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.

Imagine Main -- Bring the beauty of the outdoors inside for your holiday decorating or just for every day happiness. It's Imagine Flowers on November 7th starting at 6 p.m. at Anne Miller Real Estate, 975 Main Street, Manchester. Let the talented volunteers of Imagine Main Street teach you the fine art of flower arranging. Let your imagination run wild, and we'll show you the way! Small bundles of supplies will be made available to registered participants to ensure that everyone takes away a floral treasure. Participants are encouraged to bring some of items to enhance their arrangement: Flowers (fresh or silk), Ribbon (Autumnal colors), Mini Pumpkins or Gourds (no bigger than a tennis ball), Small Apples, any other natural or silk decorative items. Maximum of 10 participants. Sign up via info@imaginemainstreet.com by November 4.

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

It's All Fun and Games! Multimedia Exhibit

Baseball, yo-yos, soda fountains, state fairs, dogs playing poker: it’s all fun and games at Arts Center East!
Take a trip down memory lane with this exhibit celebrating humor, fun, games, sports, entertainment, and nostalgia.

Exhibit Dates: Sun, Oct. 27 - Sun, Nov. 24, 2019.
Opening Reception: Sun, Oct. 27, 2 - 4 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, pay class fee, or to learn more, contact Beth Parys at (413) 245-3295.

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts
431 Harford Ave, Wethersfield, CT
The studio is located inside a beautiful renovated barn.
An Open Studio/ Open Sketch - Monthly, open to the public, non-instructional sessions, monitored, with a model.
Bring your own supplies. RSVP: info@wethersfieldarts.org

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

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

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. 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.

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

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.

Call for Entries: Poster Art Contest 2020 -- CT’s Historic Gardens Day
Theme: Bringing Artists and Historic Gardens Together

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group, a consortium of public sites with historically significant homes and gardens, is celebrating its annual statewide Historic Gardens Day on June 28, 2020. Artists are invited to submit artwork to be considered for a poster that will advertise the 17th annual event.

Entry for the 2020 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day Poster is open Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and will close on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The winning artwork will be selected by a jury of the Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group and announced on Friday, December 13, 2019. The winning poster will be displayed in the Connecticut Historic Gardens booth at the Connecticut Flower Show in Hartford that runs from February 20-23, 2020.

For Agreement to Official Rules and a downloadable Application, see Poster Contest Rules and Application 2020.
For more information and to complete the application and submit artwork online, please see the form on the website.

11th Open Juried Art Show
at the Agawam Public Library

Sponsoring Group: Friends of the Agawam Public Library

Deadline: November 2, 2019
Submission Fees: $25 per entry until October 26, 2019,
$30 after Oct 26, 2019

Show Dates: November 4-29, 2019.

More info and entry form is on the website.

Five Categories: Acrylics, Oils, Watercolors, Pastels, Other Media. Multiple entries allowed. A total of 27 awards.

The Art Show is to benefit the Agawam Public Library and to help recognize and encourage artists.

Contact: Bob Kadis
10th Open Juried Photography Show
at the Agawam Public Library

Sponsoring Group: Friends of the Agawam Public Library

Deadline: February 1, 2020
Submission Fees: $25 per entry until January 25, 2020,
$30 after Jan 25, 2020

Show dates: February 3-28, 2020.
Full details and entry form on website.

Four Categories: Creative, Nature, Photojournalism, Pictorial. Multiple entries allowed. A total of 22 awards.

The Photography Show is to benefit the Agawam Public Library and to help recognize and encourage photographers.

Contact: Bob Kadis

The Manchester Land Conservation Trust invites the public to contribute to its “Photo of the Month” feature

Email a high-resolution picture of one of their properties. Include your name, date and location of photo, and tell them what you like about that particular property. They'll select the photo on or about the 20th of the month, to feature on their website and Facebook page. No prizes, but gratitude to the photographer, and gratitude for the protected open space lands in the Manchester area.

Send photographs to photo@manchesterlandtrust.org with “Land Trust Photo of Month” in the subject line. A list of properties is on the Land Trust website: www.manchesterlandtrust.org Or see the locations on this map.

Mexico Lindo Restaurant on 697 Main Street is looking for a muralist. Contact Nancy – 281-995-3221 or 860-643-8002 Restaurant

Photographers: Stretch Your Creativity with this 52-Week Photography Challenge
The annual Dogwood 52-Week Photography Challenge is a yearlong photography boot camp for all levels. Now in its fourth year, this popular challenge sees tens of thousands of photographers participating and sharing their work. Each week is an assignment split across three categories: Storytelling, Compositional Eye and Inspiration. See all the details here!

Opportunity for a great photographer (maybe artist as well) with subject matter of boats, ships, beaches, marine that leans toward Southeast CT, or CT Shoreline that would want to display for sale at very nice alternative venue with good traffic. Framed and ready to hang about 24" x 24" - plenty of room. Forward 4 images to venue@sixsummitgallery.com
Leo Feroleto, Director, Six Summit Gallery, 6 Summit St | Ivoryton | CT 06442
T: 860-581-8332 www.sixsummitgallery.com

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

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.

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.

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.

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.