Art Guild of Middletown
PO Box 205 Middletown, CT 06457
Annual Members' show at Wesleyan
Welcome to the home page for the Art Guild of Middletown in Middletown, Connecticut.
Please feel free to browse through our site and learn more about us.
This page describes the the history and mission of the Middletown Art Guild.
Featured Artwork by Member Artist: Gwen Clark
To foster and encourage art and the development of the visual artists in the
Middletown, Connecticut, area by:
a) developing quality PROGRAMS to bring artists together;
b) providing venues for the artists to EXHIBIT their work;
c) providing ART INSTRUCTION and workshops in drawing and painting and related visual arts.
How the Middletown Art Guild serves Middletown and the
The Middletown Art Guild serves the Middletown area by continuing to offer
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 artistic endeavors.
Some members who have taken classes and become more proficient artists through their association with the Middletown Art Guild are now teaching in adult education programs
and senior citizens groups.
Another small group meets regularly on their own for plein air painting.
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.
The Middletown Art Guild offers:
Members exhibit their work throughout the Middletown area at libraries, a
a dental office, The Village at South Farms, and other locations.
Depending on the location, members commit to showing
their work for a month or more.
The Guild presents a June Exhibition at Wesleyan University.and a December
Exhibit at the Portland Library.
Demonstrations by guest artists are held on the second Thursday evening of most months.
Workshops are generally one full day Saturday session.
Classes meet for six- week blocks.
Class and workshop sizes are, on average, about 10 people,
History of the Art Guild
In the late 1940s, a small group of Wesleyan faculty wives, led by Wesleyan biology professor
The RVAG met for several years in the basement of the Honor's College at Wesleyan, where
This was the start of many, many moves and some name changes for the group over the years,
Classes were the focus in the early RVAG years, but almost no attempt was made to exhibit.