In February of 1964, local Woburn resident Gene English sent out a call to all interested artists and craftsman in the Woburn area. They all met at the historic Woburn Public Library and formulated The Woburn Guild of Artists. The Guild's first Art Exhibit was held on the lawn of the Woburn Public Library in May of 1964.
The purpose of the Guild was to promote an interest in the arts, to bring out the talent within it's members and the community, and to be recognized as a cultural group to whom the city of Woburn can point to with pride. Membership was open throughout the year to anyone interested in the arts and related fields. Students, professionals, and Sunday painters have always been welcome.
The Guild members current interests are applied in Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, Drawing, Pastels, Carving, Sculpture, Graphics, Needlepoint, Handcrafts, Computer Graphics, Mixed Media, and Photography. The Guild provides monthly demonstrations, a weekly art group, workshops, life figure Drawing sessions, tours, member exhibitions, and community events. It's Annual Open Art Exhibition continues to be one of the highlights of the year, with professional judges awarding prizes and ribbons to the various participants.
Each year the Woburn Guild of Artists presents an Annual High School Scholarship to a deserving student from the Woburn Memorial high School. This scholarship is made possible through the efforts of the Guild's friends, members, and sponsors who donate their money, artwork, or crafts for sale, raffle, or auction, in order to meet our High School student scholarship goal. The scholarship would not exist without their generosity.
Over the years the Guild has awarded this scholarship they have had the opportunity of watching recipients graduate from college and grow professionally. It has been a distinct source of pride and pleasure for the Woburn Guild of Artists as a whole, to know that in some way they were able to aid in the development of a student to the art community.