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Handmade American Crafts at Guilford Art Center's Annual Shopping Event - November 2 - January 7
Posted on October 4th, 2017

​Shop handmade American craft for gifts at
Guilford Art Center’s “Artistry” holiday shopping event

Guilford, CT — Guilford Art Center announces its much-anticipated annual holiday shopping event, Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays, which takes place November 2, 2017 through January 7, 2018. One-of-a-kind, handmade crafts by artisans from across America will be featured, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods, leather goods and more.
The Shop at Guilford Art Center, open year-long, is almost doubled in size during Artistry, creating a bountiful selection of fine craft work for shoppers to peruse.  This year features many new artists, both local and national, as well as new work by ongoing favorite artists.  New items are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will always have fresh shopping experiences every time they visit.   
“The opportunity to shop local, as well as buy American-made goods is very important to people” says Guilford Art Center Executive Director Maureen Belden.  “Every purchase made benefits an American artist, but it also helps to support GAC which provides art experiences in the community all year long.  Plus, shoppers can find truly one-of-a-kind, special objects for everyone on their list.  It’s a win for everyone involved!”
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, Thursday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 2, 5-8pm, free and open to the public.  Kick off the season with this festive event, including beverages, snacks and great cheer!

MEMBERS’ WEEK—SPECIAL MEMBERS’ BENEFITS: Nov 2 -November 8: 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.
JEWELRY & CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION: Thursday, November 30, 5-8pm Enjoy a night of sparkle and socializing!  Enjoy glasses of bubbly while viewing the wide range of jewelry made by American artists for all tastes, budgets, shapes and sizes.  Free and open to the public.  
MEN’S SHOPPING NIGHT:  Thursday, December 21, 5-8 pm  Need to do some last minute shopping?  We’re here to help – especially our male customers.  We’ll serve beverages and snacks to keep up the energy levels, as well as have staff on hand to help with shopping and wrapping.  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

About The Guilford Art Center
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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