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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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.

Sculpture Fundraising Community Invited to “Show Your Love” for Planned Sculpture of Manchester Road Race Icon, Joe McCluskey

Olympic athlete, Manchester Road Race winner and Manchester resident, Joe McCluskey, ran away with our hearts during his high school, college and professional career as a runner and steeple chase athlete. Under the stewardship of the Manchester Historical Society, the Sculpture Committee has been working to raise funds for a life size bronze sculpture of Joe McCluskey to be installed in the East Coast Greenway parklet at the corner of Wyllys and Highland Streets.

Contributions both large and small have brought the Sculpture Committee closer to its goal of $65,000 needed to create, caste and produce the bronze sculpture. To date slightly over $40,000 has been raised. We are honored by the generosity of individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations that have brought fundraising efforts to this point.

The Sculpture Committee would like to have “Joe” in place to greet Manchester Road Race runners on November 22, 2018 as they crest “heartbreak” hill. In order to do so, monies must be raised by March 15th to reserve the foundry.

The committee encourages the community to “show your love for Joe” and support this important public arts project by making a donation to The Sculpture Project. Donations at all levels are greatly appreciated. In order to push fundraising over the finish line, the committee is seeking a major contribution by a visionary donor whose enthusiasm for public art and Manchester history will inspire their contribution.

For more info on the Sculpture Project and to learn how to donate go to www.manchesterhistory.org or contact The Sculpture Project Committee Chair, Lynn Sottile at 860 649-3487.

During the month of February, the Friends' Room at South Windsor Public Library features the work of local artist, Lynette Goric. Lynette is a close friend of MAA member Barbara Pinti. The reception is Thurs, Feb. 15, from 6-8 pm.

Maple and Main's 3rd Annual Juried Show -- Fri, Jan. 26 through Sat, March 31, 2018 -- The exhibit will be shown on both floors of the gallery and in its Small Works and Stone Gallery rooms. In its eight year of business, Maple and Main, housed in an iconic late 1700's building in Chester’s center, shows works by established Connecticut artists in a wide variety of style and mediums. For more information please see their website: http://www.mapleandmaingallery.com/juried-show/

The Friends of the Agawam Public Library -- 8th Open Juried Photography Show -- Mon, Jan 29 – Fri, Feb 23, 2018. For more information, see their website (scroll down). For a prospectus-brochure, click here. "Where to get photos made, framed, matted, wired for hanging", click here.

Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery -- "See Me, Feel Me" -- This show features artists who integrate noticeable texture into their pieces through their use of paint, collage, mixed media, fiber and/or sculptural elements. The show also features photographers who use imagery with an abundance of texture in their pieces. Location: 61 Main St, Centerbrook, CT Dates: Fri, Jan 26 - Sun, March 18.

Movie "Loving Vincent"-- Everyone is raving about this movie. This feature-length painted animation — the first film of its kind — explores the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his artworks.

About the process of making the movie: "On Loving Vincent, we painted 65,000 frames in oil paint. We painted the first frame as a full painting on canvas board, and then painted over that painting for each frame until the last frame of the shot. We are then left with an oil-painting on canvas board of the last frame."

See the trailer. The movie is playing at Real Art Ways through ??? -- date extended, check their website. You can also buy tickets there. Real Art Ways is located at 56 Arbor Street, Hartford. Follow the signs to the back of the building, where you’ll find the Real Art Ways entrance and a parking lot for your car or racks for your bike.

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

Sixth Annual Juried Photography Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: Sun, Feb. 11 – Sat, March 10.
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

MCC on Main

The Dehn Gallery at MCC on Main

903 Main Street, Manchester, CT

Dehn gallery hours are 10 am - 4 pm M-F.
Open to the public.

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.

Tolland Country Art Association

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. Right now, painting is outdoors until the weather turns cooler, probably October.

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.

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.

Events at Real Art Ways

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

Call for Artists -- Nature in Black & White Show -- Spectrum Art Gallery and Store, 61 Main St., Centerbrook, CT

Nature in Black and White, Spectrum Gallery’s Spring exhibit features works by artists who through a palette of grays, whites and blacks show the detail and beauty found in nature. Show opens, Friday, March 30, 6:30-9pm with an opening reception and closes May 13.

Submit Now! Receiving Period: March 19-23, 2018

How to Submit: Please send the following in one email to Barbara Nair at barbara@spectrumartgallery.org
Title of show in subject line of your submissions
3 high resolution jpg files with title, medium, dimensions and price
Biography in Word or as a PDF
Contact information

Summer Arts Festival + Gallery Show -- Spectrum Art Gallery and Store, an affiliate of the non-profit Arts Center Killingworth is calling for artists working in all mediums to submit art for the 3rd Annual Summer Arts Festival, located on the picturesque village Green in historic downtown Essex, CT. The two-day event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, 2018 and is limited to 40 artists.

Artists have the additional opportunity to exhibit work at Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook, CT, during the concurrent Group Gallery Show, open May 25-July 8, 2018, and may add works to our online shop Spectrum Anytime for optimum exposure.

Submission Deadline for Group Gallery Show: Fri, May 11, 2018
Submission Deadline for Summer Arts Festival: Fri, May 25, 2018

How to Submit to the Festival:
After reviewing the prospectus, please send the following in one email to Barbara Nair at barbara@spectrumartgallery.org
-Title of show in subject line of your submissions
-3 high resolution jpg files with title, medium, dimensions and price
-Biography in Word or as a PDF
-Contact information

After festival acceptance you will be sent a registration form and then work with Barbara Nair, the Gallery Director, on your gallery submissions.

My name is Summer from the exhibition team at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts, located in Watertown, MA just 6 miles from downtown Boston.

I’m reaching out to make an introduction (if you haven’t heard of us before…), and to let you know about a call for art for our upcoming “Art and Soul” exhibit, which explores the relationships we have with musicians, bands and related culture. The exhibition with feature visual art, in all mediums, inspired by music. We have four gallery spaces as well as a large-scale, non-traditional installation space with over 25-foot high ceilings – and excellent foot traffic from programming in our 380-seat Mainstage theater, and our 100-seat Black Box theater.

Our mission is to engage and support as many artists as possible in our exhibits, we’d love for you to share details for this call with your community if you think it would be of interest: http://www.mosesianarts.org/call-for-art/art-and-soul

This invitation also extends to our future exhibitions. After “Art and Soul”, we are hosting a landscape/cityscape exhibition that runs through July, and a comic art exhibit that runs through September. If you wish to receive information about future calls, please let me know so I can add you to our “call for art” email list.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach me, or our Director of Exhibits and Engagement, Kimberly Thompson Panay, copied here. We are excited about the possibility of working with you!

Thank you,

Summer Nguyen
Exhibits and Engagement
Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Dear Art Directors and Administrators:
I am writing to invite you, your art organization members and artist friends to participate in The Voice of Art's first Annual Juried Exhibition: "Beyond the Seen" in Cheshire CT. My name is Hannah Jung, Executive Director of The Voice of Art, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) visual art organization. I recently created this organization and opened its art gallery & studio located in the center of Cheshire in hopes of discovering and supporting emerging and mid-career artists. I welcome and look forward to your involvement and help in getting the word out and inviting any artists you know who may be interested in submitting entries. For complete information, click here. For entry form, click here.

Hannah Jung, Executive Director
The Voice of Art Inc.
Two Town Center, Cheshire CT 06410

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.