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 member, Judith Goldstein wlil be teaching a class at MCC: CREATE SILVER JEWELRY WITH PRECIOUS METAL CLAY (PMC) -- This course is for both the beginning and experienced student. Learn to craft fine silver jewelry as though you’re playing with clay. Once shaped, dried, and fired in a kiln, the putty-like PMC becomes an object of fine silver. Design, shaping of the material, stone setting, texturing, and molding to finishing and antiquing, will all be addressed. Based on design size and individual pace, expect to complete two or three jewelry items, such as pendants, earrings, charms, or bracelet elements.

Please note: You must register by Tuesday, April 3, to allow the instructor time to buy supplies. Materials fee: $80, payable to instructor at the first class, for one package of PMC and supplies. Please note: Materials fee is subject to change according to market prices. A materials list of simple, inexpensive tools will also be sent prior to class (instructor supplies almost everything). Fee: $125 -- 3 Tuesdays, 4/10-4/24, 6:15-9:45 pm. See the flyer for more info and application.

Instructor: Judith E. Goldstein is a PMC Guild certified teacher and has been a professional metalsmith for more than 30 years. You may email the instructor at jegpewter@aol.com to see a sample of what you will learn and create.

Explore Art from the Atheneum -- Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:30pm at the Whiton Library Auditorium, 100 North Main Street. Explore Art from the Atheneum is an interactive discussion of highlights from the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collections for adults. Participants will learn more about the history of the museum and its diverse holdings through this hour-long exploration using poster reproductions of collection objects. This is a free event and no registration is required. For more information call Reference and Adult Services at 860-645-0821. http://library.townofmanchester.org

Watercolor Classes with Mary Horrigan

Marlborough Arts Center

6 Thursdays, April 5 through May 10
10 am - noon

For infomation, call the the Marlborough Arts Center: 860-295-9389
go to www.marlborougharts.org/classes/adult-classes/ (scroll down)
contact Mary: mehorrigan@comcast.net

Date: Sat, March 24

Place: Jerry's Artarama, 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT.

Sponsor: Royal Talens

Cost: $10, which will be returned to you as a store credit upon attending.

Time: Part 1) Noon to 2 p.m. Royal Talens - Hands on Demo; Part 2) 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Loving Vincent - Artist demo

To Register: Please call 860 232-0073

Loving* Royal Talens -- Hosted by Jerry's Artarama of CT

First Time Ever - Two Part Demonstration

Part 1 - Royal Talens - Hands on Demo (Noon - 2PM)
Join artist and Vice President of Royal Talens North America, Kyle Richardson as he brings you through the history of the Royal Dutch company and its almost 120 years of color making. He will illustrate the way these products are made and the ingredients and processes which make them so unique, through story telling and by giving attendees a chance to try the paints, pastels, inks and pencils themselves. Techniques in oils, acrylics, watercolors and drawing will be show with brands such as Rembrandt, Amsterdam, Cobra, Ecoline, and Van Gogh. A great opportunity to find answers to those questions you always wanted to know and to learn how to use these tools to improve your craft.

Part 2 - Loving Vincent - Artist demo (3PM - 5PM)
Join Artist Kenzie Sutton, who participated as an artist-illustrator on the set of Academy Award nominated, full length feature film "Loving Vincent". This first-of-its-kind film was completely animated from live action to encompass over 65,000 frames, fully painted with oil colors. Kenzie will discuss what the experience was like, how it started, and what has taken place since the launch of the film and how that has influenced her art. She will demonstrate how this film was produced and what it took to paint in the style of Van Gogh, in a live demo during this event.

$10 Registration Fee to be returned as store credit upon attending.
Please Call 860-232-0073 to register!

Pyrography & Pastels
Aline Hoffman & Elizabeth Rhoades
Two-Woman Show

March 2-24, 2018

Arts of Tolland: on the Green

Open Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm
Wednesdays 2 - 5 pm

Opening Reception: Fri, March 2, 6 - 8 pm

Aline Hoffman optmst@icloud.com

Elizabeth Rhoades erfineart@yahoo.com


See the flyer here.

Movie "Loving Vincent"-- Everyone is raving about this movie. This feature-length painted animation — the first film of its kind — explores the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his artworks.

About the process of making the movie: "On Loving Vincent, we painted 65,000 frames in oil paint. We painted the first frame as a full painting on canvas board, and then painted over that painting for each frame until the last frame of the shot. We are then left with an oil-painting on canvas board of the last frame."

See the trailer. The movie is playing at Real Art Ways through ??? -- date extended, check their website. You can also buy tickets there. Real Art Ways is located at 56 Arbor Street, Hartford. Follow the signs to the back of the building, where you’ll find the Real Art Ways entrance and a parking lot for your car or racks for your bike.

Sculpture Fundraising Community Invited to “Show Your Love” for Planned Sculpture of Manchester Road Race Icon, Joe McCluskey

Olympic athlete, Manchester Road Race winner and Manchester resident, Joe McCluskey, ran away with our hearts during his high school, college and professional career as a runner and steeple chase athlete. Under the stewardship of the Manchester Historical Society, the Sculpture Committee has been working to raise funds for a life size bronze sculpture of Joe McCluskey to be installed in the East Coast Greenway parklet at the corner of Wyllys and Highland Streets.

Contributions both large and small have brought the Sculpture Committee closer to its goal of $65,000 needed to create, caste and produce the bronze sculpture. To date slightly over $40,000 has been raised. We are honored by the generosity of individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations that have brought fundraising efforts to this point.

The Sculpture Committee would like to have “Joe” in place to greet Manchester Road Race runners on November 22, 2018 as they crest “heartbreak” hill. In order to do so, monies must be raised by March 15th to reserve the foundry.

The committee encourages the community to “show your love for Joe” and support this important public arts project by making a donation to The Sculpture Project. Donations at all levels are greatly appreciated. In order to push fundraising over the finish line, the committee is seeking a major contribution by a visionary donor whose enthusiasm for public art and Manchester history will inspire their contribution.

For more info on the Sculpture Project and to learn how to donate go to www.manchesterhistory.org or contact The Sculpture Project Committee Chair, Lynn Sottile at 860 649-3487.

Maple and Main's 3rd Annual Juried Show -- Fri, Jan. 26 through Sat, March 31, 2018 -- The exhibit will be shown on both floors of the gallery and in its Small Works and Stone Gallery rooms. In its eight year of business, Maple and Main, housed in an iconic late 1700's building in Chester’s center, shows works by established Connecticut artists in a wide variety of style and mediums. For more information please see their website: http://www.mapleandmaingallery.com/juried-show/

Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery -- "See Me, Feel Me" -- This show features artists who integrate noticeable texture into their pieces through their use of paint, collage, mixed media, fiber and/or sculptural elements. The show also features photographers who use imagery with an abundance of texture in their pieces. Location: 61 Main St, Centerbrook, CT Dates: Fri, Jan 26 - Sun, March 18.

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.

Events at Real Art Ways

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

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.

A gathering of community members will be held in the coming months to provide feedback and ideas.
The organization has a core committee who plan the monthly events, but more people are needed to further engage the community and promote to those who don't hear about the events because of marketing barriers.

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.

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.

"On Sunday, March 18, Agonist Gallery will host another Artists Market for the Hartford area. All area visual artists are invited to bring 1-3 pieces for display in the gallery for the day - 11 am to 4 pm. There are no commissions on sales, and the price to exhibit is again 50% off at only $10 at the door. There will be no charge for our visitors, and there is ample parking. Before you come, be sure to notify your contact list.

"Bring some new work to share and test out. We’d like this to become a monthly event in Broad Brook - a place for artists to show new work of their choice, without great expense or time commitment. Accepted work includes photography, painting, and sculpture. No crafts at this show. Work will be hung on display panels inside the gallery, panels that are normally used for outdoor art fairs.

" There will be time to set up between 10:30 am and 11 am. Hope to see you there! Please contact me if you have any questions.

"Jeff [Holcome]"

Call for Artists -- 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.

Submit Now! Receiving Period: March 19-23, 2018

How to Submit: 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

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.

My name is Summer from the exhibition team at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts, located in Watertown, MA just 6 miles from downtown Boston.

I’m reaching out to make an introduction (if you haven’t heard of us before…), and to let you know about a call for art for our upcoming “Art and Soul” exhibit, which explores the relationships we have with musicians, bands and related culture. The exhibition with feature visual art, in all mediums, inspired by music. We have four gallery spaces as well as a large-scale, non-traditional installation space with over 25-foot high ceilings – and excellent foot traffic from programming in our 380-seat Mainstage theater, and our 100-seat Black Box theater.

Our mission is to engage and support as many artists as possible in our exhibits, we’d love for you to share details for this call with your community if you think it would be of interest: http://www.mosesianarts.org/call-for-art/art-and-soul

This invitation also extends to our future exhibitions. After “Art and Soul”, we are hosting a landscape/cityscape exhibition that runs through July, and a comic art exhibit that runs through September. If you wish to receive information about future calls, please let me know so I can add you to our “call for art” email list.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach me, or our Director of Exhibits and Engagement, Kimberly Thompson Panay, copied here. We are excited about the possibility of working with you!

Thank you,

Summer Nguyen
Exhibits and Engagement
Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Dear Art Directors and Administrators:
I am writing to invite you, your art organization members and artist friends to participate in The Voice of Art's first Annual Juried Exhibition: "Beyond the Seen" in Cheshire CT. My name is Hannah Jung, Executive Director of The Voice of Art, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) visual art organization. I recently created this organization and opened its art gallery & studio located in the center of Cheshire in hopes of discovering and supporting emerging and mid-career artists. I welcome and look forward to your involvement and help in getting the word out and inviting any artists you know who may be interested in submitting entries. For complete information, click here. For entry form, click here.

Hannah Jung, Executive Director
The Voice of Art Inc.
Two Town Center, Cheshire CT 06410

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.