Pop-up markets at the Guilford Art Center, like mini-exhibitions with easy parking, relaxed atmosphere

GUILFORD — Jewelry, woodworking, candles, sea glass, soap and ceramics will be featured at the Guilford Art Center Summer Shopping Pop Up Series, as the art center courtyard transforms into a mini expo.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 25 and July 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 411 Church Street, Guilford, rain or shine.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 203-453-5947 or visit guilfordartcenter.org.

The event was created during COVID and has been so successful that it continues with new and returning artists.

“It was fun,” Belden said. “It was great last year.”

“We started it because we hadn’t had a craft show for the past two years and we thought it would be a way to support some local artists, some artists from the craft show , who were close enough to just come over for a weekend and have some kind of sale,” she said.

After a two-year hiatus, the Guilford Craft Expo is scheduled this year for Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 15-17.

Jewelry designer Susan Roberts returns for a second year at the pop-up event, Saturday, June 25.

Other artists joining her are Mountain Tree Studios Jewelry, Stacey Burwell Leather, Andy Teran Wood, and Maira Wickert Ceramic.

On Saturday, July 30, the pop-up event will feature Lauren Mullaney jewelry, Agnes Whitten candles, Strange Charm Glass, Clay Story CT ceramics, Natalie Gandolfo jewelry, and Foxglove Soap Co.

“It was really fun,” Roberts said. “A lot of my locals came and because I grew up in Guilford there were people who stopped by because they knew me, so that was cool too.”

The Branford artist talked about the small intimate feeling of the pop-up.

“It’s a small place,” she said. “You don’t have to fight for parking, there’s a nice array of different artists.”

“It’s fun, the art center is fun,” she said. “It was great to be part of a small gathering, so you could just talk to people and see what they have to offer and hang out a bit. It’s a nice little market.

Guilford Art Center is a non-profit organization that inspires and promotes community involvement in the visual arts through education, exhibitions and outreach.

Belden is backed by community support.

“It’s an area that really loves supporting arts and handmade things,” she said.

“I think more people are doing things and more people want to support artists,” she added. “While it is true that we buy and need fewer things, since the pandemic has simplified so many of our lives, perhaps the things we collect are more meaningful, more special or the things we give to people. people are more special.”

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