2016-2017 Season


Thurs, March 2 to Thurs, June 8 2017

Town Hall "Interestingly Aged" All Member/All Mediums Exhibit


Reception: Fri, April 7, 2017, 5 - 7 pm
For photos from the reception, click here.

-- Postcard Invitation

-- Information Sheet


Wed, May 17, 2017

MAA Scholarship Award Ceremony

Ariel Miner is a senior at RHAM High School. In the fall, she will be going to Lyme Academy with a major in illustration. See Ariel's work below and
on Instagram.

Ariel has won the following awards:
Sophomore year, gold key in Scholastic Art Show & silver key in the National Scholastic Art show; Junior year, Best in Show at the Evening of the Arts at RHAM. She also took second place at the Arisia Convention. She was recently informed that she won second place at the Congressional Art Competition for the Second District. She and her mother will be flown to Washington DC to attend the show. According to a post on Congressman Joe Courtney's Facebook page, "Ariel's artwork will be on display in the U.S. Capitol building for one year along side other winners from around the country."


Scholarship chair, Sue Hollister presents Ariel with her award.



Above, "Tomatoes," right, Ariel with "Mark Twain."




Left, "King Grof"; above, "Lantern."

Below, "Panorama"


Wed, May 17, 2017

Member Meeting


During our May meeting, writer, poet and abstract artist, Joan Shapiro gave a talk about the history of abstract art. She shared images, books and quotes from abstract artists.

Abstract artists, she said, have a different reality, one of imagination, feelings and ideas. "The abstract artist doesn't believe in perfection," she said, and may start with no specific plan. "I have the feeling of being given a work from inside myself," she said.

The evening ended with Joan showing us how to create an abstract painting by dripping paint and moving it around in different ways. Unlike traditional art, Joan explained, which starts with a story, abstract art has a story when it's done.

Joan Shapiro at MAA
Joan Shapiro at MAA demonstrates abstract art

Joan Shapiro at MAA demonstrates abstract art Joan Shapiro at MAA demonstrates abstract art
Joan Shapiro at MAA demonstrates abstract art
Joan Shapiro's abstract art demo piece
Have fun with abstract art!

Joan Shapiro received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Wesleyan University. She is an Artist Member of MOMA in NYC, as well as of ACE in Vernon and TCAA. At present her art is in juried Gallery Shows in Old Saybrook and Marlborough. She has shown at Wesleyan University and many local Galleries and competitions, winning numerous awards. Joan is founder of Blue Spruce Press and author of two collections of poetry, COLORING BOOK, and The Puppet Lady. Her abstract paintings are admired for their variety and surprise.

April 19, 2017
Member Meeting


Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by Sandra Wakeen.

Normand Charlette, 1st
"Docked Dinghies," photography

Sue Masse, 2nd
"CAT-onese," mixed media

Emilie Beckwith, 3rd
"Neuschwanstein," watercolor

Rachel Hora, 1stHM
"Stormflower," acrylic

Wed, Jan 11, 2017 to Thurs, May 11, 3 - 5 pm

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit

Members exhibited 2 pieces each in this great space for art sales.

Wednesday, May 4, 2017 open studio participants enjoyed a tea party.

Carolyn Emerson wrote of the event: "Joy Fortt, who hosted this tea as well as last year’s for Open Studio, is a regular participant. She supplies all the accoutrements that make the tea the elegant event that it is. Of course, we are all in painting clothes, but sip our very exceptional teas out of china cups and nibble on the special homemade goodies that everyone contributes. It’s a lovely affair, open to all."

MAA Open Studio tea party 2017
MAA Open Studio tea party 2017 MAA Open Studio tea party 2017 Hostess Joy Fortt at the open studio tea party.


Thank you, Joy!

Wed, April 19, 2017

Member Meeting


Our guest artist was Sandra Wakeen. She lead a very informative critique session. Each member could bring one piece for critiquing. Sandra is an active CT artist and teacher, from a family of three generations of artisits. Her works are in the permanent collections of museums in CT and Fiesole, Italy. In 2012, the Greater Hartford Arts Council designated Sandra as "Connecticut Artist of the Year."

She said, "Decide what you're excited about. Decide what you want us to get excited about." She also said, "Make decisions. We can't be focused on every area at the same time."






Art of the Month, November 2015


March 15, 2017
Member Meeting


Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by Kelly Taylor.

Rachel Hora, 1st
"some day soon,"
marker and colored pencil

Austin Pouliot, 2nd
"The tree on Jewel Street,"
pen & ink

Sue Masse, 3rd
"Matt Rainbows," mixed-media

Jim Oliphant, 1stHM
"Catching the Big One," watercolor

Friday, April 7, 2017
5 - 7 pm


Artists' Reception Manchester Town Hall "Interestingly Aged" All Members/All Mediums Exhibit



Members and friends enjoyed good food and company at the Artist's Reception.

The artwork will be on display through June 7.





MAA All Members/All Mediums Exhibit "Interestingly Aged" 2017
Artists' Reception for "Interestingly Aged" 2017 Artists' Reception for "Interestingly Aged" 2017 Artists' Reception for "Interestingly Aged" 2017

Fri - Sat, April 7 - 8, 2017

Eric Vogel Pastel Workshop for Beginners


For complete information and
supply list, see the flyer.














Jane Penefield Pastel Workshop 2016

Wed, March 15, 2017

Member Meeting


At our March meeting, artist Kelly Taylor shared three techniques for using images: collage, direct transfers and acrylic skin transfers. With skin transers "you start to build depth by overlapping." She showed us various moulding pastes to achieve "all kind of possiblities," she said.

On her website, Kelly says, "I use color, shape, line, texture, and at times, photographic images to create abstract art in a raw and energetic way. My work is often inspired by landscape and nature, and at times, dances on the line between realism and abstraction." Kelly teaches art-making workshops. Her work is in private collections, as well as several public spaces.

For Kelly's materials list, click here. Kelly said: "Please feel free to email me with any questions about doing transfers or using any of the acrylic products that I talked about."

Talbot Paper is available from: http://www.talbot1.com/collagesupplies/index.html

Image right: Kelly uses a brayer to remove air bubbles when transferring an image.

Kelly Taylor at MAA March 2017
Kelly Taylor at MAA March 2017
Kelly's sample sheet with collage, direct transfer and
acrylic transfer skins.


Kelly Taylor at MAA March 2017
In direct transfer, the image is glued image-side down. When dry, it is sprayed with water and the paper backing rubbed off with a sponge. The white is the paper backing.

Kelly Taylor's samples at MAA March 2017
Sample sheet with various molding pastes.


Kelly Taylor demo piece at MAA March 2017
Kelly's first demo piece with the direct transfer on the top and light molding paste on the bottom. The light molding paste can be worked to form texture.

Kelly Taylor demo piece at MAA March 2017
The trees in Kelly's second demo piece were from transfer skins. They could be cut, moved around and used with either side of the skin. Kelly also added text stamped on tissue paper. When covered with paint and an isolation coat, the edges will disappear.

Kelly Taylor's work at MAA March 2017
Examples of Kelly's finished work.

Art of the Month, November 2015

February 15, 2017
Member Meeting


Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by Matt Ryan.

Barbara Pinti, 1st
"Roman Entry,"oil

Austin Pouliot, 2nd
"Graces Spread," watercolor

Normand L. Charlette, 3rd
"Motif #1 - Overcast," photography

Joanne Donn, 1stHM
"2 Mermaids," oil


Thurs, Dec 8th, 2016 to March 2, 2017

Manchester Town Hall Other Media "The Etc. Exhibit"

Exhibiting artists were: Joyce Armentano, Jeffrey Blazejovsky, Rita Borden, Joanne Donn, Sue Hollister, Rachel Hora, Christine Larson, Bonnie Lindland, Nancy Madar, Austin Pouliot, Dorothy Reiss, Steve Sottile, and Judy Stone.

-- Information Sheet
-- Press Release

Wed, February 15, 2017

Member Meeting


Members had a great time watching and listening to cartoonist Matt Ryan at our February meeting.

Sequential storytelling, or comics, rely on the reader to fill in the action that happens between the panels. "The gutter fills the gap of time."

Matt walked us through the process of creating a comic book, from script to print.

He told us about changes in the industry and recommended great work to check out at the library. "There is a comic for every taste," he said.



Matt Ryan at MAA meeting
Matt Ryan explains cartoons
Matt explains how the reader understands...
Matt Ryan explains cartoons
... and "reads" a comic.

Matt Ryan comics
Matt's comic's include "Food Fight," "Brenda: Daughter of a Barbarian Lord" from the 24 Hour Comic Challenge,
and an example of one of the steps in creating a comic book.

Sat, February 11, 2017

Quiling Workshop with Sharon Gresk


For information, see the flyer.


Participants in the Quilling Workshop had a great time! They are looking forward to more! Below are examples of their work.












Art of the Month, November 2015

January 18, 2017
Member Meeting


Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by Peter Glass.

Rachel Hora, 1st
"Woodland St. in Winter,"
marker and colored pencil

Mary Bolash, 2nd
"Serenity at the Beach," watercolor

Normand L. Charlette, 3rd
"Covered Bridge Graffiti," photography

Austin Pouliot, 1stHM
"hemlock hill sketch #2," graphite


Fri & Sat, January 27-28, 2017

Watercolor Worshop with Bob Spooner



For information and application,
see the flyer.


Photos below.




Paul Batch Oil Workshop 2016

Below: participant artwork from the workshop.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Member Meeting


At our January meeting, guest artist Peter Glass showed us many ways to add interest to our photographs.

He explained how he sets up his shots, uses props and allows his subjects to be part of his creative process. He also does a lot of work in post-production on the computer. He showed us many amazing ways to enhance the composition on the computer.

"Have fun with photography," he said. "You don't have to go to a beautiful place, there is so much to photograph anywhere."

Photos below.

Peter Glass demo at MAA 2017
Peter Glass demo at MAA 2017
Peter Glass demo at MAA 2017
Left, on the computer Peter can make many adjustments. Above, he created a painterly effect.

Art of the Month, November 2015

December 21, 2016
Member Meeting


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

Judy Burnham, 1st
“Annie's Rose,” watercolor

Rachel Hora, 2nd
“The Poor Man's Fertilizer,”
marker & colored pencil

Sue Masse, 3rd
"Sydney," mixed media

Joanne Donn, 1stHM
"Chalice in the Snow,"
mixed media


Tues, Sept 27, 2016 to Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit

Members exhibited 2 pieces each in this great space for art sales.

Art of the Month, November 2015

November 16, 2016
Member Meeting


Art of Month Winners
(from left to right) judged by guest artist Elizabeth Rhoades.

Austin Pouliot, 1st
"Hartford Jungle," charcoal

Rachel Hora, 2nd
"November Market," colored pencil and marker

Emilie Beckwith, 3rd
"Just Before Dawn," pastel

Joanne Donn, 1stHM
"Christmas in the Country," watercolor


Thurs, Sept 15th - Thurs, Dec. 8th, 2016

Manchester Town Hall Photography Exhibit


36 pieces by 10 artists: Susan Aitner, Lorraine Costanzo, Gail Crook, Nijole Currie, Carolyn Gimbrone, Gennadiy Goldenshteyn, Nancy Madar, Jim Oliphant, Sweta Patel and Doris Phillips.


November 16, 2016

Member Meeting -- Demonstrating artist: Elizabeth Rhoades, Developing Compositions when using Pastels


At our November meeting, artist Elizabeth Rhoades gave a very informative demonstrated composition and pastels.

"Composition," she said, "is shapes supported by lines. Clearly define your shapes by contrast." To see shapes, she said, "squinting is your secret weapon; then shapes merge." "All paintings are abstract," she said. "Look at your subject as abstract shapes."

She used willow charcoal to establish her lines and watercolor to set her dark, medium and light values.
Elizabeth Rhoades demo at MAA meeting
Elizabeth Rhoades demo
Elizabeth began with a reference photo and her design which she worked out with dark, medium and light pens in a sketchbook.
Elizabeth Rhoades demo
She uses a viewfinder to determine the best "format"
for the shapes in her painting.
Elizabeth Rhoades demo at MAA meeting
Simple straight lines are best for establishing lines. Laying
in her darks, she holds her brush loosely to develop shapes.
Elizabeth Rhoades demo at MAA meeting
Elizabeth mixes her watercolors on a simple folding palette. When chosing your colors, complementary colors work well
for an underpainting.
Elizabeth Rhoades demo at MAA meeting
"Snow is never white," Elizabeth said. It can be pink, blue, violet. It can reflect the green of trees. She said it is a rule of thumb that snow will darken as it gets closer to you and warmer. Elizabeth's palette (right).

Elizabeth Rhoades demo
Elizabeth Rhoades demo
Watercolor nderpainting before the pastel is applied.
Elizabeth Rhoades demo
Pastel over the underpainting.

Art of the Month, November 2015

October 19, 2016
Member Meeting


Art of Month Winners
(from left to right) judged by guest artist Bivenne Staiger.

Gennadiy Goldenshteyn, 1st
(presented by Mary Bollash)

"Meditation Interrupted," photography

Emilie Beckwith, 2nd

"Reichsburg Castle," watercolor

Bonnie Lindland, 3rd
"Inside Exposed," collage

Rita Borden, 1stHM
"Return to the Sea," monotype watercolor


Sat, November 5, 2016

Zentangle Workshop with Cheryl Cianci


For complete information and application see the flyer.


The Zentangle workshop was very “Zen” with the room growing so quiet at times, you could have heard a pin drop. Cheryl demonstrated multiple designs which the participants practiced and then incorporated into tiles. Each participant created at least four tiles during the course of the day. Everyone enjoyed the experience and was pleased with their end results.

Below, Cheryl leading a very relaxing workshop.
Below right, examples of participants' work.

MAA Zentangle workshop 2016

Sat, October 29, 2016

Fall Watercolor Workshop with Bob Spooner


For complete information, see the flyer.


The Spooner workshop was a great success!
It was so well received that we have asked Bob to come back for a 2-day workshop.







Jane Penefield Pastel Workshop 2016

October 19, 2016

Member Meeting -- Demonstrating artist: Bivenne Staiger, Watercolor

During our October meeting, artist Bivenne Staiger, shared tips and techniques for creating vibrant watercolor paintings.

"I love drama!" she said. "How do you get it? With contrast and color."

She shared tips for mixing colors, creating warm and cool shadows and painting negative space.

Early painting stages are all soft edges on wet paper, always painting light to dark.

"Planning is absolutely important," she said. "If it doesn't work in your plan, it won't work on your paper."

But, she said, "Paint what you love! It will show in your work."




Photos below, most as viewed in the demo mirror.



Bivenne demonstrates wet in wet for a soft background and colorful leaves.

Bivenne uses frisket to save her lights. She also uses a combination dry-wet technique, wetting only one side of a branch, to soften and round branches.

Above, mirror view.

Art of the Month, November 2015

September 21, 2016
Member Meeting


Art of Month Winners
(from left to right) judged by guest artist
Paul Batch.

Austin Pouliot, 1st
"---," nupastel

Jim Oliphant, 2nd
"Dockside," watercolor

Gerry Guay, 3rd
"Lola," acrylic

Pat O'Brien, 1stHM
"Oscar," oil


Friday & Saturday, September 30 - Oct 1, 2016

Paul Batch Oil Painting Workshop



For information, see the flyer.

Check out Paul's website here.




Participants enjoyed a fun, informative worshop!
Photos below...



Paul Batch Oil Workshop 2016
Paul Batch workshop 2016
Paul Batch workshop 2016
Paul Batch workshop 2016 Paul Batch workshop 2016

Tues, May 17 to Thurs, Sept. 27, 2016

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit


Members exhibited 2 pieces each in this great space for art sales.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

MAA members participate in Art Fair at the Arbors


To help celebrate the creation of a new space for creating art at The Arbors, artists from the Manchester Art Association, gave residents a chance to sit down and explore using different media.

Residents could try acrylic or watercolor painting, coloring books, drawing, pastels, photography, and Doodle art. Demonstrating artists were Judy Burnham, Helena Deary, Carolyn Emerson, Carolyn Gimbrone, Jerry Madara, Betty Rousseau, and Eric Vogel, assisted by MAA President Christine Larson. (Photos below.) And a special thank you to Doris Phillips and Bonnie Lindland, who, along with the Arbors Activities Director Laurie Robinson, organized the event.

The idea of an art room came from MAA member Betty Rousseau, who moved to the Arbors. The Art Fair was enjoyed by the residents and several will become active in the arts as a result. The walls of the room were covered with resident's art work -- there was some excellent art on display. Some of the MAA artists may even return to teach workshops in the Arbors' new art room.
Arbors Art Fair 2016
Betty Rousseau - watercolor
Arbors Art Fair 2016
Carolyn Emerson - drawing
Arbors Art Fair 2016
Jerry Madara - acrylic
Arbors Art Fair 2016
Eric Vogel - pastel

Arbors Art Fair 2016
Carolyn Gimbrone - photography
Arbors Art Fair 2016
MAA President Chris Larson


September 21, 2016

Member Meeting -- Demonstraiting artist: Paul Batch, Oil Portraits


At our September meeting, artist Paul Batch demonstrated painting a portrait in oil while sharing his tricks and techniques amidst humor and a relaxed atmosphere. "You've come to see a big cheater tonight," he said. His trick is to print a photo and trace it. Using charcoal on the underside of his tracing he transfers the drawing to the canvas as he retraces it. Paul then sprays the image multuple times with hair spray to set the drawing. His drawing is always underneath, allowing him to rub off the paint and try again if necessary. With a limited pallet, Paul built-up his lights and darks with red oxide, ultramarine blue and flake white. His results were amazing!


Thurs, June 2 to September 2016

Manchester Town Hall Watercolor Show


40 paintings, many "summer-themed" florals and waterscapes, by 18 artists: Emilie Beckwith, Mary Bollash, Rita Borden, Penny Brandt, Judy Burnham, Janet DePratti, Joanne Donn, Carolyn Emerson, Sharon Gresk, Betty Gustafson, Doris Johnson, Jim Oliphant, Deb Parker, Barbara Pinti, Betty Rousseau, Nazy Shakibai, Grace Tedford, and Jean Bates-Warren.

Sun, Sept 11, 2016

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
MAA 12th Annual Members' Art Exhibit



-- Press Release & Winners List


Exhibit Dates: Thurs, Sept 1 to Thurs, Sept 29, 2016






MAA 12th Annual Member Exhibit
Congratulations to our Best in Show Winner: Austin Pouliot with his oil painting, "Spectralream1214"
Austin Pouliot with his oil painting, "Spectralream1214"
Jerry Madara, left, with his second place win in  Oils & Acrylics for "The Big Stretch"
MAA President Chris Larson announced the awards.
MAA President Chris Larson announced the awards.

Jerry Madara, left, with his second place win in
Oils & Acrylics for "The Big Stretch"
MAA's Opening Reception 12th Annual Members Exhibit, South Windsor Public Library
Over 70 members and guests enjoyed good company, wonderful art and tasty refreshments.
Photography at the MAA 12th Annual Members Exhbit
Above, the photography wall.
Left, Doris Philips and Nijole Currie near Doris' Honorable Mention in Oil & Acrylics, "Mondrian’s Cats"


Philips and Nijole Currie
Nancy and Joe Madar
Nancy Madar's "A Pretty Pair"
Left, Nancy and Joe Madar.
Above, Nancy Madar's "A Pretty Pair" won
Honorable Mention in Photography.
Other Media at the MAA 12th Annual Members Exhbit
1st place in Other media:  Robin Simpson's ink drawing,  " Synapses in Gold"

1st place in Other media:
Robin Simpson's ink drawing,
"Synapses in Gold"



1st place in Photography, Sweta Patel's "Ecseri Market"
1st place in Photography, Sweta Patel's
"Ecseri Market"



Eric Vogel and his Honorable Mention in Other media, "A Pretty Pair" with his wife, Ann Vogel, who was also one of his models for the piece.
Eric Vogel and his "Sleeping Beauties, "Honorable Mention
in Other Media, with his wife, Anne Vogel, who was also one of his models for the piece.