SPECIAL INVITATION TO ART LOVERS: Jim Grabowski at the Town and County Gallery

Jim Grabowski, nationally known artist and Board Member of the Marlborough Arts Center, has a collection of 36 pieces of his work now being showcased at the prestigious Town and County Club’s  newly renovated Gallery at 22 Woodland Street in Hartford. This Gallery is usually open only to members of the Town and County Club, but Jim has arranged a special showing for the Board and all members of the Marlborough Arts Center.

Special showings for us as artists and art enthusiasts are: Thursday, May 29th from 1-4 p.m. and Friday, May 30th from 12:30-5 p.m. Our attendance and support would be a wonderful tribute to Jim, and one he truly deserves.

The Town and County Club’s location at 22 Woodland Street is just off of Farmington Avenue near the Mark Twain House and very easy to find. You can visit their website at http://www.towncounty.com  for background on this historic landmark.

Figure Study Open Studio Continues

The Marlborough Arts Center continues to run our Figure Study Open Studio program and we’d like to get more  students. It is open every Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00pm, at a cost of $15.00 for the 3-hour session with a live model…members will receive a 10{eba5a16469fb4a7f18f8ea69c1431b00c5f2da579f8ac6bd75c322ccea0d0754} discount.

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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. mailto:macopenstudiosurvey@gmail.com
  • HELP:  Please see our poster – feel free to print it out and post it in your library, senior center, workplace, favorite coffee shop, etc.

Marlborough Arts Center’s 2014 Photography Show

Photographers are invited to exhibit their photography in the Marlborough Arts Center’s juried 2014 Photography Show.  This show is open to any photographer demonstrating creativity in technique and subject matter. The judges will be Peter Glass and Chris Huestis.

Cash awards will include:
& Final Table recognition awards

There is a one-time non-refundable entry fee for submissions: $15 for one entry, $10 for the second entry; and $5 for the third entry.  The Exhibit will run from Saturday June 14th through Sunday June 29th with an Opening Reception on Friday June 13th from 6-8pm.  Drop off dates are Sunday June 1st from 12-3 pm and Monday June 2nd from 5-8pm.

For more details as well as an entry form and labels, Click here: 2014 Photography Show Entry Form. For any questions, call the Show Coordinator: Susan Whitehouse at 860-228-7654.


Correction added 4/17 – Entry fees reduced


Hello All, and Happy May Day!  In fact, Happy May Month! This is a month of celebrations even though we do not have a May Pole at the Arts Center around which we could weave ribbons of many colors as in Renaissance and Baroque times. However, we do have a wonderful musician who will be playing Renaissance Music on our 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe this month on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Susan Lowenkron, who is the creator and director of the trio “Tapestry”, will give us a concert of Renaissance and Celtic music on her period instruments. Many of you may know her from her years in Marlborough and early involvement with the Arts Center. Susan is a graduate of Eastman School of Music, received her Master’s Degree from Hartt College of Music, and teaches both at the Hartford Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the Thames Valley Music School at Connecticut College. She is active as a performer throughout New England and New York and enjoys talking about the instruments and the times in which this music originated. What a lovely way to experience history: music designed for both kings and commoners and now played for us.  Do mark May 23rd on your calendars and join in the fun.

May also brings Mother’s Day and this year we are Opening the Art Gallery and Gift Shop on Saturday, May 10, the day before Mother’s Day, from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. as a special opportunity for you to choose absolutely unique gifts for the mothers in your lives. Paintings by well-known artists  now on exhibit in the Art Gallery are available for sale. One of a kind creations by regional artists are also available in the Gift Shop: jewelry, woven scarves and apparel, ceramics and carvings signed by the artist, fused glass decorations, and myriad other gifts beyond the typical will surely delight any mother. Think “MAC for Mom”.

Speaking of celebrations, remember that we rent out the Arts Center for private parties or events. I hope you think of us as being your art-lined living room, complete with baby grand piano!  Your dues support us so in a very real way this is your living room. If interested, leave a message on our telephone at (860) 295-9389. The events coordinator will return your call and be happy to discuss any plans with you.

You can see my party spirits are bubbling, but the same is true for the entire Board of Directors as we begin planning our end of June Picnic for you, our members. We have some very talented cooks in this group and they are anticipating a big party to meet and greet, eat, treat, and thank you for all your support throughout the year. I’ll confirm the date and time soon. In the meantime, please consider this my most sincere invitation and request for the pleasure of your company.