EXHIBIT DATES: May 21–June 18, 2023
GALLERY HOURS: Thursday–Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm

Since its inception, the Academic Artists Association has grown from its modest beginnings to a national membership of more than 250. AAA is unique in its list of members. When an artist's work has been selected at least two times for the Annual National Exhibition, they are invited to become a member. The Academic Artists has stayed on track by continuously promoting quality fine art and offering these extremely popular national exhibitions to the public.
Event Folk Music Concert SATURDAY, MAY 28, 5:00PM
ADMISSION: $12.00/$10.00 for ACE Members

"Heart-opening harmony and musical chemistry like no other, Sally and Claudia continue to win over the folk community with their double dulcimer work and shared joy of performing."
Literary Arts Artist-Poets EXHIBIT DATES: May 27–June 17, 2023
GALLERY HOURS: Thursday–Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm OPENING RECTION & READING: Saturday, May 27, 2:00–4:00pm
Free and open to the public

A special Poetry Rocks installment will feature an Artist-Poet Exhibit of visual arts and poems, May 27 to June 17, at Arts Center East in Vernon. An opening reception and readings will take place on Saturday May 27, from 2:00–4:00 pm. Artist-poets include CT State Poet Laureate and printmaker/collagist Antoinette Brim-Bell, painters Sherri Bedingfield, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, Marilyn Johnston, Garrett Phelan; photographer Joan Hofmann; and multimedia artist Margaret Plaganis.
Membership Drive Become a Member Today! As you may know, our annual Membership Drive is underway!

None of our programming would be possible without your investment in the arts. We hope you will continue to support the arts in the community and consider becoming a Member of Arts Center East today. Membership benefits include discounts on tickets for all ACE performances, class tuition, and Artisan Gift Shop purchases. This includes Dionysus Theatre Co. productions and multi-class sessions like Pastel Painting Online, Realistic Drawing, and more that will be offered in the Spring.


May 21-June 18, 2023

Academic Artists Association

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Still Lifes Exhibit

On display April 22-May 13, 2023

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Artist Members Exhibit

12th Annual ACE Artist Members Exhibit

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Our Community

Artist Members

Artist Members & Membership

Artist Members

Gift Shop

Artisan Gift Shop

Gift Shop

Literary Arts

Poetry Rocks! & ACE Book Club

Literary Arts

Arts Center East is home to a rich arts community. We are the heart of the arts east of the river.

We are a place where visual artists from across the state – and beyond – exhibit and sell their work through juried exhibits and members exhibits.

Unique handmade creations of pottery, jewelry, wood crafts and other gifts made by local and regional artisans fill our seasonal craft fairs. Musical and theatrical performances delight audiences of all ages, and our classrooms hum with the joy of artistic creation and growth.