Art Guild of Middletown

PO Box 205  Middletown, CT 06457
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Annual Members' show at Wesleyan


      

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Welcome to the home page for Art Guild of Middletown.
Please feel free to browse through our site and learn more about us.




Featured Artwork by Member Artist:  Richard Raicik, 'Forgotten Memories'

Mission Statement

To foster and encourage art and the development of  visual artists andthe supporters of the Arts
by offering quality programsthat bring together, provide venues for exhibition and provide Art
instruction, workshops and other art related ventures.

Art Guild of Middletown offers opportunities for amateur and professional artists and supporters of the Arts who may not be artists but enjoy learning about all aspects of art and meeting new peoples who also have a passion for the arts.


How Art Guild of Middletown serves Middletown and the

surrounding community:


Art Guild of Middletown offers excellence in art instruction, programs and
exhibition opportunities We bring together a diverse group of people,- amateur and professional artists, art lovers who may not be artists but enjoy what the Guild offers and enjoy continuing to learn about art and meeting new people who also have a passion for art. 
As members, we support and encourage one another in our love for art and our artistic endeavors.
The population we serve may overlap with other arts groups, but we feel our contribution is unique.

We hope to continue to offer our excellent programs, classes and exhibition opportunities
to serve an
ever-growing population.

 

Highlights of Our Organization
Art Guild of Middletown offers:
  • Eight guest artist demonstrations a year
  • Class instruction in a variety of mediums
  • Eight special workshops yearly.
  • Group member shows/exhibits every year.
  • Rotating individual exhibits lasting a month or more at five different locations
  • Film series
  • Art Bus Events
Members exhibit their work in different venues throughout the Middletown area.

The Guild presents a June Exhibition at Wesleyan University.and a December
Exhibit at the Portland Library.
       
         You don't have to be an artist to enjoy membership in the Guild!
It is exciting as a non-artist to watch the artists create their works.

         You don't have to be able to "draw a straight line" to learn to draw or paint... There are so many opportunities to take lessons!

         You don't even have to aspire to be a professional! Art can be a wonderfully relaxing hobby.

          Come see what we do!

Demonstrations by guest artists are held on the second Thursday evening of most months.
Workshops are generally a one full day Saturday session 8 months of the year. .
Classes meet for six- week blocks.
Class and workshop sizes are, on average, about 10
people,



History of Art Guild of Middletown
In the late 1940s, a small group of Wesleyan faculty wives, led by Wesleyan biology professor 
Jean Cochrane, started The River Valley Art Guild (RVAG). The people who started the Guild
had been members of the Wesleyan Potters which, at that time, had still not left the Wesleyan campus.
The Potters were and are crafts-oriented: the Guild members wanted the focus to be fine art.
The RVAG met for several years in the basement of the Honor's College at Wesleyan, where 
Wesleyan art teachers John Frazer and Jim Guy taught life drawing and painting lessons.
Then Wesleyan decided that they needed the space for other things, and the RVAG
had to find another venue.
This was the start of many, many moves and some name changes for the group over the years,
ending up currently at the Middlefield Federated Church Ed (again) in Middlefield. 
The Guild could more correctly and affectionately be called the "Art Gypsies of Middletown"!
Classes were the focus in the early RVAG years, but almost no attempt was made to exhibit.  
Because of this, Carol Beinhorn, who was not a member of the RVAG, started another group
called the Middletown Art Association (MAA).  The MAA offered no classes, but organized several
 exhibits a year.  John Bickford and his architect wife, Anne, belonged to both groups and, because
they didn't say "No," eventually were elected to head both, Anne as the President of the RVAG,
and John as President of the MAA.  John and Anne were going to too many meetings and
overlapping programs, so in 1972 decided to merge the two groups as
Art Guild of Middletown, CT. offering classes and sponsoring exhibits.