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Gloria Gray Foundation

 

2018 Events and Programs

Thank you to the GLORIA GRAY FOUNDATION, SOUTHBURY COMMUNITY TRUST FUND and the WESTERN CT MEDICAL GROUP for their support of our vision and mission.

For Information, enrollment, cancellations and tickets:
call the Arts Escape office at: 203-586-1474

All registrations need to be paid for before program/workshop date. There are no refunds for programs not attended.

Coming this Summer – Kids Art CampsPlease see our EVENT Page for our Summer Kids programs.

New this year is membership in our Threads Program which entitles’ members to an Open Studio once a month and a few “member only events.”   For details please go to our EVENT page.

 * * * * JUNE * * * 


Books and Bites
Facilitator, Barbara McKay

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
June 27- 1 pm

Copies are available at the Southbury Library.
Please call the Gallery to register, seating is limited.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time. (Good Reads)


An Introduction to Playwriting
5 Minutes or Less 

Instructor, Erik Hanson
Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25
7 pm – 9 pm

Course description:
This course will expose students to a variety of techniques for clear and effective
playwriting. In addition to generating two short plays—one monologue and one
play—students will study published texts and complete in-class exercises
designed to make them better playwrights. The course stresses the importance
of the following: character, conflict, dialogue, prose, structure, tempo, and
tension.
Course objectives:
By the end of an Intro to Playwriting, students should be able to…
*Create characters that hold an audience’s interest.
*Demonstrate an ability to think critically about structure.
*Transfer what they produced during the in-class exercises into one monologue
and one short play.
*Recognize the difference between good and bad dialogue.
*Write prose that’s economical and succinct.
Attendance:
Since our 4-week course will involve much class discussion and will often be
conducted as a workshop, your attendance is important and expected.Recommended Texts/Reading:
-To Be a Playwright by Janet Neipris
-Theatre by David Mamet

Te fee for this workshop is $100 and class size is limited to 8. 

 

Registration is Closed


The Art of Illustrating for Children

Artist, Robert Crawford

Instructor, Robert Crawford
Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26
10 am – 12 pm or 7 PM – 9 PM

Have you ever dreamed about creating your own children’s book but don’t know where to start? Then this course is for you. Make your dream a reality!  Learn how to take your ideas to completion. This course will show you how to make a step by step layout and organize your story into one cohesive idea.  Students will outline their book by using the storyboard method so they can visually see how their  initial ideas can come together to form one unique story!  We will show examples of author/illustrators proposals to publishers and have real life examples of how actual children’s books get published! Please come with a story or idea to class.

The fee for this workshop is $125 which includes most supplies.  Class size is
limited to 8.  Please choose either Morning or Evening when registering.


Fractured Fairy Tales
Writing Workshop

 

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Tuesdays, June 12, 19, 26
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Do you remember how funny the Fractured Fairy Tales from Rocky and Bullwinkle were?  We’ll be writing our own “fairy tales with a twist” by changing well-known stories into comical ones through unexpected characterization, plot development, or contrary points-of -view.  We’ll take a fun, playful approach to developing our tales.  No writing experience necessary.

The fee for this workshop is $60 and seating is limited.


Registration is Closed


Intermediate Colored Pencil

Student Work

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Friday, June 15
10 am – 2 pm

This workshop is designed for those students who have completed the Beginner workshop  or for those students that have  previous colored pencil experience. Students will continue to learn more tips and techniques for working with this versatile medium. This is NOT an adult coloring activity.   All supplies are included and  we have additional pencils to purchase should students need extra colors and our studio set is available to use during class.

The fee for this workshop is $60 which includes all supplies.


Beginning Colored Pencil

 

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Saturday, June 16
10 am – 1 pm

This workshop designed for Beginner students.   Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 8 students with award winning artist/instructor Rita Paradis.  Students will work with value exercises and basic layering techniques that will serve as a foundation for more advanced work.  This is NOT an adult coloring activity. Once basic skills are taught in the beginning and intermediate classes, students are welcome to join the the Advance workshop where they will work more independently on their own work.


The Reluctant Artist I & II
Workshop

Instructor, Priscilla Watson
Mondays, June 4, 11, 18
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This workshop is for those that think they have no artistic talent and are convinced that they cannot draw or paint. This mini workshop will include a low profile, calming series of lessons. Basic drawing and painting techniques, as well as  experience with a wide variety of media. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and personal guidance. All will be encouraged to learn at their own pace. And for those of you that took the first session, we’re not done with you yet – there’s more to learn to reinforce the blooming artist that you are becoming. Materials will be provided. Be brave!

Registration is closed

 


Having the Last Word
(Obit writing workshop)

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Friday, June 8, 15, 22
10:30 am – 12 noon

How would you like to be remembered after you die?  Expressing your vision of how you have lived your life and your personal legacy is an enriching and enlightening experience.  It can give a sense of clarity to the unique life you have lived. Obit, a documentary that follows writers and editors from the New York Times to discuss their unique approach to writing the obituaries of public figures. Excerpts from this documentary will be shown during the workshop. It’s your last chance to share your personality with friends and family, by “Having the Last Word”. All levels of writers are welcome.

The fee for the 3-week workshop is $60.  Class size is limited to 8 so advanced registration is required.


Creative Cards

 

Instructor, Lynne Henriquez
Monday, June 18
2 pm

This is a one-day interactive workshop where participants will learn to create their own personal cards from recycled and new papers, ribbon, cutouts, stamps and many other materials.  Each participant is guaranteed to leave with at least one card and with the techniques to make your own card at home. Seating is limited to 8. 

Registration is full.  Now enrolling July 30th workshop.  


Intro to Collage   
From Found Materials in Your Home

 Course Description Coming Soon!

Instructor, Dita Carley
Thursday, June 21
10 am – 1 pm

While expensive and elegant papers are wonderful to use in collages, in this workshop you will discover how you can find materials in your home or the local thrift shop to use in creating wonderful works of art.  Tomato can labels, old photographs, graph paper, leftover wrapping paper, or pages cut out of discarded books are a few of the items we will use that will find new life in a creative design.  During this workshop the elements and principles of art will be discussed so that the students will have the tools to give their art more structure and impact.  If you have something special that you would like to incorporate into your collage, please bring it with you to class.

Registration is closed.  New Workshop coming in September



Painting Studio:
Drawing with Color

 

Instructor, Lorraine Chapin
Thursdays – June 21 – July 26
7 pm – 9 pm

When making the leap from drawing to painting, the two largest hurdles students face are learning how to work with color, and learning the technical aspects of a wet medium.  This class seeks to break down the process by focusing on how to use color with a familiar drawing medium. Students gain confidence and skills in both drawing and color, working from still-life.  Students will be able to work in their medium of choice or multiple mediums.  The instructor will work with students at their own pace as they develop their own style.  This class is for the absolute beginner or the more advanced students who want to practice their techniques in a friendly group setting.

We are offering a summer special where students get one class free. Students will pay for 5 weeks even though the class will run for 6 weeks.

The 6-week course is $150 which includes most supplies. 




 

 


Academic Drawing
Drawing from a Photo

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Friday, June 22
10 am  – 1 pm

This new drawing class is one of a 4-part series offered once a month with artist/instructor Betty Ann Medeiros.  Each 3-hour workshop will focus on one aspect of drawing with techniques and tricks to help students understand the basics of drawing techniques.  This workshop will be Drawing from a Photo. Learn to draw the grid method keeping your drawings in proportion.   Please bring an 8 X 10 photo of something  you would like to draw.  Photos Do Not Need to be a Portrait. Future workshops will be: , Perspective Made Easy and the Human Figure, Proportions of the Body. You do not need to take any of the other workshops to take this workshop.  They are all independent of each other.

Registration is closed.     


The United Nations Series:
Promise in a Time of Peril 

Building a Future with Hope
Guest Speaker, Miguel Arroyo
Wednesday, June 27
2 pm

What is the United nations?Why was it established?  How is it organized?  What are the United Nations accomplishments and failures?  our era does have its challenges: climate change, the unsettled Middle East, wildcard Russia, nuclear weapons in rogue countries, financial volatility, an emerging China, stateless terrorists . . . and much more.  Amidst these crises is the UN, an organization that gathers representatives from 193 nations under one roof.

Miguel Arroyo is a passionate advocate for the United nations and has been involved with UNA-USA for over a decade. Miguel is a board member at the United Nations Association of Connecticut and works at the University of Bridgeport.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of American Government and Spanish for the College of Public and International Affairs at UB.  Miguel is originally from Chile and now lives in Bridgeport, CT.

Registration is required due to limited seating.  Admission is complimentary. Please call the Gallery to register.


* * * COMING IN JULY * * *

 En Plein-Air Painting Workshop

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Friday, July 6
9:30 am – Southford Falls, Southbury

Students are invited to bring their own supplies and field easel to Southford Falls and set up to paint “en Plein-Air.” Definition : pertaining to a manner or style of painting developed chiefly in France in the mid-19th century, characterized by the representation of the luminous effects of natural light and atmosphere as contrasted with the artificial light and absence of the sense of air or atmosphere associated with paintings produced in the studio.

There will be instruction from 10 am – 1 pm but students may stay and paint as long as they like. The instruction is limited to 8 students.  Students will paint independently at their chosen site while the instructor will be available to help individuals as they paint.  The rain date for this workshop is Saturday, July 7 at 9:30 am.

Workshop is closed


Remember Me, A Facilitated Memoir Course 

Instructor, Cindy Eastman
Fridays, July 6, 13, 20
10 am – 11:30 am

One of the biggest questions for writers embarking on a memoir is: “What is my truth-and what will happen if I tell it?  Often when writers start out on their journey of mining their memories, they wonder what is their “truth” and then worry about what will happen if they tell this truth.” (http://namw.org/National Associate of Memoir Writers) This facilitated course will guide the writer through exercises and provides resources for creating their own memoir, for personal use or publication.

The fee for the 3-week course is $60.




 


Yes, You CAN Paint!
(Even if You Don’t Think You Can)

Instructor, Linda Marino
Monday, July 9, 16, 23, 30
2 pm – 4 pm

This class is designed for students who want to learn to paint in an easy step by step series of classes.  Students will paint with the instructor using acrylic paints and will complete an Italian landscape during the second class. During the step by step instruction students will learn about basic color, color mixing and brush strokes. Each student will complete one 16 X 20 painting at the end of the 4 weeks.

The fee for the 4-week workshop is $125 which includes all supplies. 





Hollywood in Color with Professor Hunt

    

July 9, 16, & 23
6 pm – 9 pm

These three lecture/discussions examine the issue of race in America by considering how race relations have been depicted in American films.  The first session will focus on films made by whites, from “Birth of A Nation,” and “Gone With The Wind” to “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The second session will consider the issue from a black perspective from Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,”  and the third lecture will be the recent “Get Out.”  In the contrast we will seek a better understanding of America’s greatest social issue. Both films will be shown in the Gallery prior to discussion on a large screen.

          

The fee for the 3 part series is $30 or $15 per lecture.  Films will not be shown in the first lecture. 


Series



This program is sponsored by the Southbury Community Trust Fund.

                   


Play With  Returns

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Tuesday, July 10, 17 & 31
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The workshop provides participants with the opportunity to experience the satisfaction and sense of personal fulfillment that comes from writing poetry.  Through discussion and hands-on activities, participants will become familiar with some of the essential characteristics of poetry.  Students will explore haiku, pantoums, and villanelles. This workshop highlights some of the features that make poetry different from other literary genres.  Participants will also write and share their own poems using a variety of stimuli and writing prompts.  Sharing will happen in a supportive, non-critical atmosphere.   The instructor will take students through the forms step by step.

The fee for the 3-week workshop is $60.





Beginning Colored Pencil

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, July 10
6 pm – 9 pm

This workshop designed for Beginner students.   Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 8 students with award winning artist/instructor Rita Paradis.  Students will work with value exercises and basic layering techniques that will serve as a foundation for more advanced work.  This is NOT an adult coloring activity. Once basic skills are taught in the beginning and intermediate classes, students are welcome to join the the Advance workshop where they will work more independently on their own work.

The fee for the 3-hour workshop is $60 which includes all supplies.




 


The Reluctant Artist 
The “Can Do” Art Class for Anyone!

Instructor, Priscilla Watson
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This workshop is for those that think they have no artistic talent and are convinced that they cannot draw or paint. This mini workshop will include a low profile, calming series of lessons. Basic drawing and painting techniques, as well as  experience with a wide variety of media. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and personal guidance. All will be encouraged to learn at their own pace. And for those of you that have taken previous sessions, we’re not done with you yet – there’s more to learn to reinforce the blooming artist that you are becoming. Materials will be provided. Be brave and start or continue your journey! 

The fee for the 3 – week workshop is $75.




 


Advanced Colored Pencil Workshop

Student, Carmina Palarino

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Friday, July 20
10 am – 2 pm

This workshop is designed for those students who have completed the Beginner and Intermediate workshop or for those students that have  previous colored pencil experience.  Students will continue to learn more tips and techniques for working with this versatile medium. This is NOT an adult coloring activity. Class size is limited to 8 students with award winning artist/instructor Rita Paradis.  Advance students are encouraged to bring reference materials to work on their own projects. Students are required to bring their own colored pencils to class.  We have additional pencils to purchase should you need extra colors and our studio set is available to use during class.

The fee for the workshop is $50.




 


Evening Intermediate Colored Pencil Workshop

Student Work

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, July 24
6 pm – 9 pm

This workshop is designed for those students who have completed the Beginner workshop  or for those students that have  previous colored pencil experience. Students will continue to learn more tips and techniques for working with this versatile medium. This is NOT an adult coloring activity.   All supplies are included and  we have additional pencils to purchase should students need extra colors. Our studio set is available to use during class.

The fee for this workshop is $60 which includes all supplies.




 

 


Academic Drawing
Perspective Made Easy

Instructor, Betty Ann Mederios
Wednesday, July 25
10 am – 1 pm

This new drawing class is part of a 4-part series with artist/instructor Betty Ann Medeiros.  Each 3-hour workshop focuses on one aspect of drawing with techniques and tricks to help students understand the basics of drawing techniques. The 3rd workshop in this 4-part series will be: Perspective Made Easy.  You do not need to take any of the other workshops to take this workshop.  They are all independent of each other.

The fee for the workshop is $45 which includes all supplies. 




 


Creative Card Making

Instructor, Lynne Henriquez
Monday, July 30
2 PM

This is a one-day interactive workshop where participants will learn to create their own personal cards from recycled and new papers, ribbon, cutouts, stamps and many other materials.  Each participant is guaranteed to leave with at least one card and with the techniques to make your own card at home. Seating is limited to 8. 

The fee for the one-day workshop is $30.





* * * COMING IN AUGUST* * *

 INTRO TO WATERCOLOR
1- DAY WORKSHOP

Instructor, Betty Ann Mederios
Friday, August 10
10 am – 1 pm

This 1-day workshop is an introduction to the art of watercolor painting.  Betty Ann will guide students through a step by step process to create a finish painting that students will be proud to take home and frame.   Students will cover wet and dry techniques, color mixing, and layering. A light snack will be provided however, students are welcome to bring their lunch.  All supplies are included in this 1-day workshop.

The fee for the 1-day workshop is $50.




Academic Drawing
The Human Figure

Instructor, Betty Ann Mederios
Friday, August 17
10 am – 1 pm

This new drawing class is the last of the 4-part series with artist/instructor Betty Ann Medeiros.  Each 3-hour workshop focuses on one aspect of drawing with techniques and tricks to help students understand the basics of drawing techniques. The final workshop in this 4-part series will be: Drawing the Human Figure, Proportions of the Body. You do not need to take any of the other workshops to take this workshop.  They are all independent of each other.

The fee for the workshop is $45 which includes all supplies. 




 


* * * COMING IN SEPTEMBER * * *

Academic Drawing
Pastel

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Wednesday, September 5
10 am – 1 pm

 

Experiment with color using pastels with your basic drawing skills.  Students will draw and work from a still life using pastels.  Basic Techniques, types of pastels, papers and preserving your work will be covered in this pastel class.

 The fee for this workshop is $45 which includes all supplies.




 

 


Intro to Wood-Burning

Instructor, Kothy Hafersat
Monday, September 10
10 am – 12:30 pm

This is an introduction to Wood Burning basics  – students will learn how to create texture and shading with the use of different wood-burning tips. Learn about the different types of wood burning tool sets.  Each student will create a small wall hanging and a sample texture piece.  Wood burning tool sets will be provided for use during class and will be available for purchase as well.  All supplies are included in this workshop and seating is limited to 10 students. If student’s have their own wood-burning set, they are welcome to bring it to class.

The fee for this 2.5 hour workshop is $45.




 


Jewelry Workshop – Bracelets

Instructor, Pat Keegan
Wednesday, September 19
10 am – 12 noon

This is a basic beginning jewelry class which is for anyone who loves jewelry. This class will focus on bracelets and will include silver tubes and beads, spacers and memory wire. All bracelets will fit most wrists and are adjustable.  Students will use gemstones and fine quality beads which will inspire students to create beautiful bracelets! The instructor will have a large collection of beads to choose from including tiger eye, hematite, black onyx, sea glass, Swarovski crystals, and fresh water pearls. Each student will choose their beads and complete two bracelets by the end of class.

Our jewelry workshops will run on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10 am – 12 noon with new techniques being taught each month.

The fee for this workshop is $30 which includes most supplies.  There may be an additional fee for some of the higher quality gemstones.




Coming later this year. . . 
Living History – Hedy Lamarr – Riverview Playhouse
Current Events
UN Talk
Theorem Painting
Jazz Concert

 CALL THE GALLERY FOR INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
203-586-1474