The Ridgefield Guild of Artists received a $25,000 grant from the Anne S. Richardson Fund to help renovate and add a new studio classroom at its barn off of Halpin Lane.

Pamela Stoddart, executive director for the Guild, said an unfortunate small kitchen fire during the summer of 2016 became an opportunity to renovate and expand the guild’s education program.

“The Ridgefield Guild of Artists is proud of its tradition of bringing art and creativity to the Ridgefield Community.  For well over forty years, the Guild continues its commitment to encourage and inspire the creation of art in its many shapes and forms,” she said.

By reconfiguring the useable areas upstairs in the antique barn, the Guild will be able to add a second studio.

“We’ve consulted with a local architect and builder and come up with a great plan to give us more class space.  And now, this grant gives us the opportunity to move forward with our project,” Stoddart said. “We expect to begin in earnest in the fall and be able to offer many more class offerings come next year.  We are extremely grateful to the Anne S. Richardson Fund and their continued support of and commitment to our community.”

For more information, call 203-438-8863 or visit the Guild online at rgoa.org.