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Guilford Art Center's Annual Shopping Event
Posted on October 3rd, 2016

​Guilford Art Center’s Annual Shopping Event: Artistry: American Craft for the Holidays Offers Unique Works by more than 200 American Artists

Guilford Art Center announces its much-anticipated annual shopping event, Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays, which takes place November 3, 2016 through January 8, 2017. One-of-a-kind, handmade crafts by more than 200 artisans from across America will be featured, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods, and more.
During Artistry, works spill from the shop into the gallery at the Center, making for a bountiful and festive display of fine craft objects. Scores of new artists will have their work featured this year, offering shoppers a huge array of unique gift ideas. New works are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will want to return to snag a “find” they might not have seen before.
“As distinct from mall and online shopping, Artistry offers the opportunity to find truly one-of-a-kind, special objects that you can find to really connect with your gift recipients,” says Guilford Art Center Executive Director Maureen Belden. “The opportunity to buy American-made goods is also very important to people.”
Artistry also offers visitors a variety of shopping experiences: personal shoppers are available for advice and gift-giving ideas; a registry makes gift-selection easy; and businesses can take advantage of personal shoppers and discounts for employee holiday gift-giving.
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12-5pm.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 3, 5-8pm, free and open to the public.  Join us for shopping & refreshments.  

MEMBERS’ WEEK—SPECIAL MEMBERS’ BENEFITS: Nov 3 -November 9: Members receive 15% off all items and 10% off throughout the rest of sale. Become a member at any time and immediately receive this benefit.
CANDY, CAKE & COCKTAILS PARTY: Thursday, December 17, 5-8pm, free and open to the public.  Enjoy a sweet shopping experience! Treat yourself to special sweet treats and a signature Artistry cocktail while shopping for everyone on your list. 
ONEHOPE WINE TASTING EVENT:  Thursday, December 1, 5-8 pm Sample and purchase ONEHOPE wine while benefiting causes and non-profits, including GAC. Sip ONEHOPE whites, red, sparkling and reserve wines while you shop. Bring your friends and enjoy a festive evening while helping others (including finding them the right holiday gift!).  Free and open to the public. 
Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact
The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  It receives support from the Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

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