2018-2019 Season

Friday, April 12, 2019, 5 - 7 pm

Opening Reception
All Member/All Mediums Exhibit
"Where The Heart Is"

Manchester Town Hall
41 Center Street, Manchester, CT

Exhibit Dates:
Thurs, March 7 to Thurs, June 6, 2019

The theme of the exhibit is "Where the Heart Is." Artwork for this theme may relate to the artist's hometown or some place special, or something/someone that has deep meaning for the artist.

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-- Press Release
-- Postcard Inviitation

Left, Joe Madar and his "Main Coast" photograph. Right, Nancy Madar with her watercolor based on Joe's photograph,
"The Main Coast." The painting is Nancy's first watercolor!

Left, Micheline Champagne and Neill Monteserin.

Right, "Dolly and the cows!" watercolor by Donna McMahon.

The flower arrangements were by Carolyn Emerson.

"And a Cherry on Top," watercolor
by Susan Masse. Susan brought treats that matched her painting.

"Ode to the 'Rain Garden'," stained glass and quilling by Sue Hollister.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Member Meeting

Our guest artist Jeffrey Slobodien talked about grafitti art and gave a brief demonstration.

Jeff has been creating art since his early childhood. He attended Monserrat College of Art where he was exposed to numerous emerging artists and their diverse genre. Since then, his journey has led him all over the country.

Jeff resettled in CT where his work expanded to school, after school and various summer programs – focusing and pushing young artists to work into the community through beautification murals and programs across many municipalities. Jeff’s larger works can be found all over the state and his fine art has been shown in galleries such as the Spruce Street’s GALLERY 153.

Manchester has been very welcoming accepting proposed mural projects in parks like Charter Oak and Union Ponds’ Exercise Trail. Click on the image to the right to see a larger image of Jeff's work on the Trail.

Left, we had 17 amazing pieces entered into Art of the Month.

Click here to see a larger image.

To see information about the winners, click here.

Jeff demonstrated the use of a stencil to make street art. He explained how artists use different caps on spray cans to get different effects. He used a compination of brushes and paint pens to create a dynamic work of art.

Jeff's talk and slides on the history of grafitti and street art was very informative. Graffiti art is all sprayed freehand, versus street art which includes the use of stencils. He shared lots of terminology and talked about some of the most famous grafitti and street artist. One artist named Banksy has had a 30 year career as a street artist and still no none knows who he is.

Jeff works with students in grades K-8 to make murals, such as this 101 Dalmations piece. He explained how the students worked through design and production. Parts of the piece were taped to protect them while the background was sprayed.

The acrylic markers he uses are easy to use. They come in a variety of sizes. You can fill them yourself to match your colors.

In Jeff's presentation, he explained different tag styles, including big bubble letters that are filled in and outlined. A tag is usually completed very quickly. If a tag has more effects, it might become a "piece," which takes longer, as much as1/2 an hour .

Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16, 2019

Karen Isreal -- The Sky's the Limit: Landscape Painting With Pastel

For information, supply list
& application, see the flyer.

Emilie Beckwith said about the workshop: "Everyone was enthusiastic. Karen was a good instructor, gave us each attention and was encouraging. In fact we are going to have her in October for a Composition workshop. That flyer should be coming out soon."

Chris Larson said, "She made it easy to experiment with different types of pastel, new techniques, and a variety of papers. She was very open to sharing what she has learned by attending workshops. She was a wonderful instructor. "

Thursday, December 6, 2018 to Thursday, March 7, 2019

Manchester Town Hall Exhibit: Pastels!

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Exhibiting artists were Emilie Beckwith, Penny Brandt, Carol Bryant, Laura Kinlock, Christine Larson, Bonnie Lindland, June Mita, Neil Monteserin, Austin Pouliot and Eric Vogel.

The February 20 Member Meeting was CANCELLED due to the weather. Artist Michael Angelis' Mono-type Printing demo has been rescheduled to October 2019.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Felting with Robin McCahill

For information & application,
see the flyer.

Sue Masse wrote: "We had a ball and everyone loved their projects. We'd like to put an order in for a wet felting class in the upcoming year."

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday,
February 13 - 15, 2019

Workshop: Watercolor Portraits with Carolyn Emerson

For information, supply list
& application, see the flyer.

Photos by Ronnie Klukas and Sue Masse.

Day one: everyone did the same portrait. Day two: everyone began rendering their own choice. Sue Masse wrote, "TONS of fun and lots of learning." Day three, "We are all thrilled with the results. Very successful class."

Ronnie wrote: "I am thoroughly enjoying watching the magic happen using a grid. Time consuming and tiresome, but rewarding. I number both the grid and my paper. Makes it easier to find the exact square you need."

Ronnie wrote: "While the gridding process seemed tedious,
I LOVE the result."

Colors in puddles: Aurelian yellow, Janet's violet rose, diox purple, burnt sienna. Ronnie wrote: "Couldn't help myself so I added cerulean......"

Ronnie wrote: "This was a one inch grid. In very detailed areas we used a quarter inch grid. I could not figure out the left hand, so needed Carolyn's help. The palm of the hand is obscured by a metal ball on the railing. Totally didn't notice that. She adjusted the width of the eyes and the base of the nose. And I was good to go."

"As my photo is monotone, I decided to paint using a grey scale. My grey is cadmium red plus cobalt blue. First wash, let it dry naturally. I had a wonderful day... Plan to work on this next week."

Thursday , Thursday, September 20, 2018 to Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit

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Friday - Saturday, January 25-26, 2019

Impressionistic Oil Painting with Lynette Goric

For complete information and supply list,
see the flyer.

Participant Judy Burnham said: "The workshop was quite an awakening to the use of (water-based) oils to say the least. Lynette’s techniques really accomplish an amazing finished product. I wish we had more than just two days to spend with her."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Member Meeting

Our guest artist Robin McCahill demonstrated felting.

Robin has been making things ever since she can remember. Felting has been an intriguing force that turned to passion and has enabled Robin to explore two and three dimensional aspects of its qualities.

Most of Robin's work is sculptural in nature. Robin designs and builds props and puppets as well as performing herself. She creates wearable art and home decor. She also teaches art at various locations and at her studio.

Robin has been needle felting for 12 years and wet felting for 35 years. With needle felting, the more you poke, the denser the piece gets. You can needle felt yarn and polyfill. Polyfill is good to use for the color white because wool is never really white.

Right, Robin's scarf is one of her creations. The Ram tapestry was created with different types of felting.

Examples of Robin's work include tapestry type art, where wet felting works as an underpainting, and needle felting on a jacket.

Robin's owl puppet (below) has moving wings and lights. It is mounted on a pole and can fly!

The wet felted dress (below, far right), due to shrinkage in the process, began twice as large.

Examples of Robin's student's work.
Robin's puppets and other pieces.

Members and guests participated in the demo by pulling pieces of wool from skeins and placing them on silk to create a scarf.

Robin shared that wet felting shrinks: plan for 50% shrinkage. "Think big," she said.

Sources for felting supplies include:
Harrisville Designs, Inc. https://harrisville.com/collections/felt
Ashford Textile
Osgood Textile Company,
West Springfield, MA

Members carefully placed the wool, paying attention to the design. Where they didn't fill in with wool, those spaces were empty in the final piece.

The wetting process began with carefully spraying with water (above), then sprinkled with a mixture of olive oil soap in water (right).

The prep of the soup mixture involved putting the soup in boiling water to make a slurry. Robin finds olive oil soap to be kind on the hands. The water for the soap mixture needs to be warm to open up the wool fibers.

The next step is to cover the wet piece with a dollar store tablecloth (orange in the photo). Through the tablecloth you to see if the piece is wet enough.

The piece in its plastic sandwich is then rolled around a pool noodle and tied -- with a bow to make it easy to untie and re-roll or "scroll roll" later. The roll is then rolled a total of 500 times. Members took turns at this exercise (photo right). This action both squeezes out the water and works the fibers together.

After unrolling the piece from the plastic, Robin rubbed it on a boot tray with more soap. The boot tray can't have hard edges, but only small nubs to work the fibers even more.

Robin also kneaded the piece on the table. She then wrapped it in a towel and tossed it. She used her whole body movement in her actions so that her work was almost a dance.

To completely finish the piece, it will be rinsed with vinegar and then left to dry.



Detail of the almost finished scarf.

Robin kindly donated the scarf to MAA.
It will be auctioned off at a future fundraiser.
Thank you, Robin!

Click on the photo to see a larger image. Winners are, from left to right, Judy Burnham (1st), Jo Dee Cyr (2nd), Veronique Fournier-Wynne (3rd), and Margaret (Peggy) Cramer (HM).
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Member Meeting

Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by Robin McCahill.

Judy Burnham, 1st
"Memories' Door," watercolor

Jo Dee Cyr, 2nd
"Little Charmer," acrylic

Veronique Fournier-Wynne, 3rd
"Clay Vase," oil

Margaret (Peggy) Cramer, HM
"The World Needs Mending," oil

Wednesday, December 19, 6 - 10 pm

Members' Holiday Party

Members and a guests gathered at Manchester Country Club for a great evening with free raffle prizes, "Art of the Month" contest, voted on by attendees, and drop-off station for non-perishable food items and more!

Thank you to all the MAA members who generously contributed to the MACC Food Pantry at the Holiday Party. Normand Charlette reports that we collected 108 donated food items that evening. He delivered them the following day and received a very appreciative response from the Pantry staff. Again, many thanks, everybody.

Click on the photo to see a larger image. Winners are, from left to right, Jo Dee Cyr (1st), Dorothy Reiss (2nd), Veronique Fournier-Wynne (3rd), and Normand L. Charlette (HM).
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Member Meeting

Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by the attendees.

Jo Dee Cyr, 1st
"Holiday Wonder," acrylic

Dorothy Reiss, 2nd
"Silent Night," watercolor

Veronique Fournier-Wynne, 3rd
"Bowl of Grapes," oil

Normand L. Charlette, HM
"Montgomery Covered Bridge," photography

Thursday, September 6 to Thursday, December 6, 2018

Manchester Town Hall Other Media, "The Etc. Exhibit

Exhibiting members were: Jeffrey Blazejovsky, Marianne Cornish, Jean Della Rocca, Janet DePratti, Carolyn Gimbrone, Sharon Gresk, Ellen Haines-Chaponis, Sue Hollister, Martha Hunnicutt, Christine Larson, Bonnie Lindland, Nancy Madar, Sue Masse, Austin Pouliot, Rhea Sutter, and Naomi Zima.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Member Meeting

Our guest artist David Lussier demonstrated painting alla prima in oil. His wife, Pam Lussier, fellow painter and teaching partner for over 20 years, shared useful tips with the group as well.

David is an award winning contemporary impressionist and nationally recognized plein air painter and workshop instructor. In his poetic and intimate oil landscapes he strives to capture the essence and sense of place of his subject matter. His work has been featured in many art journals. He is a professional member of some of the finest art associations and groups in the country.

Art of the Month Contest: for this month's winners, click here. David Lussier's comments about the winning pieces emphasised strong design, good lead in to the paintings, texture, containing a story, and repetition and pattern.

David uses three primarys and white to pre-mix all other colors for his palette. He refers to his mid-tones as the workhorses of a painting. He simplifies the image into light and dark shapes. It is ok to leave out some details. In his reference photo, he is drawn to the design and the yellow and purple complements. He said to use complementary colors to bring a painting together.

David carfully applies every stroke because they might be final. He said to put a bead of paint on your brush, then release it.

He said, “each stroke should say something.” In the final strokes, David shared that objects are darkest at the base, such as the tree trunks. Finished painting above.

David uses Gamsol and a few drops of cobalt dryer. Pam shared using clove oil to keep paints moist. Use a few drops in each pile of paint or have a small saturated sponge in the box. But be careful: fragrant!

"Alma prima" means all at once. David and Pam travel widely and participate (and win) many plein-air competitions! More info: website.

Click on the photo to see a larger image. Winners are, from left to right,
Ellen Chaponis (1st), Robin Simpson (2nd), Jo Dee Cyr (3rd), and Victoria Dubiel (HM).

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Member Meeting

Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by David Lussier.

Ellen Chaponis, 1st
"Into the Woods of my Dreams,"

Robin Simpson, 2nd
"Rose Farm," oil

Jo Dee Cyr, 3rd
"Holiday Glow, " acrylic

Victoria Dubiel, HM
"Hot Dog, " photography

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Reception - Appella Capital - Connecting Through Art

Symmetry Partners & Apella Capital Offices
151 National Drive, Glastonbury, CT

Through a partnership with the Manchester Art Association and The Carmine and Frank Mangini Foundation, Symmetry Partners hosted a reception at Studio Symmetry.

The show featured the work of the winners of MAA's annual juried show and other artists.

In addition to meeting the exhibiting artists, guests were able to meet other MAA artists who were demonstrating their craft.

Normand Charlette created a gallery of photos from the reception on Shutterfly. You can view it here.

Photos below by Bonnie Lindland.

Sharon Gresk demonstrated quilling.

Austin Pouliot demonstrated painting.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Deborah Valasquez Black and White Workshop

For information see the flyer.

Chris Larson said: "We carved designs into rubber pads, which was really fun because the tools cut into the pads like butter. Then we inked them and made prints - white on black, black on white and sometimes colored ink. Inking and making prints of feathers produced wonderful images. We also used black or white gel pens to enhance the prints. "

Carolyn Gimbrone said: "Some of the prints were from Deborah's stamps that she had made as examples. The feather prints were made by inking the feathers and using them to make the prints."

Friday & Saturday October 26 - 27, 2018

Acrylic Workshop -- Jane Zisk: Abstracting from Nature

For information, supply list
& application, see the flyer.

Friday & Saturday, October 19 - 20, 2018

Watercolor Workshop: Saving the Whites - A Different Perspective

For complete information,
application and supply list,
see the flyer.

Emilie Beckwith said, "The workshop was wonderful. We learned a lot and really enjoyed it."

Click on the photo to see a larger image. Winners are, from left to right, Penny Brandt (1st), Rhea Sutter (2nd), Rita Borden (3rd), and Jo Dee Cyr (HM).
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Member Meeting

Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by Shauna Shane.

Penny Brandt, 1st
"Highland Springs," pastel

Rhea Sutter, 2nd
"First Harvest," acrylic

Rita Borden, 3rd
"Two Trees," watercolor monotype

Jo Dee Cyr, HM
"Meadow," acrylic

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Member Meeting

Our guest artist Shauna Shane demonstrates painting Koi.

Shauna, a professional painter for over 33 years, enjoys showing others how to see and understand the visual world in a way that makes their artistic journey enjoyable and productive. Shauna has exhibited all over the country and won many, many awards. She has been Resident Artist at the New Britain Museum of American Art and at Yellowstone National Park.

Shauna's advice: "Give yourself permission to do it [painting] seriously. Find yourself a space so you can leave stuff out. It's important." She said, "Watercolor should be [about] having a good time and going for it. Start with big shapes -- light / dark. Get the idea of what is, or should be, out of your head. The brain sees wrong," she said. "It sees what you know and expect." To see better, Shauna does a lot of upside down work so that she can see true values of light and dark. She also recommends squinting and standing back from your painting.

Mirror view images below.

Shauna began by sketching lightly with a pastel pencil. She likes to work from her tablet to get better detail and color. Next, she works on dry paper and pushes around a puddle of color.

Adding detail and background. Shauna said, "Paintings are not fish. They are light shapes and dark shapes."

Click on the photo to see a larger image. Winners are, from left to right, Austin Pouliot (1st), Rita Borden (2nd), June L. Mita (3rd), and Jo Dee Cyr (HM).
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Member Meeting

Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by Jack Broderick.

Austin Pouliot, 1st
"Martin side job," oil

Rita Borden, 2nd
"A Walk in the Fall Woods," watercolor

June L. Mita, 3rd
"Litte Red," photography

Jo Dee Cyr, HM
"Quiet Afternoon," acrylic

Thursday, May 10 to Thursday, September 20, 2018

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Member Meeting

Our guest artist Jack Broderick demonstrated oil painting from a still life.

Jack is a well-known artist who works primarily in oils. After careers in teaching, insurance and marketing, at age 50 he attended Lyme Art Academy and made art his full-time career.

He has won many awards and has traveled, painted and exhibited internationally. He currently teaches painting and drawing at his studio in the Mill Work in Willington, CT.

Jack said the whole painting process is about pieces of color, shape and value, like a mosaic or a quilt. The key is to look abstractly. The struggle between seeing something and feeling something is fundimental to the whole process.

Artwork entered into the "Art of the Month" contest
17 entries (3 were just sharing) Click here to see the winners

NEW Features in the
"Art of the Month" Contest

Each month's 1st place winner will receive a $50 gift card to Jerry's Artarama in West Hartford! Only one gift card is allowed per member per membership year. If a first place winner has previously won the prize, the prize will go to the 2nd place winner, or to the next eligible winner.

The contest judge will give a brief critique of each winning piece. This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn!

During this month's critique, Jack Broderick emphasised light, movement and composition in the winning artwork.

Jack 's glass palette is easy to clean.
He likes to say, "Clean heart, clean mind, clean palette." It took him two months to make his color charts (right) -- very useful for chosing colors and color harmony.

Jack likes a very smooth painting surface.

Gamsol doesn't have a strong smell.

A photograph of the still life.

First, block in basic shapes.
Work the paint, thin to thick.

Paint in values, using mid to neutral gray and block in the painting.

Add color and value thinking about how light effects basic shapes.

Put in the background and work the edges to get closer to the
finished painting.

A painting should be like a topographic map, with the mountains (areas of thickest paint) indicating the lightest areas of the painting.

Jack had fun with the group when it came to painting the flowers. Think shapes.

Examples of Jack's work.

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 2 - 4 pm

Reception for the 14th Annual Members' Art Exhibit

South Windsor Public Library
1550 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor, CT

Exhibit Dates:
Thursday, August 16 - Saturday, September 29, 2018

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-- Press Release
-- Winners List -- NEW -- With Photos!

Sue Hollister won second place in the "Other" category with her glasswork
“Red and Black Box."

Elaine Haines Chaponis won honorable
 mention in the "Other" category
with “Eco Print." 

Helena Deary won honorable mention
in Pastels for “A Walk Through the
Rose Garden.”

Above, Betty Gustafson won honorable mention in Watercolors with “Dogwood Flowers.”

Right, Eric Vogel won second place in Pastels with “Running the Falls.”