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"

Do You Have an Item for the Website?

Please send us your art related news/events/info to maa@ManchesterArt.org

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.

Arts Festival Gallery Show
Fri, May 31 - Sun, July 14

Spectrum Art Gallery
61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.

Gallery Hours:

Wed through Sat (12-6pm)
Sun (12-5pm)

MAA members Jeff Blazejovsky and Normand Charlette both have pieces in the Gallery Show.
Learn more here.

Essex Summer Arts Festival
Sat-Sun, June 15-16

Essex Town Green
12 Main St, Essex
Sat 10-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm
FREE for all ages

Painting Retreat

Get 2-3 of your painting friends together for 3 days and 2 nights of painting
with Lynette Goric in picturesque southern Vermont,
summer or fall, overlooking a lake in Woodford, VT,
just off Route 9, a 2 hour drive.

$250 per person includes accommodations,
2 lovely breakfasts and gourmet lunches and dinners.
One afternoon drive to nearby Wilmington for shopping and dinner out.

Paint in the cabin, on the deck or by the lake with
demonstrations and critiques by Lynette.
Photos to right and below.

Contact Lynette Goric for dates and to reserve your place.

860-875-3187 (home) or 860-712-6163 (cell)

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

Academic Artists Association 69th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism

Exhibit Dates: Wed–Sun, June 2–23, 1–5pm

Animalia Exhibit -- It’s a jungle out there!

Exhibition Dates: Sun, July 21–Sun, August 18

Also featured: Pet Boutique and Artisan Craft Fair!
August 8–11 & 15–18

Thurs, Fri, & Sun 1–5 pm; Sat 10 am–5 pm

For information on submission, click here.

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.

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.

Events at Real Art Ways

Opportunities back to top

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

Call for Artists -- Animalia Exhibit -- Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Tnpk. (Route 30) Vernon, CT

It’s a jungle out there! -- Kingdom Animalia includes over 7 million species of both living and extinct creatures. Every animal is a member of the Animalia kingdom, ranging from the smallest at 0.0003 inches, to the largest, up to 110 feet. The Animal Kingdom is about as diverse as it gets.

Humans, key players in this kingdom, have a complex relationship with their cohabitants. In practical ways, humans rely on animals for food, clothing, textiles. Working animals make physical or dangerous tasks easier and safer. Members of the animal kingdom have proved invaluable in helping humans reach important scientific and medical milestones. And humans have long documented their encounters and interactions with the animal kingdom, in artforms from cave drawings, to sacred statues, to photos of cats posted to Instagram. Our relationship with Kingdom Animalia is anything but simple. This show welcomes animals of all shapes, sizes, and mediums

Exhibition Dates: Sun, July 21–Sun, August 18
Artists who want to enter their work can view and download the prospectus here.

Arts Center East’s Animalia exhibit will also feature a Pet Boutique and Artisan Craft Fair!
Dates: August 8–11 & 15–18
Time: Thursday, Friday, & Sunday 1:00–5:00pm; Saturday 10:00am–5pm

Interested vendors: please fill out and return the application (mail or email) by Fri, July 5.

Submit to the Juried Art Exhibition -- The Joy of Art! program at Hospital for Special Care will be hosting its Juried Art Show with an opening reception on Thurs, June 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The Hospital for Special Care, 2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT, specializes in spinal cord injuries. You may submit 1 or 2 of your works of art for the exhibition and competition. The exhibit ends Thurs, Oct. 24, 2019.

Hand-deliver submissions in person: Fri, June 21, 9 am–1 pm & Mon., June 24, 1–6 pm.
For complete information, see the Prospectus.

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


For a Public Art Mural Project at Purnell Place in Downtown Manchester.

DEADLINE: All proposal materials must be submitted electronically by 4 PM on June 17, 2019.

The RFP document and Addendum No. 1 can be found at the links below:



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.