mary Beeman


The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts. Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work. Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957. It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round. The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.