2019-2020 Season

Thursday, September 12, 2019 to Thursday, December 5, 2019

Town Hall Exhibit: Watercolors!


41 Center Street, Manchester, CT

The exhibit featured over 50 paintings by the following nineteen artists: Emilie Beckwith, Jeffrey Blazejovsky, Mary Bollash, Rita Borden, Penny Brand, Judy Burnham, Carolyn Emerson, Joann Emerson, Betty Gustafson, Janet Heller, Nancy Madar, Sue Masse, Donna McMahon, Neill Monteserin, Jim Oliphant, Barbara Pinti and Robin Simpson.

-- Information Sheet

Wednesday, November, 20, 2019

Member Meeting


Our guest artist Jamilah Zebarth gave a history and demonstration of henna designs.

Jamilah learned the art of henna when she became schooled in Islam. She was drawn to henna as an alternate body form because it is natural and beautiful.

Jamilah is able to draw the intricate henna designs freehand beautifully because she also draws and paints in her free time.





The intricate designs can symbolize passages of life and are also be applied simply for their beauty.

Many people prefer henna over a tattoo because it is temporary and not painful. In fact, Jamilah uses essential oils in her natural henna making the application look AND smell wonderful.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Ellen Chaponis Mixed Media Collage Workshop



For information, see the flyer.








Bonnie Lindland wrote: "Today’s workshop by Ellen was awesome. She was great at demonstrating and had many examples for us to view. She also had a TON of materials she shared very generously with all of us. What a special, relaxing, productive day. The most FUN workshop ever!"


Carolyn Gimbrone wrote: "Ellen shared many of her own collages, including two notebooks in which she creates her daily collages to inspire us. After a brief introduction we were told there are no rules or rights or wrongs in making collages. We spent the day experimenting with the abundance of collage-making materials Ellen provided, combining her materials with photos, poems, and personal ephemera we brought with us. The hours we spent together flew by. We all gained an appreciation of how the little things that come into our lives can be used to make art. The workshop was pure joy!"


Tuesday, August 6 to Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit


132 Hayes St, Manchester, CT

-- Information Sheet

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Judith Goldstein: Earrings & Bracelet Jewelry Workshop

For information, see the flyer.







Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Member Meeting


Our guest artist Michael Angelis demonstrated mono-type printing - a direct printmaking process where the artist applies and/or subtracts pigment from a Plexiglas plate and prints the results on paper.

Michael has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art with a concentration in painting and printmaking. He is a full-time high school art teacher. His topics include Foundation, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Art History. Michael works primarily in woodcut and oil painting. He maintains a studio in the Mill River District in New Haven.

Michael uses Akua ink, a soy-based ink designed for etching, but good for mono-type and collotype printing too. Since it is not water-based, it doesn't dry out too fast. It is a nice alternative to oil.

The inks can be modified with medium or you can add magnesium powder to make the ink stiffer. The ink can also be wiped away and reapplied. It can be applied with brushes or with a palette knife for a different effect. You can also use any smudging tool you want, including your fingers!
Michael used his computer and a camera to project live images of his demo piece of Marcy's Diner in Portland, ME.
The demo was based on this page from Michael's sketchbook. Michael used Sakura watercolor pens from KOI for sketching.

The plexiglass plate nearing completion.

Michael uses a plexiglass palette and cheep, stiff brushes.

Michael first worked on composition, with negative space, keeping the composition relatively realistic in scale.

The ink is resistant to water, so for clean up, wipe off as much ink as you can, then use a brush cleaner/conditioner.

Michael works with two of each primary color. He mixes neutral tones from the primary colors. He use a warm and a cool blue, a magenta and an orange red, a lime greenish yellow and yellow ochre. He mixes colors to push the color tones one way or another.

Before printing, Michael made sure there were no super heavy areas of pigment, so that no giant blobs would appear when printed. He also checked for areas that might need more ink.

You can remove ink with a brush and revise the design. "A clean brush," he said, "is a really nice tool. You can pick up ink and put down all in the same movement."

Michael uses Japanese Kiticata paper. It is made of mulberry fibers and is super strong and thin.

He uses a baren, a Japanese-style printing tool to use direct pressure to make the print. The baren is made of nylon and allows you to "find your feel" for printing.


Members pulled the paper from the plate.

The first printing is called the first pull.

The second printing, or second pull, is much lighter.

The second pull is also called a ghost print.

The plexi plate after printing. Between prints, you can add more ink and alter the design. One print can inform another.

Other example of Michael's work.



Click on the photo to see a larger image. Winners are, from left to right,
Bonnie Lindland (1st), Rita Borden (3rd) and Jeff Reid (2nd).
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Member Meeting



Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by Michael Angelis.

Bonnie Lindland, 1st
"What's Next," watercolor

Jeff Reid , 2nd
"Sleepy Hallow," oil

Rita Borden, 3rd
"More Roses," watercolor monotype

No, HM



Friday, October 11, 2019

Karen Israel: The Wow Factor - Dynamic Design Workshop


For information & supply list, see the flyer.

Photos below by Bonnie Lindland and Emilie Beckwith.




Playing with the rules of composition.
Working up an image based on what we learned.
Critique of our works-in-progress.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Robin McCahill: Wet Felting Workshop


For information & supply list, see the flyer.


Photos by Bonnie Lindland and Sue Masse.

Sue wrote, "We had so much fun. While we all created scarves, the uniqueness and creativity in each one made them truly works of art. A good time was had by all. "

For more information on felting and images from last year's felting demo by Robin McCahill, click here.

Friday, October 4, 2019, 5 - 7 pm

Conversations on Canvas Reception
Featuring Veronique Fournier-Wynne and Jane Penfield


WORK_SPACE at 903 Main Street in Manchester

Exhibit Dates: Wednesday, October 2 - 26, 2019

Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday 10 am - 3 pm.


Examples of work in the exhibit below.

Veronique Fournier-Wynne
Jane Penfield

Friday - Saturday, September 27-28, 2019

Jacqueline Jones Wave Painting Workshop


Complete information and supply list: flyer.


Photos by Bonnie Lindland, who said, "Jacqueline was a great instructor. I learned lots, but I am a novice at oil painting. She saw to it that each person got personal hints and guidance with their “wave”. I learned about color mixing. Everyone’s wave was different, yet beautiful!"


Emilie Beckwith wrote, "I thought the wave workshop was excellent. Jacqueline is an excellent teacher. She showed and explained how to mix colors and explained the anatomy of waves. And it was fun."

To see info and photos from Jacqueline's September demo
for MAA, click here.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Member Meeting


Our guest artist Jacqueline Jones demonstrated wave painting from a photo and covered such topics as composition, color, value, application and technique.

Jacqueline has a BFA degree in Painting from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art as well as an Associate Degree in Illustration from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She exhibits year-round and has received numerous awards, including “1st Prize for Outstanding Work” at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City. Jacqueline teaches painting and drawing and is a member of many professional art organizations.


Jacqueline uses a limited palette - one warm and one cool of each color. She uses a gray palette paper or foil, shiny side down. This helps with color values.


She tones her canvas with very thin yellow or raw siena paint. She loads a paper towel or rag with plenty of solvent. She likes gel gamsol.

Instead of using a pencil to lay out her design, she used very thin paint at about a #3 value. This is easy to erase with a toned rag.

Using the 2/3 rule, Jacqueline adjusted her composition from the reference photo.

She said to thin the paint to the consistency of cooking oil.
Paint from the shoulder and with the
direction of the water.

Jacqueline began with the darkest darks and a large brush. Later she would use a smaller brush and do detail. She gently "tickled" the edges together to blended colors on the canvas.

She mixed her colors building off of previous colors. She balanced hue, value and intensity, adjusting with minute amounts of cool or warm colors.

You can't go too dark with oils. Go vivid, she said.

Colors are cooler on the left and warmer on the right.

Painting the shadow under the wave. Thin colors recede, she said, and thick colors come forward.
She said, "It's really about patches of color and dashes to integrate and knit them together."

She said to pump the foam up and down. You set the stage with darker tones and transitioning of shadows.

Strokes are tigher in the back and wider in the front. For foam, uses lots of medium and tint the white with a hint of yellow.

Jacqueline was unable to finish the painting during the demo, but she will send us a photo of the finished piece.

Her pallette shows the many transitions and variety of colors she used in the painting.


Click on the photo to see a larger image. Winners are, from left to right, Laura Kinlock (1st), Jeff Reid (2nd), Penny Brandt (3rd), and Oren Paulin (HM).
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Member Meeting


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

Laura Kinlock, 1st
"Violets on a Rainy Day," pastel

Jeff Reid, 2nd
"Untitled after Velesquez," oil

Penny Brandt, 3rd
"Surf's Up," watercolor

Oren Paulin, HM
"Meigs Point," pastel

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 2 - 4 pm

Opening Reception: 15th Annual Members' Art Exhibit


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

-- Information Sheet
-- Postcard Invitation
-- Winners List

MAA President Carolyn Emerson said: "Sunday’s reception at the South Windsor Library saw more people than any previous MAA Library show ever! Long after the awards were bestowed, guests stayed to peruse and discuss the artwork and enjoy the delectable spread of sweet and savory goodies provided by members. We must be doing something right. There were an unusual number of non-members from among the general public. Apparently MAA artists have a growing reputation that is becoming a draw. Many thanks to all the artists and event contributors that made this such a successful show."

Postcard images, left to right: “Dreamy Garden” acrylic
by Micheline Champagne; “Blue Pot with Red Cloth” oil
by Veronique Fournier-Wynne; “Soft Spring Equinox” photograph by Ellen Chaponis; and
“Happy Face” oil by Neill Monteserin.

MAA Cards Contest! Artists whose work was selected received two free packets of cards. The winners are (left to right) "The Red Flower Cup with Pink Cloth" oil by Veronique Fournier-Wynne (photo right), "Just Desserts" watercolor by Sue Masse, "Dream Pansy" photograph by Ellen Haines-Chaponis, and "White Dahlia" pastel by Eric Vogel. All 15 entries can be viewed here. Click here to read the judge's comments. Cards are $8 for a packet of 4 cards, each packet contains one card of each winning scene. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund. Cards will be available at MAA meetings and events, or email MAA.

MAA President Carolyn Emerson announced the award winners.
Click here for a list of winners.


Left, members and guests enjoyed a wide variety of tasty treats.

Best in Show "Pike's Market" was a win for both watercolorist Carolyn Emerson and photographer Normand Charlette. Carolyn's painting was based on one of Normand's photos as
part of the Be Inspired! project.


Donna McMahon's "Mom and Dad" felted dolls won
Honorable Mention in the Crafts category.
Above, Donna with Dad and Dad-doll.



Flowers by Bonnie Lindland



In Pastel, Etc., Helena Deary placed second with "Elizabeth Park Bridge" and third with "Serenity After the Storm."

Third Place in Oil and Acrylic: “Villas in the Hills of Fiesole” by Rhea Sutter

First Place Crafts: “Raku Fired Vase”
by Kristen Dockendorff


Honorable Mention Photography: "Floridian Delight" by Gail Crook

First Place in Pastel, Etc.: “Quiet Confidence” by Eric Vogel

First Place in Oil and Acrylic: “Barn Owl No. 7”
by Jerry Madara


Second Place in Oil and Acrylic: “Sunny Street”
by Micheline Champagne

First Place Watercolor: “1958 Chrysler Windsor” by Jeff Blazejovsky

Second Place Watercolor: "Eggs in a Basket" by Mary Andrews

Third Place Watercolor: "Brilliance"
by Mary Andrews

First Place Photography: “3 to 6”
by Normand Charlette

Second Place Photography: “Dark-Eyed Beauty” by Jim Oliphant
Third Place Photography: “Mossgate”
by Douglas Willey

Thursday, June 6 - Thursday, September 12, 2019

Manchester Town Hall Oil and Acrylic Exhibit


Manchester Town Hall
41 Center Street, Manchester, CT


The eleven exhibiting artists were: Pat Ballsieper, Jeffrey Blazejovsky, Micheline Champagne, Helena Deary, Veronique Fornier-Wynne, Margaret Landers, Jerry Madara, Neill Monteserin, Doris Phillips, Barbara Pinti, and Adrianna Young.

-- Information Sheet


Friday, September 6, 2019, 5 - 7 pm

Two Sensibilities Reception

The Galleries at WORK_SPACE,
903 Main Street in Manchester.

Featuring watercolorist Art Scholz and Jerry Madara acrylics.