2017 Class Schedule

Fine Art ● Artisan Gifts ● Photography ● Art Classes ● Poetry Readings ● Poetry Workshops

ART CLASSES, Events, Art Shows, & Poetry 

Join us once a month for Demonstrations by Artisans and a Fine Art Show with artists. Free event, with complimentary Wine and Pizza from CHOW Food & Beverage Co.

  • Saturday, March 18, 11-5 pm featuring Steve Downs, “Baskets, Birdhouses, and Baubles”. 
  • Saturday, April 18, 11-5 pm featuring Ron Olansen, with his Granite Sculptures, and Paula Emery with her fine art. Paula will also personally sign her book TASHA

Art Class for Children 8-11 years’ old
Six-week course that meets on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

KIDZART - Watercolor Classes for Kids Ages 8 to 11 with
Artist & Instructor Cheryl Sorensen

KIDZART is a fun-filled excursion into the wonderful world of watercolor. No previous art instruction is necessary and the intention is to have fun while learning basic concepts such as basic color mixing, how to apply paint, how to create a wash and design concepts for their art while having fun. All course materials will be furnished, along with a snack (please advise if your child has any food allergies).  Children should wear oversize shirt and old clothes.  
Cost:  $180 per six-week session, due and payable before the session starts.  
First session begins on March 8, 2017.

To register contact Cheryl Sorensen 860-434-2025 or

A class designed expressly for non-talented beginners. Learn how to draw and paint, and coax your artist out of hiding. Create and feel comfortable with your equally un-gifted classmates.

8 Wednesdays, 12:00 – 2:30 pm.   $232.00 ($60 materials cost).
Instructor: Bill Colrus    To Register contact Bill at 203-689-5675
This is a continuous open-ended class.

Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

BOOK SIGNING & READINGS with local author, Matthew Goldman (aka Constant Waterman)

Sunday, April 9, 11 am – 4 pm

Clinton Art Gallery welcomes Matthew Goldman for an afternoon of book signing. He will be reading excerpts from his published books.

Free event. Complimentary light refreshments and wine.

Matthew Goldman writes and illustrates under the nom de plume of Constant Waterman owing to his predilection and love for boats and rivers and the sea. He has had a monthly column in Messing About in Boats magazine since 2005 and has contributed to several other boating periodicals. Breakaway Books has published two collections of his self illustrated stories: The Journals of Constant Waterman: Paddling, Poling, and Sailing for the Love of it, and MoonWind at Large: Sailing Hither and Yon.

Constant Waterman has also written and illustrated two books of local history, invaluable as travel guides: Landmarks You Must Visit in Southeast Connecticut, and More Landmarks You Must Visit in Southeast Connecticut.

His two illustrated books for children under the age of ninety: Vincus the Invisible Divulges His Secret Recipe for Maple Pistachio Birch Beer Raspberry Ripple, and Vincus the Invisible Visits Planet Earth tell of Vincus the griffin, champion of the environment and the underprivileged, and advocate of eating nothing save ice cream.

The originals of Constant Waterman’s black and white illustrations – many portraying mystical or mythological beings - appear in local galleries, while copies are available as prints and cards. Please visit him at, Facebook, and at Silver Circle Herbals in the Stagecoach House Inn, 1136 Main St [route 138] in Wyoming, RI 02898, or email him at:

Matthew is a member of the Mystic Museum of Art, the Slater Museum, and the Noank Historical Society. 

Will resume on April 23, 2017, and thereafter on the third Sunday of every month.
Clinton Art Gallery hosts Sunday Series Poetry Readings in our Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center.
The Poetry Readings include an open mic, which allows local poets the opportunity to share their work and to discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing offered at the Gallery.  The readings are free and open to the public with open mic, and refreshments will be served.   For more information, contact Pat Barone at or 203-627-4148.

Losing Heart, Finding Voice: Writing in Response to Despair
Sunday, April 2, 2017 • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Clinton Art Gallery ● 20 East Main Street, Clinton, CT
Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee;
Not untwist—slack they may be—these last strands of man
In me ór, most weary, cry I can no more.  (Gerard Manley Hopkins)

We all face times when life seems overwhelming, when sorrow and hopelessness engulf us, when we see no way out of despair.  Not surprisingly, many poets have written powerfully about facing loss and despair, and their work has been an enormous source of comfort and inspiration to others. In this workshop, we will read and discuss the work of W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Elizabeth Bishop, Lucille Clifton, Stephen Dobyns, Tess Gallagher, Yusef Kumonyakaa, Audre Lorde, James Wright, and others. 

We will also try our hand at writing poems that explore grief and loss, using a series of exercises, and spend some time responding to each other’s poems.  Don’t despair!  This will not be a time of sorrow and grieving, but a time of exploration and the joy of reading the works of others who speak to us of our own pain. In addition to writing in response to exercises during the workshop, participants will be given prompts ahead of time, so that they have sufficient time to write a poem and respond to the poems of other participants, to ensure thoughtful and detailed discussion of each other’s work during the workshop. I will also be providing a handout of poems, and hopefully participants will send suggestions for poems to add to that handout.

Participants will bring a brown bag lunch.  Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and the cost is $100.00. 

For more information or to sign up for the workshop, contact Edwina at or 860-873-1472.