Welcome to the Ruth Wells Center for the Arts!

The Quinnebaug Valley Council for Arts & Humanities is a non-profit organization headquartered at the Ruth Wells Center for the Arts.   It is our goal to enrich & enlighten through creative exploration of the arts.

Located in Southbridge, MA we serve community towns in both MA & CT, supporting creative exploration of all artistic disciplines offering:

  • Exhibitions

  • Workshops

  • Classes

  • Programs


Classes and workshops are scheduled throughout the calendar year, including evenings and weekends and are taught by professional practicing artists who are well recognized in their area of expertise. 

Although all programs are available to the general public, Ruth Wells Center for the Arts members receive the added benefits of enrollment priority and discounted registration.

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Gallery showings, artist talks and more scheduled throughout the calendar year.

The Ruth Wells Center showcases artist talent in our gallery with shows throughout the year, including our Annual Member Show.  Enjoy listening to artist talks and seeing the beautiful works of talent in the New England area.

Are you an artist that would like to submit for a show?  


Tea Thyme, Holiday Events, Rock Painting & More!

We offer a variety of interesting and fun events and classes throughout the year.  Come join us and check out our Event Calendar and Register for a Class!


The Ruth Wells Center is available to rent

Rent this beautiful, historic space for your event.



The Ruth Wells Center for the Arts was constructed by Ebenezer D. Ammidown sometime between the years 1825 and 1828. It became the largest single residence in the town at that time, which gave it the nickname “Ammidown Castle” and later the "Dresser House" and "The Pines". 

See the full story and more photos

In Loving Memory


We at The Ruth Wells Center for the Arts are deeply saddened by the loss of our long time Board Member, Maureen Prokos, who left this life on December 26, 2019.


Maureen was a founding member of the “Arts Center” and gave her energy to many a

Board  position throughout more than four decades of service.  As a founding member she worked alongside Ruth Wells in setting up the organization and continued to do all she could to help, despite many changes in the town and the Center.


We shall miss her dedication, her tireless work and energy, her wisdom and knowledge, and the love and grace with which she lived her life.


Thank you, Maureen️


The Board


To make a donation to the Ruth Wells Center for the Arts in Maureen’s name, please send check to QVCAH, 111 Main Street, Southbridge, MA  01550

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