silver circle gallery and art center
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.
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 Thursday 11-4, Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday 11:00 - 5:00pm or by appointment.
Special salon series collaboration with idlewild arts
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
$15...through May 12th
$18...after May 12th
$20...at the door
first fridays return
may - october events
First Friday Collective Exhibit Theme For May: "Imagine"
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 in May for the Imagine 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
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!
- 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
view adult/teen art classes here
View Therapeutic Art Classes Here
view workshops 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!