Arts Center Killingworth’s Annual Autumn Arts Festival and Spectrum Gallery Group Show
Festival Celebrates its 12th Year this Columbus Day Weekend! The Arts Center Killingworth presents its 12th Annual Autumn Arts Festival on the Madison Connecticut Town Green (Boston Post Rd/Route 1 and Copse Rd) Saturday, October 8 (9:30-5pm) and Sunday, October 9 (12-5pm), with a rain date of Monday, October 12 (10-5pm). This annual art event includes the original work of award-winning artists and fine artisans throughout Connecticut and the tri-state region. On the Green this Columbus Day Weekend will be representational and abstract painters working in oil, wax, acrylic and pastel, collage artists, photographers, potters and ceramicists, glass artisans and jewelry designers showing pieces in silver, semi-precious stones and polymer clay.
For the third year, the Festival includes a six-week (September 23-November 6) juried Group Gallery Show at the Spectrum Gallery and Artisans Store in Centerbrook. Select pieces by Festival artists are presented and include painting, photography and mixed media collage, while the Store offers many one-of-a-kind fine crafts. Spectrum Gallery, an expansion of the Arts Center Killingworth, located at 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT is open Wednesday-Saturday (12-6pm) and Sunday (12-5pm).
“We are very pleased that this is our 12th year presenting to the public this group of high-quality artists and fine artisans on such a picturesque spot on the Shoreline,” said Barbara Nair, Executive Director of the Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery. “We see people return each year for a weekend of art, music, and an up-close look at the creative process of established and emerging artists.”
Entrance to both the Autumn Arts Festival and Gallery Group Show is free. In addition to the artist exhibits, the Green also includes several food options as well as musical performances both afternoons. Visitors will receive a complimentary event program with map and booth locations of each artist, and information on upcoming Arts Center and Spectrum Gallery classes, workshops, and Gallery receptions.
“The Autumn Arts Festival this year has attracted artists from as far away as Garden City, NY, and Brewster and Yorktown Heights, NY. At our relatively new gallery and store in Centerbrook, Spectrum Art Gallery, we have been working with many new artists for more than two years, and others longer through the Arts Center before the gallery opened. Relationships are developing which is evident in the quality of fine art and crafts offered on the Green this year. Our loyal returning public and new attendees will have much to enjoy on what we hope will be beautiful fall days this Columbus Day Weekend!”
To help plan a Festival visit, the Arts Center’s website (artscenterkillingworth.org) offers online galleries featuring artwork images and background on each participating artist.
The Arts Center Killingworth, a nonprofit founded in 2004, organizes outdoor festivals, and offers classes, camps and workshops for children, teens and adults. The Center provides volunteer opportunities for adults to become more involved with the arts and the community, while providing teens the opportunity to earn community service hours. The Center also offers tax-deductible Membership which provides unique benefits including class and workshop discounts, member and donor special invitations, and advertising and fee discounts for artists, local and regional businesses.
Spectrum Gallery and Store in Centerbrook opened in the spring of 2014 and presents approximately six annual exhibits, showcasing representational and abstract painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography. The Artisans Store offers fine crafts in fabric, glass, ceramics, pottery, jewelry and more. Educational and interactive events such as classes and workshops, artist discussions and demos, and family day events are also offered at the Gallery.