silver circle gallery and art center

Painting Classes

an award-Winning venue for local and regional artists

Silver Circle Gallery and Art Center in downtown Putnam, Connecticut, New England, was established in 2008 as a venue to represent local and regional visual artists and to enhance the abundant creative network in NECT. It has been a dynamic place for artists at all career levels to convene, connect, share, inspire and enrich our tight-knit community. Our beautiful art gallery compliments our artist's varied work. 

Silver Circle is a professional launching pad for local artists and fosters art appreciation through rotating art displays from over 50 local artists, gallery talks and demonstrations, and an arts education and therapeutic arts program. The bright, contemporary art gallery offers rotating displays by our art collective members, with a wide variety of quality fine art in a broad price range and style. We also have sculpture, art glass, and assemblage. There is a beautiful boutique area with handcrafted jewelry, textiles, pottery, and gifts by local and regional artisans. The adjacent "Art Alley" is a display space for a rotating assortment of local emerging artists and students.  The new PS Art Gallery space shows Pomfret Preparatory School's student and faculty works.


art classes

We offer a wide range of art classes and art workshops in a friendly environment that encourages everyone to find your inner artist! Discover the joys of creativity while building skills. Find out for yourself why art is so important and fun!

Handcrafted jewelry & gifts

We have a wonderful selection of high quality, handmade gifts by local artisans in all price ranges. Unique jewelry, textiles, blown and fused glass, pottery, and more. Skip the mall & find meaningful gifts here that are 100% original.

rotating art displays

Silver Circle shows a host of local and regional collective member artists throughout the year in our art gallery. Enjoy frequently changing displays in a variety of styles, sizes, and price ranges. Come meet the artists every weekend, and join for First Fridays  May - October.

News & events

Seasonal Gallery Hours

We are currently open Wednesday and Thursday 11-4, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday 12:00 - 4:00pm or by appointment. Closed Monday & Tuesdays.


summer art class schedule

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Class & Workshops for Kids & Adults

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(must specify which class -- materials fee separate)



Special salon series collaboration with idlewild arts

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Thursday, May 18th at 7:00pm
Don't miss this multi-disciplinary creative conversation

Join us for our upcoming Arts Salon! The Salon Series pairs artists, performers, and writers in creative conversation. Experience art making and creativity through this dynamic new lens!

For the inaugural Arts Salon, visual artist Shaun Rock will improvise a new oil painting alongside jazz musician and composer Tim Peck, who will be improvising a new piece of music at the same time. Shaun's painting will respond to Tim's musical improvisation, and Tim's music will respond to Shaun's painting in an ongoing, live creative conversation. Then visual artist Karen Reid and writer Christine Kalafus will engage in a creative conversation of their own: interspersing visual imagery with Christine's lyrical descriptions of water and the body in her new memoir. Karen and Christine will discuss creative process, art-making, and their own recent collaboration on a new oil painting.

Enjoy these two creative pairings, a glass of wine, and community with fellow arts-appreciators during our intermission. Light refreshments will be served! Silver Circle Art Center is delighted to partner with Idlewild Artsto bring this special event to our community!

Tickets are available through Eventbrite

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first fridays in downtown putnam

may - october events


First Friday Collective Exhibit Themes

This May, the artists in the Silver Circle Collective have collaborated to create a new exhibit called Imagine. Taking our cue from the official First Friday themes, the Collective artists will create a new exhibit each month that expands upon these official town-wide themes. For the month of May, our artists are playing with the official First Friday theme of the Science Fiction & Fantasy, and asking: How do we imagine our art, our world? How does art stem from and spark imagination?

Each month from May to October, our Collective Artists will collaborate to create exhibits in response to these official First Friday themes, which center around different film genres. Some of our artists will interpret these themes literally, and others will play with the concepts more loosely through metaphor and abstraction. In all cases, we will open a wide creative exploration of these concepts, and create space for new conversations between our artists and community members. We hope you will come and visit us for the monthly exhibit, and throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The full 2017 exhibit schedule is included below.

May: Imagine

June: Adventure

July: Silver Circle Classics

Aug: Inspired by Music

Sept: Landscape & Lifestyle

Oct: Dream / Nightmare




new selection of artwork, handmade jewelry and gifts!


ITAP Facilitator Johanna Pike and Silver Circle receive Grant

Press Release: Silver Circle’s Integrative Therapeutic Arts Program Brings Creativity and Confidence to Pomfret Community School Students

This January, six students from Pomfret Community School (PCS) exhibited paintings, masks, and handmade jewelry at the the Silver Circle Art Center in Putnam, CT. The students had just completed the first session of a special Therapeutic Arts Mentorship program, designed to increase self-expression, confidence, self-image, and social skills among girls in grades 5-8. designed to increase self-expression, confidence, self-image, and social skills among girls in grades 5-8. This program is offered through a partnership between Silver Circle Art Center and PCS, and funded in part through a Regional Initiative Grant ...




Welcome Melissa Wyse, Gallery Manager




    current ps gallery exhibit


    Featuring photography and cyanotypes by Melissa Wyse and Tim Peck

    Melissa Wyse and Tim Peck have been collaborating on the photography in Blue Cities since 2014. The resulting exhibit includes film photography, digital photography, and cyanotypes from cities including New York, Baltimore, Paris, Southern France, Morocco, and the mill towns of New England. It explores the multiple resonances of Blue Cities: the blue city of Chefchaouen, Morocco, the cities captured in blue cyanotype images, the cities Peck and Wyse have lived in and loved and visited. The cities they have lost or abandoned, the blues for vanished homes and dissolved possibilities, and the ways cities are coded blue politically and socioeconomically. The exhibit is at once personal and far-reaching, an attempt to grapple with the evolving role of cities in Peck and Wyse’s own lives and in our larger world today.

    What is the role of cities in our lives? What do cities mean to you?



    now offering private classes & group workshops!!

    for yourself or a group of friends -- organize yours today!


    we require:

    • a request for a specific class and instructor
    • 2-3 possible days/times that work for your schedule
    • number of participants anticipated

    once your class is scheduled We will require the following:

    • a non-refundable deposit that includes the minimum amount for 1-3 participants within five days of class date confirmation
    • payment from listed participants three days prior to class


    fill out the reservation form to schedule your private workshop



    Current classes schedule: register now!


    view children's art classes here

    view adult/teen art classes here

    View Therapeutic Art Classes Here

    view workshops here



    purchase gift certificates online

    available in any amount

    good towards fine art, art classes, or handmade gift items

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    Silver circle artist member Collective

    Welcome our new Artist Collective Members for 2017

    We have almost 30 local artists whose work will be rotating on display in the gallery

    Meet Visiting Artists on the weekends, and watch scheduled demonstrations from a variety of select artists.
    Get to know your local creative community and help support their work.

    An arts renaissance in the heart of downtown putnam

    the arts district of northeastern Connecticut

    Silver Circle Gallery & Art Center is located in the (not so) "Quiet Corner" of Northeastern Connecticut, New England
    in the quaint historic district of downtown Putnam, CT, New England. Putnam has enjoyed a recent cultural renaissance and
    is a thriving area filled with acclaimed restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and antique stores.

    Putnam hosts annual events such as The Fire & Ice Festival, First Fridays (May - October), Road Races, River Fire,
    Concerts, Farmers Markets, The Pumpkin Festival, The Car Cruise, Trick or Treat Street, and more.

    The Putnam Business Association, The Putnam Arts Council, and other local organization
     work very hard to keep our small community vibrant  for locals and visitors alike.

    See why Boston Magazine named Putnam one of the top 15 small towns to visit...see for yourself why Putnam is the Place to Be!

    Visit for more tourism information.