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  • September-October

  • Painted Doors of Branford 2022
    Saturday, September 17th from 10 AM to 5 PM

    View door art along Main Street.

  • Unique Opportunity to Explore Art Deco

    Stephanie Smelser is offering a unique combination of art instruction and immersion in the Art Deco genre by partnering with the 1928 Cocktail Club and the BACA Gallery.

    When: Six consecutive Thursday Evenings 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM starting 9/29
    Where: The BACA Gallery, 1004 Main St.

    Options:

    • $200 for 6 classes
    • $250 with Gatsby-Inspired libations and snacks at the 1928 Cocktail Club
    • $459 for classes, libations, and Great Gatsby Package (Starts September 8th)

    Reserve your spot by 9/1- class size is limited

    Art supplies are included and Payments are non-refundable

    To register or for more information:
    Text/Call Stephanie Smelser at 203-623-5686

    Pay online by Venmo @Stephanie-Smelser OR with cash/check in-person at class.

  • August

  • Branford Merchants Association Sidewalk Sale
    Friday August 19th and Saturday August 20th

    The BACA Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming Branford Merchant Association’s Main Street Sidewalk Sale on Friday and Saturday, August 19th and 20th, when our entire stretch of sidewalk in front of the BACA Gallery on Main Street will become an eclectic pop-up shop featuring all kinds of original artworks and crafts

  • July

  • Summer Art Workshops at the Gallery – July 11-15

    Stephanie Smelser is offering art workshops for all ages and levels of ability.
    Class times are flexible to meet your schedule:

    “Art in Motion” – Mornings 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
    Discover a mindful experience through movement and innovative art.

    “Intro to Art” – Evenings 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Covers the elements and principles of art, still life, and landscape techniques as well as stress reduction techniques.
    No art skills are required to participate in this workshop.

    Cost for either class is $200 for the week.
    Save $100! Take both workshops (all 10 classes) for $300.

    Art supplies are included!

    To register or for more information:
    Text/Call Stephanie Smelser at 203-623-5686

    Pay online by Venmo @Stephanie-Smelser OR with cash/check in-person at class.

  • May-June

  • The Artisan Marketplace at the Branford Festival – June 18th

  • BACA has partnered with the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce to sponsor “The Artisan Marketplace” on the Branford Green as part of the 38th Annual Branford Festival weekend on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 8 AM to 3:30 PM.

    Art, crafts, jewelry, decor, artisan made items, gifts and more from dozens of exhibitors will be available. Among the exhibitors will be several local businesses and non-profit organizations

  • “Walkingwood Mandolin Quartet Concert”, Sunday, June 12th

    The Musical Art Society of Branford (MAS) and BACA are happy to present a special musical event featuring the Walkingwood Mandolin Quartet.

    TIME: 2:00 PM
    LOCATION: BACA Gallery 1004 Main Street, Branford, CT

    Seating is limited so to reserve your spot RSVP to baca06405@gmail.com

    For information, please contact: B. Shaw 203-481-2819, C. Cohen 203-809-3165, R. Rosen 203-859-2919, or BACA Gallery 203-433-4071

  • “Art Meets Mindful Presence”Sessions

    BACA is again hosting an 8-week series on mindful art practice at the the BACA Gallery on Thursday evenings in May/June starting on 5/5/22.

    Learn how to tap into your creative energy and powers of self-expression with the devine artist Stephanie Smelser.

    Dates: Thursdays: May 5, 12, 19, & 26 and June 2, 9, 16, & 23.
    Time: From 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: BACA Gallery, 1004 Main Street, Branford
    Cost: $200 for all 8 sessions
    $125 for 4 sessions and $35 for a drop-in session.

    To register for this or future sessions, please call 203-623-5686. Ask about outside summer sessions.

    Online classes are also available in desired. Organize your own class with 3 or more students and you (the organizer) attend free!

    Accepted Payments: Personal check payable to “Stephanie Smeltzer”, Venmo, Zelle, or cash.

  • March – April

  • New Exhibits premier at The BACA GALLERY on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

  • “Art Meets Mindful Presence” Sessions

    BACA is again hosting a 4-week series on mindful art practice at the BACA Gallery, 1004 Main Street on Thursday evenings in March starting on 3/3/22.

    Learn how to tap into your creative energy and powers of self-expression with the devine artist Stephanie Smelser.

    Cost is $100 for all 4 sessions. To register for this or future sessions, please call 203-623-5686.

  • January – February

  • Chinese New Year Celebration

    A one-day only event:
    When: Sunday, February 20th from 1 PM to 3 PM
    Where: The BACA Gallery (1005 Main Street on the Branford Green)
    Cost: $10 per person

    Featured art and entertainment will include:

    • Chinese music and dance
    • Tea ceremony
    • A unique display of Chinese artifacts

    Sweet treats will be available for you to take home!!!

    To purchase tickets for this event, contact

    baca06405@gmail.com

    or stop by the BACA Gallery prior to the event.


  • Intro to Creative Expressive Processes Series

  • BACA is excited to offer this 4-week introductory series to mindful art practice on Thursday evenings in February starting on 2/3.

    Learn how to tap into your creative energy and powers of self-expression with the devine artist Stephanie Smelser.

    The series includes an intro to creative expressive processes:

    • Mono prints
    • Collage
    • Text Art
    • Zen Tangles

    Dates: Thursdays 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, and 2/24
    Time: From 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: BACA Gallery, 1022 Main Street, Branford
    Cost: $100 for all 4 sessions

    To register, call 203-623-5686.


  • "Summer In Winter" Gallery

  • “Summer in Winter” exhibit launched in early January at the BACA Gallery and will continue through February.


  • "Sculptures at Tyler Park"

    BACA has worked with the Town of Branford Parks & Recreation Department to bring 3 beautiful sculptures to Tyler Park (the area just west of the Blackstone Memorial Library on Main Street).

    The sculptures will be on display throughout 2022.
  • December 2021

  • BACA Holiday Crafts Market
    Saturday, December 11th from 10 AM to 4 PM

    The Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance, BACA, is hosting its annual Holiday Crafts Market at the BACA Gallery on the Green.

    With a variety of artisan jewelry, decorative objects in wood and ceramic, sewn/fiber arts, holiday wreaths, holiday ornaments, artist-created cards, and more, you’re sure to find something to brighten your holidays.

    “Sip, Shop & Stroll”
    Wednesday, December 8th 5 pm to 8 pm

    Be sure to drop by the BACA Gallery between 5 pm to 8 pm as we will be among the many downtown businesses participating in the annual “Sip, Shop & Stroll” event.

  • November 2021

  • Artists Sunday at the BACA Gallery
    Sunday, November 28th 12 Noon to 5 PM

    Following in the footsteps of Small Business Saturday, BACA, is proud to be joining over 400 other artists, communities and supporting business locations to support “Artists Sunday”

    Fall/Winter Gallery Exhibits Grand Opening
    Wednesday, November 10th, 5 pm to 7 pm.

  • October 2021

  • Express Yourself!
    Art & Writing Workshop with Amy Barry

    Tuesday, October 26th, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Cost: $65
    Location: BACA Gallery, 1004 Main St., Branford

    “Scarecrows on the Green” is being sponsored by the
    Branford Garden Club.
    Scarecrows, of all persuasions, are set up on the Branford Green by businesses, organizations and individuals and will be on display from Friday, October 15th through Tuesday, November 2nd.

  • September 2021

  • Quilting Workshop with Susan Torre
    Thursday, September 30th, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    At the BACA Gallery 1004 Main Street Branford
    $40 per person

  • Arts & Crafts Market on the Branford Green
    Saturday, September 25th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    BACA is hosting our Fall Arts Market under and open air tent of the busy Branford Town green featuring art from up to 50 Artisans! Original pieces of art will be for sale at this interactive event.

    Please Note: Our “Under the Big Top” Event – a celebration of the performing arts — originally scheduled for 9/24/21 has been postponed. Watch this space for updates.

  • Fridays, Starting August 6th
    Summertime Paint ’n Sip Sessions
    At the “BACA Summer Gallery”, 1004 Main Street
    Start time is 5:30 PM unless otherwise noted.
    2-hour session led by led by Artist/Instructor: Haley Brown
    $35 per person
    Includes all watercolor materials
    BYOB
    To register, send direct message to:
    @haley_b_painting
    or register using the following link:

  • July / August 2021
    The BACA Summer Gallery” (at 1004 Main Street) officially opened on July 1, 2021’ The gallery is open from 11 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Saturday. The opening exhibit features the works of 35 artists. Other events are being planned for the gallery this summer so be sure to check back here for event announcements.

    Fridays, Starting August 6th at 5:30 PM
    Summertime Paint ’n Sip Sessions
    At the “BACA Summer Gallery”, 1004 Main Street
    Led by Artist/Instructor: Haley Brown
    $35 per person
    Includes all watercolor materials
    BYOB
    To register, send direct message to:
    @haley_b_painting
    www.paintbyhaley.com

    Friday, July 30th at 5:30 PM
    Summertime Paint ’n Sip
    At the “BACA Summer Gallery”, 1004 Main Street
    $35 per person
    Includes all watercolor materials
    BYOB

  • February – June 2021
    Art Window Walk Gallery
    BACA “Stroll, Stop and Shop” supports local artists and creativity at the 1004 Main Street windows (the former Denali retail store)

    December 2020 -January 2021
    Holiday Window Wonderlands

    2020

    November 7 & 8 10 am-4 pm
    The Painted Doors of Branford
    Open Air Art Walk on Main Street

    BACA BHS Scholarship Fundraiser

    The shoreline art lovers viewed, voted People’s Choice, bid & bought over 70 pieces of art created on life-size doors by professional, amatuer, youth and organizations while showing loyalty to local businesses. This successful fundraiser supports 2020-21 Arts Education as aspiring high school dancers, musicians, actors, artists and writers in Branford plan their futures.

    Public Art: Branford Town Center

    *Public Art: Town Center Sculptures: Ongoing collaboration BACA & Town of Branford. Grant funding. Public Art: Community House Garden Sculpture is in fabrication, to be installed. Commission on the Arts Grant. Public Art in the Intermediate School installation consideration in process. Art to Enhance Economic Development: partnering with area organizations for gallery space in restaurants, businesses and facilities. SPRING: BACA Virtual Art Gallery launch on-line. Artists work can be viewed as well as purchased. On-going

    2020 Sculpture Project:

    July: Two pieces installed on south Branford Green. The nationally known sculptor, Susan Farricelli, Branford, is a BACA Volunteer Ambassador.

    2019

    January “Summer in Winter” Art Show January 25, 26, 27 The Academy on The Green Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance Branford, CT July *375th Branford Anniversary Celebration at The Armory HISTORICAL EVENT Celebrating ARTS & CULTURE Montowese Street & Damascus Road July 29, 2019 Co-sponsors: BACA & Governor’s 2nd Footgaurd Including: Branford Historical Society, Branford Land Trust, New Haven Ballet 1200+ attendees

    2018

    • branfordarts.org WEBSITE LAUNCH
      BACA/Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance
      website

    *Jan-Dec BCTV/Branford Arts
    Monthly Spotlight on Arts
    BACA President, Frank Carrano, Host

    Jan-Dec on-going projects
    Public Art Project
    Branford Arts Alliance

    Jan-Dec 2017, 2018
    Branford Arts “Building” Project
    Branford Arts Board of Directors

    Jan-Dec 2015-2018
    Community House Renovation
    Public Garden Sculpture
    Branford Arts/Branford Garden Club
    Grant

    NOV 28

    Creating Stations of the Cross: artist: Holly Whiting Wed 7 PM Co- Sponsors: Branford Arts Alliance & St. John Boscoe Church, Branford, CT

    OCT 18

    BACA at the Brewery – Music on the River’ Branford Arts Alliance Fundraiser Stony Creek Brewery 5 Indian Neck Avenue Branford, CT

    JUL 20- Jul 22

    Annual Member Art Show & Sale at the Orchard House, Shore Drive Branford Arts Alliance/Orchard House Branford, CT

    MAR 10

    Vintage Clock Show The Academy on the Green Branford Arts Alliance

    JAN. 26-28

    SUMMER IN WINTER” Art Show & Sale The Academy on The Green Branford Arts Alliance

    2017

    DEC 9 & 10

    Holiday Market & Open House Branford Arts Alliance Sat & Sun 1 PM – 5PM 265 Pine Orchard Rd. Branford, CT

    DEC 9

    CHRISTMAS WITH TIFFANY’S- 2 PM Co-Sponsor: Trinity Episcopal Church Branford Arts Alliance Branford, CT

    OCT 28

    Architectural Tour: Churches on the Green Sat 11 AM The Academy on the Green Branford Arts Alliance Branford, CT

    JUL 8

    ARTISTS PAINTING OUTDOORS /Plein Air at Stony Creek Brewery, Sat 9 AM Branford Arts Alliance Stony Creek Beer, 5 Indian Neck Avenue Branford, CT

    JUN 3

    3rd ANNUAL PLEIN AIR PAINTING Sat 8:30 AM Branford Arts Alliance Branford Center & Branford Town Green Main St. Branford CT

    JUN 2

    3rd ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT Jun 2, 2017 – Jun 4, 2017 The Academy on the Green Branford Arts Alliance Branford, CT

    FEB 16

    MOVIE GROUP “Lady in the Lake” James Blackstone Memorial Library Branford Arts Alliance Branford, CT

    2016

    DEC 15

    MOVIE GROUP, Thu 7 PM Branford Police Department Community Room

    DEC 7

    Public Art – Jonathan Waters Sculpture James Blackstone Memorial Library Branford Arts Alliance Branford, CT

    NOV 13
    Literary Reading Creative Writers Group
    Branford Arts Alliance
    The Academy on the Green Branford, CT

    NOV 5
    Classic Music, Champagne & Dessert Gala!
    Branford Arts Alliance at
    265 Pine Orchard Rd
    Branford, CT

    NOVEMBER
    2nd Annual Member Art Show
    James Blackstone Memorial Library
    Branford Arts Alliance
    Branford, CT

    OCT 15
    Branford Arts Alliance Tent
    Annual Library Book Sale
    Sat 10 AM
    Branford Green
    Branford, CT

    October
    Scarecrows on the Green
    Branford Arts Alliance
    sponsored by Branford Garden Club
    Branford, CT

    Summer 2016
    Branford Trash Barrel Up-cycle Project
    Branford Arts Alliance Project with
    1st Selectmen’s Office, Bfd Facilities
    Department, Bfd Park & Recreation, local
    businesses, adults, students and
    volunteers-“bringing the community
    together”.

    June
    1st Public Art Installation/Dylan Ward
    Branford Arts Alliance at
    James Blackstone Memorial Library
    Branford, CT

    June
    Annual Plein Air Painting
    Branford Center & Branford Green
    Branford Arts Alliance
    Branford, CT

    June
    “Art in the Garden”
    Branford Garden Club &
    Branford Arts Alliance
    Branford, CT

    Month of April Invitational Art Show Branford Arts Alliance at Office of Environment and Energy CT State Legislative Office Building Hartford, CT Short Beach Neighborhood Art Show Branford Arts Alliance with Orchard House Shore Drive, Branford, CT

    2015

    November 1st Annual Member Art Show James Blackstone Memorial Art Show Branford Arts Alliance Branford, CT

    August
    Pine Orchard Chapel
    Neighborhood Art Show & Sale
    Branford Arts Alliance
    Branford, CT

    August
    Photography Show
    Mike Marsland,
    Yale University Photographer
    Branford Arts Alliance
    The Academy on the Green

    July
    Branford Arts Member Photography Show
    Branford Arts Alliance
    The Academy on the Green
    Branford, CT

    June
    Photography Show
    Bill O’Brian-
    Free Lance & Volunteer Town
    Photographer
    Branford Arts Alliance
    The Academy on the Green

    June
    1st Annual Plein Air Painting
    Main Street & Branford Green
    Branford Downtown Merchant Displays in
    Shops and BAC Gallery
    Branford Arts Alliance

    May
    BHS “Music Makers” Concert Fundraiser
    Trinity Episcopal Church, Branford Green
    Branford Arts Alliance
    Branford, CT

    May
    Commission on the Arts Grant Awarded
    with Branford Garden Club for design &
    fabrication of Sculpture for
    Community House

    Monthly Planning Meetings Branford Arts Alliance

    June 2014
    1st Art Show
    Branford Garden Club Show
    Branford Community House