I’m discovering something. Community Art Centers are tucked into some of the most interesting buildings. This has been the case for each art center I’ve written about over the past month or two (Art Connection Studio and Golden Thread Gallery) and applies to the Windsor Art Center. Housed in the former freight house next to the Windsor Amtrak station, Windsor Art Center is a real treat. The building has tall ceilings with exposed beams and the work being done within its walls is interesting and important beyond the community of Windsor.
I recently sat down with board members and artists Katherine Tolve and Christine MacClintick to learn more about the center’s operations. Lucky me, I received a sneak preview of their show Tones and Textures, featuring photographer Maurice D. Robertson and painter Andres Chapparo. Chapparo is among the small group of artists who uses studio space at the Windsor Art Center. The show explores the connection between art and music. It runs through January 2, 2016 and trust me, you don’t want to miss it.
My talk with Katherine and Christine went beyond the operations of a small non-profit and weaved in the bigger conversations in the arts, like arts education. As someone who thrived in art classes growing up, I connected with this conversation on so many levels. Christine said it best when we talked about the incredibly important role of art teachers, “these are the people on the front lines,” she told me. Creativity goes beyond the work of professional artists. Anyone and everyone can be creative. Scientists, engineers, lawyers, and stay at home parents are better at what they do when they have confidence in their creativity. Art teachers encourage this confidence. They really are on the front lines of art in our society. The Windsor Art Center is dedicating their first show of 2016 to the work of art educators and it’s not too late to be a part of it. Up to five faculty members teaching visual arts at the high school, undergraduate or graduate level will be selected for the Art Educators Show. 2D and 3D works are being accepted. The deadline to entries is fast approaching: November 23, 2015. Applicants can find out more at Art Educators Show Application. The show will run from January 16 – February 27, 2016 with an opening reception on January 16th from 5-7pm.
Another opportunity for artists is the center’s Portfolio Night. Artists pay $5 to share their latest projects and receive feedback from fellow artists. It’s a chance to meet new people, give and receive critique, and enjoy a community of artists. Katherine said that it was the Make.Art.Work program she participated in earlier this year through the Greater Hartford Arts Council that showed her firsthand how important a community of artists could be. Portfolio Night welcomes painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, fiber art and more.
To learn more about the Windsor Art Center and their programming visit www.windsorartcenter.org