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Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store

The Spectrum Art Gallery is the jewel in the crown of Arts Center Killingworth, CT.  It is a non-profit arts organization founded in 2003, serving the Connecticut shoreline and river valley from New Haven to Hartford, including Madison, Guilford, Chester, and Old Saybrook.

This light-filled, spacious gallery consistently draws large crowds at their major themed exhibition openings, which feature both emerging and advanced artists with regional, national, and International reputations and diverse styles.

In addition to showing painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media, the Gallery also features an Artisan Store offering fine crafts in a variety of styles and media including glass, ceramic, fiber, jewelry, apparel, and more.

Spectrum has rapidly earned the reputation as one of Connecticut’s premier art galleries through its diverse offerings and related activities.  Receptions, discussions, demonstrations, workshops and a full range of classes at the gallery and Art Center Killingworth all enhance the exhibitions.

Two popular annual events that are drawing large crowds are the Essex Summer Arts Festival in June on the Essex town green and the Autumn Arts Festival in October on the Madison town green.  Residents and tourists enjoy browsing from tent to tent to meet the artists and view their work, which ranges from representational to abstract with accessible pricing.  Both events are accompanied by a six-week exhibition at the gallery of a selected group of these artists.

Excitement is building now for the largest visual event of the year, the annual  “Autumn Arts Festival and Open Art Trail” on the Madison town green October 7-8, 2017 and its respective group gallery exhibition September 22-November 5, 2017.  This event has grown over the years to include over 100 artists and artisans and draws attendees throughout New England and the tri-state area

Art Center Killingworth (ACK) began when Barbara and Balan Nair purchased a property in Killingworth, CT in 2003.  Barbara has a BA in Theater from the New School of the Arts in New York and an MFA from New York University in Arts Management, and Balan’s background is business and finance.  They thought they might contribute to the community by using some of their new spacious property to offer children’s’ art and theater classes and were encouraged by the local library and the town’s 1st Selectman.  Soon adult classes were added along with participation at various small local outdoor art fairs.

They introduced “Jazz Night Out”, a café style performance program that started out with local musicians.  As its popularity grew they brought in musicians for New York and partnered with Ivoryton Playhouse, and the Kate in Old Saybrook.

Rapidly expanding programs, workshops, and classes pressured available space and the search for a central formal exhibition gallery was realized when they purchased and renovated the property in Centerbrook, now the Spectrum Gallery.

The key to growth for ACK has been its creative program development. The passion of the founders to provide creative experiences with an ever-expanding variety of visual programs and performing events has benefitted the community at large.

Visit the Spectrum Gallery at 61 Main St, Centerbrook, CT.

Go to  spectrumartgallery.org and artscenterkillingworth.org for more information.

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