Marlborough Day

20140824_0264The Marlborough Arts Center’s tent was in the center of Marlborough Day down at Blish Park on Sunday, August 24, this year and a spot for artists of all ages to come, draw, and participate in the very interactive creation of a beautiful pink flower poster. The poster was made of 36 individual pieces, each piece painted by one person and then placed together to finally form the complete flower. The  fun of this creation was in watching the painting grow, piece by piece. It was an added thrill to know that each person contributed something to the whole. The poster will be displayed in the classroom on the lower level of the Arts Center, along with posters from other years, so do drop in to see them the next time you are at MAC.

There were also crayons galore for the youngest children to use on their own projects which they could take with them. It is always interesting to see how children will use colors and shapes, especially when they are free to express themselves without any “lines” in which to stay. There are definitely some young artists already living in Marlborough!20140824_0269

It was a beautiful day for the town and everyone enjoyed being part of the art thanks to the day-long artistic planning and leadership of Susan Whitehouse, and Fran Terase.

Participants in the artwork:

Sophie Olander20140824_0274
Lisa Butterfield
Abby Moore
Fran Terase
Stan Biskupski
Katie Moore
Robin Johnson
Joan Parker
Joan Skripol
Leah Bahamonde
Sydney Olander
Susan Whitehouse
Cathy Gaudinski
Sophie Olander
Linda Bajek
Jannie Shannon
Deann Rhodes
Janine Turgeon
Liz McGreevy
Audrey Prucnal
Paige Burkhart
Mike Malloy
Katie Kingsley
sydney Farrar
Diane Sandler
Bethany Hartshorn
Suzette Kuerbety
Dave Bourbeau
Joan O’Connell
Julia Pearson
Dot Foley
Debbie Pierson


The Marlborough Arts Center at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT announces its first all Sculpture Show. The show begins with an Opening Reception on Friday, September 5, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. for the public to meet and mingle with the artists while enjoying refreshments. This 3-dimensional show gives another perspective to art and one the Arts Center is pleased to present with works from Sculptors living in Marlborough, East Hampton, Hebron, Colchester, and other towns of the region.

Beginning with Saturday, September 6, the day after the Opening Reception, the Sculpture Show will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. through September 28. The sculptures are exhibited in the beautiful Charles W. Hall Art Gallery, a venue that enhances the art works displayed. Admission is free of charge and the facility is fully accessible with ample parking available.

The Gift Shop, filled with many smaller art works, jewelry, carved wood objects, and even artist-made beeswax candles, will also be open during the show’s visiting hours. These fine crafts make wonderful gifts and visitors are invited to peruse the Gift Shop while at the Arts Center.

This is also an opportunity to view the lawn sculptures carved of green serpentine in Zimbabwe: “Harvest for the Mother of Twins” and “Diving Right In “, while they remain on the grounds of the Arts Center before being returned to the artists.

The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the fine arts, performing arts, and fine crafts and is completely run by committed volunteers. Visit the website at for details about their myriad artistic activities, classes, open studios, musical evenings, membership, and history. Also to get up-to-the-minute news, visit where you can LIKE and SHARE, or telephone the Arts Center at (860) 295-9389.

Learning to Use Your Digital Camera

If you are not getting the quality images you want, but don’t know why, this course will help you understand your camera.All the basics of photography will be covered, including the specific controls and manual settings; working with depth-of-field; selecting lenses; focusing the image; backing-up; simple editing and cataloging. There will be discussions of what makes a good image with basic color theory and practical lighting applications. You will take pictures and look at each other’s images. Bring your digital camera (with instruction booklet) to class, along with photos you’ve taken, saved as JPGs on a flash drive.

The class will be held on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm Sept. 18th through October 2nd at 231 N. Main Street in Marlborough CT. It is geared to adults and serious teens. The tuition is $90 for the three sessions ($81 for members). Call Bonnie at 860-267-4584 for more information and to register.2014 Class Registration Form

Peter Glass has owned and operated Peter Glass Photography for more than 25 years. He has taught photography classes at all levels in many community and education centers. See his website at

4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe on August 22nd

The Marlborough Arts Center presents the Kenn Morr Band at its ” 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe” musical evening on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the beautiful Charles W. Hall Art Gallery at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT.  Kenn Morr is known throughout the United States and in Europe as a singer/songwriter who has captured a huge fan base with his very special lyrics based on his life experiences. His velvety baritone makes his songs seem like conversations with all who hear. His band is now working on their 6th album and they will be playing many of the hits from those albums. Known for their harmonics and acoustic rock   style,  and led by Kenn Morr on vocals, guitar, keyboard, and harmonica, the band members include Bob Gaspar as percussionist and master of the West African drum djembe;  Tom Hagymasi who plays a wide variety of instruments: bouzouki, mandolin, violin, and concertina; and Pat Ryan on bass guitar.
Admission is $8/individual or $15 for two. BYOWine. Other refreshments are available. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., but the doors open at 7:00 so there is time to peruse the Gift Shop, choose your own seats (no advance reserved seats), then relax and settle in for what promises to be a fine evening of music and the stories behind it.


Hello, Members All,

It is written: “Ask and it shall be given to you; Seek and ye shall find.” (Matthew 7:7-8) Well, I hope this Biblical passage holds true for MAC as I ask your assistance in seeking WRITERS for two different opportunities:  (1)  someone who has had experience in grant writing, and  (2)  someone who is interested in writing publicity copy for our events. Please telephone me at home at (860) 295-9565 or email me at I am sure that within our gifted membership there are those of you  who have some time and are willing to share your skills to help the Arts Center in these ways. I sincerely look forward to hearing from you “someones”.

As I wrote last month, July and August are transitional months for our Board Members and we have been very busy transitioning with a great deal of painting, reorganizing, and committee meetings to plan events for the year beginning with our first time “Sculpture Show” running from September 5-28.  Put the Opening Reception date down on your calendar now to meet the sculptors and enjoy a glass of wine together on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 7-9 p.m.

This 3-dimentional show will give us some perspectives on the variety of what art is and we are excited to bring it to you.

That  Reception is on a first Friday, but we could not have a fourth Friday of any month without our “4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe” musical evenings. On August 22, we are very pleased to present the Kenn Morr Band  from 7:30 – 9 p.m.  They are known for a melodic harmony-driven acoustic rock sound in complement to Kenn Morr’s velvety baritone voice and original songs, songs you will be humming along with as they play. They’ll sing hits from their five albums and performances around America and Europe. And they’ll be singing just for us right here in Marlborough, so come on over for an evening you will long remember.

Just another word about music at MAC: “great pleasure”. Sorry, that’s two words, but something special and pleasurable happens at these “4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe” evenings beyond the music. The musicians and we in the audience are literally on the same level in the beauty of the Art Gallery. There is an intimacy of being a part of the music as the musicians share their back stories and we respond with comments and questions and even requests. This is so unlike going to a concert in an auditorium. It is very like having musicale evenings in one’s own home, with easy communication between the guest players and friends in attendance. It is a reason why every group who has come, has asked when they can come back again.

So, I invite you to partake of this “great pleasure”. Come regardless of the musical genre. You will find the ambience and experience worth so much more than the mere $8 admission. And you will be helping support the musicians who give so much to the culture of our region.
I hope to see you soon at MAC, or out in the open at Blish Park if you drop in to say “Hi” at our booth at Marlborough Day, Sunday, August 24.  Happy Augusting!