Barbara Sherman Work Showcased at Marlborough Town Hall Gallery

Barbara Sherman, an artist member of the Marlborough Arts Center, is now exhibiting some of her photographs in the Marlborough Town Hall Gallery, 26 North Main Street, during regular business hours through July. She began her professional career as a freelance photojournalist, and as a member of the National Press Photographers Association her photographs have been published by newspapers in Connecticut and Maine. Her wildlife photographs have also appeared in Connecticut Woodlands Magazine.

She resides in East Hampton and now specializes in fine art photography particularly stimulated by the rural settings of the New England area. She has earned recognition from the Stratford Arts Festival, the East Hampton Art Association, and first place awards at the Madison Art Gallery on the Green, the Trumbull Arts Festival, and the Marlborough Creative Arts Festival. She also has examples of her art at the Wesleyan Potters’ Gift Shop in Middletown.

Exhibits in the Town Hall Gallery are sponsored by the Marlborough Arts Center, a non-profit regional center for the arts at 231 North Main Street. You are invited to check their website at for details about other artistic events, classes, and membership. You may also leave a telephone message at (860) 295-9389 and a member of the Board of Directors will return your call.

Opening Reception of the “East of the River” Juried Art Show

The Marlborough Arts Center invites everyone to the Opening Reception of the “East of the River” Juried Art Show on Friday, April 21, 7-9 p.m., to meet and greet the artists whose works have been selected to be in this Show and to win awards by the well-known artist and teacher, Juror Bill Colrus.  The artists participating are from across the state and represent a variety of media. Close to $2,000 in awards will be presented to the winning artists at the Reception. The Show will be open every weekend day from   1-4 p.m. from April 21 – May 6. Admission is free of charge.

This “East of the River” Juried Art Show will be exhibited in the beautiful Charles W. Hall Art Gallery in the historic building that is the Marlborough Arts Center at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT. There is ample parking and the building is fully accessible.  Beyond the pleasure of meeting and greeting the artists at the Opening Reception, and while enjoying a buffet of food and wine, everyone will also have the opportunity to participate in a Silent Auction with fabulous prizes valued over $1,500.

For those who would like to purchase any of the artworks from this Show, the Arts Center is sponsoring a “Special Viewing” on Sunday, April 30 from 1-4 p.m.  There will be time to closely peruse the artworks and contemplate them in your home or workplace. Beyond these works, the internationally-known artist Jim Grabowski is offering one of his large (5×6) paintings, a magnificent cutting edge original for sale, truly a rare opportunity.

The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the arts with website where one can find a full review of classes, artistic events, the monthly 4th Friday @ the Arts Café musical evenings, opportunities for rentals of the facilities for special occasions, and many other activities. One may also leave a message at (860) 295-9389 and a member of the Board of Directors will return your call.

Seat Of Our Pants

April’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe

Seat Of Our Pants
Mike Frantzen, Mark Hall, Jeff Gorman, and Carolyn Brodginski of Seat Of Our Pants

The Marlborough Arts Center’s “4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe” presents the musicians of the well-known “Seat Of Our Pants” on Friday, April, 28, 2017  at 7:30 p.m. at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT. They are an acoustic folk/blues/bluegrass/country/old time/rock trio who are based in Marlborough but play in the music scene throughout the state. This quartet is composed of Carolyn Brodginski on vocals/guitar/dulcimer, Mark Hall also on vocals plus percussion/cajon/cowbell, Jeff Gorman on electric and acoustic bass/guitar/harmonica, and Mike Frantzen on fiddle. Their tastes are quite varied and it is the variety of the music that creates the fun for them, and for their audiences. Their personalities bring humor into their performances so that an evening with them is very interactive and a delight for all ages. They are charming individuals who have become a dynamic four as a group. They are one of the most favorite groups and we welcome them back again for another great evening.

Their group formed serendipitously in 2011 when they decided to play together just for fun after an impromptu performance by Carolyn and Jeff at the Marlborough Tavern on a night when Mark was playing with another band. It wasn’t long before they started hitting the coffee house circuit, many times playing by the seat of their pants after just a brief rehearsal – and “Seat Of Our Pants” was born. Then Mike joined and added a fourth musical voice to the mix. Audiences often sing along when they hear familiar tunes from folk/rock artists like Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, as well as to their own versions of up-tempo songs you’d never expect to hear from an “unplugged band”. There are even some of their originals in the mix by this prolific quartet.

The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the fine arts, performing arts, and fine crafts. These “4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe” evenings, held in the gracious Charles W. Hall Art Gallery, add music and a convivial atmosphere to the beautiful setting and are an opportunity for people in the communities around to relax together and enjoy art in its many forms.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., but doors are open by 7:00, allowing a chance to see the “East of the River” Juried Art Show now on exhibit, choose a seat, buy a refreshment, and settle in for the music. Admission at the door is $ 10 per person. BYOWine. Other refreshments are available. Visit the website or telephone (860) 295-9389 for more details on the many artistic activities offered by the Marlborough Arts Center including renting this beautiful facility for an event of your own.