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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Don't Miss This!
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 Street

Specific information and street maps will be available the week before the event at MCC on Main, Key Bank, Pinewood Furniture, Dougan Art, Katherine's Hair Design, Frame Dimensions, Sean's Fine Jewelry, 41 Closets, Harvest Beads, Mary Cheney Library, Town Hall and other downtown locations.

The biggest and definitely most unique Imagine Main Street is scheduled for Thursday, September 7 starting at 5:30 p.m. in historic Downtown Manchester. They end their 2017 street festival season with a fabulous focus on Steam Punk art, music, fashion, and fun!

Musical groups include Frenchy and the Punk, Venus Lens Cap, The Eternal Frontier, Crimsong, Time Was, Alex Forest Music and Ryan Ford. A fashion show by Sisters of the Moon will be held, an author's showcase with Kate Dunlop, Beth Bernobich, Jennifer Eifrig and Howard Lipman, and a British Tea is in the works by The Tea Round*. (*Reservations are necessary for the British tea, by calling 860-787-5286.)

Look for and enjoy the Silk City Chorus, Anne Cubberly's Mother Earth, hooping by Cait the Great, Mike OJ Magician, Fiddlesticks, Jessica Mercy, Bill McNally of Libertas Rifle Drill and Sword in the Scroll fencing. The Boy Scouts, Axis 901, UUS:E and many others will have tables with art and activities that you'll enjoy!

Bring a chair to the Forest Street parking lot and you can enjoy the fun and watch a special movie (after dark) which is a favorite among Steam Punk followers!

Forest Street parking lot activities will go on till 10 p.m., other action on the street and inside MCC on Main concludes at 8 p.m.

Imagine Main Street is organized by an all-volunteer committee and welcomes new ideas and members. IMS is funded in part by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, an arts grant from the Town of Manchester and Fuss & O'Neill. Always check www.imaginemainstreet.com for details or on the IMS Facebook page for the latest information. Rain location for most activities will be inside MCC on Main (901 Main Street).

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

People and Places Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: July 27 - August 19
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 1 - 5 pm

MAA members Lorraine Fox Costanzo, Rebecca McMann, Steve Sotille and Pat Trapp all have
pieces in the show! See membernews for photos.

Weekly Ongoing Watercolor Class
Thursday mornings, 9:30 am - 12:00 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.

Connecticut Women Artists, Inc.

87th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition

Dates: Fri, Sept 1 - Fri, Sept 29, 2017

Opening Reception: Sun, Sept 10, 2 - 4 pm

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

For more infomation:



Glastonbury's 55th "On the Green" Art & Craft Show" -- Sept. 9 & 10, 2017

Original Fine Art and Hand-Made Crafts
Every year, Glastonbury's picturesque Hubbard Green is transformed from a quiet oasis of shade trees and open space into a bustling marketplace for original fine art and hand-made craft. Hubbard Green, Corner Main & Hubbard Streets, Glastonbury, CT 06033 Need more information? Visit their website, or contact Sharon at (860) 659-1196 or email info@glastonburyarts.org

MCC on Main

The Dehn Gallery at MCC on Main presents: "Flight!"

A juried exhibition representing northeastern region artists
whose work responds to the idea of flight.

The show runs May 16-August 26, 2017


MCC Alumni Show 2017 - Opening Reception
Fri, Sep 15, 6:00 pm

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.

When completed, the McCluskey sculpture will be placed in the East Coast Greenway parklet located on the corner of Highland Street and Wyllys Street, across from Highland Park Market. The high visibility location of the parklet means that the sculpture will be visible to the thousands who participate in the Manchester Road Race as they run that leg of the 4.748 mile race. Equally as important, the Sculpture Committee believes that locating the McCluskey sculpture along this well used pathway will be an inspiration to those who walk, run and bike the Greenway throughout the year.

Community, corporate and individual contributions can help to bring this sculpture from the artist studio to its new Manchester home. The Sculpture Project Committee hopes to complete fundraising for the McClusky sculpture and have it installed prior to the 2017 Manchester Road Race. If you are a participant in the Road Race, a recreational runner, walker or interested individual please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Sculpture Project. For more information and to learn how you can contribute go to http://www.manchesterhistory.org/MHS3_SculptureProject.html

After the completion of the McCluskey sculpture, fundraising will continue to fund sculptures of Manchester educator, Elisabeth Bennet and author and Newberry Medal Winner, Emily Cheney Neville.

Friend of MAA Jane Rainwater's room installation "The Botanical Tyranny Parlor" opened at the Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew Ave, Hartford, on Sat, March 25, 2017. Jane made proposal drawings which she showed at the Mark Twain Museum three years ago. The actual physical Parlor is being installed at the Dirt Salon! If you missed the opening reception, please call Jane (860-331-7842) or the Salon (860-978-9345) to make arrangements to see the exhibit.

For more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1428662200550231


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 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

Sat, Sept 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm -- Sandy Sergio and local poets inspired by Art, "Poetic Visions" at the On the Green Show, Hubbard Green, corner of Main & Hubbard in Glastonbury

Tues, Oct 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm -- Karen Israel, Painting Dogs in Pastel -- Location to be announced

Wed, Nov 1, 6:30 - 8:30 pm -- Bob Ferraro -- Location to be announced

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 -- Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery -- Autumn Arts Festival -- Columbus Day Weekend, Sat & Sun, October 7-8 on the Madison Connecticut Town Green (Boston Post Road/Copse Road, Madison).

Barbara Nair, Gallery Director writes:
"We are seeking fine artists and artisans in all mediums. And if in the Festival, artists can also submit work for consideration for our concurring 6-week long group show at Spectrum Gallery (September 22-November 5). Click the following link for the Autumn Festival Prospectus.

"We promote artists in numerous ways including a postcard mailing listing all participants sent to over 5,000 community members, feature articles and captioned photos in local and regional papers, posters displayed throughout the Shoreline of CT, listings in numerous online calendars, promotion on our active social media outlets, email blasts to over 5,000 people and a personalized gallery page with a bio and photos of the work of each participating artist on our well visited website.

"We hope can forward this message to your members. Again, they can visit our website for the prospectus and write me directly to submit jpegs of their work at Barbara@spectrumartgallery.org "

Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut is pleased to announce a call for submissions to its 20th Annual Art Show, The Story of Art. The exhibition will be on view from Sat, Oct. 14 - Sun, Oct. 22, 2017 in Pequot Library’s historic auditorium, which provides an outstanding backdrop for the show. Submissions must be received by Fri, Sept. 15, 2017 in order to be considered for entrance. This year’s process is slightly different than last. Not only do they have two acclaimed jurors (Adrienne Conzleman and Helen During) reviewing all submissions, but also, have jumped into the 21st century and are using an online and secure registration program (https://pequotlibrary.artcall.org/ ). This process will streamline all aspects for the artists, our volunteers, and Pequot staff members. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Owens Crawford, art@pequotlibrary.org or (203) 259-0346 ext. 113.

Call for Entries -- The Friends of the Agawam Public Library are looking for entries for their 9th Open Juried Art Show to take place Wed, Nov 1 – Fri, Nov 24, 2017. Drop off begins Sat, Oct 14 and ends Sat, Oct 28. For more information, see their website. (Original art only, no photography.) For a prospectus-brochure, click here. You should use their free Adobe Reader (PDF) Entry Form from their website, or here. You can type on this entry form, edit the data, save the form, come back to it later, and re-edit. Print and sign the entry form. In the form are instructions for what parts are mailed with your check and to where. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Kadis at r.kadis@comcast.net or 413-789-4814.

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.

Spruce Street Market is now accepting vendors! The Spruce Street Market will run every Wednesday evening, 5 - 8 pm, June 21 – October 4, rain or shine, on the grounds of the EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center & Nathan Hale Activity Center. Farmers, gardeners, artists, artisans, info booths, and more! More information and vendor registration form at https://manchesterct.seamlessdocs.com/f/SpruceStreetMarketApplication or register in person at the Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street. Questions? Call (860) 647- 3089 for more information. East Side Residents: Please call to see if you qualify for a special "neighbor" discount!

Imagine Main Street

Forms for applicants can be obtained at Anne Miller Real Estate, MCC on Main or Katherine's Hair Design, all located on Main Street or by writing to info@imaginemainstreet.com or on the website at www.imaginemainstreet.com There is no fee for participating as long as it is original and artistic in nature and approved by the committee.

The last date for Imagine Main Street is September 7. Sponsors and volunteers for IMS are always welcome and needed. Imagine Main Street is supported by a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

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.