Come enjoy the last weekend at the Courtyard before our winter break!

It’s that time of year again, and before the end of the month we will be heading south! In fact this weekend January 21 and 22 will be the last weekend open before the Courtyard Gallery closes for our winter hiatus.

Del-Bourree Bach – “Heading South” – acrylic on panel

We hope you’ll come by and see us before we go! As always we have wonderful and diverse pieces by all of our artists, some of whom will be stopping in for our Sunday Salon from 3-6 on Sunday 1/22. Of course we’ll have the usual libations and good company and it’s the last chance to take home a new piece of original fine art from the Courtyard for over a month!

We’ll be open by appointment only from Mon 1/23 to Thurs 1/26 then we’ll be closed until early march, exact date of our “soft reopening” TBA.

We are looking forward to an exciting new season with our first Gala Opening Reception planned for Saturday March 18, 6-9PM!

Del and Kristen



with best wishes and gratitude to all of you wonderful friends, artists and collectors alike who, with your support continue to make the Courtyard a true treasure and a joy for us!

Once again it is SECRET SANTA TIME here at Mystic’s Hidden Treasure!
As our Christmas gift to all our friends, from now through the 12 days of Christmas we’ll offer Secret Santa discounts on your purchases over $100. It’s the perfect time to pick up that painting or sculpture, large or small, that you’ve been wanting or find something brand new! When you’ve made your decision, we’ll give you an envelope to open with your Secret Santa discount of 15% to 25%.

We hope you’ll join us for our biggest celebration of the year,

We’ll be here with bells on and champagne flowing, a festive feast, the one and only Mark Taber on the baby grand, door prizes, and of course, the very best fine art around!
It’s a great time to come and open up your Secret Santa envelope!

Christmas week hours are Mon 12/26 – Thurs 12/29 11-5
Fri and Sat 12/30 & 12/31 1-6 and Sunday 1/1/17 from 12-6.
In January we’ll be open Mon & Thurs 11-5, Fri & Sat 11-6, Sun 12-6.

Merry Christmas and we’ll see you soon!
Del and Kristen

Jillian Barber – “Baby Dragons Eating Peas” – ceramic




Del-Bourree Bach – Moonlight Winter – acrylic.

“Art for your Heart and Home” Gala Opening – Sat, Nov 19 6-9PM

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us and winter is just around the corner. Come get it all jump started at the Courtyard Gallery, Mystic’s Hidden Treasure, when our annual “Art for you Heart and Home” debuts on Saturday November 19th with a gala reception from 6-9PM.

This show has become a holiday tradition, and features beautiful new work from over 45 acclaimed artists. The Courtyard is known for having one of the most diverse selections of original fine art in the region, and we are proud to say that our artists have outdone themselves. You’ll find work in all sizes, media and prices ranges, perfect for holiday gifts or to ad to your own collection.

Our opening feature the incomparable Maestro Mark Taber on the baby grand. and as always we’ll have luscious libations and lots of goodies to munch on while you enjoy the show. Many of the artists will be on hand as well. What better way to usher in the season in style!

Serena Bates – Harbor Seal Pups – hydrostone

Also here are some other dates to remember:

Tues. Dec 6 – 6-9 Downtown Mystic Holiday Stroll
Sunday Dec 11 3-6 – Courtyard Gallery’s annual Christmas Sing-a-long with
Sarah Stifler Lucas at the piano and our own Del-Bourree Bach as Master of Ceremonies
Our well loved Sunday Salons continue through the season, with a different surprise each week! 3-6PM Sundays.

So come in out of the cold and enjoy holiday cheer, Courtyard Style!

See you soon!
Del and Kristen

Jack Garver – Tail End – watercolor


Charles Liguori – “The Menu” – oil on panel

Sunday Salons at the Courtyard – The coolest place to be this summer!

Summer is still in full swing here in Mystic and each week we celebrate here at the Courtyard Gallery at our popular Sunday Salons. August 21st we have a treat, as our friend Richard Harteis celebrates a special birthday with a reading from his latest book “Comes Love”. We’ll start with wine and nibbles at 3:00, then the reading will begin at 4:00, followed by lots more time to enjoy our ever expanding selection of original fine art, chat with the artists and with Richard as well, and relax in our intimate gallery and sculpture garden.

These Sundays have become a wonderful way to cool off and wind down from a busy weekend, each week different artists drop by, at times bringing new work with them. Join us any Sunday from 3-6 PM and see who comes in. It is a great place to share a glass, some good conversation and your passion for art, and find the perfect work to complement your collection.

Our “Summer Colors” show continues, with new work arriving all the time, as the pieces go off to their new homes. There is always something new to see! So come in and cool off anytime – our summer hours are Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11-6, and Sun 12-6 and always by appointment or chance.

You’re always welcome at the Courtyard!

Del and Kristen Bach

Sarah Stifler Lucas – “August Afternoon” – oil on canvas

OPENING SATURDAY July 23, 6-9PM at the Courtyard Gallery!

We told you to save the date and it is finally here! We hope you can join us at the Courtyard Gallery, Mystic’s Hidden Treasure for the opening of SUMMER COLORS, which features new and exciting work from our wonderful and widely acclaimed artists. Come enjoy what has been called the most diverse collection of original fine art in the region at a gala reception with delicious food and drink aplenty and the one and only Maestro Mark Taber on the baby grand from 6-9 PM on Saturday, July 23. Many of the artists will be on hand and we look forward to a beautiful summer evening in our lovely gallery and sculpture garden.

SUMMER COLORS runs through September 20 and we will be getting new work in throughout the summer to augment and replace the pieces that find homes!

Join us every Sunday for our Sunday Meet the Artists Salons from 3-6PM. Our summer hours are Thurs-Sat 11-6, Sundays 12-6, and Mondays 11-5. Tuesday and Wednesday are by appointment or chance, and you will often find us open later on summer evenings.

We are particularly excited about the new show and we hope to see you at the opening or anytime!

Cheers and Happy Summer,
Del-Bourree and Kristen Bach

Domine Vescera Ragosta – IN FULL BLOOM – acrylic – 3×40

Del-Bourree Bach, Ripples of Light, acrylic

An afternoon of poetry, art and wine with Gray Jacobik – Sunday July 10, 3-6PM

The Courtyard Gallery, Mystic’s Hidden Treasure, is proud to host a very special Sunday Salon on July 10, from 3-6 PM, celebrating the 2016 Winner of the William Meredith Award in Poetry, Gray Jacobik.

Join us at 3:00 for wine, lemonade and nibbles, meet Gray and chat with artists and friends. At 4:00 She will read from her newly published book
The Banquet: New & Selected Poems
, which will be available to purchase. Afterwards, relax and continue to enjoy the Courtyard’s well known hospitality in our gallery and sculpture garden.

Gray Jacobik is a widely published and anthologized poet and Professor Emerita at Eastern CT University. She has received an NEA fellowship in creative writing and an artist’s fellowship from the CT Commission on the Arts. Her poems have the Yeats Prize and the Emily Dickinson Prize, among others. Her collection, The Double Task was selected for the Juniper Prize and nominated for the James Laughlin Award and the Poet’s Prize. The Surface of Last Scattering received the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize and Brave Disguises won the AWP Poetry Series Award. In addition to her writing, Gray is an accomplished painter as well, and her evocative encaustics have been featured in numerous exhibitions including last year’s well received Gaia’s Lament at New London’s Hygienic Gallery along with Courtyard artists Renee Rhodes, Serena Bates, Del- Bourree Bach and Katia Jarankova. We are delighted to have her work here at the gallery.

We hope you’ll come and get a taste of Gray’s wonderful poetry. We both have enjoyed reading her new book, but it is always better in the poet’s own voice!

And in case you were wondering, our next opening reception is on July 23, Saturday 6-9, so SAVE THE DATE for SUMMER COLORS. We are so excited by the great new and diverse work our artists have been bringing us – the gallery look better than ever! Stay tuned for more on this and other upcoming events. We’ll see you soon!

Del and Kristen

Sunil Howlader, Golden Light, acrylic

Serena Bates – “Down the Rabbit Hole” – mixed media sculpture

“SPRING FLING” Gala Opening at the Courtyard Gallery Saturday March 19, 6-9 PM

Well the waiting is over, and whether your idea of a spring adventure is following Alice down the rabbit hole or taking a breezy walk by the beach, or anything in between, you’ll be sure to enjoy all the fresh new work in the Courtyard’s “Spring Fling” exhibit, opening March 19 and continuing until May 9.

Join us for a gala reception in fine Courtyard tradition, on Sat, March 19, from 6-9PM.

Many of the artists will be in attendance and our favorite
keyboard wizard, Mark Taber, will be kicking off the season in
grand style on the baby grand. Of course we’ll have libations
flowing and delicious goodies coming from the kitchen.

As we look around the gallery we are excited to see an ever
expanding diversity in the work our artists bring us. It gives
us great pleasure when we hear new and seasoned visitors to the
Courtyard comment on the wonderful variety of styles, media and
subject matter working so well together here and we are also
happy that so many of our artists are expanding their own
horizons and “pushing the envelope” with new explorations.

“Spring Fling” includes work from Serena Bates, Sunil Howlader,
Christopher Zhang, Barbara Maiser, Susan Shaw, Domine Vescera
Ragosta, Susan Van Winkle, Sarah Stifler Lucas, David Madacsi,
John Malenda, S. Chandler Kissell, Jillian Barber, Craig Masten,
Sheila Barbone, Lee Chabot, Charles Liguori, Amy Foster, James
Magner, Robert Pillsbury, Amy Hannum, Lori Rembetski, Kim
Muller-Thym, John E.Cornwell, Robert Noreika, James Grabowski,
Heather Lusk, Gwen Basilica, Mark Patnode, Carol Dunn and Del-Bourree
Bach, among others.

We are also very pleased to welcome Kat Murphy, Julia Pavone and
David Witbeck to the Courtyard’s roster of artists.

We are also extending (by popular demand!) our “Snow Removal
Special” in the loft gallery until the Easter Bunny arrives!

Stay tuned or updates and special events and don’t forget our
weekly Sunday Salons, 3-6PM. They are a great chance to chat
with artists, collectors and friends, who have made these
afternoon gatherings a great downtown Mystic tradition.

We’ll see you soon!

Kristen and Del

Sunil Howlader – “View of Bluff Point” – acrylic


Susan Shaw – “Boundaries” – watercolor

“Snow Removal Special” at the Courtyard Gallery – 2 weeks only!

The countdown to spring is on and, although there may be the occasional flurry, we can feel the days getting warmer and longer!

The Courtyard Gallery is open again after our winter hiatus and to anticipate spring we are having our “Snow Removal Special” from Saturday March 5 – Friday March 18.

That means we are giving a 20% discount on any piece of art which has snow in it.
This year, since we actually did not have very much snow, we will also include any piece that is wintery, bare trees and the like.

While we may be tired of the cold, winter is a season which inspires many artists and we hope you’ll take the chance to bring a bit of it’s beauty home to admire throughout the year!

Ralph Acosta, Michael Budden, Del-Bourree Bach, Sara Stifler Lucas, Robert Norieka, Craig Masten, Domine Vescera Ragosta, James Magner, Kim Muller-Thym, Polly Seip, John Malenda, Susan Shaw, Jack Garver, Chandler Kissell, Lee Chabot, Carol Dunn and Robert Pillsbury are some of our artists who have wonderful winter-inspired work now at the Courtyard.

We hope you will come in and see for yourselves. During March we are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11-6 and Sunday from 12-6, and of course by appointment anytime.

Our well-loved weekly Sunday Salons rom 3-6pm resume on Sunday, March 6. Come meet some of our award winning painters and sculptors and share some wine and goodies and your passion for art!

Also Save the Date for our “Spring Fling” – the first opening reception of the new season on Saturday March 19th 6-9PM. We’ll have all new work from many your favorite artists!

We’re happy to be back and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Del and Kristen



Del-Bourree Bach – “Winter Colors” – acrylic

Del-Bourree Bach – “Winter Refuge” acrylic

Courtyard Gallery is taking a winter break!

Well, it certainly feels like winter is here, the cold winds of January are blowing, we have snow and February is on the way!

What a wonderful year we have had here at the Courtyard and we look forward to even better things to come in 2016!

But now it is time to step back and take our winter break and recharge our batteries so we’ll be ready for a great new season.
We will be closed from Thursday January 28th to Thursday March 3. We’ll open up then with a  “snow removal and say goodbye to winter special” (details to come later).

Our first new group show of 2016 will open with a Spring Fling Gala on Saturday evening March 19 from 6-9 PM. We will keep you all posted about that as well!

As we do every year, we are heading down to Boca Grande Florida, where Del has his annual solo show at Hughes Gallery to open their season. We always enjoy our winter road trip and sojourn there, and we’ll come back with lots of great energy for the new season here at the Courtyard!

While we are gone, please feel free to call (860.536.5059) or email ( any time and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Stay tuned as always for more details about what’s coming up.

Once again, we send thanks to all the amazing artists and collectors who make the Courtyard Gallery much more than just Mystic’s Hidden Treasure! The best is yet to come!


Kristen and Del


Sarah Stifler Lucas – “Early Winter, Mystic” – oil 9×12

11th Annual Kindred Spirits Celebration – Friday, January 15, 5:30-8:30

Well, it’s the middle of January and it’s
finally beginning to feel like winter. For the 11th year we at
the Courtyard Gallery are proud to partner with the Mystic Arts
Center for the Kindred Spirits Gala Reception and celebrate the
very best in fine art on both sides of Water Street.
become a Mystic tradition and it is a great way to beat cabin

On our side of the street, we continue our popular winter
show “Art for You Heart and Home” with new work arriving every
day from all of our acclaimed artists.
Mark Tabor will once
again keep the place rocking with his keyboard wizardry and
we’ll have a wonderful array of goodies an plenty of wine and
mulled cider to keep off the chill!

Across the street two new shows will open. The annual Open
Juried Exhibition this year is Black and White.
It is always
a treat to see many different artists interpreting one theme and
of course see who wins the awards!

The second show is an exciting special exhibition: Drawn from
a Private Collection, Works on Paper from 1880-2009.

It promises to be a great evening and a wonderful way to shake
off the winter blues. So come on down to Water Street in
historic downtown Mystic and celebrate fine art past and


Del and Kristen

Del-Bourree Bach – “Snowy Bank” 18×24

New Year’s greetings
from the Courtyard Gallery!

We wish
you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year and we look
forward to seeing all of our wonderful artists, collectors and
friends in 2016!

We will be closed Thursday Dec 31 and Fri Jan 1 as we will be
out of town celebrating the New Year with family.

We will open be open Sat and Sun Jan 2 and
3 from 11-6 and we hope you’ll stop in. Our first Sunday Salon
of 2016 is from 3-6 on Jan 3. Come and start the New Year right
at Mystic’s Hidden Treasure! Our popular show, “Art for your
Heart and Home” will continue through January with ever changing
work by over 40 celebrated artis

In January the Courtyard will be open Thurs – Sun, from 11-6,
and by appointment or chance Mon – Wed.

We hope you’ll join us on Friday January
15th for our annual Kindred Spirits Gala reception in
conjunction with the opening of the Mystic Arts Center’s first
show of the new year. Stay tuned for details to follow!



Del and Kristen

Del-Bourree Bach – “Three Wise Men” 8×10

Merry Christmas to
all from the Courtyard Gallery!

We send warm wishes to all of our friends, artists and collectors alike,
for a joyous Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New

We have had an eventful 2015 indeed and we thank you all for
your continued support through our winter storm damage,
construction, grand reopening in May, and wonderful and diverse
shows that followed. As we say on the radio, we are happy to
report that the Courtyard gallery is “better than ever”!

You have all helped make the Courtyard a
special place we want to offer everyone a special thank you on
Saturday Dec 26th and Sunday Dec 27th.
we’ll be open both days from 11-6.

Come in either day and get your special Secret Santa card! Open
it up and find your two-day only discount which could be
anything from 15 to 25%.

This discount will come from the gallery’s commission, so
the artists’ proceeds will not be affected. It can be used for
anything in the gallery, whatever the price! It’s the perfect
time to come in and take home that painting, etching, bronze or
bowl you’ve been looking at, or give a home to a beautiful
dragon, pup, turtle or crow!

The weekend will culminate in our “Ring
Out the Old, Ring In the New!”
champagne reception on Sunday Dec 27 from 3-6PM.

Mark Taber will rock the place in his inimitable style on the
baby grand, Missy Cunningham will be bringing out delectable
goodies from the kitchen, and we’ll be there with bells on the
celebrate a great year and look forward to greater things to
come in 2016!

We hope to see you!


Del and Kristen


The Christmas season is well underway and what better way to
celebrate than at our 11th Annual
Carols at the Courtyard Sunday, Dec 13 from 3-6 PM.

Bring your voices and join in the spirit with Sarah Stifler
Lucas on the piano and our own Master of Ceremonies Del-Bourree
Bach for a festive afternoon, sing along, hum, or just listen,
that’s OK too! We’ll have wine and cider and lots of luscious
goodies staring at 3:00 PM and we’ll get to the singing a bit
later, about 4:00! It’s a great way to
celebrate the season and, of course see our wonderful show “Art
For Your Heart and Home” – we have new work coming in daily from
all of our exceptional artists. Original fine art is the perfect
lasting gift for someone special or for yourself!

We have more great upcoming events in December as well!

Sunday Dec 20 we’ll celebrate the Winter
Solstice with a special Sunday Salon with extended hours until
All the streets of Historic Downtown will be lit
with luminaria after dark.

Finally on Sunday Dec 27 come to our “Ring
out the Old, Ring in the New”

champagne celebration from 3-6 PM. Maestro Mark Taber
will be at the keyboard and we’ll have special surprises for our
friends and collectors! Stay tuned for details!

In the meantime, we want to take this
opportunity to thank all of our artists, friends and patrons who
have truly made the Courtyard Gallery, Mystic’s Hidden Treasure,
the amazing place that it is. We could not have done it without
all of you!

Ho Ho Ho!

Del and Kristen

Del-Bourree Bach – “Snowy Den” – acrylic

“Art for your Heart and Home” Opens this weekend Nov 20-22 at the Courtyard!

The Courtyard Gallery, Mystic’s Hidden Treasure, proudly announces the grand opening of our annual holiday and winter group show, “Art for your Heart and Home”. Come for a sneak preview during Mystic Art in the Evening on Friday, Nov 20 from 6-9PM, or join us for the opening reception on Sunday Nov 22 from 3-6PM.

The gallery is beautifully hung and arranged with new work from all of our favorite artists, a diverse collection with something for every taste, space and price range.

Our reception on Sunday is a chance to meet many of the artists, enjoy wine, cider and lots of delectable goodies, and of course our favorite Maestro Mark Taber on the baby grand. Get a jump start on the holiday season and celebrate in style at the Courtyard!

Several years ago, our own Sarah Stifler Lucas wrote a wonderful jingle for the gallery which we used in many of our commercials. We love the last line, so “Art for your Heart and Home” has become another wonderful Courtyard tradition. And speaking of traditions, we have special events each Sunday during our weekly Sunday Salons in the holiday season including our annual Carol Sing-a-long with Sarah at the piano and Del as Master of Ceremonies on Dec 13 and our Winter Solstice Celebration and Mystic Luminaria on Dec 20.

Mystic is a great winter and holiday destination, and we hope to  see you all!

Del and Kristen

Sarah Stifler Lucas – “Early Winter, Mystic” – oil

Courtyard Gallery Hidden Treasures Poetry – Sunday Nov. 15, 3-6PM

We hope you’ll join us for the final 2015 installment of the Courtyard Gallery’s Hidden Treasures Poetry Series on Sunday November 15, 3-6 PM. We are departing from the norm this time and featuring two wonderful prose writers, James Coleman and Doug Mathewson, who will read selections from their recent work.

James Coleman
is a fiction writer and retired teacher. He has received grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has appeared in
magazines including Nebraska Territory, December and Connecticut Artists, among others. He has long been at work on a novel about Detroit, “Motor City”.


Doug Mathewson
is a local Connecticut author whose work has been published from the Binnacle of Maine to street flyers in Calcutta, India. Most recently his writing has been published inThe Boston Literary Magazine, Jersey Devil Press and the Guide to Kulture. He will read short selections from his series “True Stories from Imaginary Lives”.

Come chat with the poets and some of our artists and share wine and nibbles at 3:00. The reading will begin at 4:00 with more libations and conversations following as always.

This our closing event for our successful show “On the Road Again” so it’s the last chance to see all of the great work created for the show all together. You all voted for your favorites, so now’s a great time to cast the vote that really counts and take one of these special pieces home with you!

Come on in for another exciting Sunday at the Courtyard and

SAVE THE DATE: Next Sunday, Nov 22, 3-6 PM we kick get a jump start on the holiday season with our second annual “Art for your Heart and Home” gala opening reception, featuring new work by all of our artists. Lots of goodies and wine flowing, Mark Taber on the baby grand and lots of the artists to share their latest inspiration with you!

Remember, original fine art is a unique gift for the holidays and forever!

We’ll see you soon!

Del and Kristen

Sheila Barbone,”Soho” – “On the Road Again” People’s Choice 1st Prize




The Votes are In! Come see the winners at the Courtyard! 

We had a record crowd for the annual Courtyard Gallery Peoples’ Choice Awards!
It was a great afternoon and the winners are………………….

First Prize goes to Sheila Barbone for her dynamic painting “Soho”, which really captures the energy of the city.

Second Prize goes to Serena Bates for her multimedia sculpture installation
“Go Ask Alice” – an exciting trip down the rabbit hole. This has been a work in progress and just yesterday Serena added the finishing touches!

Third Prize goes to Max Dussault for his magical nightscape “Starlight”

and Fourth Prize goes to Craig Masten for his country road trip “Lost in Vermont”

Congratulations to all! It was a close race!

The votes may be in, but you still have time to enjoy the show and maybe take home your favorite. “On the Road Again” runs through November 16th and we have new work coming in all the time.
Join us on Sundays for wine, cider and goodies and a chance to meet some of the artists who have contributed to this wonderful show. Stay tuned for more exciting November events at the Courtyard!

We’ll see you soon!


Courtyard Gallery Peoples’ Choice Awards Gala Sunday, Oct. 25, 3-6PM!

Come join in the fun at the Courtyard Gallery’s Third Annual Peoples’ Choice Awards and Ekprastic Poetry Gala Reception this Sunday, Oct 25!

This has become our most anticipated and popular event of the year since we began it in 2013. This year the artwork chosen for awards and poetic inspiration comes from our wonderful new exhibit “On the Road Again”, which features work for over 50 Courtyard artists and invited guests, our most diverse show ever.

The party begins at 3:00PM with a spread of luscious goodies, lots of wine and cider, and of course Maestro Mark Taber tickling the ivories.

Then at 4:00, we’ll have a dozen or so invited writers who have chosen a piece, present their poems to the artists who have inspired them.

Everyone has until 5:00PM to vote for their favorite piece of art, after which we’ll reveal the winners and continue the party! We hope you’ll come and be a part of a great afternoon.

“On the Road Again” continues through November 15th, along with lots of new work from all you gallery favorites including crows by Serena Bates and spider webs by Amy Hannum just in time for Halloween!

As always, there’s a lot to see at the Courtyard!

The waiting is over! The most anticipated show of the year has pulled into the Courtyard Gallery! “On the Road Again” features specially created work by many of our Courtyard artists and invited guests, all variations on a common theme. Migrations, life journeys, voyages of adventure, joy rides and good old fashioned road trips, whatever the road means to each artist.

We hope you’ll join us for a star-studded reception on Sat. Oct. 3 from 6-9 PM.

Many of the artists will be there and the inimitable Mark Taber will keep the joint jumping on the baby grand. Lots of wine and goodies of course and a chance to vote for your favorite piece! We will keep the voting going until Sunday, Oct 25 when we’ll announce the winners!

Come and be among the first to see this exciting new show!


Hidden Treasures Poetry
Sunday September 20, 3-6pm at the Courtyard Gallery and
Mystic Art in the Evening Friday September 25, 6-9PM

We hope you’ll join us on Sunday September 20, from 3-6 pm for the next installment of the 2015 Hidden Treasures Poetry Series. We are excited to present Connecticut poets Charlie Chase and Mary Elizabeth Lang. Come meet and chat with some of our artists and the featured poets at 3:00 and enjoy wine and nibbles. The reading will begin at 4:00PM. There will be time afterwards for more of our usual Sunday Salon libations and fun!

Charlie Chase has been active in the Connecticut poetry scene for
many years. Consistent with his belief that poetry should be
available to anyone with the , he helped bring poetry slams to
Connecticut in 1993, setting up more than a dozen across the
state. Charlie has appeared on radio on television and read in
venues throughout the state and beyond. His most recent
collection is Runway Lights: Life in the Undercloud, and his
poems have been published in various anthologies and journals.
He currently runs the open mic program at the Norwich Arts
Center, where he serves as vice-president.

Mary Elizabeth Lang has been writing poetry since she was seven
years old, but started publishing in her 30s and earned her MFA
from Bennington at age 60. Her poetry has appeared in Comstock
Review, Ekphrasis, The Prose Poem, Connecticut Review and many
other journals and her short memoirs have appeared in The Sun
and The Pink Paper. Her first book of poetry, Under the Cedars
was published by Little Tree Publishing and she is currently
working on a new collection of poetry and a book of her father’s
World War II letters.

 Of course if you have not had the chance to see our current show “Outside the Bachs, Del-Bourree

Bach – new paintings among friends”, it’s a great chance to do that too.

The show runs until October 1.

We also hope to see you Friday September 25th 6-9 PM for Mystic Art in the Evening!

We are happy to once again open our doors with the Mystic Arts
Center and other downtown galleries for an great evening of fine
art. This time the Courtyard is the featured player and at
7:00 PM we are excited to bring you a lively discussion: The Art
of Collecting, (Love it or leave it).
Buying original fine
art is really an act of love, and artists and collectors share
the same passion. Whether you are a seasoned collector or just
looking to buy your first “real art”, we hope you’ll join us for
what we hope will be an insightful and fun look at what makes
your art work for you. The evening is also a great time to get a
sneak preview of the new Photography Show at the Mystic Arts
Center, which opens officially the next week.

Last but not least! Save the Date! Our next show “On the Road Again” opens Saturday
October 3, 6-9PM – there will be more to come to that but
judging by the work we have coming in from all our artists and
invited guests, it is not to be missed!

We’ll see you soon!

It’s the middle of August and that means it’s time for another
gala opening at the Courtyard Gallery. This time we’ll feature
new paintings by Del-Bourree Bach arranged with selected pieces
from all of our acclaimed painters and sculptors.

OUTSIDE THE BACHS runs from August 15 – October 3.

Come join us on Saturday August 15, from 6-9 PM for opening
night. As always, we’ll have Maestro Mark Taber on the baby
grand and freely flowing wine and tasty treats. Find just the
right treasure to make your Mystic summer complete.

And don’t forget, if you can’t make it Saturday, come by on any
Sunday from 3-6 for our weekly Meet the Artists Salons. From now
until Labor Day we’ll be open every day 11-6 and by chance on
summer evenings.

We’ll see you soon!

Once again, the Courtyard Gallery is proud to be a sponsor of the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival! As always, we hope you’ll stop in during the weekend. We’ll be open from 10-6 both days and we’ll have light refreshments all weekend, wine and nibbles both afternoons from 3-6, a place to cool off, and of course you’ll find what has been described as “the most diverse collection of original fine art in the Mystic area, something or every taste, space and budget.”

This year we have an additional treat, a “sneak preview” of part of our upcoming show, “OUTSIDE THE BACHS” – DEL-BOURREE BACH, NEW PAINTINGS AMONG FRIENDS”, which opens officially with a gala reception next Saturday, August 15th 6-9PM. Stay tuned or further details!

We’d be remiss I we did not give a congratulatory shout to all of our artists who are in the Mystic Arts Center’s 59th Regional Exhibition, which has just opened, including First Prize Winner Sarah Stifler Lucas, and Ralph Acosta, winner of the Pam Nelson Award for Watercolor. Stop in across the street and see the show!

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Open House every Sunday afternoon with light refreshments.

Representing over 30 regionally and nationally acclaimed painters and sculptors working in a wide variety of styles and subject matter in ever changing exhibition.

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 July 17th Art in the Evening and Upcoming events at the Courtyard Gallery

What better way to spend a July evening than strolling the
streets of Historic Downtown Mystic in search of

fine art treasures? Join us and the other Mystic galleries for a
special evening Friday July 17th from 6-9PM. At the Courtyard
you will enjoy our latest exhibit “Summer Splash”
featuring, as always, the very best of original fine art from over 40
acclaimed painters and sculptors, along with wine, lots of
goodies and great conversation with artists and collectors in
our intimate gallery and sculpture garden.

Stop in across the street at the Mystic Arts Center to see the
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 104th Annual Exhibition.
We are
proud to have many of our Courtyard Artists among those chosen
for this terrific show, including award winners, James Magner,
Robert Norieka and Christopher Zhang.

The Finer Line Gallery on Main Street will be hosting a meet the
artist reception for Samantha Weber Dzaidul,
marking her
exciting return to the art scene after getting married and
staring a family in recent years. Among her honors is the
exclusive Excellence in Painting Award from Lyme Academy of Fine

You’ll also find a new exhibit opening at Studio M on Cottrell

Christopher Zhang, “Venice Light” oil on canvas)

Save the dates or upcoming events at the Courtyard:

July 26th 3-6PM – Poets-Choice Salon, featuring readings by
Richard Harteis, Gray Jacobik and Mary Posner, honoring Andrew
Oerke, the 2015 winner of the Meredith Foundation Award or
Poetry along with readings from the work of previous winners.

August 8&9 10AM-6PM: We are proud to be a sponsor of the Mystic
Outdoor Art Festival and invite everyone to a special preview of
“Outside the Bachs” Del-Bourree Bach, New Paintings among

Light refreshments all day long, rain or shine!

August 15 6-9PM – “Outside the Bachs” Gala reception details to
follow so stay tuned!

 Courtyard Gallery “Summer Splash!” Reception  Sunday, July 5, 3-6PM

There’s no better place to celebrate summer and round out your Fourth of July weekend than the Courtyard Gallery, Mystic’s Hidden Treasure, so break out your red, white and blues and come on down to 12 Water Street and join us for a very special reception on the Sunday the Fifth of July. For Summer Splash!” our gallery is brimming with fresh work from over 40 artists, some of whom will be on hand to help us welcome you and share insights into their work. If you have not been to the Courtyard since our grand reopening, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to see our newly renovated space, and for our recent visitors, we have lots of new paintings and sculpture coming in each week!

The one and only Maestro Mark Taber will be tinkling the ivories keeping the place rocking and there will be plenty of libations and refreshments to go around. We will also be announcing our plans and schedule for the rest of the year, so come and be the first to be “in the know”.

We’ll see you Sunday!

Del and Kristen

Sunil Howlader, “Sunset”, oil on canvas



The Courtyard Gallery is proud to continue it’s Hidden Treasures Poetry Series on Sunday June 7th from during our weekly Sunday Salon from 3-6PM.

Please join us and series coordinator Joanie DiMartino for wine and nibbles at 3:00 and a chance to chat with our featured poets, Lisa C. Taylor and John L. Stanizzi and, of course several of our artists.

Lisa and John’s reading will begin at 4:00 and there will be plenty of time after for more conversation and refreshments.

John L. Stanizzi
is the author of Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dancing Against the Wall, and Hallelujah Time!. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The New York Quarterly,Tar River Poetry, Rattle and many others. He has read at many venues and teaches English in an adjunct capacity at Manchester Community College.


Lisa C. Taylor is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Necessary Silence, and a forthcoming collection of short fiction, Growing a New Tail. Both her poetry and fiction have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and she recently won the Hugo House New Works Fiction Contest. Her work has been published in numerous journals, literary magazines and two anthologies. Lisa teaches creative writing and Nichols College and Eastern Connecticut State University.

Our casual poetry afternoons have became a Courtyard tradition over the years and we love the idea of bringing the visual art and the written word in an intimate setting. Also we have new and diverse work arriving all the time from our distinguished artists to augment our current show “Phoenix”. June is an especially good time to enjoy our outdoor sculpture garden featuring delightful work by Dan Arpin, Ken MacDonald, John Fazzino and others. So we hope you’ll stop in on Sunday or anytime and discover all the treasures the Courtyard has to offer.

Join us for Mystic Art in the Evening May 22, 6-9PM and cast you vote for us in the Day’s 2015 Best of Readers Choice Awards!


Summer is not far away, the days are getting longer and what better way to spend a lovely evening than strolling through Downtown Mystic’s Galleries. Friday, May 22 from 6-9 PM, the Courtyard Gallery, along with the Mystic Arts Center, Studio M on Cottrell Street and several galleries in between will have extended evening hours and welcome visitors with refreshments and entertainment for 2015’s first installment of Mystic Art in the Evening. At 6:30 Studio M will present a gallery talk on pastels, by gallery director Mara Beckwith, and the MAC will present music by Act II from 7-8:30.

We at the Courtyard will have festive libations, wine and lots of goodies as we continue our grand reopening exhibit “Phoenix”. We want to thank everyone who was able to come to our opening and if you missed it, here’s another great chance to stop by, chat with some of the artists, and see our newly renovated gallery and sculpture garden. If you can’t make it on Friday, stop by for one of our Sunday Salons each week from 3-6PM.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to vote and help us win the 2015 Day Best of Readers Choice Award! Voting closes 5/22 so it’s not too late! Here’s the link, we’re located under Arts and Entertainment, Art Galleries-non museum.

We thank you all again for your continued friendship and patronage of the Courtyard Gallery and all of our artists! We look forward to see you soon!

Del and Kristen Bach