1st Place
Carolyn Emerson
"Apple Crisp"

2nd Place
William Oellers

3rd Place
Christine Larson

1st Honorable mention
Terri Butler

2nd Honorable mention
Kathryn Camposeo
"Portrait Duel Purposes"

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Looking for art events, exhibits and exhibit opportunities in the Greater Manchester area? Find them here!

For more information on MAA activities, see Exhibits, Workshops, Open Studio, and Special Events. Be sure to check Member News for more things to see and do in the arts.

Shauna Shane is having a solo show at Arts of Tolland, 22 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT. It will be up for the month of June. The Gallery is open Wednesdays from 2 - 5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm. Shauna's exhibit features more than 40 paintings.

2018 Connecticut Women Artists Council Show
at Indian Hill Country Club, 111 Golf Street, Newington, CT 06111
Dates: Tues, May 29 - Wed, June 27, 2018
See the flyer

Imagine Main Street -- Thursday, July 5th will continue your patriotic celebration with a Party in the Park by Imagine Main Street.
From 5:30 to 8 p.m., dozens of artists, crafters, vendors, exhibitors will be in Center Memorial Park (directly behind the Mary Cheney Library) and you'll be entertained by local band, Cover2Cover on the main stage. Alex Forest will provide entertainment at Intermission, and several food/drink vendors will be available as well. Bring your blanket and chairs to enjoy the music, roam around and visit and buy from the vendors, and take in the community fellowship. A Chalk the Walk art contest will also be held during the evening. For more information, check the Imagine Main Street Facebook page at Imagine Main Street Manchester. The concert is sponsored by Taylor Rental with support from a Town of Manchester Arts Grant. Rain location will be the Army Navy Club located at 1090 Main Street, with ample parking in the Forest Street parking lot. For more information, contact info@imaginemainstreet.com

Summer Arts Festival + Gallery Show -- Spectrum Art Gallery and Store, an affiliate of the non-profit Arts Center Killingworth presents the 3rd Annual Summer Arts Festival, located on the picturesque village Green in historic downtown Essex, CT. The two-day event took place on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, 2018. Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook, CT, has a concurrent Group Gallery Show, open Thurs, May 25 - Sun, July 8.

New Britain Museum of American Art -- Summer events and activities -- See their website for more

Nor'Easter: The 48th Annual Juried Exhibition
Sat, June 23, 2018 – Sun, July 15, 2018

Stitzer Family Gallery, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT

The Nor' Easter is the New Britain Museum of American Art’s opportunity to expose contemporary visual arts to a wide audience. This prominent showcase in the Northeast region highlights the exceptional work of emerging artists in all media.

Reception & Awards: Sunday, June 24, 1 - 2:30 pm

Awards ceremony and remarks at 1:30 pm.
Refreshments will be available. Admission Fee.
Adult Studio Workshop -- Illustrating a Picture Book-Dummy with Bonnie Rose Sullivan
Thursdays, June 21–August 2, 4-6:30 pm
Preregister by Thurs, June 21st, Admission Fee.

Adult Studio Class -- Watercolor with June Webster

Two more sessions this summer:
Tues, July 10 – Tues, August 14
Thurs, July 12 – Thurs, August 16

Explore the translucent medium of watercolor by examining the works of John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, and other renowned artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Create your own masterpieces with artist June Webster using a variety of watercolor techniques. Materials not included; all skill levels welcome.

Please note: Due to the class's high popularity, there is a waiting list available for interested participants. Please contact Kate Swanson at swansonk@nbmaa.org, or at (860) 229-0257, ext. 220 if you would like to be put on the list.

Art Guild of Middletown's 2018 Juried Show -- Annual show at the Zilkha Gallery South at Wesleyan. The opening reception was Fri, June 8th from 7 to 9 pm. Contact: Joyce Senesac, Guild President 860-358-9212

Tolland Country Art Association

Tuesday morning Plein-air gatherings begin Sponsored by Tolland County Art Association --
The first meeting was Tuesday, May 15 at Henry Park in Vernon. Contact Ronnie for more information or to be added to her email list.

Tuesday Painters
is an ongoing open studio (9 am - 12 pm) held at the Art Center of Tolland during cooler months, or when it warms up, outdoors plein air at designated outdoor places. Indoors, there are live models, art video learning, workshops sessions as well as open paint/drawing times. This is a great place to connect and paint with other serious learning artists -- beginners to professionals.

No charge but you must be or become a TCAA member. Contact janeapril@msn.com or call 860-871-9003 to become a TCAA member.

Tolland County Art Association -- Demos -- held the second Tues evening Sept, Oct, April & May, and, unless noted otherwise, are held at the Art Center of Tolland, 21 Tolland Green.

For more information see TCAA's website.

Arts Center East

Arts Center East
709 Hartford Tnpk. (Route 30) Vernon, CT

For more information on classes, events, exhibits and much more
see thethe Arts Center East website or call ACE at (860) 871-8222

Seventh Annual Juried Multimedia Exhibit!

Opening Reception: Sun, June 10, 2 pm – 4 pm

Awards Ceremony 3 pm
Cash Awards and Gift Certificates

Exhibit Dates: Sun, June 10 – Sat, July 7

Gallery Hours: Thursdays – Sundays, 1 pm – 5 pm

Weekly Ongoing Watercolor Class
Thursday mornings, 9:30 am - 12 pm

Taught using a step by step paint-along method, with students learning a wide variety of techniques. A new painting begins approximately every three weeks.

Instructor Beth Parys
teaches watercolor classes and workshops in CT and MA. To register or for more information call Beth Parys at (413) 245-3295.

Imagine a place where young artists, 15-25 yrs old, can learn and work alongside mentors and through their creativity, make a community thrive and grow into and amazing center of arts and culture.
Young @ Art is that place!
It's an opportunity for young artists to develop life skills, creative thinking, respect and appreciation of community in a positive environment.

Young @ Art

Young@Art is seeking Art Supplies!
See the list of needed supplies here or here.



Young@Art's Facebook page

Glastonbury Arts

Glastonbury Arts Got Art Series Each program provides a 'window-in' to the artistic vision and techniques of the artist. Free and open to the public! For more information click here or contact: info@glastonburyarts.org

Manchester Sculpture Project The first of three life size bronze sculptures depicting notable Manchester residents is beginning to take shape. Sculptor, Michael Keropian has completed an armature – a small wire and clay model - of Joe McCluskey. McCluskey was an Olympic medalist and three-time Manchester Road Race winner credited with reestablishing the success of the Road Race after World War II. The process of creating the armature has been captured on a video that can be viewed both on both the Sculpture page on the Manchester Historical Society website http://www.manchesterhistory.org/MHS3_SculptureProject.html and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iekv_Q1PVG8 This is the first of several videos that will be filmed and posted showing the progress of the sculpture. For more information and to learn how you can contribute go to http://www.manchesterhistory.org/MHS3_SculptureProject.html

For more information on The Sculpture Project go to www.manchesterhistory.org Follow on Facebook.

Art Guild of Middletown

All Demonstrations are held at Woodside Intermediate School, 30 Woodside Road, Cromwell CT For more information see the Art Guild of Middletown Website, e-mail or call 860-508-4852.

Classes from Art Guild of Middletown:

Pastel and Oil Painting Classes -- Instructor: Christine Ivers. Classes are once weekly two hour classes for 6 weeks. Location: Chris's home on 207 Broad Street, Meriden, CT 06450. Cost: $25.00 per class. Dates: ongoing. For more information on classes, see Art Guild of Middletown Website or contact: Eva Dykas 860-508-4852.

Art League of New Britain is a 501c3 org with gallery exhibits, sessions, workshops, and artist events. Located at 30 Cedar Street, New Britain, CT 06052 (860) 229-1484, email: contact@alnb.org

Open Sessions -- Open Figure Drawing, Thursdays: Ongoing, 7 -10 pm; Price for each session: ALNB Members $12, Non-members $15 -- Clothed Figure Painting -- Saturdays, 10 am - 1pm; Price Each: ALNB Members $12, Non-members $15

Greater New Britain Art Alliance runs the Stockman Gallery in New Britain, Trinity-on-Main Annex, 19 Chestnut Street Street, downtown New Britain. So much to see here, including calls for work.

For other area art associations, see our links page. Also on the links page, check out the many wonderful offerings at Museums, for example: New Britain Museum of American Art calendar includes classes, workshops, tours and much more.

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MAA For upcoming MAA exhibit opportunites, see the exhibits page.


The Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Show

November 10th & 11th, 2018

North East Expos, Inc. and The Connecticut Convention Center invite you to be a part of this new and exciting show featuring original art and crafts of high quality ~ the Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Show.

The dates are Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, 2018, at the Connecticut Convention Center in downtown Hartford.

This is an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their work to thousands of upscale consumers.

See their website for more information and an Application.

Call for Artists -- Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, Connecticut is looking for artists who may be interested in showing their work in an upcoming exhibition, " The Road Less Taken": Artists who explore those pathways - obvious or secretive - that invite viewers to imagine where a road may or may not lead. The exhibit will include fine artists (in all mediums) and photographers.

Dates: Fri, July 20 - Sun, Sept. 9.

Receiving; Sun, July 8
(12:30-6pm); Tues, Wed and Thurs, July 10-12 (2-7pm).

Artists can submit online here: www.spectrumartgallery.org/future-exhibitions

Or send 3-4 high resolution jpegs of their work with titles, medium, dimensions and date created to this email: Barbara@spectrumartgallery.org

Glastonbury Arts

-- Call for Artists --
Glastonbury's 56th "On the Green" Fine Art & Craft Show
Sept. 8 & 9, 2018

Historic Hubbard Green will be transformed into an Open Air Gallery both days, rain or shine. All booth spaces are 12' x 15 ' on grass. Exhibitors may set up on Friday afternoon preceding the show. $275 booth fee -- no surcharge for corner booths because all booth spaces are corner locations. Free Exhibitor Parking.

Media Categories | Exhibitor Application | Directions to the Show
Contact: Sharon at (860) 659-1196 or email: info@glastonburyarts.org

Call for Connecticut Women Artists'
89th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition
Sat, Sep. 1 – Fri, Sept. 28, 2018
Barnes-Franklin Gallery, Building #600,
Tunxis Community College
Opening Reception and Award Ceremony:
Sat, Sept. 8, 2 - 4 pm

Submission: Only through OnlineJuriedShows.com. (Scroll down to find CWA.) Compete information is there. You may enter up to three images. For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG format, RGB color. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at: www.OnlineJuriedShows.com/help.aspx. If you need help entering your images or are unable to do so, please contact info@onlinejuriedshows.com or call 949-287-8645. Hours: Monday-Friday 1 - 5 pm.
Deadline: July 15, 2018

Ongoing, Open call for artist at Upword Canvas at Upword Hartford. For more information, click here.

Take a Hike ... a walk, or a stroll -- Voices 3: South Windsor Trails... A Walk through the Seasons -- The next community publication will be a diverse collection of poems, sketches, anecdotes, and observations about South Windsor’s outdoor heritage. It is also open to photos, sketches and drawings.

There are 6 different trails in South Windsor: Frank Niederwerfer Wildlife Sanctuary, Michael Donnelly Preserve, Lawrence Road Park, Linear Park, Nevers Park, and Wapping Park. Each of these has a unique landscape and character. As the seasons change, these trails offer new experiences. Walking a different trail, or the same trail often, promises interesting discoveries each time. We invite you to join us in a community exploration. Walk the familiar or explore a different trail. Go out, enjoy our town’s open spaces during all four seasons, and then share what you find.

For details on each of the trails, please visit:
Please respect the resident wildlife and habitat and remember - take only pictures, leave only footprints!

Submissions will be accepted for consideration on an ongoing basis between January 1, 2018 - Feb 1, 2019.
Publication expected by the end of 2019. Submission does not insure publication.

To submit:
send your entry via email to Debbie Midford at dmidford@cox.net. Write “Voices 3” in the subject line. Provide: resident name, address, phone, email, type of entry (photo, sketch/drawing, poem anecdote, brief story/observation) with title of entry (if any).

A panel of reviewers will make selections to ensure broad representation of each trail and types of entry. Notice will be provided when the review committee makes its selections.

With questions or for more information, contact Charlie Margolis 860-644-0697, cjmargolis@snet.net

Spruce Street Market Now Accepting Vendor Applications for Summer 2018

Every Wednesday -- June 13 through October 17, 2018, 4 - 7 pm
153 & 160 Spruce Street, Manchester CT

The SNAP-certified CT Grown Spruce Street Market is
currently accepting vendor applications from farmers, crafters, and artists

For more information see the vendor application, the Facebook page, or
pick up an application at Town Hall or at the EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street
East Side Residents: Call (860) 647-3089 for information on a special neighbor discount.

Imagine Main Street, begun in 2012 to use arts as a catalyst for change in Downtown Manchester, continues its seasonal street festivals in May running monthly through September.

Volunteers and participants can contact Joyce Hodgson by writing to her at info@imaginemainstreet.com or via the website and facebook page.

Dates for the new season are May 3 (with a focus on young musicians and artists), June 7, July 5, August 2 and September 6. Young people (up to age 18) who are musicians, artists, poets, sell hand made products, are encouraged to register for the May 3rd event. All events run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in various downtown Manchester locations.

Registration forms can be found on the Imagine website at www.imaginemainstreet.com , or by email at info@imaginemainstreet.com.

Another option for selling artwork -- from MAA member Jeff Blazejovsky

"Fine Art America is an international website where you can sell your art online as prints, originals or both, for an annual membership of $30.

"Upload as many high resolution images as you want to their site and set the price for each piece. Fine Art America has a set price that they get, and you add on your amount. Customers can buy a print of your original artwork. Fine Art America takes care of the printing, framing, matting, and shipping to the person who bought it. There is also an option to sell your original.

"You can also choose what you want your art to be on. It's not only prints you hang on the wall, it's also, coffee mugs, yoga mats, phone cases, tote bags, towels, shower curtains, pouches, t shirts etc. Check out their FAQ section on the site.

"When a customer buys a print of one of your pieces, you get the amount that you added on. In order to be paid, you have to set up a PayPal account. Also, you can choose to have any of your sales posted to Facebook and Twitter. There is also a section on the site where you can write to other artists about anything art related. I've asked questions about things on there that I didn't understand, and the next day, I got a bunch of responses back from the art community. So, all in all, its a great site to sell your work. Don't plan on becoming a millionaire or famous, but if you want a way of marketing your work to the public, this is it.

"Check out my site on Fineartamerica.com. Just enter my name in the search box at the top: Jeff Blazejovsky." Or click here.

Thanks, Jeff!

Exhibit your work in the South Windsor Public Library Friends Room -- The library space and display cases can be booked for solo or group exhibits on a first come first serve basis. There is no charge to use the room or display cases, but prices for displayed artwork may not be posted. (One copy of a price list will be kept at the Circulation Desk.) Bookings are on a month-to-month basis, from July to March (student exhibits are April - June). For details and more information, call Mary Etter, Library Director, at (860) 644-1541.

VIDA -- An artistic opportunity

VIDA is a Google Ventures backed company that brings artists and makers together from around the world to create original, inspiring apparel in a socially conscious way. They are looking for artists with truly original work to translate into fashion.

They specialize in converting 2D art into beautiful, quality apparel and accessories. Also, each artist receives a portion of net revenues shared back for each of their designs sold.

Submit your artwork to studio.shopvida.com or email Erica with questions.

The Stairwell Gallery at the South Windsor Public Library is a great place to exhibit artwork. If you, or someone you know, would like to show your art work in the Stairwell Gallery, contact Frank Pane.

Heidi Ludwig is looking for artist exhibitors to show their work at Monet's Table Restaurant in Tolland CT. Monet's Table is a fine dining restaurant with great meals. Currently they are only open for Lunch, weekend brunch and catering. Evening dining will start late summer. But... they have wonderful art which they hang on their dining room walls. Each of the 2 dining rooms will hold 5-6 paintings. Work is exhibited for 2 months at a time. Artwork does sell and she does not take a commission. Artwork should be appropriate to all age groups and suitable for restaurant patrons to enjoy. You do not have to be a TCAA member to exhibit. Please contact Heidi Ludwig with inquiries.

The Lily Pad
in Willimantic has gallery space. Contact: Peter Polomski 860-423-3223 or see the website.