Annual Craft Expo – This Weekend!



Friday, Saturday, Sunday: July 18, 19, 20, 2014

Friday, 12-9 • Saturday, 10-7 • Sunday, 12-5

In celebration of its 57th year, the GUILFORD ART CENTER’s annual Craft Expo will return once again to the scenic and historic Guilford Green, celebrating the arts with its extensive array of handmade crafts by American artists. Craft Expo 2014 will be held for three days: Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20.

Craft Expo 2014 will bring more than 180 nationally-recognized craft artists to Guilford, whose exquisite-quality works help rank this event as one of the top craft shows in New England and the country. As a celebration of the arts and a signature happening for the town of Guilford and the Connecticut shoreline, Craft Expo is a must-see summer event.

Drawing an estimated 14,000 artists, collectors, and visitors from across the country, Craft Expo is known for its one-of-a-kind work of the highest quality: Ceramics, Glass, Leather, Metal, Metal Jewelry, Non-Metal Jewelry, Non-Wearable Fiber, Painting, Printmaking & Drawing, Wearable Fiber, and Wood. Items range from decorative to functional and traditional to contemporary. All work presented at Craft Expo is handmade by the artists, all of whom have been accepted in the show by a panel of professional peers, thereby ensuring only the highest quality in workmanship, design and materials.

Popular amenities for the Craft Expo visitor include a food court, craft activities for youngsters attending the show, and the chance to bid on donated craft pieces at the show’s annual silent auction. Proceeds raised through the silent auction and nominal entrance fees benefit the non-profit GUILFORD ART CENTER and its year-round calendar of gallery and school art education programs for students of all ages and skill levels.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Outer Island Art Experience



Outer Island Art Experience: A Wave of Workshops

A series of art workshops will be held on Saturday, July 19th on Outer Island. There will be 3 workshops offered, designed for teens and adults. Please register for one of the following:

  • Photography and Microscopy with Kelley Fryer, photo journalist for Shoreline Publishing, from 7 am – 9:30 am. Bring a digital camera.
  • Intro to Watercolor with Wiley Carr, Professor of Fine Arts at SCSU, from 10 am – 2:00 pm. Supplies will be provided.
  • Sketching with Mike DiGiorgio, nature artist, from 3:00 pm – 6:00pm. Bring sketch pad, 2B and 4B pencils, and binoculars would be helpful.

Registration is required for all participants online at Each registrant may register for one workshop (Photography, Watercolor or Sketching). *Space is limited.

Registration includes a $10 donation to the Friends of Outer Island to defray ferry and event costs. The Thimble Island Ferry will leave promptly from the Stony Creek Dock at 6:30 am for the Photography and Microscopy Workshop, 9:30 am for the Intro to Watercolor Workshop and 2:30 pm for the Sketching Workshop.

The Art Event will be cancelled if there is stormy weather on July 19th. Information will be posted on

The Outer Island Art Experience is sponsored by the Friends of Outer Island in partnership with the CT State University and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

SAT Member Steve Plaziak in Several Area Shows


Check out Shoreline ArtsTrail coordinator and member artist Steve Plaziak’s watercolor paintings in several area shows!

His painting Owls Head View, above, is one of two accepted for the Connecticut Watercolor Society’s annual juried exhibition taking place now through July 15 at the Hartford Art School’s Silpe Gallery.

In addition, 10 of Steve’s painting can be seen at Webster Bank in Guilford (1069 Boston Post Road, near CVS), and approximately 20 are on display in the Meeting Room of the Guilford Library (67 Park Street).

For more about Steve and his work, please visit

Shoreline ArtsTrail Members in Plān ˈE(ə)r : A Group Exhibition


Reynolds Fine Art is pleased present Plān ˈE(ə)r : A Group Exhibition, from June 6 – August 4, 2014. This group show is an exhibition of Plein Air painters from across the nation featuring the artwork of Shoreline ArtsTrail members Margaret Dean and Eileen Eder, as well as Leif Nilsson, Emily Buchanan, Brian Neher, Timothy Horn, Karen Weihs, Kathryn McMahon, Terry Delapp, and Kevin Macpherson.

Located on 96 Orange Street, the mission of Reynolds Fine Art is contribute to the economic and cultural ecosystem through vibrant samples of artwork, not only in our home neighborhood, but in the Lower Chapel district and in New Haven as a whole. Periodically shows, demonstrations, lectures, workshops and art sessions are held to infuse New Haven with diverse aspects of the art world.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Thursday 11-5pm
Friday 11-6pm
Saturday 11-5pm
or by appointment
96 Orange Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06510

Thursday After-Hours with Martha & Maggie Presents: Colleen McDonald


Put Yourself at the Top of the list! Live Passionately!

Join Shoreline ArtsTrail members Martha Link Walsh and Maggie Dean for their June Thursday After Hours, PUT YOURSELF AT THE TOP OF THE LIST! LIVE PASSIONATELY! with motivational speaker Colleen McDonald on Thursday, June 26 starting promptly 6:30 p.m. at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery in Branford.

Do you feel lost without your cell phone or laptop? Do you over commit? Join Colleen as she helps you identify and eliminate the things that drain you. Learn to embrace your wisdom by choosing a life-style that will support, challenge and encourage you to shine! Colleen has worked with Louise Hay and Deepak Chopra. Combining that work with her innate understanding of what makes us tick, she will give us tools to “find our way.” A fun and hands-on evening of discovery.

Upcoming Thursday After Hours include Creating a Space You Love with Amy McNamara-Higgens on October 23.

Thursday After Hours are held at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, 188 North Main Street (Rte. 1), Branford, CT 06405. Refreshments are served. A $10 reservation is necessary as space is limited and interest is high. Please contact Martha or Maggie at 203-481-3505 for more information, or visit

SAT Artist Marjorie Sopkin Announces NIKPOSIUM®


NIKPOSIUM® is the digital extension of original art by artist, Marjorie Sopkin, developed especially for the surface design industry. Inspired by movement, color, texture and synchronized interaction, Marjorie uses processional mark-making to express visual camaraderie and the collective strength of harmonious activity.

NIKPOSIUM® designs are available in numerous colorways for textiles, paper goods, apparel, home furnishings, and more. Though one application might call for a cropped detail of a design, another might beg for the classic symmetry of a mirrored image.

Imagine NIKPOSIUM® for fabric, quilts, tablecloths, bedding, pillows, wallpaper, lampshades, rugs, luggage, handbags, scarves, skateboards, cell phone covers, stationery, journals, puzzles, swimwear…even flip flops!

Check out Marjorie’s new website: