Watercolor Classes with Mary Horrigan this Spring

MAC is delighted to announce highly accomplished local artist Mary Horrigan will teach two watercolor classes this spring.  Classes will meet weekly for six sessions each at the Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street, Marlborough lower level, from 10 AM until Noon.

Beginning Tuesday, April 16 – May 21, 10 Am until Noon: Watercolor for all Levels of Beginner lessons will emphasize technique, brush handling, and learning to control and work with this fascinating and sometimes difficult medium.

Beginning Thursday, April 18 – May 23. 10AM – Noon: Wonders of Watercolor this is a class for those who have some experience with watercolor, and who want to improve their painting skills. Elements and principles of design will be stressed. Students will be challenged to go beyond their comfort zone by finding new ways of considering subject matter, by trying different colors and painting surfaces, and experimenting with other materials.

Over the past 30 years, Mary has had numerous exhibits throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts and has taught watercolor classes for Manchester Community College, Middletown Adult Education, the Guilford Art Center, the Glastonbury Art Guild, and the Marlborough Arts Center.

For more information, please contact Mary: mehorrigan@comcast.net, or call 860-295-9362.  The $120 fee for each session is payable to Marlborough Arts Center by cash, check or PayPal due in full before or at 1st class of each session. Class registration forms are located on-line at marlborougharts.org Classes section.


Pastel 101 Workshop with Pat Trapp in May

The Marlborough Arts Center at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough is very pleased to announce that Pat Trapp, one of the region’s best-known award winning artists, is offering a one day Pastel 101 Workshop for the absolute beginner, or anyone interested in using pastels. The Workshop will be on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the lower level classroom. Attendees are asked to bring their lunch, beverage, or any snacks. The cost of the full-day Workshop is $75/person.

Through demonstrations and handouts the subjects to be covered will include: pastel papers and boards, pastel sticks, pastel pencils, application, fixatives, underpainting/blending, fixing the oops!, and framing/matting. At the end of the session, time will be planned to discuss the demo and the use of oil pastels. Students are encouraged to being any supplies related to pastels. If you are planning to attend, please contact Pat directly by email at etrapp1@cox.net and put ”pastels” in the subject line.

The Arts Center is located in an historic building that is fully accessible and has ample parking areas. For information on any of the artistic events at the Arts Center, classes, or rentals of the beautiful Charles W. Hall Art Gallery for personal events, check their website at marlborougharts.org. You may leave a message on their telephone at (860) 295-9389 and a Board Member will return your call.

March’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Café

Marlborough Arts Center’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Café on Friday March 22, 2019  is hosting a really special evening of short plays by the well-known poet/playwright Melanie Greenhouse.  She has chosen three more short plays from her book “Read My Shorts”, available on Amazon.com, to perform at MAC plus one brand new play. They are titled “Heart of the Husband,” “Mr. & Mrs. Phipps,” “Conversation with an Ordinary Glass of Water,” and “Luigi Fettucini & Donatella Lacrimosa.” A talented cast of theater veterans includes Linda Fouché, Anna Maria Trusky, Priscilla Moore, & Michael Vernon Davis.  Musical interludes will be played by Toad and Friends.


These plays are funny, a little dark, with brilliant plot twists that lead the audience to see life from a new lens. The playwright now lives in Columbia, CT, but for three decades has been part of the literary scene in Mystic & Noank, the place that inspired her full-length plays “Point of Land” and “The Duchess of Noank.” Her play “Chestina Vinessa Poulson” is an autobiographical portrayal of a post-holocaust family settling in a remote section of Virginia and how two minorities co-exist in a very segregated part of the country. Melanie also guided the popular literary series, The Arts Café-Mystic, through its first decade. Since 2008 she has developed “Gray Dawn Breaking,” a program that uses life stories to enhance memory and cognition in the older individual.


This 4th Friday will be a scintillating and thought-provoking evening enlivened by many laughs. The Marlborough Arts Center is located at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT and is housed in an historic building that has ample parking and is fully accessible. Admission is $10 per person. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the performance to begin at 7:30 p.m. BYOWine. Other refreshments are available. For details about other art exhibits, classes, rentals of the Art Gallery, etc. check the website at www.marlborougharts.org or leave a message at (860) 295-9389 and a Board of Directors member will return your call.