Gloria Gray Foundation


2017 Events and Programs

Our programs will be expanding this year due to a grant  from the Southbury Community Trust Fund.  We have also received  grants from the Connecticut Office of the Arts and Connecticut Community Foundation’s Pathways for Older Adults for our “Telling Your Story” Workshop coming in June and the GLORIA GRAY FOUNDATION for staff development.

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

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


Books and Bites Returns for the Summer

July 26 – 1 pm

August 30 – 1 pm




Facilitator, Gabrielle Gerson
Light refreshments will be served.
Please call the Gallery and let us know you will be joining us.





August 4

Doors open at 5 pm, concert, 5:30 pm

Wind-down your week with talented Jazz musicians in a lovely, tranquil gallery.    Jazz in the Gallery is highlighting the visual arts with the performing arts on the first Friday of each month beginning in June.  Bring your beverage of choice and we will provide a light snack and enjoy an hour of lively fun music.

August 4 – Darren Litzie Quartet – Piano, Bass, Drums, Saxophone

The Darren Litzie Quartet will be performing a selection of songs from the standard jazz repertoire as well as their original compositions.

Tickets are: $25 per concert in advance, $30 at the door

Concert Dates

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You Can Play the UKULELE

Instructor, John Tuohy
Tuesdays, July 25, August 1, 8, 15
Beginners – 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Intermediate – 1:30pm – 2:30 pm

BEGINNER – Students will cover topics such as tuning, strumming, left hand technique, playing chords, and learning single notes on this portable instrument.  By the end of the six-week session, students will be able to play a few complete songs.  No previous experience necessary, just the desire to have some fun and learn something new.

INTERMEDIATE – is a class designed to take the player to the next level by introducing more sophisticated strumming patterns, learning the basics of written notation and melodic, single note playing. We will be undertaking a more challenging song than in the beginner ukulele class to be finished by the end of the 4 week course.

The fee for the 4-week workshop is $60.


One-Day Interactive Watercolor Demo

May Workshop

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Thursday, July 27
1 pm – 3 pm

This intro demo/class is for students who are interested in watercolor and would like to know more about the media before taking a series of classes. Students will learn watercolor skills and techniques in the 3-hour hands-on demo workshop. Some of the skills and tools that will be demonstrated are:

*painting with wet on wet technique
*using masking fluid
*creating soft and hard edges
*painting negative space

All supplies are included.

The fee for the workshop is $40.


Writing Workshop – Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Monday, August 7
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Interested in writing short stories?  Flash fiction, stories of 1500 words or fewer, is an excellent sub-category to explore.  Using an innovative set of prompts, you’ll write a solid draft of a story during our time together.  All levels of writers welcome.  Bring your lunch and we will supply the drinks.

The fee for the 3-hour workshop is $40.  Class size is limited.

 Oil Painting – American Landscapes

Instructor, Zufar Bikbov
Saturday, August 26 & 27
9 am – 5 pm




“American Landscape: Focus on Rocks, Stonewalls, Barns” is a two-day intensive in-studio workshop at Arts Escape in Southbury, CT. The focus of this workshop is to capture the eye-catching elements of the New England landscapes in your paintings. Studio space is limited to 8 – 10 students. Each student will be given individual attention during the workshop. Prior to the weekend workshop, Zufar will review each student’s  work  to see where their skill level is.  He will then help each student set their own personal goals for the weekend. The workshop is intended to help students to develop a solid approach to painting a landscape right before fall starts!

Main focus points:

  1. Addressing details of rocks, stones and wooden elements through each step of painting.
  2. Creating dynamic compositions from reference – photo or your field sketch/study.
  3. Avoiding overwhelming abundance of details while in field.

 The fee for the 2-day workshop is $249.


Painting with Felt

Instructor, Robin McCahill
Tuesday, August 29
10 am – 12 noon

Needle-Felting a Landscape with a Foreground Relief

Explore the art of needle-felting with colorful and textural wool. Learn to blend and build a felted “painting” that will have a relief sculptural quality. Bring a photo to work from. Landscapes and gardens are a wonderful place to begin. Bringing close up qualities of flowers or animals will enhance your piece. Perhaps you have a particular totem animal or loving pet to include. Most supplies are included.

The fee for this workshop is $30.


ART on an iPAD Demo

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Thursday, August 31
10 am – 11:30 am

This is an introduction to the many applications that can be used on your iPad for creating works of art.  Betty Ann Medeiros is a fine artist, working in multi-mediums but also has 10 years experience working for Apple.  She takes her fine art background and applies it to today’s technology.  Betty Ann will be offering a weekly workshop with your ipad coming in September.

The fee for the demo is $10.




Painting with Pencil

artist, Karin Rannestad

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Wednesday, September 6
10 am – 1 pm

This is a 3-hour workshop for colored pencil with award winning artist, Rita Paradis. This is NOT an adult coloring activity.  Learn techniques in this medium that will make your drawings look like paintings. Beginners will start with value exercises and basic layering techniques that will serve as a foundation for more advanced work.
Intermediate students will develop the skills they have learned and explore color and color choices. Students will learn more tips and techniques for working with this versatile medium.

Workshop fee is $50 which includes most supplies.

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(men’s only art class)

Instructor, Priscilla Watson
Mondays beginning September 18th 
6:30 pm

Join the longest running studio art class at Arts Escape.  This workshop is designed for all levels and interests in fine art.  Exercises in design, perspective, movement, shading are all explored. Participants are encouraged to work independently and in the medium of their choice with assistance and guidance  from the instructor. Newcomers are always welcomed.
Feel free to bring your beverage of choice to get those creative juices flowing!

Fee for the 6-week workshop is $125.

  Hot Topics, Cool Conversations 

Tuesday September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24
Facilitator, Professor, Alfred Hunt
10:30 am – 12 noon

Back by popular demand, the 6 -week series is for adults who are looking to engage in lively conversations about newsworthy issues. Politics, pop-culture, and foreign affairs are all up for discussion in a friendly, non-judgmental environment. Each participant should be opened-minded and willing to learn and listen from a myriad of perspectives to better understand the world we live in. Each week information on the topic will be sent to participants through email for the upcoming topic.

The 6-week series is $90.


Taking Your Camera Off Automatic

Instructor, Sal De Fini
September 5, 7, 11
7 pm – 8:30 pm

Award winning photographer Sal De Fini teaches this 3-week mini course on turning your ordinary snapshots into photographs. The course is designed for the individual who wants to move their picture taking experience to the next level. In this course, students will learn the most important camera settings on their cameras, what the settings do, how they work, and most importantly how they affect the image that is being photographed.  No longer will the camera decide how a picture will look, you will!  Composition will be reviewed focusing on what makes and interesting photo.

Students are required to have a digital SLR camera or advanced point and shoot camera which has the ability to change settings.  Students will need to know how to locate and change the settings on their own cameras.  Students will be asked to bring in 2 photos that will be reviewed in class with gentle critique.


Chef – Dean Marino
Artist/Instructor, Linda Marino

Back by popular demand is our Couples Paint Night.  This is a fun, non-judgmental acrylic painting party for all abilities – no painting experience needed. Linda will guide you through the evening step-by-step so that no matter what your experience level is – you will go home with a “work of art!” Gather your friends and neighbors and join Chef Dean for a cooking demo as he prepares the dinner that you and your partner will share prior to your the evening Painting Experience.  Dinner, Beverages and all Paint supplies are provided.

Couples Paint Night Coming October 14!
Wine, Dinner, Dessert, & Painting

The evening event is $100 per person.  Seating is limited to 10 couples.  Registration ends on Friday, October 6th.



Arts in the Garden – Saturday, August 12
Ipad Painting Demo – Thursday, August 31
Living History, American Artist, James Abbot McNeill Whistler – Wednesday, September 13
Cooking with Suchada – Friday, September 15
Stick Figures and More – Tuesdays in September
Acrylic Painting Workshop – Fridays in Septembers
Writing Workshop – Monday, September 11


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