Local arts guild announces new name, new leadership

Stratford Arts Guild has elected new leadership, changed its meeting location, and will soon have a new name.

“It’s time for us to freshen our approach, and expand our reach,” said Mark Hannon, newly elected guild president. “Stratford is an amazing town, and the guild continues its work here. However, art does not know town boundaries.”

The guild will re-launch at the first of the year as The Coastal Arts Guild of CT, expanding membership beyond Stratford to artists, organizations, patrons, and business partners. Local artist Lisa Romano recently won the guild’s logo concept contest.

In addition to Hannon, newly elected officers are Stratford graphic designer Anne Mulligan as elected executive vice president; Stratford writer Elizabeth Howard as elected vice president of media and marketing; Shelton-based fine artist Melissa Benson as treasurer; and Trumbull fiber artist and illustrator Megan Jeffery as secretary.

The guild meets monthly at Two Roads Brewing Company on the first Tuesday of the month. The guild is known for its prestigious annual fine arts and crafts show, Artists and Artisans in Paradise, and its long-running Art in the Alley events.

“The Stratford Arts Guild is a true, established fine arts organization in Stratford, with visual artists, musicians, writers, sculptors, patrons and more in our membership,” said Mulligan. “It’s time to expand our resources and offer more opportunities to a larger audience.”

For more information about the guild, contact [email protected]

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  • Frank Parady

    Here is to Stratford art and artists, now and when the Theatre opens, because then, artists will come here to perform, and the local arts scene will be transformed . Art = culture = tourism = $$$.

  • George Mulligan

    I agree with Mr Paraday and Mr. Hannon.

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