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.

Gail Wade and Turning Point

AOT favorite Gail Wade and her band Turning Point are returning to the Arts Center this Saturday, November 14, at 7 p.m. If you haven’t heard Gail before, don’t miss this opportunity. She sings it all – folk, old-time music, bluegrass, country, pops… They have performed at the Arts Center before, and we’re pleased to present them again.

It’s open seating, but advance tickets can be reserved by contacting AOT at 860-871-7405 or Tickets are $8 for AOT members and $10 for non-members.

This will be a cafe night show, so come early and grab a cup of coffee and some dessert before the show starts. Treat yourself to a relaxed evening of music and fun before the holiday rush begins.

Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the river and through the woods, and down to the Arts Center we go! Join us for the last of our special 300th anniversary shows. Joe Berger, Joyce Hausmann, Jane Penfield,and Art Scholz are sharing their renditions of New England scenes and landscapes, a tribute to Tolland’s agricultural past and natural beauty.

The Arts Center is open on Saturdays from 10-2 from November 14 through December 5, and on Wednesdays, November 11 and 18. (We will not be open on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.)

Art Mart 2015

It’s almost time to start decorating for the holidays! As many of you know, our wreaths and swags sell like the proverbial hot cakes, so be sure to put Art Mart on your calendar. Art Mart opens on Friday, December 4, from 3 to 6 p.m., and will be open all day on Saturday, December 5, from 10 to 5.

Wreaths are $25 and swags are $15. All are made from fresh-cut greens, mostly from Maine, and we decorate them right here in Tolland, at the Arts Center. Only the bow is man-made; everything else on the wreaths is gathered from the wild – pine cones, acorns, horse chestnuts (AKA buckeyes), seed pods from iris, milkweed, sweet gum, dried flowers, sumac, lichens, moss, and more. Are you familiar with hedge apples? Mother Nature didn’t mess around when she colored these bright fruits of the beau d’arc tree.

Check out the crafters, too. Art Mart is a great place to pick up stocking stuffers, gifts for the office exchange, or a surprise for a special someone. You’re familiar with many of our crafters, but we have some new people coming in this year – Donna Dobieski and Debby Gillanders are just two. Allison Allen (jewelry) is coming to us all the way from Maine, and Liena Dieck will be back with us again with her beautiful hand-dyed silk scarves.

Don’t miss it! Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5!

Victoriana: Painted Ladies, Lace, and Life

Victoriana: Painted Ladies, Lace, and Life, a special art show prepared in honor of the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Tolland, closed on Halloween. What a special art show it was! The show featured two noted artists, Sharon Bahosh and Barbara Groff, who shared with us paintings that evoked the Victorian period, during which the Arts Center of Tolland was built – 1879. Our thanks to Sharon and Barbara for a wonderful experience.

FYI, as a special tribute to the 300th anniversary of the founding of Tolland, Barbara created two new works for the Victoriana show, still life paintings of Victorian objects from the Hicks-Stearns Museum in Tolland. You can view them at Prints are available; email Barbara at