Creating Outside of the Box

05/03/2023 10:00 AM - 05/24/2023 01:00 PM ET




  • $100.00


Simple steps to a more playful life


Instructor: Stewart Wilson

Dates: Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 2023

Time: 10AM - 1PM

Registration Closes: April 28, 12PM

Member: $90.00

Non-Member: $100.00



Stewart Wilson is conducting four wildly whimsical classes which will set you free to discover new imaginative vistas and perspectives to your artistic processes.

In four three-hour workshops, the class will work together to explore new comprehensive understandings of art making through playful interactions, movement, music, and visual art.  

Unlock that captive self within and feel your creative power. Open to all.



Stewart Wilson's art has always been about creativity, connections and community. He was the recipiant of Connecticut's 2022 Art Hero's Award.

For over 40 years, Stewart has been producing and distributing a message of spirit and peace through his Persona sculptures which he called “wrapped representatives from another dimension here for peaceful purposes.” He exhibited these small, whimsical sculptures in Museums and galleries and sold them in their shops world-wide. Each sculpture was packaged with its portrait signed and numbered and included a message of peace and connectivity. Since 1979, he has produced over 31,000 individual pieces in human and animal form. Stewart's art has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Waterbury Republican, in addition to several Japanese magazines.

With the money from the sales of Personas, Stewart was able to open his first non-profit arts organization, Public Image Gallery on Mott Street in New York City in 1981. Public Image provided much needed opportunities to young, emerging artists and performers to share their talents. Many of these artists' works now grace major galleries and museums like the Whitney and MOMA. Public Image received grants from National Endowment for the Arts, New York Council for the Arts and was a regular feature of many television (CBS), magazines (Games Magazine) and newspapers (NewYork Times).

After leaving New York City for the woods of Northwest Connecticut, Stewart's skill at organizing art communities resulted in founding and being the Executive Director of his second non-profit arts organization, Artwell Gallery in Torrington (1995-2011). Hundreds of more visual artists and musicians, dancers, actors and puppeteers were to interact and flourish in that space.

His newest venture, "" combines his passion for creative community with the vast opportunities of 21st century technology. His online global arts village has showcased nearly 500 artists from 50 countries with a mix of relevant and inspiring themes such as “Art in the Time of Pandemic, “ “Social Justice,” “Democracy and the 2020 Elections,” “Peace,” “Community,” “Journeys” and more. Personaland responded to the current pandemic with timely theme art shows and global zoom forums. In all of his ventures in the arts, Stewart has demonstrated an ability to bring strangers together in a shared mission of building creative community and relationships of respect and friendship.



 Many of the materials will be provided in house for experimentation. Participants should bring a sketchbook for journaling and any materials they may have on hand for the first class.


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