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Brookfield Craft Center

To Mexico & Back

Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to present a unique exhibit of clay and papier-mache works by nationally renowned artist Alison Palme r. An opening event and reception, with the artist will be held on July 7th, from 5-8pm in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery at 286 Whisconier Road.  The exhibit will continue through July 29th.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday noon – 5pm, Saturday 11-5pm, Sunday Noon – 4pm.

Ms. Palmer resides in Kent.  She received a BFA in ceramics from the California College of Arts. Her works are represented in numerous galleries, museum shops and catalogs throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Palmer’s work is about the celebration of life and the natural world. “Animal imagery in clay has always been my chosen expression. Sometimes I make pots into animals and sometimes animals out of my pots. My search is to find the balance between pottery form and animal form and make them fit as one. I strive to achieve a lighthearted meld”.

Spending time in Mexico has influenced her artistic direction and endeavors. “Spending the   winter in Merida, Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. There is limited access to good clay there, but I wanted to continue practicing my art. I began making papier-mache masks since I wanted to make art that was relevant to Mexican culture. Papier-mache is accessible to everyone. Every child has at least one piñata for their birthday. The parades are full of giant puppets, gigantes, with masks made of papier-mache. It is my way of meeting and connecting with people”.

Howard Lasser, Brookfield Craft Center Executive Director said: “we are always excited to provide local artists a venue to exhibit their work, and this exhibition of multi media work is an exceptional opportunity for the public to see and experience a mix of work and cultural exploration”.

 

Gallery and Shop hours are Tuesday – Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 11-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm.

info@brookfieldcraft.org phone: (203) 775-4526

The Brookfield Craft Center is offering an exciting opportunity for youth (ages 6-16) to explore their creative energies in our Hands-on Art Summer Youth Program.

Weekly half-day and full-day programs will be offered on 4 weeks (July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug 6-10 and Aug 20-24) on the Brookfield Craft Center campus. Each week long class will be a guided learning experience in a supportive environment. Small classes and our highly skilled and professional artist/craft teachers and assistants will offer lots of individual help and allow each child a hands-on exploration of their personal creativity and the process of making. Classes will include Glass Beadmaking, Fashion Illustration, Drawing/Painting, Blacksmithing, Weaving, Fused Glass, Printmaking, Clay and more!

To view the selection of classes we are offering, please visit the website: Hands on Art Summer Youth Program

⭐️Summer Youth Program Scholarships are available. If you know a child interested in a class offered during our Summer Youth Program that is deserving of a scholarship, please visit our website and complete a submission form.

Tax Free Shopping!!  June 9th 2018

Join us this Saturday as we join with organizations across the state in a celebration

Shop for gifts

of the arts!  Come in to the Gallery to view our exhibition of ceramics and enjoy shopping for that unique gift for that special someone!  Graduation, Wedding, Fathers day, we have something for all.  And in keeping with the celebration all purchases are tax free.

Ceramics Demonstration PhotoDue to the recent storm and the need for people to focus on recovery, we are cancelling our May Open House.  Classes will resume on Sunday May 20.  Click here to check out the latest classes schedules.

Click here to check out the Youth Summer program – Hands-on Art!

We are here to answer any questions.  Please email infor@brookfieldcraft.org  or call (203) 775-4526.  If no one answers please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Brookfield Craft Center, one of the nation’s premier fine craft education institutions, will host a community open house Saturday, May 19 from noon to 5 p.m. on their campus located at 286 Whisconier Rd in Brookfield, Connecticut. This creative event is free, open to the public and will feature demonstrations conducted by talented faculty artists working in the areas of blacksmithing, bladesmithing, jewelry making, glass arts, ceramics, weaving, fiber arts, woodturning and more.

All six teaching studios on BCC’s beautiful 2.5 acre campus will be open for view. Participants will also be able to sign up for classes. In the gallery store, visitors will be able to view and purchase hand-crafted items made by the over 150 fine craft artisans who are represented in the shop.

Celebrate our refurbished Pottery Studio at our re-dedication at 11:30!

If you have ever wondered what goes on in those historical buildings by the river, or want to see talented craftsman and artists at work, this is a great event for all ages to enjoy.

Brookfield Craft Center and Western Connecticut State University collaborate on art exhibition:

Redefining Identity

Students of Western Connecticut State University are working with the Brookfield Craft Center on a new exhibition.  The students are curating the exhibition Redefining Identity. Under the supervision of Melissa Ralston-Jones, curator and instructor at the college, the class learns about curation techniques through the development of an exhibition theme, research on various artists, the selection of the artwork, and the arranging and installation of the exhibition.

Redefining Identity will feature five artists, exploring the unique ways they interpret the human form, revealing their own self-identity and how they perceive and express the identities of others. Artwork will include a selection of paintings, bronze and clay objects. Participating artists are; Colette Aimee of Brattleboro , VT, David Boyajian of New Fairfield CT, Shelby Head of Madison, CT, Bruce Horan of Norwalk CT, and Jennifer McCandless of Burlington, VT.

The exhibition opens April 7th with a reception open to the public starting 5:00pm to 8:00pm, in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery in the Brookfield Craft Center.  The show will run until April 29th.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday noon – 5:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 – 5:00pm, Sunday noon – 4:00pm. For more information visit the Brookfield Craft Center web site:  www.brookfieldcraft.org or call (203) 775-4526,

Youth Art Show Call Description:

The Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to announce their Call for Artists for the 3rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition - Artists on the Rise. This juried youth art show is open to all high school student artists in the Greater Danbury area who design and create their own work in any of the following categories: Clay/Ceramic, Photography, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media (2D), Mixed Media (3D), Painting, Drawing, Metal, Wood, Video. The deadline for entries is February 4th and the exhibition will run from March 10th - 31st.

Categories:

Clay/Ceramic, Photography, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media (2D), Mixed Media (3D), Painting, Drawing, Metal, Wood, Video.

Entry Instructions:

All student submissions must be entered through our online entry form through the link below below. Each entrant must create a username and password in order to complete their submission. If an entrant created a username and login last year, they may utilize their existing login. Each applicant may submit up to two pieces of work to be included in the jury process. Note: dependent on the number of entries, only one piece of work may be selected for the exhibition. Each applicant must submit an artist statement and each submission needs a description of work. Final size of Framed 2D Artwork may be no larger than 24 x 16 inches. Framing or matting preferred but no student will be excluded from entry due to inability to frame artwork. 3D Artwork may be no bigger than 3 feet in height.

Image Submissions File Format:

Standard JPEG or PDF File Size: no larger than 2 MB

Please note: Artists will be notified by February 20th. All work must be delivered to the Craft Center by March 2nd.

Entry Form:


Brookfield Craft Center’s 42nd Annual Holiday Sale features an extraordinary collection of contemporary American craft for the holidays: handmade works by more than 150 selected artists in jewelry, wearable fiber, ceramics, toys, glass, wood, paper and steel. All purchases benefit the Craft Center’s education programs, and provide support for independent artists.

This special annual sale runs
November 11 to December 31, 2017

Come to the Opening Reception Friday November 10 from 5-8pm.

Meet the Artists

Shop Tax Free!!

Refreshments are served.

Not a member? Join today.

 

Take part the treasured tradition of giving handmade in the United States gifts for the holidays.

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Ceramics Demonstration PhotoBrookfield Craft Center, one of the nation’s premier fine craft education institutions, will host a community open house Saturday, October 14 from noon to 5 p.m. on their campus located at 286 Whisconier Rd in Brookfield, Connecticut. This creative event is free, open to the public and will feature demonstrations conducted by talented faculty artists working in the areas of blacksmithing, bladesmithing, jewelry making, glass arts, ceramics, weaving, fiber arts, woodturning and more.

All six teaching studios on BCC’s beautiful 2.5 acre campus will be open for view, with several hands-on activities available for visitors to try. Participants will also be able to sign up for classes, as well as register to win an education gift certificate that day. In the gallery store, visitors will be able to view and purchase hand-crafted items made by the over 100 fine craft artisans who are represented in the shop.

If you have ever wondered what goes on in those historical buildings by the river, or want to see talented craftsman and artists at work, this is a great event for all ages to enjoy.

The Brookfield Craft Center is proud to host A Tradition of Excellence: Works by the Brookfield Craft Center Faculty from August 12 through September 9. This unique exhibition opened in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery with a well-received reception on Saturday, August 12.

Brookfield Craft Center is delighted to bring A Tradition of Excellence: Faculty Show, to our Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery. The exhibit began with an opening reception on Saturday, August 12 from 5-8 PM and will run through Saturday, September 10.
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According to Executive Director, Howard Lasser, “This exhibition, now in its sixth year, is always remarkable.The show is a great opportunity for the community to view the exceptional work of our faculty members who are creating pieces in a variety of media.”

Work from over 25 of Brookfield Craft Center’s talented faculty representing all seven teaching studios will be displayed. This includes work in Wood, Glass, Fiber, Ceramic, Metal as well as Paintings.

The regular Gallery and Gallery Shop hours are Tuesday – Friday 12 – 5 PM, Saturday 11am – 5 PM, Sunday 12 – 4 PM, or by appointment.

marilyncisek

“MY ART IS ABOUT THE JOURNEY, THE PROCESS FIRST, THE PRODUCT OF LITTLE CONSEQUENCE EXCEPT AS IT ENRICHES LIFE. I CHOOSE MY OWN PATH, MY OWN DESTINATION. ART IS  NOT MY LIFE, BUT, ALL MY LIFE ENDEAVORS TO BE ART.”

About the artist:

Marilyn B. Cisek (Chonko) received her formal education in the Arts with a BA from UCONN and post graduate studies in Fine Arts at USC and Old Dominion.  After college she studied abroad with artists in Japan and North Africa. In the sixties she designed knitwear and needlework kits for Knit Wit of Southern California and taught extensively in the Southeast and on the Gulf Coast. She received on the job training with the best and brightest at Creative Arts Workshop, Farmington Valley Art Center, Brookfield Craft Center, and Guilford Handcrafts Center in Connecticut. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in such venues as the Cheeseborough Pond Gallery in Connecticut, the Williamsburg Gallery in Virginia, On the Hill in Yorktown, Studio 21, twentieth Century Gallery and P. Kanes in Iwakuni, Japan.

Marilyn was a vibrant part of the Brookfield Craft Center Community for a number of years and held the institution close to her heart. While her own creative endeavors and life led her out of Connecticut, she often spoke fondly of the time that she spent on BCC’s historic campus. In accordance with her wishes, her husband, William has made a significant gift to the Craft Center in her memory.

Learn more about Marilyn, her life and work –>

Buster Shaw Woodturning Scholarship

Buster Shaw, former instructor, board member and long time friend of the Brookfield Craft Center has endowed a scholarship in Woodturning with the center.

Members of the community are welcomed to make donations in lieu of flowers and to honor Buster’s commitment to sharing his love of the art of Woodturning with others. A notice of your donation will be sent to the family and all contributions to the scholarship fund are fully tax deductible.

The Brookfield Craft Center is proud to facilitate this opportunity to honor Buster’s memory and offer students the chance to learn new skills and gain an appreciation for the creative process specific to wood turning. Each year the Brookfield Craft Center will award three scholarships, one in each of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters of the calendar year. The scholarship will cover all tuition and materials fees. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship download the application with instructions here. Deadlines to apply are the first day of March, June and September.

Donations to the fund may be made by clicking the button below.




Hilda at workHilda Kraus, a well-known designer, artist, jeweler, enamellist and metal work designer, was born in New York City in 1915. She had a B.A. from Hunter College 1935 and completed her post graduate studies at International Academy of Art, Salzburg, Austria, in 1967, 72, 77. Ms. Kraus served as an apprentice to a Danish silversmith for 3 years. and studied traditional enameling methods in the great centers of Europe (France, Italy, Germany). She at one time had shops in N.Y.C, Connecticut and Maine. When she moved to Westport in the 1950’s she maintained her studio in her home. Hilda spent many hours teaching and taking classes at the Brookfield Craft Center, as well as being a part of both solo and joint exhibitions there. Hilda was a lifetime member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and a Master Craftsman as awarded by the Society for Connecticut Craftsman. During her lifetime, Hilda was the recipient of many awards and prizes for her work both here and in Europe, especially for her work in cloisonné enamels. Her work is in the collections of the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; and the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington.

In 1946, her work was featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art called Modern Handmade Jewelry, one of the earliest and most influential jewelry exhibitions in the postwar period. She was also awarded a purchase prize in the seminal exhibition Enamels ’70 organized by the Craft Alliance of St. Louis.

Understanding the vision and importance of the Brookfield Craft Center as an institution of fine craft and catalyst for creativity, Ms. Kraus left a legacy gift to the BCC upon her death in 2014. Through the generosity of her long-time friend and Brookfield Craft Center supporter, Nell Mullen, a retrospective exhibition of her life’s work was featured in the Lynn Tendler Bignell gallery at the Craft Center in April of 2017.