Branford Art Gallery to Host Holiday Market with “Unique” Handmade Goods by Artists



BRAFORD – Visitors to the BACA Holiday Craft Market on Saturday can purchase an original small work of art for as little as $ 3 – a holiday card made up of original collages, according to gallery director Santha Martin.

The large and airy BACA Art Gallery at 1004 Main Street, a non-profit organization, promises to be transformed into a sea of ​​holiday crafts filling tables or hanging on displays at the pop-up market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 11.

A week before the event, members of the Branford Garden Club were inside pulling up a window.

At the show, the crafts on display will include hand-woven and dyed textiles made using a method that has been around for generations; handmade jewelry, wreaths, ornaments and Christmas cards created by artists; and decorative items in ceramic and wood

Branford and New York-based collage artist Patty Towle creates cut and torn paper collages from antique books, magazines, catalogs and handmade paper, Martin noted.

“One of his specials at the BACA gallery are greeting cards with the original collages on the front,” said Martin “Not prints – the actual collages. Each one is unique and you can own a real artwork. art for $ 3.

Towle also offers collages of historic Branford landmarks and a subject close to his heart – birds and nature. Proceeds from these coins, Martin said, are donated to bird conservation.

Another unique craftsman is Robert Aiudi, who has been a weaver since the age of 10, carrying on an old family tradition.

“Her great-grandfather was a silk weaver from the Italian province of Marche, near Venice,” Martin said. “Hearing the stories of his family members, he first learned to spin fibers such as silk, wool and cotton.”

Aiudi is also an avid furniture builder and built his first large loom at the age of 12 and embarked on the production of larger projects such as clothing, rugs and clothing items, she declared.

After living in New York for almost two decades, where he worked with professors from the Fashion Institute of Technology. to sell scarves at several of the city’s flea and craft markets, he moved to Branford, according to Martin.

From his Branford studio, he produces traditional New England rag rugs, colonial “overshot” table runners, shawls and scarves.

Martin said he has also worked on several art projects building tapestries and wall coverings for many clients over the years. He also teaches spinning, weaving, dyeing and drawing to private students.

Another local artist, Pam Morgan de Guilford, a well-known watercolor artist and nationally recognized non-textile artist, will showcase her vibrant designs of her paintings on scarves and T-shirts, kimonos and pillows.

“She has scarves with her beautiful watercolors. She’s actually going to have two tables, ”Martin said.

Interesting living room items also include shadow boxes, handmade wooden cooking utensils that are also hand-dyed, and aprons. There will also be knitted hats, scarves and shawls and birch ornaments.

The Winter Show will also be present on the walls of the gallery.

About BACA

The gallery is located in the storefront that housed Denali.

BACA, short for Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance, is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for local musicians, writers, performers and artists to present their work to the public.

The group raises funds through commissions from the sale of members’ work to support an arts enrichment program for students at Branford Public Schools. The program includes scholarships for students who plan to pursue a career in the arts, as well as grants for teachers to bring students to the gallery and other performances.

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