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Visit Arts Center East in Vernon, Connecticut

By Marina I. Jokic

Arts Center East is a cultural gem and we want everyone to know it! The Colonial Revival building that houses the center was constructed in 1927 and first served as the County Home School for children from a nearby orphanage. Since its reincarnation as an arts center in June 2012, it has become a hot spot of arts activity and a regional arts destination.

The center has hosted a wide range of exhibits, including A Celebration of Fiber Arts, The Tattoo Explosion: A Cultural Phenomenon, Creating a Children's Picture Book, and The Art of Abstraction. An exhibit with a special connection to Springfield, the Academic Artists Association's 67th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism, will have its opening reception on April 30, 2017 from 1:00 ? 4:00. The Academic Artists Association was founded in 1949 by American Impressionist Harriet Lumis in Springfield MA. All are welcome to the reception and to the exhibit which runs through May 19!

In addition to exhibits of the visual arts, the center has events for folks interested in the performing and literary arts. Last month, Dionysus Theatre presented a production of Hamlet in the center's intimate theatrical space. Next month it will host a performance by the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble. On May 7th, the Poetry Rocks! Sunday afternoon series will feature readings by state poet laureate Rennie McQuilkin.

Arts Center East also offers many classes for children and adults. Current offerings for adults include watercolor, acrylic and pastel painting, a Zentangle class, a Wednesday Open Studio with a live model and a memoir writing class. April 10 ? 14 will feature a Vacation Week Zentangle class for children. There is also a Paint Night on the last Thursday of every month, a Learn to Draw night on the first Thursday of every month and a book club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month.

Executive Director Joan Sonnanburg welcomes everyone to visit this friendly and bustling creative community an easy drive from Springfield with ample free parking.

Please visit www.artscentereast.org or call (860) 871- 8222 for more information on exhibits, events, performances and classes.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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