Yoga Flags Class – for children 4-6

Marlborough Arts Center is pleased to announce a new class for young children. Starting on Monday, May 5th, Mandee Morris will teach them, along with their adult buddy, the amazing KAY system that incorporates cardiovascular conditioning, fun and original music; plus all the traditional benefits of yoga: meditation, breathing techniques, peace and deep relaxation. After each class, with the help of Mandee and their buddy, the children will make a peace flag with a different symbol.  At the last class, the flags will be strung into a banner for the children to take home.

Kids Yoga HandoutThe class will be held for five Mondays from 9:30-11am at the Arts Center classroom on 231 North Main Street Marlborough. Fee for the series is $75 ($67.50 for Marlborough Arts Center members, ​and others who mention where they saw this ad).

Participants ​should bring their own mats.

Mandee is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and a certified KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) teacher.  For more information about KAY, see

​Please complete a c​lass registration form​ and send with your check to the Registrar. We expect to have a big response to this class, so please don’t hesitate to enroll.

April 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe

The Marlborough Arts Center’s popular 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe this month is a show for the whole family when dramatic acts come to its Charles W. Hall Art Gallery building at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough on Friday, April 25. The first part of the evening will be Brian Schroth’s  improv group, ” The Last Living Souls” from Epoch Arts in East Hampton, who will be performing short-form improv skits. The actors are: Brandt Sanderson, Brian Schroth, Ben Martin, Jennifer Harris, and Joshua Shook. They will be joined by some of the Epoch Arts’ teenage improv students. After intermission, the RHAM Drama Club, with Lindsay Halle faculty advisor and student director Stella Maranos, will present the one-act “The Hysterical History of the Trojan War”©, taking a comical look at one of the most famous battles of all time. The star-crossed lovers Paris and Helen take refuge in Troy but, in this play, the Greek gods step in and shake things up resulting in chaotic comedy. It’s a war where not everyone dies, but everyone in the audience has lots of laughs and great fun.

The program is 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., but the doors open at 7 so come early to peruse the Gift Shop, choose some refreshments, settle into your seats, and get ready to enjoy the show. Admission at the door is $8/individual or $15 for two.  NOTE: The Arts Center does not take reservations nor hold seats. And, because these performers include teenagers, there will be no alcohol on the premises this evening.

The Marlborough Arts Center at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT is a non-profit regional center for the arts with website  where detailed information about classes, events, membership, and its history can be found. The telephone is (860) 295-9389.

President Joan C. Lester’s April 2014 Letter to Members

Interesting things are always happening in the art world around us. Locally, what is billed as “the world’s most famous public art event”, a Cow Parade, is coming to Hartford with winning cows displayed during late August through October 2014.  I hope some of our MAC artists will submit a design; artists selected receive an honorarium of $1000 plus the fun of creating one of the next great cows (contact Ronald Fox at Proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Science Center and Hartford’s Camp Courant. If you ever visited West Hartford’s or other city’s Cow Parades, you know how much joy and delight comes from just walking around and viewing the decorated cows, so everyone wins.

Speaking of walking, I heartily recommend also letting your fingers do the walking by going on virtual tours of the world’s greatest museums. It is as easy as googling “Uffizi Gallery”, “Vatican Museums”, “Rijksmuseum”, etc. Every one of us can visit them, or visit them again as the case may be, without the hassle of travel thanks to the ease of 21st century technology. Having walked these and other museum halls often while living in Europe, I can confirm that virtual walking is a world easier on one’s feet! So do take the times to enjoy art this way.

At MAC, the Board of Directors is in planning mode with committees working toward our next big exhibition in June, new classes, and actually some spring cleaning and improvements in the Art Gallery and gardens. As the weather changes to warmth and light, we feel our energy increasing too. Please check out our newly designed website www.marlborougharts,org often to keep up with our artistic activities.

Our next “4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe”  on April 25 demonstrates our revived energy in that for the first time we will be presenting an evening of drama to join the long list of musicians who have performed for us. “The Last Living Souls”, a five-member improv group who mostly perform at Epoch Arts in East Hampton, will bring their creativity to our own Charles W. Hall Art Gallery space. A group of actors from RHAM High School will also perform. This will be fun for the entire family so I hope you will circle the date on your calendar and come on over. Let’s celebrate the coming of Spring together!

April is also a time of celebration in the Judeo-Christian calendar. I wish a Happy Passover and Easter to all who observe these religious holidays, and many moments of joy to everyone  throughout this month of rejuvenation and new life.



Joan C. Lester, President            (860) 295-9565

Mother’s Day Shopping

The Marlborough Arts Center at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT is opening its Gift Shop and Art Gallery on Saturday, May 10, the day before Mother’s Day, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., especially for those who would like to buy a special, unique gift for the mothers in their lives. The Art Gallery is showing works by renowned artists Jim Grabowski, Audrey Carroll-Prucnal, and Bob Desaulnier available for sale. Items in the Gift Shop are created by one of their regional artists and so is literally one-of-a-kind,  presenting an opportunity to choose from jewelry by Kristee Foss and April Quast; knitted, felted, and hand-loomed apparel and home decor by Marilyn Ulion, Kristen Walsh, and Rita Reimer; ceramic pottery by Arline Edmunds and Lynn Quinn;  hand-carved wooden bowls and objects by Albert d’Antonio; note cards by Barbara Sherman; fused glass and other decorations that will not fade, and items too numerous to mention. Prices start at less than $10 for gifts that will be remembered and cherished for years to come.

The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the fine arts, performing arts, and fine crafts. For more details about various classes and artistic activities, visit the website,, or telephone (860) 295-9389.

But do come on May 10 just before Mother’s Day to browse and shop, see a class in progress, and discover a gem of art in myriad forms, in an historic building that is the Marlborough Arts Center.

Figure Study Open Studio

Dear Members and other friends –

We’re pleased to announce that the Marlborough Art Center is about to start our Figure Study Open Studio program during the month of April – – and beyond, if we get good attendance.

Beginning on Tuesday, April 1, we will hold a Figure Study Open Studio every Tuesday afternoon in April from 1:00 to 4:00pm, at a cost of only $15.00 for the 3-hour session…or  SAVE with four consecutive sessions for only $50.00. Note: Marlborough Art Center members will receive a 10{eba5a16469fb4a7f18f8ea69c1431b00c5f2da579f8ac6bd75c322ccea0d0754} discount. Figure Study Poster jpg

We hope you’ll be able to join us for our opening session – and for many others in the future. And please, spread the word to your friends, in person and on Facebook, if you use it. (You could even re-post the announcement from our Facebook page and Comment that you’re attending.)

A few last points:

  • Because we’ll be using nude models, participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Cameras will not be allowed.
  • No pre-registration – pay at the door. Please enter through the upper Gallery Entrance.
  • Bring your own supplies. We will have tables and some easels, but beyond that you’ll be on your own.
  • WANTED:   If you have an easel to donate, we’d be grateful.
  • WANTED:   Do you know anyone who’d like to model? Have them get in touch with us.
  • HELP:  Please see our poster – feel free to print it out and post it in your library, senior center, workplace, favorite coffee shop, etc.

Thanks for your attention. We look forward to seeing you at our inaugural session. Remember to put FIGURE STUDY: April 1, 8, 15, & 22 on your calendar…and beyond, if we get good attendance.

–Gil Salk, Figure Study Open Studio Coordinator