Figure Study Open Studio

Dear Members and other friends –

We’re pleased to announce that the Marlborough Art Center is about to start our Figure Study Open Studio program during the month of April – – and beyond, if we get good attendance.

Beginning on Tuesday, April 1, we will hold a Figure Study Open Studio every Tuesday afternoon in April from 1:00 to 4:00pm, at a cost of only $15.00 for the 3-hour session…or  SAVE with four consecutive sessions for only $50.00. Note: Marlborough Art Center members will receive a 10{eba5a16469fb4a7f18f8ea69c1431b00c5f2da579f8ac6bd75c322ccea0d0754} discount. Figure Study Poster jpg

We hope you’ll be able to join us for our opening session – and for many others in the future. And please, spread the word to your friends, in person and on Facebook, if you use it. (You could even re-post the announcement from our Facebook page and Comment that you’re attending.)

A few last points:

  • Because we’ll be using nude models, participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Cameras will not be allowed.
  • No pre-registration – pay at the door. Please enter through the upper Gallery Entrance.
  • Bring your own supplies. We will have tables and some easels, but beyond that you’ll be on your own.
  • WANTED:   If you have an easel to donate, we’d be grateful.
  • WANTED:   Do you know anyone who’d like to model? Have them get in touch with us.
  • HELP:  Please see our poster – feel free to print it out and post it in your library, senior center, workplace, favorite coffee shop, etc.

Thanks for your attention. We look forward to seeing you at our inaugural session. Remember to put FIGURE STUDY: April 1, 8, 15, & 22 on your calendar…and beyond, if we get good attendance.

–Gil Salk, Figure Study Open Studio Coordinator

Town Hall Gallery

Pictured from left to right: Nancy Quinn, Jessica Binstock, Marcia Evans, Mary Johansson, Diane Lord, Dean Waite, and Carole Jeffries
Pictured from left to right: Nancy Quinn, Jessica Binstock, Marcia Evans, Mary Johansson, Diane Lord, Dean Waite, and Carole Jeffries

Adult members of Dean Waite’s Painting with Oils and Acrylics Workshop class whose works are now exhibited at the Marlborough Town Hall visited their exhibition and were greeted by First Selectman Catherine Gaudinski. They are pictured in the Town Hall Gallery that is lined by their art work on display through March and April 2014 during the weekday hours.

Pictured from left to right: Nancy Quinn, Jessica Binstock, Marcia Evans, Mary Johansson, Diane Lord, Dean Waite, and Carole Jeffries, who organized the exhibition on display through March and April 2014.


More Photos:

Marsha Evans, Dean Wiate & Carole Jeffries
Marsha Evans, Dean Wiate & Carole Jeffries
Cart on display at Town Hall
Cart on display at Town Hall
Cart on display at Town Hall
Cart on display at Town Hall

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(Seated) Dean Waite, Diana Lord             (Standing left-right) Nancy Quinn, Marsha Evans, Carole Jeffries, Mary Johansson, Jessica Binstock               (Not shown) Rob Bavier, John Smuda, Florence Scoville
(Seated) Dean Waite, Diana Lord
(Standing left-right) Nancy Quinn, Marsha Evans, Carole
Jeffries, Mary Johansson, Jessica Binstock
(Not shown) Rob Bavier, John Smuda, Florence Scoville

March 4th Friday with Ashly Cruz

The Marlborough Arts Center, at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT.,  continues with its popular “4th Friday at the Arts Cafe” musical evenings on Friday, March 28, 2014,  starring Ashly Cruz, the sultry Jazz and Blues entertainer, who is back by popular demand with her Cabaret Show, this time featuring an homage to Ella Fitzgerald. Ashly Cruz brings her interactive Cabaret Show to the Marlborough Arts Center’s beautiful Charles W. Hall Gallery which musicians love because of its acoustics and intimate setting close to the audience, and where the audience relaxes and can enjoy the music and refreshments in comfort. Ashly Cruz is a Connecticut native who began her musical career as a dancer in the Hartford Ballet Company, later becoming a founding member and choreographer of the Hartford Contemporary Dance Theater. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Carnegie Mellon University in the prestigious Musical Theater Drama Department. Her love of song, dance, and drama led to parts on television, regional theaters across the country, and on to Los Angeles where she formed, and became the lead singer for, the rock band “Taboo You” which headlined at The Roxy and The Whiskey on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. After the break-up of the band, she went on to Nashville, where she put together a special French/American Cabaret show which drew great crowds. Now back in Connecticut, she has headlined at BB King’s Dance Club at Foxwoods Casino, as well as bringing her wide variety of song and dance to La Vie En Rose Bistro in New London. Never still for long, she released her first single and video titled “My Tango Baby”, as well as developing the unique “Cardio Latino” which is a fun and effective fitness routine that has become a craze in Connecticut for the last few years. She is a multi-talented performer and just being in the audience means having a fun and exciting evening.

Admission is $8/individual and $15 for two. BYOWine. Other refreshments are available. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., but the doors open at 7:00 so you have time to get settled with refreshments, visit the Gift Shop and art available for sale, and chat with friends before the show.

The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the fine arts, performing arts, and fine crafts. Visit the website or call (860) 295-9389 for details about the myriad exhibitions, shows, classes and artistic possibilities open to the public, or check them out on Facebook.  If you are interested in supporting the arts in the area through membership in the organization, membership information and applications are also on the website.


It has been said that March winds and April showers help to bring May flowers. Well, we’ve had January & February winds, showers, snow, and hail, so I think we are all ready for the milder seasonal weather to lift our spirits. Whatever the unpredictable weather will bring, you can depend on MAC to bring shows and music to lift your spirits.

This month begins with the Annual Schools’ Student Art Show from March 8 through March 23, every weekend from 1-4:00 p.m. This show is held in the Arts Center’s Charles W. Hall Gallery at 231 North Main Street and is coordinated by artist members Sue Hollister and Lin Gotta in collaboration with the art teachers at our local schools: Elmer Thienes and Mary Hall Elementary School in Marlborough; RHAM Middle and High Schools in Hebron; and the Elementary schools of Gilead Hill, Hebron and Andover. There will be two Opening Receptions, March 8 and March 9, because of all the students and families involved. See our website for more details as well as announcements in the news media. Then come to enjoy and be impressed by the talents and creativity of our young artists, and artists they are.

At the end of the month our 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe features Ashly Cruz, who literally is back by popular demand. Her sultry voice and dramatic renditions in her Cabaret-style program will have you moving and smiling and totally involved. She has added an homage to Ella Fitzgerald to her jazz and blues, something you do not want to miss and we hope to see many of you at MAC on Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. Come early to get a good seat and settle in for a fun evening.

Our classes are increasing also after the winter snows with Audrey Carroll Prucnal‘s Watercolor class starting on March 26 (Wednesdays, 6-8 pm); Marcia Letourneau‘s Acrylic Painting for Children starting April 5 (4 Saturdays, 3-4:15 pm); Rita Paradis‘ Colored Pencils on May 10 (10am-3 pm); and continuing are Open Studio on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm and Dean Waite‘s Painting with Acrylics and Oils every Thursday from 1-3 pm. Newer classes are in the planning stages. Again, you can check on all of our activities on our website.

We have other exhibits and activities in the planning stages. I will always keep you informed and I hope you also keep looking for our announcements. Furthermore, I hope you visit us at the Arts Center. As you can see above, when we have a show we are open every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Classes are held during the week. So, don’t just drive by; come on in.

And when you do, look around and think how perfect a place the Arts Center is as a site for your own family or business reception or party. Renting the beautiful Charles W. Hall Gallery with its surrounding walls of artworks is easy; the classroom in the lower level is also available. All you need do is contact me at (860) 295-9565 for rental details.

Happy Transition to Spring to you all,

Joan C. Lester, President