The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP) represents an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center’s purpose is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through education, creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.
Arts Center East is home to a rich artistic community. We value our Artist Members, and we invite you to visit our Artist Members page. We are a place where visual artists from across the state and beyond exhibit and sell their work through juried shows and member exhibits. Unique creations of pottery, jewelry, wood crafts, and other gifts made by local artisans fill our year-round gift shop and annual holiday sale. Musical and theatrical performances delight audiences of all ages, and our classrooms are pulsing with the joy of artistic discovery. We are the heart of the arts east of the river.
Spiral Arts Programs and Events
Ceramics for kids Wednesday 5:00 to 6:30
This class is designed for children 10 and up. Eight sessions of direct instruction with tools and selected non-toxic glazes included. Participants will learn to use hand building techniques such as slabs and coils. Participants will also be introduced to the pottery wheel. All lessons are open ended and focused on the process so children are free to stretch and explore. Price $200 all materials included.
Ceramics Class Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30
A perfect class for beginners and enthusiasts ages 14 and up. Eight sessions of direct instruction and open studio access with tools and selected glazes included. The goal for this class is to give participants an overall understanding of the medium and is focused on the process. Projects and lessons are tailored to individual interests: Hand building, pottery wheel, surface decoration, and sculptural approaches. Price $200 + $25 Material fee that includes first bag of clay and glazes
Ceramic Workshops Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30
Ceramic workshops are two sessions long and no experience required. They have short term goals and are focused on hand building techniques. Make your own planter, soap dish, and other functional or decorative objects for your home or as a personalized gift to loved ones. All materials are included. Price $45 all materials included.
Paint Nights Every third Saturday 6:00 – 9:00
we’ll be there to facilitate this fun and engaging night out. One of our resident artists will show you step by step how to turn your blank canvas into a masterpiece! No experience required! ($30 per participant) Talk to us about private events and parties! Price $30 all materials included.
Kids Open Studio Every Friday 5:00 – 6:30
Open studio is a free class open to children 10 and up. There are painting, drawing, and ceramics activities set up for participants to play and explore. Pottery wheels will only be allowed if the child has taken the eight week ceramic for kids class. Price: Free
Open Studio Every Friday 5:00 – 8:30
Open Studio is a free ceramic class for the community (14 y/o and up). We have plenty of reconditioned clay to be wedged and used for hand building and wheel thrown. No experience required. Price: Free
The mission of the Coventry Arts Guild is to enrich and connect artists and arts enthusiasts with the general public by creating opportunities for performing and visual artists to share knowledge and expertise, educate and teach, as well as produce and market their work for the enrichment and enjoyment of the community.
The vision of the Coventry Arts Guild is to become a primary resource for the diverse artistic community of Coventry, educational institutions, organizations and the general public. The goal of the Coventry Arts Guild is to create dedicated art spaces and events, as well as opportunities for artists to showcase and sell their work. Guild activities aim to support, promote, encourage and inspire an appreciation and knowledge of local artists.
Idlewild Arts connects people with arts and culture and creates community through its programs. Idlewild hosts the annual Idlewild Writers Retreat in the fall, along with a series of arts and writing workshops and classes, and seasonal one-day arts and writing retreats. The Idlewild Arts podcast features fascinating interviews with contemporary writers, artists, musicians and arts entrepreneurs. Founded by writer Melissa Wyse, Idlewild Arts provides artists, writers, and arts appreciators with creative space and community to connect with the arts and with each other. To learn more about our programs and our upcoming creative retreats and classes, visit http://www.idlewildarts.com.
We are an Arts organization founded in 1983, to promote arts and culture in the Windham region. We have numerous programs to support art and music in local schools. We also host numerous art shows throughout the year, featuring our member artists. Our annual Youth Music Competition awards prizes to young musicians in grades 7 -12. Membership is open to all.
A community media consulting and production service dedicated to nonprofits, co-ops, social/human service agencies and social enterprise start-ups. Strategic communication planning for development, marketing, fundraising and staff training. All media platforms can be engaged at various scales and timelines through coordination of website, local channels and social messaging. A long history of community service and support for people, families and businesses in our region.
A world of fiber at your fingertips, along with needles and notions, many varieties and shapes. A full service, bright and friendly shop located in downtown Putnam. We offer yarns from many companies in fibers that range from cotton to cashmere. Our shelves are stocked with all the colors of the rainbow! Drop-in assistance available free every day. Also offering knitting and chrochet classes.
Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
We Welcome You to Come Visit Our Beautiful and Elegant Showroom. We Feature the Largest Selection of Pianos and Organs Available in Northeast Connecticut!
Come in and browse through our showroom featuring the finest acoustic and digital pianos and organs in the world. Choose from a wide variety from the world’s leading manufacturers.
Woodstock Piano and Music also offers piano lessons, sheet music, music books and piano tuning, as well as accessories for other instruments. We recently became a dealer and installer for Pianomation Player Systems.
Custom framing and graphic design. Enjoy limitless presentation solutions and fine workmanship at a fair price. Daryl Hartman is a graphic designer, artist and fine craftsperson with over 20 years of professional picture framing experience. She can cut you a piece of glass or a mat, or help you create entire archival package with your frame or ours. Over 800 styles of contemporary and period reproduction molding and a large selection of mat colors and textures. Beveled mirrors in various circular and rectangular sizes are also available, as well as beautiful, ready to go photo frames with complimentary gift wrapping.
Situated on 257 acres, Windham, Tolland 4-H Camp holds weekly summer sessions stressing outdoor activities; hi-low ropes, climbing wall, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, archery, sports, horseback riding, dance, drama, yoga, earth agents, nature. Contact registrar for information at 860.974.3379. Ragged Hill Woods Environmental Programs also offered.
A member owned and operated natural foods store, celebrating its 31st year in business. We feature a wide variety of organic and locally produced foods, a large bulk department, supplements and other sundries. We are open to the public 7 days per week.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
All are welcome to shop.
Veteran-owned small business specializing in economically quality solutions for today’s managed care environment by medical, physical therapy, rehabilitation, wellness, and fitness equipment, and supplies to professionals and consumers. We measure our success by providing superior solutions to satisfy our customer’s needs.