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.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm
*or by appointment*
Closed Monday & Tuesdays.
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.
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(must specify which class -- materials fee separate)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
As Silver Circle Art Center & Gallery approaches its nine-year anniversary this November, they are thrilled to announce it will be expanding its presence in downtown Putnam by relocating to 134 Main Street.
There will be a public grand re-opening Friday, Nov. 3rd, 6:00 - 9:00pm
in conjunction with three other establishments at 134 Main Street -- Epiphany on Main, architect Lyn Smith, and Pomfret School's PS Art Gallery. The celebration will feature refreshments, live music, art demonstrations, new art displays, and a ribbon cutting to commemorate the expansion.
This strategic move will allow Silver Circle to offer an even more diverse range of creative programs and gallery exhibits in a larger space. Since 2008, the Silver Circle Art Center has fulfilled its mission to enrich our area's creative fabric, promote and contribute to its economic viability, enhance the quality of life for our community, support regional artists and art educators, and provide a space for them to engage with the public.
Silver Circle will continue its collaboration with P.S. Art Gallery, the official gallery of Pomfret School since 2013. PS Art venue is home to a rotating exhibit of student, faculty, and guest artwork and performances. In addition to the real-world value of creating and curating an exhibit, many of the student pieces are available for purchase, and the proceeds benefit the operation of P.S. Art.
Silver Circle has become recognized as a culturally relevant asset to NE CT by helping to establish and enhance the growing arts district in Downtown Putnam and beyond. Silver Circle has fostered community art appreciation and education with rotating exhibits, demonstrations, gallery talks, events, art classes for all ages, and access to the health benefits of creativity through our Integrative Therapeutic Arts Program (ITAP). Silver Circle Art Center has been awarded as Best Art Gallery in 2016 and 2017 by Norwich Magazine for its positive community impact.
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.
July: Silver Circle Classics
Aug: Inspired by Music
Sept: Landscape & Lifestyle
Oct: Dream / Nightmare
FIRST FRIDAY JULY 7TH INTERACTIVE COLLABORATION: "ART IN THE MAKING"- FEATURING ARTISTS, KAREN REID AND JAIMEE TABORDA
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 new silver circle team members
Gallery Curator/Gallery Manager
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Audrey Mucci to the Silver Circle Gallery as our new Gallery Curator and Manager. Audrey has been involved with Silver Circle for many years as an exhibiting artist, board member of the Friends of Silver Circle Gallery Committee, and as a volunteer. She received an AS in General Studies and an AA in Fine Arts from Quinebaug Valley Community College, a BA in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Sculpture, from Eastern Connecticut State University and an MA in Learning and Thinking (Arts Cohort) from The Graduate Institute. She worked for six and a half years as the Gallery Director at The Spirol Gallery and Art Department Assistant at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT. Audrey lives in a small house in Moosup, Connecticut with her husband, Nick, and three elderly cats.
current ps gallery exhibit
Wood, Words, & Meaning
September 1 — October 31
For this exhibit, Chris Atwood spent a year carving 34 wooden panels, representing 2,367 characters and punctuation marks. The centerpiece of the exhibit is 12 panels recounting the entire Gettysburg Address. All twelve panels were milled from 4/4" or 5/4" genuine mahogany from South and Central America. Chris then routed 1 1/2" raised panel borders on all 12 boards in anticipation of 2" deep hard maple boards for building the frames. He secured a supply of 2' x 8' x 1/32" veneer sheets, which he cut to size to fit each raised panel. Once initial contact was complete, Chris slipped each panel into his vacuum press for two hours of compression. When the panel was ready, Chris pulled it from the press and sanded the veneer with 400 grit sandpaper, before moving it finally to his carving desk.
About the artist:
Christopher Atwood was a member of the Pomfret School faculty from 1980 until retirement in August of 2015. His major roles at Pomfret included Athletic Trainer, Athletic Director, Master Calendar Coordinator, three four-year rotations as Form Dean, Chairman of the Digital Arts Department, and Director of Academic Technology. Over the years he taught Human Anatomy, 3D Digital Modeling and Animation, Film Production, EcoSystem Design, and Residential Architecture. He also served as Dorm Parent, Faculty Advisor, and membership on a number of committees. His present community service involves photographing live productions at The Bradley Playhouse for cast, crew, families, and archives. He preserves thousands of photos on a public website that currently spans 29 productions since 2011.
“WHAT WE KEEP WE LOSE AND WHAT WE GIVE WE HAVE.” - AUTHOR UNCONFIRMED
In the late 1980s, I had the pleasure of watching a friend carve text for a commissioned piece of furniture. Within the hour I knew that carving would fulfill my desire to develop specific woodworking skills. By 2011, I carved eighty-two panels for many friends at their request and around Pomfret’s campus. Read more...
COMMUNITY ART PROJECT: "A MILLION REASONS TO LOVE PUTNAM"
We launched our Community Art Project: "A Million Reasons to Love Putnam" on July 1, 2017 during the Downtown Putnam Star Spangled Celebration. The idea was the creation of Art Center Education Program Coordinator, Heather Mitchell, and was designed and hand-bound (using the coptic method) by Gallery Manager, Kennedy Marshall. The binding is made of multicolored yarns and is intricately braided with waxed linen thread weaved through natural handmade Italian paper. Whether you are a resident, a visitor, a vacationer, or a passerby, we urge you to visit our exceptional gallery and write down one of your reasons why you love Putnam! Once the journal is full, it will be donated to the Putnam Visitors' Center for future generations to view, relish, and enjoy!
now offering private classes & group workshops!!
for yourself or a group of friends -- organize yours today!
- 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
Current classes schedule: register now!
view children's art classes here
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View Therapeutic Art Classes Here
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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!