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.

MAA sponsored New York City Bus Trip: Two Amazing Exhibits -- Tues, April 24 -- Bus leaves at 8 am, returns approximately 8 pm. Exhibits: Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: and the American Watercolor Society Annual Show at the Salmagundi Club. Open exclusively to MAA members until April 7, then to the general public. For complete information and how to sign up, see the flyer.

Farmington Valley Arts Center (FVAC) Fisher Front Space presents 'einamade: modern ceramics' For the month of April FVAC welcomes ceramic artist Eina Rieger. Eina, who lives in West Hartford, is a teacher-potter-knitter-lover of color. She creates functional, one-of-a-kind ceramic objects meant to be used and enjoyed. Sat, April 7 - Sat, April 28, 2018. Register for Eina's Sgraffito Techniques Workshop on April 28 here.

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. -- MAA member Normand Charlette has work in the show. See members news.

Imagine Main Street's first street festival of the 2018 season will be held on Thursday, May 3 with a focus on talented artists, makers, performers in the community. "We wanted to have these amazing young people join us as participants before the school year concludes. Many of them have been working all year on their craft", said Joyce Hodgson, IMS Program Director. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. various locations in downtown Manchester will find a wide variety of exhibitors and performers, displays and interactive engagement. Young people, through age 18, are welcome to register by April 14th to participate. All art forms are encouraged. To date, registrations have been received by a musician, a dancer, a videographer, a jewelry designer and a jazz band. Many 'regular' Imagine Main Street vendors and musicians have signed up for the May event. Other dates for Imagine Main Street events are June 7, July 5, August 2, and September 6. Registration forms can be found on the Imagine website at www.imaginemainstreet.com , or by email at info@imaginemainstreet.com.

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

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.

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

Take a Hike ... a walk, or a stroll -- Voices 3: South Windsor Trails... A Walk through the Seasons -- The next community publication will be a diverse collection of poems, sketches, anecdotes, and observations about South Windsor’s outdoor heritage. It is also open to photos, sketches and drawings.

There are 6 different trails in South Windsor: Frank Niederwerfer Wildlife Sanctuary, Michael Donnelly Preserve, Lawrence Road Park, Linear Park, Nevers Park, and Wapping Park. Each of these has a unique landscape and character. As the seasons change, these trails offer new experiences. Walking a different trail, or the same trail often, promises interesting discoveries each time. We invite you to join us in a community exploration. Walk the familiar or explore a different trail. Go out, enjoy our town’s open spaces during all four seasons, and then share what you find.

For details on each of the trails, please visit:
Please respect the resident wildlife and habitat and remember - take only pictures, leave only footprints!

Submissions will be accepted for consideration on an ongoing basis between January 1, 2018 - Feb 1, 2019.
Publication expected by the end of 2019. Submission does not insure publication.

To submit:
send your entry via email to Debbie Midford at dmidford@cox.net. Write “Voices 3” in the subject line. Provide: resident name, address, phone, email, type of entry (photo, sketch/drawing, poem anecdote, brief story/observation) with title of entry (if any).

A panel of reviewers will make selections to ensure broad representation of each trail and types of entry. Notice will be provided when the review committee makes its selections.

With questions or for more information, contact Charlie Margolis 860-644-0697, cjmargolis@snet.net

Spruce Street Market Now Accepting Vendor Applications for Summer 2018

Every Wednesday -- June 13 through October 17, 2018, 4 - 7 pm
153 & 160 Spruce Street, Manchester CT

The SNAP-certified CT Grown Spruce Street Market is
currently accepting vendor applications from farmers, crafters, and artists

For more information see the vendor application, the Facebook page, or
pick up an application at Town Hall or at the EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street
East Side Residents: Call (860) 647-3089 for information on a special neighbor discount.

Opportunity for Artists
The Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Award

Application must be received by
4:40 pm on Mon, May 7, 2018

For complete information with clickable links,
see the flyer.

Imagine Main Street, begun in 2012 to use arts as a catalyst for change in Downtown Manchester, continues its seasonal street festivals in May running monthly through September.

Volunteers and participants can contact Joyce Hodgson by writing to her at info@imaginemainstreet.com or via the website and facebook page.

Dates for the new season are May 3 (with a focus on young musicians and artists), June 7, July 5, August 2 and September 6. Young people (up to age 18) who are musicians, artists, poets, sell hand made products, are encouraged to register for the May 3rd event. All events run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in various downtown Manchester locations.

Young people, through age 18, are welcome to register by April 14th to participate. All art forms are encouraged. To date, registrations have been received by a musician, a dancer, a videographer, a jewelry designer and a jazz band. Registration forms can be found on the Imagine website at www.imaginemainstreet.com , or by email at info@imaginemainstreet.com.

The 45th Annual Art in the Park - First Sunday of June, Sunday, June 3, 2018 -- Rain or shine -- 10am - 4pm -- For complete information, see the flyer or the Young@Art website.

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.

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.