2018-2019 Season


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.

-- Information Sheet

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.

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

-- Information Sheet

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


-- Information Sheet
-- 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.”