The Falmouth Artists Guild is dedicated to the visual arts, providing educational and exhibition opportunities on a year-round basis. We welcome students of all ages and abilities and all those who enjoy and appreciate art. We offer a full roster of classes and workshops.
Come see the beautiful artwork in our two galleries which are open to the public.
The Falmouth Artists Guild began almost 50 years ago when a small group of Falmouth painters got together and began informal art classes. They soon realized that working in a group improved their love of art and their artistic skills. Today, the Guild is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization with over 500 members and a full roster of classes, workshops, exhibits, and art sales offered on a year-round basis. The Guild also collaborates with other community groups on joint artistic events.
The Guild's main purpose is to provide a place to create art and improve artistic skills. Artists of all ages, levels and media are welcome. The Guild also provides another important opportunity-fellowship. Says a longtime member: "The Guild changed my life. It has developed me artistically very much, and I've made countless new friends. I wouldn't give it up for anything."
The Falmouth Artists Guild is now housed in the Falmouth Art Center and Gallery at the corner of Gifford Street and Dillingham Avenue on land donated by Chris Wise of Chatham. Construction began in September 2008 and was completed in May 2009, on time and on budget. The architect was Giampetro and Architects, LLP, and the general contractor was V & V Construction Co., Inc. Landscaping was made possible by individuals and businesses donating their time and materials. Funding for the building was primarily from private individuals and foundations, and with a $240,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. No debt was incurred in completing the building. The Art Center is designed to accommodate future expansion.
The building was officially dedicated in June 2009 and will be celebrating its 5th birthday in June, 2014. Since its opening the Art Center has seen amazing growth in the number of classes offered, students participating, artwork submitted for exhibitions, and number of members enrolled.
In January of this year, the lower level of Art Center was opened providing a new classroom for weaving, children's classes and printmaking as well as a new state of the art Ceramics Studio. We are now able to offer classes in handbuilding, small sculpture and wheel thrown pottery for both adults and children. Clay Co-op is also available to members with ceramics experience who are not enrolled in a class.