uncle-samThe Marlborough Arts Center is seeking art created by Veterans for display at our regional arts center.

 The exhibit will be held from May 7 to May 29. There will be an opening reception on May 6 from 7-9 pm with refreshments.

This event is free to the public.

 Submissions may include: paintings, photographs (taken by Veterans), carvings, sculptures or drawings.

Please call Mike Malloy at 860-295-9680 by March 15 to indicate your interest in participating. Then complete this form and bring it with your artwork (up to 2 items may be entered) to the Marlborough Arts Center, 231 N. Main Street, Marlborough on May 1 from 10:00am to 12 noon. NOTE: There is no entry fee for this exhibit. Wall art must be wired for hanging.

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Students’ Art Show

In March the Marlborough Arts Center is once again hosting the 2016 Students’ Art Show of students from Marlborough, Hebron, Gilead, and Andover. This show is coordinated by Susan Hollister and Linn Gotta, collaborating closely with the Art teachers of all the schools. In the Elementary schools the art teachers are: Denise Ketterer in Marlborough; Meredith Cowan in Hebron; Susan Giammarco in Gilead; and Jay Ames in Andover. Brian Merrill and Rebecca Keller are in RHAM Middle School and Bev Fisher, Shelly Osowiecki, Carrie Dinunzio and Maxine Pelligra are at RHAM High School. These talented teachers stimulate their students’ creativity in myriad ways so that each annual show is unique and always impressive. It is worth a visit even if you do not have a student exhibiting in the Show.

Because there are so many schools involved, there will be two Opening Receptions for the young artists, their parents and friends, and for the public. Saturday, March 5, from 1-4 p.m.,   will be the Reception for Marlborough Elementary School and both RHAM Middle and High Schools. Sunday, March 6, from 1-4 p.m., will be the Reception for the elementary schools of Gilead, Hebron, and Andover.

After the Opening Receptions, the Show will continue and be open on weekends through March 20, every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the fine arts, performing arts, and fine crafts that is located at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT . Ample parking is free and the building is fully accessible. Details about this and other artistic endeavors, classes, and membership can be viewed on line at or by calling (860) 295-9389.

February’s MAC MEMO to the Members

We start the MAC news of the month with “Thanks” for the great generosity of all who participated in our TAG SALE on January 30 and made it such a successful fund raiser. We actually made over $1,300 ! The few items not sold were donated to local charities so everyone benefits. Our profits will go the ART PARK fund as part of Phase 2, Planning and Development. As you pass, do enjoy seeing the ART PARK in its natural beauty, sometimes even with snow. We will keep you informed of its progress and welcome anyone who would like to bring ideas and serve on the Phase 2 committee.

This month’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe is on February 26, with “Celtic Melody“, an evening of Irish music and history led by Liz Raymond and her five musicians. Regardless of the weather, the warmth of the Irish will liven the Art Gallery and our audience, so do plan to attend. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. BYOWine and settle in for a fun evening.

The very next evening, February 27, “Seat Of Our Pants” has rented MAC for a party from 7-10 p.m. to celebrate the release of their newest CD. What a delightful way to celebrate together with this beloved local group: Caroline Brodginski, Michael Frantzen, Jeff Gorman, and Mark Hall. Check the news media for details.

Now for a very special offer to our artist members: Ted Chambers of Marlborough, who has many years of experience in matting and framing art works is offering – free of charge – his services to our artists. He can be reached by telephone at (860) 836-2390 and looks forward to sharing his expertise with fellow artists. This is a very special offer indeed and we all appreciate his great generosity.

AND, for those of you who like to plan in advance, we will have two new art classes starting in March: “Digital Photography for Beginners” led by Peter Glass and “Drawing for Beginners”, led by Aldo Passarelli. These are great opportunities for the hidden artist within us ‘non-artists’ to be brought out by two wonderful and patient instructors. Check out details on our website: or call (860) 295-9389 and leave a message for either Peter or Aldo.

So, Happy February, our shortest month and the one whose weather is most unpredictable. What is predictable is that there will always be warmth and camaraderie at the Arts Center.

Celtic Melody at 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe February 26th

The Marlborough Arts Center announces that its 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe in February is on February 26 featuring “Celtic Melody”. Led by Liz Farley Raymond, this Glastonbury -based group includes Eileen Burke Grabowski, Tom Morgan, Janet Morgan, and Brent Morgan. These 5 musicians will fill the beautiful Charles W. Hall Art Gallery with the lilt of Irish song, dance, and history. Together they will perform on two fiddles, whistle, concertina, banjo, mandolin, and barbond. If you don’t yet know what a barbond is, you are in for a delightful surprise. They will perform jigs, reels, hornpipes, slides, slip-jigs, hop-jigs, polkas, and more. They sing familiar Irish standards interspersed with “rare gems picked up in the back of pubs in the wee hours of the morning”, as noted on their website. This promises to be a fun evening and one which will lighten up our shortest , and usually dreariest, month.

Admission at the door is $10 per person. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. BYOWine. Other refreshments are available.

The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the arts at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT. It is housed in an historic building with ample parking and is fully accessible.