Past Events

Afternoon Poetry Readings at the BACA Gallery

April 2nd, 2 PM

April is National Poetry Month. BACA invites you to enjoy an afternoon of poetry with readings by members of the Connecticut River Poets, a collective of poets from the Connecticut River Valley area: 

Gwen Gunn of Guilford, author of Tastes; Sara Ingram of Deep River, Sound of House and Wood; Mary Guitar of Lyme, editor of Where the River Bends; Lorraine Reiss, Poet Laureate of Haddam, author of Still Life with Wings; Margaret Gibson, State of Connecticut Poet Laureate, 2019 – 2022, and author of The Glass Globe, winner for the Connecticut Book Award, 2022

Light Refreshments. Books available for purchase.

Opening Reception: Spring Art Show

March 30th, 5 – 7 PM

Be our guest at the BACA Gallery for the opening of our Spring 2023 Art Show featuring original works by 50+ artists in a variety of media. 

Meet the artists. Refreshments will be served.

Intuitive Collaging Workshop

March 28th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Intuitive Collaging is a fun and creative way to explore your inner world. Using your intuition and imagination, you will create collage cards that represent unique aspects of who you are. Based on “Soul Collaging,” this workshop led by Rev. Kathryn King, LCSW will help you explore the creative part of your brain often neglected in our busy lives. Join with others in beginning a journey of self-discovery through collaging.

Art Basics: 5-Session Class with Stephanie Smelser

Thursday, March 2, 9,16, 23, 30 / 6:45 – 8:15 pm

Class Fee: $200 (includes all materials)

Get excited about making art with this 5-basic drawing and color theory art class led by artist and art educator Stephanie Smelser.

New Documentary Screening: ‘The oystering life’

Wednesday, March 15th / 7:00 pm

Stony Creek Congregational Church

Presented by BACA and the Branford Historical Society, ‘The Oystering Life’ is a feature-length video documentary by director Steve Hamm and editor Scott N. Amore that tells the story of Oystering along the Connecticut Coast, from the early days of native Americans and European settlers, through years when oysters were in abundance, its collapse in the early 20th century, to oyster’s remarkable revival today.

For Everyone! The Blues & Beyond

Thursday, March 2nd / 7:00 pm
Walsh Intermediate School Auditorium 

Great for all ages, The Blues and Beyond tells the story of African Americans from slavery to present day through music, narration, video and still images – connecting history, literacy, social studies, and social-emotional learning, with the evolution of African American music in the United States

Valentine’s Art Market

February 11, 11 AM-7 PM

Calling all art lovers and art givers!  One day only at the BACA Gallery – shop for great gifts created by 10 area artisans – perfect for Valentines Day. Original art, crafts, textiles, jewelry, and one-of-a-find Valentines cards for your one-and-only.


1004 Main Steet, Branford CT 06405


Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except holidays.
Winter Hours: January 3 - March 1 Closing at 4:00 PM .


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