The Holyoke Creative Arts Center

Preserving traditional decorative arts and crafts for over 100 years
May 15th & 16th
Join us to welcome in Spring for a fundraising Tag Sale to support Holyoke Creative Arts Center.
Its been a long Winter and we are delighted to finally have some great weather to celebrate.

Donations most welcome. We will be collecting donations at the center from:
April 23rd until April 30.(not before please )
Also as always we are looking for volunteers to help with set up and sale.

Margaret Chandler is hosting the event. She can be reached at

We will update you during the month!!! Look forward to seeing you there!

HCACApril Class offerings
UPHOLSTERY - no openings for April
please email to register for May .
Caning- Wednesday
Email to enroll

Led by master upholsterer Gary Clarke, this class is taught using an apprentice model. Students bring their own pieces (your grandmother’s antique chair or perhaps a thrift store find?) and transform them into custom, functional art. The Center’s shop is filled with professional-grade equipment, including high powered staple guns and specialized hand tools. As one of our most popular classes (and one of very few offered in the area), we typically offer both day and evening sessions.

Students may bring their own chair or other small piece as a project. For sofas and large pieces, contact Gary Clarke for approval. The Center also has several donation pieces for students to use for practice.



Chair Caning

Restore your heirloom pieces with a traditional craft of a bygone era: chair caning. This class is taught open studio style by Kathy MacLean, an experienced crafter who has been teaching caning for over 25 years. The class is open to beginners as well as advanced students. Kathy encourages new students to stop in with their project a few weeks prior to class in order to order necessary supplies.





 Open Aqueous Portrait


You will learn the fundamentals of painting in gouache, watercolor, ink, and acrylics. 

Discovering essential techniques and practicing painting in a variety of environments. You 

will learn about different surfaces such as mylar, hot pressed and cold pressed watercolor 

paper , and toned papers, brushes, brands of these different mediums and painters that use

them in their artistic practice and how to apply gouache at its right consistency. Open to all 

water based media such as: Gouache, watercolor, ink, and acrylics.

Sun April 4-25 Sunday  1-3



All Art class are taught via ZOOM,. Instructor Emily Hirtle

Class tuition $125





April 4-25  Saturday morning 10-12     HCAC Center (150 Front Street)


“Pouf ottomans are one of the most versatile small-furniture pieces around. They are a stool, a footrest, a table. They are soft and comfortable, yet structured and on-trend. They amp up the friendliness of a space immediately.”


Learn to cut, piece, and sew a trendy Pouf. You will learn to structure a pattern, cut your fabrics,

make welting, stuff and finish.

All supplies will be provided. We have a nice selection of fabric remnants to choose from.

(You may bring your own fabric if desired)


Have some fun and brush up on your sewing!!


Class tuition $125 (cash/check due at the first class)






If interested, please sign up by emailing Let us know the class you want to take and we will sign you up. (space limited).