MAC Memo to the Membership

Hello All. We are changing slightly the monthly contact with our members. Instead of a President’s Letter, you will be receiving “MAC MEMOS” on activities and news items.

So, MAC MEMO #1 is for July 2015 and begins with the great news that we have been awarded a $40,000 grant to help with the purchase of the land at 225 North Main Street (next door), its preservation and the development of a reflective ART PARK within its natural setting. Each one of you who donated funds to help with this project is making this future extension of the Arts Center possible and the Board thanks you sincerely. If you haven’t yet donated and would like to, please feel free to do so by mailing a check payable to Marlborough Arts Center to us at:  231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT 06447.

Obviously, that is also the address for our next 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe on Friday, July 24, starring the return of DEEP ELLUM. Concerts begin at 7:30, but doors open at 7:00 with admission being only $10/person at the door. BYOWine. Other refreshments are available. Come early, shop in the Gift Shop, settle in, and get ready for a wonderful musical experience. DEEP ELLUM is really Rich Johnson and Jon Swift, an acoustic duo who play what they term “Americana” and what their audiences term a mix of favorites to relax with and enjoy. Then there is the dobro, a sound you must hear!

And, this is also where you member artists will drop off works you’d like to enter into our Artist Member Show, with cash prizes for winners, scheduled for August-September. Please see our website for details. Diane Sandler is coordinating this event; you may call her at (860) 295-8242.

There are no classes planned for the summer because vacations make it difficult to plan consistent classes, but always check our website for the latest news and changes. Let us know (leave message at 860-295-9389) if there is a class you would like to take; we will make it happen!

“Enjoy” is the operative term for the summer and we hope you enjoy some of this time with the Arts Center.

Deep Ellum at 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe on July 24th

The Marlborough Arts Center continues the popular “4th Friday at the Arts Cafe” musical evenings with the acoustic duo Deep Ellum on Friday, July 24, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Center gallery at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT. The pair has performed at the Café before to an enthusiastic audience.

Deep Ellum’s experienced musicians, Rich Johnson and Jon Swift, have performed separately and together, while appearing on radio and TV shows, with various bands, and in many Connecticut venues featuring acoustic music. They call their playing an “Americana” mix of blues, old jazz, folk music, bluegrass, and oldies and are known for putting their distinctive stamp on each song they perform.

Admission is $10 at the door. BYOWine if desired. Refreshments of coffee, tea, soda, water and freshly baked goods are available. The Art Center’s Gift Shop with unique examples of work by local artists in many media will be open.

The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the fine arts, performing arts, and fine crafts. Visit or telephone (860) 295-9389 for further information.

Notice to Members: GREAT NEWS !

We have just been officially notified that the Marlborough Arts Center’s application for a $40,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has been awarded toward the purchase of the adjoining parcel of land, its preservation, and development eventually into an ART PARK. Along with the generous support from members and the community with pledges and donations, we will be able to follow through and realize the Vision of an ART PARK here in Marlborough, a future oriented vision that will benefit everyone in the region. A sincere Thank You to everyone who did donate funds and who continue to do so as we wrap this up.

Sincerely, Joan C. Lester and Fran Terase, Co-Chairman of the ART PARK Committee