The Marlborough Arts Center is sponsoring a coloring contest for children
in conjunction with the Dia de los Muertos Art Show and Mercado being
held from October 10-November 8. Children are asked to stop by the Arts
Center during gallery hours,1-4pm, weekends during September and
October to pick up pictures to color. The completed pictures should be
returned to the Arts Center during gallery hours, posted on the website. Be
sure to include name and age, as well as phone number, as ribbons and prizes will be awarded.
Children are encouraged to submit original artwork, as well. There is no
age limit. Children who enter will also be given a free Raffle ticket for a
colorful Skeleton Tote/Duffle.

Please check the MAC website to find information about the upcoming
Mexican themed celebration, activities and classes for adults and children,
a Scavenger Hunt for the kids, and much more. When you enter the
exhibit, you will be immersed in Mexican tradition,music, and items for sale.
The Artists Reception Mexican Dinner ($10) will be held on October 16
from 6-8 pm.

Families can actively participate in the essence of this unique and joyful
event by bringing tokens of remembrance or a photo(copy) of loved ones to
be celebrated,and placing them on the beautifully authentic “Altare”, which
will be fully decorated with colorful flowers and other Mexican “Ofrenda”.

We hope our Altare will grow in beauty and meaning as the activities
throughout October culminate on the afternoon/evening of Nov. 1, when we
will have appetizers, Mariachi Music and an outdoor candlelight procession.

We are very excited to be offering this multicultural event and hope that all
area families will visit often on the weekend afternoons October 10 to
November 8 and enjoy the many activities provided.

El Dia de los Muertos

El Dia de los Muertos
Day of the Dead
A Mexican Celebration and Artists Exhibit
October 10 – November 8, 2015

Exhibit Opens October 10, 2015   Gallery hours 1:00-4:00 pm Sat. and Sun. through November 8 (November 1st Gallery hours 1 – 6:30 pm)Dia-de-los-Muertos-(4)

This unique exhibition will feature Mexican inspired artwork, two entertaining and informative participatory events with Mexican foods and beverages, an evening of music and several classes.

Classes are varied and exciting for both adults and children. For complete information and registration form, click on this link.

Craft projects and a scavenger hunt for young and old will be available during gallery hours.

Handmade Mexican-inspired artworks and crafts, as well as spiritualistic photography, will be on display and for purchase.

Ongoing visitor participation honoring ancestors is encouraged. Visitors may bring photos (copies) of deceased loved ones, small trinkets/tokens of remembrance or artificial flowers to place on the decorative flower covered Altar. The Altar should evolve and grow in spirit and beauty throughout the exhibit.

Our committee is excited and enthusiastic about the upcoming event. Our goal is for it to be celebrated and enjoyed by as many people as possible.

Special Events:

October 16, Friday, 6 – 8 pm

Artists Reception and Mexican Buffet
$10 per person, including Sangria
Outdoor candlelight procession at 7:30 pm
Colorful/Mexican attire encouraged.
Music by Rick Johnson

This event will include an interesting overview and history of the celebration, El Dia de los Muertos, by two featured artists and world travelers, Agatha Hoover and Maggie Kendis.

Agatha is the owner of the Mansfield Art Center, where she sells unique items personally purchased from multitudes of countries, including Mexico. Maggie is an artist from Lebanon, CT. She has studied batik, ceramics & silk-screening and now specializes in linocut prints.

November 1, Sunday, 1 – 6:30 pm

El Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Participants and visitors, young and old, attending the Day of the Dead celebration on the afternoon of Nov.1 are encouraged to come in Mexican-inspired clothing and enjoy Mexican appetizers, entertainment, and a “Fortune Teller”.  Music by Kenn Morr Band.

Slug Nickel at 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe on September 25th

The Marlborough Arts Center’s September “4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe” features Slug Nickel on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT.

The Slug Nickel band was born back in the 90’s but the core as it is now has been in place since about 2001. The band consist of Nicholas Ekert (Toad) on guitar and vocals, his friend and longtime musical partner, George Spurlock on Bass and vocals and Mike Labella on drums and vocals.  They are hoping to have Toad’s great friend Kurt Hanson come down from Massachusetts to join in on mandolin.

The band was built around Toad’s solo act. He doesn’t care much for contemporary popular music and has spent a large part of his life searching for songs that are entertaining yet easy to play, and have some sense of humor to them.
They play lots of old time country/bluegrass/folk type songs that are lyrically interesting and funny.  Toad notes that “We are not much of a dance band and if one expects “Mustang Sally” they will be disappointed!”  What you WILL hear, among other things,  is songs about rusty cars, mobile homes, excessive drinking and country life in general. The Slug Nickel as a group, and as individuals, has a wonderful sense of humor and comedy. The lyrics of their music reflects the humor of everyday life. This makes for a truly fun and interactive evening for the audience.

The Marlborough Arts Center is located at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT. There is ample parking and the facility is fully accessible. Admission at the door is $10 per person. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., leaving time to peruse the art exhibit on the walls, the creative and unique items for sale in the Gift Store, and to settle down with your choice of seats in the beautiful Charles W. Hall Gallery before the show. BYOWine with home-made cookies and other refreshments available.

You can find more information about the Marlborough Arts Center, membership, artistic events, classes, etc. at their website www.marlborougharts.org, or leave a message on their telephone (860) 295-9389 and a member of the Board will return your call.

Aldo Passarelli at the Town Hall Gallery

The Marlborough Arts Center presents artist Aldo Passarelli at the Town Hall Gallery, 26 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT. The Town Hall is open for business daily from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Friday when it closes at 12 noon. His art lining the hallways at Town Hall is certainly worth a visit even when you have no business to pursue.

Aldo Passarelli’s exhibit consists of 13 works that represent his exploration of pastel and colored pencil media since 2012. The landscapes and images represent his desire to capture the unique qualities of mood and color of a place. He has chosen works that have a theme of water in its many moods: scenes of rivers, ponds, and ocean.

Passarelli earned an B.S. in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University, a M.A. in Art Studio from Kent State University, and is certified by the State of Connecticut to teach Elementary Education. He has taught in the Public Schools of Newington, WIndham, and Old Saybrook. He was also a part of the Summer Urban Arts Program in Hartford and was an Adjunct Instructor in Ceramics at Southern Connecticut State University.

He has been an award winning artist since 1970 from various exhibitions in Connecticut including shows in New Haven, Hartford, Brookfield, Talcottville, Manchester, Cornwall, and Marlborough. He has also exhibited on Kent, Ohio and in many state Galleries. He is a present artist member of the Marlborough Arts Center, and is also a member of the Board of Directors.

His art will be on view at the Marlborough Town Hall through September and October 2015.

MAC Memo September 2015 to the Membership

Great news! As of August 20, MAC officially bought and owns the adjoining land we’ve been talking about to preserve as an ART PARK. You will notice the For Sale sign is down and now Phase 2 of the Project has begun: the planning for the future. Thanks and appreciation to the Hartford Foundation For Public Giving for awarding us a $40,000 Grant and to everyone who donated to match those funds, thus making possible our Vision of saving the land as an ART PARK. Now when you drive/walk past the Arts Center at 231 North Main Street, look also at the woods right next door at 225 North Main Street; that’s our land and what will be the ART PARK.

Our Annual Artist Member Show is open now, every Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m., through September 27, with the exception of Labor Day weekend when MAC will be closed for the holiday. Do come and enjoy the great creativity of our artist members. Winners this year are:

1st place: Jim Grabowski (“Time Sequence Study”); 2nd place: Marthan Lauranitis (“Pineapple”); 3rd place: James Wagner (“Charter Oak Bridge”). Honorable Mentions were awarded to Albert D”Antonio, Bob Desaulnier, & Pattie Bullock.

This month’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe spotlight “Plug Nickle” on Friday, September 25, with music just as interesting as their name.

Heads up that in October we will be celebrating a full month of cultural shows and classes around the Mexican “dia de los muertos”, or day of the dead in honor of loved ones who have died. This is a very interactive and fun month organized by Marilyn Ulion. You will find full details on our website wwww.marlborougharts.org