Arts of Tolland Building

Welcome to the Arts of Tolland

Welcome to Arts of Tolland’s website!  We’re pleased to finally be on line.  It is our hope that you will make us one of your “Favorites” and check out AOT activities regularly.


Join us on Friday evening, October 7, from 6-8 p.m. for the opening reception of our October art gallery – Syntax! Syntax is a group of 6 Connecticut artists who work independently but meet regularly to critique each other’s work and share ideas. Please join us, and meet the artists – Jean Swanson of Bethany, Karen Larocque from Mystic, Jan McLean of Shelton, Kelly Taylor from Glastonbury, Diane Ward of Farmington, and Gretchen Wohlgemuth from West Hartford. They will be joined for this show by guest Margaret Thompson of London, UK.

The Syntax gallery at the Arts Center will be open on Saturdays from 10-2, and Wednesdays from 2-5 through October.

The Circus is Coming!

Dick Bowden’s Flying Circus, a bluegrass trio that features Tolland resident Dick Bowden, will be appearing at the Arts Center on Saturday, October 22, at 7 p.m. If you check out their entry at bluegrasstoday you will see that this is decidedly NOT your usual bluegrass fare! Come join the fun! Tickets are $10, or $8 for AOT members. It’s open seating, but you can avoid the lines by pre-ordering your ticket; call us at 860-871-7405 or email the Arts Center at

NECTAG Juried Art Show

NECTAG – Northeast CT Art Guild is announcing their very first juried art show, to be held at Quinebaug Valley Community College from October 17 through November 11. Drop-off is on October 12. See their website for more information:

TCW Photo Contest

Tolland Community Women are sponsoring a photography contest and are seeking photos taken at TCW events or projects. The deadline for submission is November 11. For more information or a copy of the rules, see the Tolland Community Women Facebook page, write to them at TCW, PO Box 8, Tolland CT 06084, or email

Art Mart 2016

Mark your calendars now for Art Mart 2016! Art Mart will be open for business on Friday evening, December 2, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Come early. Last year we sold out!

Art Mart is a long-standing Arts of Tolland tradition. In fact, we have been decorating evergreen wreaths for almost 20 years! Our members are busy drying flowers, collecting pine cones, and gathering acorns already, and our regular customers know that we have the most beautiful wreaths around. In addition, we showcase a number of talented artists from the area, so Art Mart is a terrific time to pick up gifts for the holidays. And don’t miss the teacup auction!

Remember, the first weekend in December. See you there!

Craft Fair on the Green

What a beautiful day we had for the annual AOT Craft Fair on the Green! The weather was gorgeous, the people friendly, and the artists oh-so-talented. If you missed it, check our website for the announcement of the 2017 show!

Crafters, don’t forget to watch the website next spring to download the application for the 2017 show!

Lost and Found: Someone found a small bag with a purchase from one of our crafters. If you are missing the necklace you bought (and can describe it) call us at the Arts Center and we can give you the crafter’s number.