Ridgefield Guild of Artists adds new classroom

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, now in it’s forty-fifth year, is “the little Guild that could.” From it’s humble beginnings as a clubhouse-of-sorts for area artists to gather and share experiences and show their works, the antique barn at the bottom of Halpin Lane has grown into a thriving Guild with 250 members where artists of all levels are welcomed, nurtured and inspired.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists is pleased to announce the completion of an added new studio space. As part of the project, they removed some walls between a small gallery and storage room to add a second studio for their growing education program. In the process, they also renovated the kitchen and bath upstairs, created a fire barrier in the stairway and added a handicap accessible restroom on the first floor.

“Many thanks to Sturges Bros. for their construction expertise, with special recognition to Don Sturges who managed the project, accommodating the Guild’s busy schedule to fit in the necessary work in record time. All the sub-contractors were efficient and professional and made the reno project a pleasure. It was exciting to come in each day to check the progress,” said Pam Stoddart, Executive Director of the Guild.

Thanks, also, to Ridgefield architect, Doug MacMillan, for his creativity and expertise, helping to get the ball rolling for the project.

The renovation wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of the Anne S. Richardson Fund, the Lewis Fund, the Ridgefield Thrift Shop, and the CT Office of the Arts.

With double the classroom space now available, the Guild offers a class for students of all levels and diverse artistic interests. No membership required (although there are benefits). “Spring classes are beginning now with plenty of new offerings for kids and adults, so check our website for class descriptions and to register,” said Tara Tomaselli, Education Coordinator.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists is located at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield. Visit rgoa.org, call 203.438.6388 or email Tara at education.rgoa@gmail.com for more information on classes and all Guild happenings.