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.

Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society -- Paint Out -- Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 9 am to 12 pm-- Mitchell Equine Retirement Farm 300 East Haddam Road (Rte. 82), Salem CT This event is located at a scenic horse farm, with the laudable mission of providing a beautiful home for horses that have outlived their original purpose but still deserve to be respected in their old age. The farm has beautiful buildings, stables, ponds with lily pads, and fenced fields filled with these old friends living a well-deserved life. You don’t have to be a member to paint at a CPAPS paint out.

Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut is pleased to announce 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. Their two acclaimed jurors are Adrienne Conzleman and Helen During. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Owens Crawford, art@pequotlibrary.org or (203) 259-0346 ext. 113.

Manchester Sculpture Project

RARE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR THE ORIGINAL MANCHESTER COUNTRY CLUB CLUBHOUSE -- A sought after opportunity to tour the original Manchester Country Club Clubhouse, currently the home of Danita and Robert Sulick, is now being offered as a part of efforts to raise funds for the Manchester Sculpture Project. The Sulicks have agreed to open their home at 417 South Main Street for a tour on Sunday, October 15 from 2pm to 5pm to benefit the Manchester Sculpture Project.

A limited number of tickets will be sold at a cost of $40 each. The Tour will showcase the home’s unique architecture, interior and gardens, and include memorabilia relating to the history of the property. Refreshments, music and a fabulous silent auction will be a part of the day.

The Sculpture Project is a public art project that celebrates notable Manchester residents by commissioning life size bronze sculptures for placement in locations around Manchester. The first statue is of Joe McCluskey (1911-2002) – Olympic medalist, national record-holder, and four time Manchester Road Race winner. Considered Manchester’s greatest athlete, Joe will be located on the East Coast Greenway, across from Highland Park Market, along the Road Race route and walking trail. Michael Keropian, the artist who will create the bronze sculptures, will be present at the Open House to display a model of the McCluskey sculpture and speak with attendees.

Tickets for the Open House and Tour may be purchased at The Manchester Historical Society, 175 Pine St., Manchester.

A free shuttle bus will transport attendees from the Forest Street Parking Lot in Downtown Manchester to the house and return them to the Forest Street Parking Lot at the conclusion of their tour.

For more information on the Open House and Tour call The Historical Society at 860 647-9983 or go to www.manchesterhistory.org
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

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

Women Artists Collective Exhibit
Eureka Gallery (Lower Level)

Exhibit Dates: Sat, Sept 2 - Fri, Sept 29
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 1 - 5 pm

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

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

For more infomation:



MCC on Main

The Dehn Gallery at MCC on Main presents:

2017 Manchester Community College (MCC) Alumni Art Show
903 Main Street, Manchester, CT

The gallery features a juried show with artwork on display by talented MCC alumni artists. For more information, email alumni@manchestercc.edu or call Diana at 860-512-2909.

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

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

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.

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

Businesses, organizations and interested individuals are invited to create a family friendly Scarecrow for display in Downtown Manchester during the 9th Annual Downtown Scarecrow Festival. The Scarecrows will be on display for a 2 week period from October 14 through October 28. First, Second and Third Place prizes will be awarded in both the People’s Choice and Facebook Favorites categories. Each year as many as 35 scarecrows are on display, enlivening the Downtown and drawing visitors from around the region to stroll Main Street, take photos, discover our great businesses and enjoy the special ambience created by the displays.

Scarecrow Artists must register to participate. Scarecrows are to be installed by the artists in assigned locations between October 11 and October 14. To obtain a registration form and contest guidelines go to www.downtownmanchester.org or contact the Downtown Manchester Special Services District at 860 645-2101 or via email at tparseliti@manchesterct.gov
Scarecrow registrations will be accepted until Wed, October 4.

The Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by the Downtown Manchester Special Services District with the support of Crimson Art Box.

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 "

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!

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.