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Since May 2022

The Giggling Pig Seymour

38 Columbus St, Seymour CT



The Giggling Pig Seymour opened in May 2022. Located in historic downtown Seymour, the studio offers community-based arts programming for all ages with a focus on creating memorable family experiences and the collective joy of creating. We believe that through art, we can all find a common language and build inclusive communities. 


Joan Malerba-Foran


Joan retired as an English Language Arts teacher in the New Haven school system. She is thrilled to be managing The Giggling Pig Seymour where her involvement in the arts continues from written word to visual art. Joan’s work in the studio embodies her commitment to the social and emotional growth of our students by engaging the imagination to experience the possibilities that self-expression releases.


Dalena Tran

Art Teacher

Dalena is recent fine arts graduate with a concentration in ceramics.  She has worked with children since 2022, with a special focus on the arts as they relate to the development of important skills.  She believes that the best way for a lesson to have a lasting impact is to have fun and learn from both mistakes and triumphs in equal measure. 


Shea Staunton

Studio Assistant

Shea is a high school student who has completed every art class offered through her current program!  Her hobbies include playing the guitar, community volunteering, and making art.  On weekends, you can find her partying at the pig and spending time with our littlest piglets.  


Nicki Fox

Art Teacher

Nicki is a current fine arts student with a focus on oil paint and photography.  In her role as a lead instructor, Nicki can be found teaching classes in the studio, heading up afterschool sessions, and working with our littlest piglets.  (And, although it’s true she’s partial to foxes, her favorite animal is actually a frog!)   


Felix Horelick

Art Teacher

Felix is attending his last year of university with a concentration in theater and has studied in Massachusetts and Scotland. Felix’s role in the studio has evolved from studio assistant to lead instructor and his effervescent love of theater translates to the shared experience of imagination through art and play.

Paint, Sip, & Giggle
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