Creative Arts at The Velvet Mill
The Mill has been home to artist studios for 15 years. Artists open their studio twice a year for Open Studios events, but many open their studios at weekends to visitors or by appointment. This alphabetical listing is just a snapshot, and is updated periodically.
Harriet Moore Ballard
Studio D / Painting
The inspiration for my paintings comes from two places: the domestic home life where I eat, sleep and manage my life; and my connections with nature which shapes and patterns my life. The two are blended and cannot be separated.
I start a painting with a fragment, a beginning statement, or a sketch. After that, there are no boundaries, and no expectations of what will happen.
The painting is finished when there is nothing more to say. Of the finished piece, all I know is that it records a conversation in time.
Studio I / Painting and Photography
BFA 1980, University of Hartford. During that time at the Hartford Art School experimental, conceptual, and performance art was emphasized. Punk rock was the best thing that happened. MFA in Photography 1984, Yale University. There they taught pure, untouched, not cropped, what you see with your eye photography. Nothing but the "truth". Now I continue to photograph what interests me in the real world and I paint what I imagine, combining both of those histories.
Painting and Printmaking
Holly David's studio is located upstairs off the gallery where she works primarily in painting, drawing and printmaking. Her imagery often includes insects, animals and interiors. She likes to incorporate her sense of humor in her work. Holly currently teaches art in the Ledyard school district. She earned a certificate in Painting and Drawing from RISD, and holds a masters in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. When her schedule allows Holly holds classes in her studio or can present workshops in your home for small groups.
Europa Is Born - As a firm believer in “doing what you love”, I wandered down a new path in 2007 and founded Europa Photography.
I believe each shoot should feel like you’re getting together with a friend for coffee, a play date with the kids or a summer picnic with family…Relaxed and enjoyable. I relish the days that don't exactly play out as planned. They always seem to produce fresh observations. So “let kids be kids” or “bring on that summer rain” and lets see what unfolds.
Often I find myself singing the Sesame Street song “One of These Things Is Not Like The Other” and you do too or for one day think it may just fit, feel free to come and participate!
(860) 395 4111
By appointment or by chance
Studio 63 - Meadow Avenue
Making weaving accessible and affordable for everyone to experience.
A Classroom with private or group instruction.
A Studio space equipped with looms for independent weaving.
A Resource Center for ideas and materials for projects.
A Venue for fiber groups to have meetings or hold workshops.
Open to the public: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am - 4pm
Open to members 7 days a week
South Studio 7
Painting, Mixed Media Collage
Laura Gaffke's studio is a place where you will find joyful, one of a kind, original paintings, fine art prints, cards, and gift ideas. It is also a space where group workshops and private art lessons are held.
Laura turned her dream of being a full time artist into a reality in 2006 when she went back to school to earn her Masters in Fine Arts. It was in graduate school where she discovered her cheerful palette, and optimistic voice as an artist. Her art is a visual message of personal growth, connection and hope. She is interested in cultivating a culture of joy, compassion and love.
Read about her artistic journey on her blog
or by joining her “from the heart” newsletter
By appointment or by chance
Dr Tressa Mae Gilliland, Jr
I am an artist/Humanities educator. I work in several mediums including: oil, acrylic, collage, mixed media, copper enameling, and ceramic.
(860) 326 8194
Jewelry Nouveau is a fine jewelry fabrication and repair studio that features handcrafted artisan jewelry. All types of jewelry repairs and custom bespoke and bridal designs are 100% hand fabricated in the studio with expertise and care by Jessica N. Huard, bench jeweler and GIA certified gemologist.
Jewelry making classes such as enameling, metalsmithing and bead/wire work are available by appointment. Call or email for jewelry repair/ design and class inquiries.
Monday- Friday by appointment
Saturdays 10am -3pm
KBG Photography is located in Stonington, CT. We are a family-orientated business with affordable rates. We offer all types of sessions ranging from newborns to boudoir to weddings. We look forward to meeting you! Photo shoots range from $60 to $100.
(401) 207 2453
Kathryn Hilbert is the artist behind KOH Art/Design. Educated in fine art and design, she has been working as a graphic artist for over 25 years, opening her studio 2012. An Interesting mix of Art, handmade Earrings, and custom sewn Fabric Pillow Covers. Recycle, reuse, create, but do it with style.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday 1:00pm -4:00 pm
Howard attended The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at Tufts University. He continued his studies in France at L'Ecole d'Art Decoratif de Nice, where he won a National prize in photography.Howard's love of the sea and maritime culture is evident in his paintings. His work hangs in private collections throughout the world including that of the Maritime Museum in Auckland, New Zealand.
South Studio 12
Alicia graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Fine Art and earned The President’s Award for Student Excellence in Fine Art. Always intrigued by the unseen and inspired to connect with the unconscious, she is dedicated to creating a sense of equanimity and cultivating self compassion through her work. Patterns influenced by nature are painted out intricately and overlapped. Painting organically without a plan allows for the element of surpise which she admits, adds great joy into the process. With all of the textures and sublties some have said her paintings are remniscent of woven tapestries.
simonds art works
South Studio 10
Lisa Simonds has a strong interest in the contemporary environmental context of visual arts and her work was recently included in the 2015 summer exhibition, Art in the Park, Worcester, pictured here. She received a BFA in Sculpture from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2007.
Lisa is currently the Residency Program Coordinator at I-Park Foundation, Inc., an artist-in-residence program located on 450 acres in East Haddam, CT. She continues to work as an Independent Exhibitions Installer at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT. Previously, she was the Academic Services/Exhibitions Coordinator and Art Store Manager at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT. With a background in high-end residential design and construction, Lisa has a keen sense of spatial design and technical practice that complements her artistic approach to her professional work and studio practice.
Dennis graduated with honors in Fine Arts/Illustration from Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, MI and earned a BFA in Painting at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. He spent three years abroad studying the Old Masters, painted in Italy and France, and toured throughout India before returning to the States. Working as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director in NYC, Sirrine continued to hone his skills as a painter. Ten years ago he moved to CT where he's painted the local coastal wetlands and over the past few years has begun exploring abstraction.
Spirit Wind Center for Creativity & Healing
Spirit Wind Center is a bright, open space where creative arts and healing ministry converge. We are a combination multi-media arts studio and prayer center, and we offer a wide range of workshops & seminars, cooperative studio sharing for partners, healing prayer by appointment as well as a weekly healing service. It's a place to retune your spiritual senses and rediscover the masterpiece you were meant to be. Whether you are looking for a breakthrough or just want to expand your horizons, it's not too late to have your own personal renaissance! Find out more at www.spiritwindcenter.org
11-4 Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat
6-9 Wed eves or by appointment
Dr. Michael Sullo, School of Fine Art
Dr. Michael Sullo holds a PhD and is available for lectures and classroom study. Our Velvet Mill classes are targeted to your specific needs. Classes are creative and informative. A brief lecture opens each class enhancing your knowledge of the Arts. Our classes are limited to six students allowing adequate time with each student creating a successful experience for each and everyone.
Private lessons are available for students who prefer one on one instruction. Educational field trips are ongoing. Please check our website for times, dates and locations. Personal, Fraternal and Business portraits are available in Oil or Pastel from the hand of Dr. Sullo.
Mon - Sat 1pm - 8pm
Thurs by appointment only
Veronica's Black Star Studio
The studio is used for acrylic painting, oil pastels, Lino block prints, batik, paper mâché, commissions and currently performance art and window dressing. Always something new & exciting, also involved in many community projects
Sharon L White & Jim Gaccione-Furniture Designs
Reverse Painting on Glass - Self taught artist in the medium of reverse painting on glass, I have found a way to express myself in bright and bold colors with dramatic results. The process in which I have created allows for many layers of colors to interact and capture your imagination.
Jim Gaccione-Furniture Designs, repurposed and original furniture designs.
Studio 87 features original artworks of Reverse Painting on Glass, custom fired tiles, driftwood designed sailboats and coastal inspired custom furniture on display.
Sat - Sun10am-5pm
or by appointment
William Volliers Gallery
Studio 57 East End
Found Object Assemblage
The Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic - Transience, impermanence, and imperfection are basic tenets of Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese aesthetic which is characterized by the appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and process.
Artist Bill Vollers has embraced this aesthetic using mostly found objects, which are often the detritus of our modern world. “My guiding principles are balance, appreciation of form, color and texture, and the essence and respect for the material itself.”
(860) 322 4259
cell:860 575 7498
By appointment or by chance
Annie Wildey Studio
Annie's studio at the Velvet Mill is primarily a working studio, and is open at the weekend, or by appointment during the week.
Annie is a British painter and printmaker. She received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art, and has been awarded fellowships and residencies in the US and overseas. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, in commercial galleries and museums. She is currently represented by galleries in New York CIty, Martha's Vineyard, MA and Charleston, NC.
After moving from New York city to coastal Connecticut, Annie's has be Inspired by the ocean: "At the shore I am reminded to be present. I identify with the strength and vulnerability of the ocean when a storm is brewing or passing, when the surf is up, when flurries form, when the fog looms or is lifting. I find beauty and a sense of connection in these moments of transition. I bring this experience into the studio as I interpret the smells, sounds, feelings, and energy of water and the elements, The process is fluid, moving between freedom and control, accident and intention, as I push and pull the paint to translate my visual and emotional experiences of a subject in motion."
an by appointment or by chance
Velvet Underground Studio
Art Gallery, Classes, Music Venue
A creative space for art, jewelery, sculpture, furniture, classes, music and community events. Check our facebook page to what's on weekly.
Manager: Heather Renn: 808-280-5923, email: email@example.com