The 550 Gallery and Studios was a long time dream of Carol’s.
There were many happy times, classes, workshops, Christmas shows, art shows, pottery making, Empty Bowls Events, fused glass classes, gatherings of family and friends and the ROGUES- who were very dear to her heart. The Rogues were a group of Carol’s art friends who met for over 15 years for Tuesday meetings to create life drawings with models and enjoy great lunches and much laughter. They met for many years starting in Carol’s garage before moving to Bethlehem. In the past year, we have lost four of the original Rogue’s: Paul Tracy, Carol Marti, Emma Byrne and Lois Hamel. Hopefully, in the great beyond, they are able to get together with their art supplies and dancing shoes and all the silliness that is in their bag of tricks and enjoying themselves. At this time we are searching ways to continue her dream of sharing her love of art with as many people as possible. She always believed that everyone was capable of creating beauty in their world.
( Note: The Tea Pot in the background is part of a set that Carol hand painted in High School. After 4 kids it is amazing that (most) survived. )
Dick & Carol Marti, Co-owners of the 550 Gallery
Our phone number is (203)266-6995
550 Main St South
Bethlehem, CT 06751
The 550 Gallery was established in 1998 as a venue to display and promote the work of local artists. We continue to host art shows throughout the year highlighting various local artists.
The classroom studio space has evolved over the years from life drawing classes and painting lessons to the recent addition of a pottery studio and a glass fusion studio. The pottery area is equipped with 5 wheels, a pug mill, a slab roller, an extruder and a huge variety of molds and tooling equipment. The glass studio has cutting systems, grinders, and several kilns.