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Welcome! We are celebrating 63 Years of Serving the Arts Community

The Washington Art Association--a not-for-profit organization run principally by volunteers-- was established in 1952 by a group of local artists who were seeking ways to nurture creative life in and around Litchfield County. Their goals were to promote greater understanding and appreciation of art, and to encourage and facilitate the study, creation, and exhibition of art.

The high caliber of exhibitions for which the Washington Art Association is known was established early on, with celebrated artists such as Alexander Calder, Andre Masson and Yves Tanguy participating in early shows.

Since its founding, the Washington Art Association has staged more than 450 exhibitions, which have showcased the work of both emerging and established artists from all over the world. Our exhibits attract more than 10,000 visitors per year, drawing people from both near and far.

Chase the Winter Blues Away Film Series:  Cardboard Bernini
Chase the Winter Blues Away Film Series: Cardboard Bernini
Cardboard might seem an unlikely medium, but not to Mr. Grashow. As a child in Brooklyn, he says, he impatiently discarded the wrapping on presents and threw himself at the boxes, which he regarded as precious raw materi... click for more

Now Open: Registration for Spring 2015 Classes: April 13 - June 8.

Whether you wish to explore a new discipline, become more adept with a particular medium, or take an already substantial creative trajectory to the ne
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Art & Food: The Cookbook
Art & Food: The Cookbook
We're pleased to offer this cookbook in celebration of our 60th Anniversary!

Art feeds the soul. Food feeds the body. Art & Food, a new artbook/cookbook being published this spring by the Washington Art Association, bri
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Landscapes by Reilly, Day, & Jessel
Landscapes by Reilly, Day, & Jessel
The Washington Art Association presents paintings by local artists Isabelle Day of Milford, Robert Jessel of Torrington and Thomas Reilly of Norwalk. This exhibition is a re-examination of traditional subjects in untraditional ways.We are all encompassed by the landscape and the objects of our daily lives. often unappreciated in the rush of a busy day. At the Washington Art Association we can pause, observe and study three different portrayals of the land and objects surrounding us.Isabelle Day focuses on simplifying shapes and using rich color to focus on the essential presence of her subjects. Robert Jessel on the other hand, utilizes patterns and distortions to remove preconceptions of space and push recognition to the limit. Thomas Rei... click for more

Next:  Transformations
Next: Transformations
Photography and Sculpture have many similarities in both creation and vision. Both disciplines place objects in contexts that hopefully broaden the objects' meanings. Both disciplines can investigate textures touched a... click for more

Art of Painting 2015:  National Juried Exhibition
Art of Painting 2015: National Juried Exhibition

William Bailey is a renowned figurative painter whose work appears in a long list of major collections nationwide, including those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Nat
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