Brook­field Craft Cen­ter open house

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NEWS -

BROOK­FIELD — On Satur­day from 12 to 5 p.m., art en­thu­si­asts can visit north­west­ern Con­necti­cut’s his­toric Brook­field Craft Cen­ter to ex­plore over a dozen fine crafts and meet artists on the fac­ulty. From jew­elry-mak­ing, fiber arts and wood turn­ing to the newly re­fur­bished pot­tery stu­dio, vis­i­tors can view demon­stra­tions of craft­ing tech­niques, learn about up­com­ing pro­grams and classes, and visit and shop for hand­crafted works in the gallery shop.

“Our open house is a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to see how en­joy­able and ac­ces­si­ble our pro­grams are here at the Cen­ter,” said Howard Lasser, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the BCC. “With a ta­lented fac­ulty of over two dozen in­struc­tor artists and a con­tin­u­ously chang­ing lineup of learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, we have some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

The award-win­ning artists at the BCC look for­ward to shar­ing their skills and de­tails of pro­grams di­rectly with prospec­tive stu­dents. “There are so many learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties here at the cen­ter,” said black­smith teacher Chris Do­herty. “Open House is a fun op­por­tu­nity for us to demon­strate what stu­dents can learn and ex­pe­ri­ence, and an­swer ques­tions about the types of things we cover. There’s a class for ev­ery­one!”

The Brook­field Craft Cen­ter was founded in 1952 and is rec­og­nized as one of the core fine craft schools in Amer­ica. The cen­ter of­fers classes and work­shops in glass arts, wood­turn­ing, ce­ram­ics, jew­elry, black­smithing, fiber arts and other creative en­deav­ors for chil­dren and adults taught by pro­fes­sional fac­ulty. The sum­mer “Hands on Art” pro­gram pro­vides age ap­pro­pri­ate pro­grams for all chil­dren dur­ing sum­mer months. The his­toric Mill Build­ing (ca 1780) Gift Shop and Ex­hi­bi­tion Gallery is a beau­ti­ful venue for dis­play­ing fine craft. All works are care­fully ju­ried and are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the type of skills in­di­vid­u­als can learn in the classes. As a force for arts ad­vo­cacy and com­mu­nity build­ing, Brook­field Craft Cen­ter strives to teach and pre­serve the skills of fine crafts­man­ship, and to en­able cre­ativ­ity and per­sonal growth through craft ed­u­ca­tion.

Brook­field Craft Cen­ter / Con­trib­uted photo

Black­smith Chris Do­herty will be demon­strat­ing his craft at the Brook­field Craft Cen­ter open house.

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