Mary Horrigan Classes

The Marlborough Arts Center is pleased to offer summer watercolor classes with local artist Mary Horrigan. Watercolor for all Levels will meet on Tuesdays  from 10 AM until 12:30 PM July 9, 16, 23, and 30. Cost is $120 per student.

A one-day workshop for Beginners in Watercolor will take place on Saturday, July 20, from 10 AM until 4 PM. Cost is $90 per student.

Materials lists will be provided once classes are confirmed.

To register, please visit the Arts Center website: Under “Classes,” find “Registration form;”  print and complete it and mail it with your check to the Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street, Marlborough CT  06447.

Art Classes with Josa Weatherwax

The Marlborough Art Center welcomes Josa Weatherwax to its group of art instructors.  She will be offering the following classes, one and two day events as initial offerings.  People may contact her at to find out more information and to sign up for classes.

Josa has taught art classes for the Middletown Art Guild, East Hampton Middle School,  Cromwell Middle and High School, Renbrook School, the Farmington Valley Art Center and the West Hartford Art League.  She has exhibited her artwork at numerous galleries and is a member of numerous art organizations.

Fabulous Fun with Paint

In this class we will pour, splatter, dab, drag, blend and get crazy with paint. Come and share in the joy of pushing paint around. The results of your experimentation will likely surprise you with their beauty.  June 11, 3-5pm

Sketch Like You Mean It!

Mark making is a wonderful skill. Learn tips and techniques for making preliminary sketches for paintings or for creating finished drawings.  June 5 and June 12, 10-noon, two Wednesdays, 

En Plein Air

See how painting with the wind blowing through your hair effects the way you paint.

Topics covered; How to set up to paint outside, materials and how to choose a paint location. Demonstrations will guide you so you can create beautiful landscapes.  June 8, 9-noon, 1/2 day workshop

No skill or previous experience required. All paints will be washable and water based. You are welcome to bring materials that you would like to use to any of the classes. You can also just show up and use the materials provided for a materials fee.

Fabulous Fun with Paint

Painting party – a fun for all event.  June 4, 2:30-4:30

April’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Café

The Marlborough Arts Center’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe presents the musicians of the well-known “Seat of Our Pants” (SOOP) on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT.

One of the most popular shows at the Arts Center, Marlborough’s own SOOP will be back for the 6th year in a row. Their songs are both heartfelt and humorous, their melodies are heavenly, and they play an array of instruments you don’t see together every day with Mike Frantzen on fiddle, Mark Hall on Cajon/cowbell/percussion, Jeff Gorman on bass, and Carolyn Brodginski on vocals and whichever stringed instruments she decides to bring along for the night. For this particular performance they will be joined on fiddle by J.D. Williams, who plays with Amy Gallatin’s band Stillwater’s and The Hot Flashes.  SOOP is an acoustic folk/blues/bluegrass/country/old time/rock quartet who play in the live music scene throughout the state. In addition to favorites from their CDs, you will hear some brand new SOOP originals. 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 group. Treat yourself to an evening of music that will leave you laughing, maybe crying too, and certainly thankful that you decided to spend some time with this talented and delightful crew.

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 at 7:00, allowing a chance to see the art now on exhibit, choose a seat, 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.

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:, 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 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 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 You may leave a message on their telephone at (860) 295-9389 and a Board Member will return your call.