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Small Works Art Show

A. Eric Arctander Gallery at the Putnam Arts Council

December 9-17, 2023

The Putnam Arts Council is proud to sponsor a show that allows artists to showcase their talent and creativity on a small scale. Artists 13 and older were invited to submit up to three pieces of original art completed within the past three years and not previously exhibited at PAC.  Artwork in all media was accepted and artists throughout the region were invited to participate. All submissions were accepted and will be exhibited in the A. Eric Arctander Gallery.

See creativity shine on a smaller scale!

Opening Reception:  Saturday, December 9, 2-6pm

Additional gallery hours:

Sunday, December 10 through Sunday, December 17, 2023, noon – 6pm (closed Monday, Dec 11th)

Note: Artist pick up at conclusion of show:

Sunday, December 17th, 6-7pm or by appointment

Craft Sale Reimagined

A. Eric Arctander Gallery at the Putnam Arts Council

December 9-17, 2023

Featuring invited artisans from throughout the region! 

This year we have reimagined our craft showcase and sale to be presented in conjunction with Small Works Art Show.

Small Crafts will feature invited artisans from throughout the region; some new and some annual favorites. Our sale will include scarves, jewelry, glass, cards, small sculptures, clocks, ornaments, books, chocolate and more.

Free admission / PAC members receive a 10% discount on all purchases over $15.

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 9, noon-6pm

Additional shopping hours: Sunday, December 10 through Sunday, December 17, noon-6pm; closed Monday, Dec 11

Preview of 2024 Gallery Events

The preliminary calendar for our 2024 lineup is now available (link). We’re thrilled with the diverse array of exhibitions scheduled for the year. As customary, we’ve reserved slots for our staple shows: the Members Show, the Juried Fine Arts Show, and the Mahopac School District’s Art Hop. Additionally, we’ve set aside dates for solo artist exhibitions and reintroduced crowd-favorites—the Animal Magnetism Show and the Small Works Exhibit.

Excitingly, 2024 marks the introduction of two new, innovative shows. In June, we present Exploring Life Through Your Smartphone Lens a celebration of the diverse and unique perspectives captured through our smartphones. Open to photographers aged 13 and above.

For our November exhibit we’re inviting members to contribute their creative vision… Shape Our November Exhibit seeks your artistic insights and imaginative suggestions to craft the theme and concept that will define our November showcase!

Stay tuned as we refine and add details to the calendar as the events draw near.

Link to 2024 Gallery Calendar

Annual Giving Appeal

Support the arts in your own backyard

“As we approach the conclusion of the year, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to our valued members and friends. We kindly ask you to keep the Putnam Arts Council in your thoughts as you consider organizations deserving of your support…” 

Read the full letter from Joyce Picone (President & Executive Director) and Carlos Passi (Chairperson, Board of Trustees).

Support PAC

Now in our 60th year, the Putnam Arts Council remains a vibrant hub of cultural activity. We serve as a destination for both artists and audiences, a space for learning and creative expression, and a platform for the exchange of ideas and connections.

To make a donation for our Annual Giving Appeal please use the DONATE button for a quick and secure process. It’s important to note that any contribution will be received with the utmost gratitude. 

Putnam Arts Council’s Notice of a Virtual Annual Meeting of Members which will include Board Nominations and Annual Committee Reports

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 6:30pm. A zoom link will be provided by request to joyce@putnamartscouncil.com 
Don’t miss the opportunity to join PAC’s Board of Directors and Staff for our Annual Meeting of PAC’s Membership. Each current member receives one vote in electing Board Members.

The Board of the Putnam Arts Council nominates the following individuals for a three year term to begin January 1, 2024.


Nancy Faulds – photographer and designer of interiors and gallery exhibitions

Alex Lindquist – artist, writer, educator

Jim Meyer – attorney, photographer, and musician

Helen Senko – administrator and interior stager

Carlos Passi – VP Finance, Global Markets, IBM (retired), adjunct professor at MBA School Mercy University, photographer



Deadline extended to 12/15/23

ARTS LINK encourages the growth of artists and arts organizations, connects artists with their communities, and helps to build a local and regional audience for the arts.

The Program facilitates the presentation of quality arts exhibitions, performances and activities throughout Putnam County that are open to the public.

The Putnam Arts Council manages the submission and review process for the ARTS LINK Grant Awards and disseminates public funds received from the New York State Council on the Arts through its Statewide Community Regrant Program, with support from the Office of the Governor and the NYS Legislature, as well as awards from Putnam County government.

Application online submission date (updated): Friday, December 15, 2023, by 4pm

Call PAC at 845-803-8622 should you need additional assistance.

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