The Branford Art Gallery will hold a holiday market with ‘one-of-a-kind’ handmade goods by artists


BRANFORD — Visitors to the BACA Holiday Crafts Market on Saturday can purchase a small, original work of art for as little as $3 — a greeting card made from original collages, according to gallery director Santha Martin.

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

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

At the show, handicrafts on display will include textiles that are handwoven and dyed using a method that is centuries old; handmade jewelry, wreaths, ornaments and holiday cards created by artists; and decorative objects in ceramic and wood

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

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

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

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

“His great-grandfather was a silk weaver from the Italian province of Marche, near Venice,” Martin said. “Hearing stories from 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 when he was 12 and moved on to producing larger projects such as fabrics, rugs and clothing, he said. she declared.

To live in New York for almost two decades, where he worked with professors from the Fashion Institute of Technology. selling scarves at several flea and craft markets around town, he moved to Branford, according to Martin.

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

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

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

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

Interesting items in the lounge also include shadow boxes, handmade wooden kitchen 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 installed 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 local musicians, writers, performers and artists with the opportunity 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 Branford Public School students. The program includes scholarships for students planning to pursue a career in the arts, as well as grants for teachers to bring students to the gallery and other exhibitions.

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