2017-2018 Season


Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9 am to Noon

Rotary Music Garden Party & Festival of Art

Rotary Music Garden at Charter Oak Park, Manchester

Thank you to MAA Board Members Mary Bollash, Diane McDonald and Chris Larson for representing MAA by offering drawing and painting for children at the Festival. Chris Larson said, "Despite the weather, we did have people and kids. And it was fun! I could tell the kids really enjoyed all the activities we presented. It was fun to watch them get absorbed in art! " Another big hit were the balloon creations by Into the Grove’s DJ Dale.

Thurs, June 21, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Reception at Apella Capital - Connecting Through Art at Studio Symmetry
RSVP was required

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 the reception. The show featured the work of MAA members Normand Charlette, Jerry Madara, and Carolyn Emerson. Demonstrating MAA artists were Jeff Blazejovsky and Ellen Haines Chaponis.

Carolyn Emerson said, "The first ever art reception held at Symmetry on June 21 was a great success. The host company provided a party atmosphere with wonderful hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Attendance was better than anticipated at somewhere in the neighborhood of 125 people, and the buzz was lively all evening. Guests seemed to enjoy the artful demonstrations offered by Ellen and Jeff, while Normand, Jerry, and I had many good conversations with art appreciators, selling several paintings during the two hour time frame. I'm sure we will all look forward to the next reception in the fall when a new show of MAA art goes up. Many thanks to Normand Charlette and Symmetry for imagining this concept and seeing it through to fruition."


Carolyn Emerson with her watercolor paintings

Normand Charlette with his photography

Jerry Madara with his painting and a new friend

Jerry's acrylic paintings

Demonstrating artist Jeff Blazejovsky

Demonstrating artist Ellen Haines Chaponis


Jeff demonstrated watercolor


Ellen demonstrated mixed media

Friday, June 15, 2018, 5 - 7 pm

Opening Reception for "Three Visions"

In the world of art it is truly wonderful when “older meets younger”.  This is the exceptional experience happening now at the Dehn Gallery in WORK_SPACE at 903 Main Street in Manchester. Exhibiting artists are Jill Disque, a professional artist whose work spans seventy years; and Karolina Kopek and Austin Pouliot, both up-and-coming artists in their twenties.

Dates: Mon, May 28 to Fri, July 13, 2018
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm

-- Press Release
-- Postcard
MAA President Carolyn Emerson said, "The reception was a great success with lots of interesting new people enjoying the exhibit, some of whom expressed interest in joining MAA. Members of all three artists’ families attended and seemed very pleased and excited for their creative relatives."

MAA member Gail Crook

MAA President Carolyn Emerson (at the mic) with exhibiting artists, Karolina Kopek, Austin Pouliot and Jill's daughter, Holly (next to Austin).

Thursday, June 6, 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm

Imagine Main Street

MAA representatives were at WORK_SPACE in the Dehn Gallery inviting people to view the new VISIONS exhibit and learn about our organization.

Carol Lowbeer made a video of the artwork at Starry, Starry Night. Watch it on YouTube here.

Thursday, March 8 to Thursday, June 7, 2018

All Members/All Mediums Exhibit at Manchester Town Hall

41 Center Street, Manchester, CT

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 5 - 7 pm -- See images from the reception here.

25 participating artists: Susan Aitner, Emilie Beckwith, Penny Brandt, Judy Burnham, Micheline Champagne, Normand Charlette, Nijole Currie, Carolyn Emerson, Judith E. Goldstein, Sharon Gresk, Ellen Haines Chaponis, Sue Hollister, Karolina Kopek, Christine Larson, Bonnie Lindland, Nancy Madar, Joe Madar, Sue Masse, Diane McDonald, Neill Monteserin, Jim Oliphant, Doris Phillips, Barbar Pinti, Austin Pouliot, and Betty Rousseau.

Mediums include: pastel, watercolor, acrylic, photography, pen and ink, contemporary pewter, stained glass, mixed media, oil, mosaics, gift cards and black work.

-- Information Sheet
-- Reception Invitation

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 10 am - 4 pm

MAA Tent at Art in the Park

Center Park, Main Street, Manchester
(to the left of Mary Cheney Library)

-- Information Sheet
-- Map -- MAA booths 1 & 2


It was a beautiful day for Art in the Park. Members exhibited artwork and prints. Volunteers enjoyed the day by sharing our artwork, meeting people and handing out our new brochures.







Friday, May 18, 2018

Starry, Starry Night Event -- Van Gogh Inspired Art Exhibit & Showing of "Loving Vincent"


UUS:E Meetinghouse, 153 Vernon St. West, Manchester, CT

On display were the original work of 35 artists in different mediums (oil, watercolor, pastel, paper, and clay) created by members of both the Manchester Art Association and UUS:E. Each work was the artist’s interpretation of either one of Van Gogh’s paintings or an original work in Van Gogh’s style.

Carolyn Emerson said about the evening: "The Van Gogh evening was, indeed, a smashing success. Everything about it was inviting and well done. The artwork was beautifully displayed and a great attention draw. People seemed to really enjoy examining every piece. I would say the three most unusual submissions were Sue Masse’s “Strawy, Strawy Night” made of cut straws, Sharon Gresk’s quilled “Starry Starry Night”, and Jackie Dows’ painted rocks in the Van Gogh style. A number of submissions were so true to the Dutch artist that they were barely indistinguishable from the originals. All of this art will be on display at the Meeting House through June 3."

Saturday, May 19, from 9 am - 1 pm, the exibit was open to the public during the UUS:E tag and plant sale.

Carol Lowbeer made a video of the artwork at Starry, Starry Night. Watch it on YouTube here.

Above, Sharon Gresk’s quilled “Starry Starry Night.”
Left, Sue Masse’s “Strawy, Strawy Night” made of cut straws.

Micheline Champagne

Neill Monteserin

Ronnie Klukas

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Annual Member Meeting

The May meeting was MAA's Annual Meeting with the election of officers and committee chairs and the presentation of our annual reports.

At the changing of the guard, immediate past president Chris Larson was presented a card by new president, Carolyn Emerson. As Chris opened her card, which says WOW on the cover, she accidentally opened it upside down, so it read MOM. That got a lot of laughts! Carolyn wrote Chris a poem, “Ode to Chris”, which she read. So true and so touching! Thank you, Carolyn, for expressing how we all feel about Chris.

Thank you, Chris, for all of your hard work, grace and for setting such a fun tone for our organization!


Also at the meeting, scholarship chair, Sue Hollister introduced this years' high school scholarship winner, Julia Mimo.

Julia is a senoir at RHAM High School. She is president of the RHAM chapter of the
National Arts Honor Society. The Connecticut Association of Schools awarded her the Outstanding Arts Award for RHAM High School. She took 3rd place in the 2nd District Congressional Art Show. For the next year, her work will be displayed in their office in Norwich.

In the fall, Julia will be studying art at the College of Charleston in South Carolina with a major in studio art.

Sue, left, holds up Julia's graphite and watercolor piece. Julia's Koi Fish is gouache and acrylic.

To see a larger image, click here.

Our guest artist at our May meeting was Kristin Dockendorff. Kristin gave an inspiring talk about keeping her creativity alive while facing progressive blindness. From a very early age, creativity has been an important part of Kristin’s life. She talked about the milestones and development of her creativity and her blindness.

Despite a progressive genetic eye condition, Kristin taught students from pre-K to grade 8 in the Ashford school system for over 32 years. For many years Kristen also taught art at the Hole in the Wall Camp in Ashford. She taught a variety of mediums including painting, pen and ink, drawing and pottery. Kristen feels fortunate to have not been pidgeonholed into one form of art.

"Part of being a creative person," Kristin said, "is wanting to know." This desire she has had since a child and it has helped her teach and continue to create despite her progressive blindness.

In addition to art, Kristin also has a love for making and playing music. She makes Native American style flutes from Japanese knotweed from along the Hockanum River Trail. She played a piece for us during the meeting.

Kristin participated in a show for people with disabilites sponsored by the Department of Tourism. She was very surprised that her piece (first left), was the only 3D piece in the show.

After the show, Kristin began a series of sculptures meant to be touched by the visually impaired. The second piece left is titled "Tickle Fight."



Another of Kristin's touchable pieces.


Kristen formed her flute player by subtracting from a solid piece of clay.

Since it has no seams, the, "Flute Player" could be fired outdoors with a method called horsehair or feather raku. The above pieces were also fired way. The color comes from a powder which is burnished into the leather hard clay.




Left, one of Kristin's knotweed flutes.

Right, Kristin made this clay origami swan by cutting template pieces out of cardboard then cutting out the clay. Below, far left behind "Flute Player" is a paper origami tree.

Below, far right, Kristen's clay cat. With her understanding of shape and structure, Kristin is able to overcome her visual impairment and create.


Below, Kristin and her Seeing Eye dog, Emma. Emma is a three year old black Lab.
Kristin lived at the Seeing Eye dog school for a month to learn to work with Emma.
Thank you, Kristin, for an inspiring presentation!


Click on the photo to see a larger image. Winners are, from left to right,
Donna McMahon (1st), Micheline Champagne (2nd), June Mita (3rd), and Sue Masse (HM).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Member Meeting


Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by guest artist Nancy Cooke Brunell.

Donna McMahon, 1st
"Angelfish," watercolor

Micheline Champagne, 2nd
"Amy's House," acrylic

June Mita, 3nd

"Memory Jar," photography

Sue Masse, HM
"Tabe's World," watercolor

Thursday , January 25, 2018 to Thurday, May, 10 2018

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit

-- Information Sheet

Four Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018

4 Week Drawing Course with Carmen Canal


For information and supply list, see the flyer.



Participant Emilie Beckwith said, "Comments from the class were very favorable. They learned a lot. Carmen gave each person a lot of individual attention. Personally, I am looking forward to another set of lessons on perspective, linear, aerial and atmospheric. Dates to be determined."

Above, Carmen points out the contrast of dark versus light to show the fabric folds. Participants worked on building up the shading.

Open Studio 2018

MAA's Wednesday Open Studio is now open to the public.

Carolyn Emerson, Open Studio coordinator, recently shared an update:

"It has been very busy of late with perhaps a dozen or so people coming on an average Wednesday. Most are members of MAA, but not all. So far, as a direct result of the new program, we have had 6 new people come to try us out. All but one have been busy moms. Most have been just once with a couple of exceptions. New people who have come seem to have enjoyed the experience and felt welcomed. Just this past Wednesday a woman who is in the process of moving from Florida to CT came for the first time. She will definitely be back and is an accomplished oil painter. She wishes to join MAA, as does another woman who has been coming regularly (we have advised them to wait until September as we have just one meeting left). I’m feeling quite positive about the new program but realize we need to continue to get the word out. Since the studio will be available to us all summer for the first time since we’ve had access to the space, we’re looking forward to continuing, as well as additional, participation throughout the summer months."

If you haven't checked out our Wednesday Open Studio, you still can! We'll be open and air conditioned all summer!
For more information, see the Open Studio page or the flyer.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MAA sponsored New York City Bus Trip:
Two Amazing Exhibits

Exhibits:
Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: and the American Watercolor Society Annual Show at the Salmagundi Club.



Right: Outside the Salmagundi Club







MAA bus trip to NY

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Stained Glass Tissue Paper Collage Workshop with Katherine Tolve


For information and supply list , see the flyer.

Photos by Katherine Tolve
Participants at MAA Collage Workshop with Katherine Tolve

At MAA Collage Workshop with Katherine Tolve At MAA Collage Workshop with Katherine Tolve At MAA Collage Workshop with Katherine Tolve
At MAA Collage Workshop with Katherine Tolve

People had a great time
at the collage workshop!

Participant Bonne Lindland said:
"It was an inspirational challenge to our creativity. We all made one geometric design, one organic and a third canvas with our choice.
The collection of tissue paper colors offered was amazing.
The time flew by!"

Thank you, Katherine Tolve, for
a wonderful, fun workshop!

At MAA Collage Workshop with Katherine Tolve

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Member Meeting

At our April meeting, guest artist Nancy Cooke Brunell led an informative critique session.

Nancy Cooke Bunnell is an award winning artist who has worked extensively with chalk pastels. But more recently, she is exploring the many uses of oil pastels. Nancy loves teaching art and her students range from age 3 to 101.

The striking painting to the right, with its challenging composition, engaged everyone in conversation. Opinions were divided. "With our without the mullion?" was the main question.


Nancy began the critique session by reviewing principles of design that artists can use to
critique their own work.

"It's time to self-evaluate your own work," she said.
"If you want to get better," she added, "challenge yourself. Take some classes or workshops."

She brought examples of her work (left)
to illustrate different elements of design.


To help remember the principles of design, Nancy uses the acronym CURBE: Contrast, Unity, Rhythm, Balance and Emphasis.
She also talked about movement within a composition using examples from
Margaret Kessler's book, "Painting Better Landscapes".




Nancy liked the energy in this painting and,
when asked, said not to add any white.


Grace Tedford, a founding member of MAA, created this painting while in a canoe. Nancy was amazed by the painting and the artist!

Above and right, some of the pieces members brought for critique.





Click on the photo to see a larger image. Winners are, from left to right, Jim Oliphant (1st), Emilie Beckwith (2nd), Rhea Sutter (3rd), and Lorraine Fox Costanzo (HM).
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Member Meeting


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

Jim Oliphant, 1st
"Into the Light," photography

Emilie Beckwith, 2nd
"Winter at the Farm," watercolor
(Photo by Normand Charlette)

Rhea Sutter, 3nd

"The Many Shades of Eric," oil

Lorraine Fox Costanzo, HM
"Snow Angel," photography

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5 - 7 pm

Artists' Reception for the All Members/All Mediums Exhibit at Manchester Town Hall


MAA members and friends enjoyed great food,
wonderful art and good conversation
at the Artitsts' Recepetion.

Sue Hollister and Eric Vogel


Pen and ink drawings
by Carolyn Gimbrone

Mosaics
by Nancy Madar

Original black-work design by Doris Phillips

Left, photograph by Normand L. Charlette and, right, Emilie Beckwith's watercolor based on Normand's photo.
Normand has made some of his photographs available to members though his "Be Inspired!" project.

Friday & Saturday, March 9-10, 2018

Watercolor Basics with Carolyn Emerson

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



















Thursday, December 7, 2017 to Thursday, March 8, 2018

Town Hall Watercolor Exhibit


The 16 exhibiting artists were: Emilie Beckwith, Jeffrey Blazejovsky, Rita Borden, Penny Brandt, Judy Burnham, Joanne Donn,
Carolyn Emerson, Joann Emerson, Betty Gustafson, Karolina Kopek, Sue Masse, Diane McDonald, Neill Monteserin, Jim Oliphant, Barbara Pinti, and Austin Pouliot. 

-- Information Sheet

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Member Meeting


Our guest artist was Paul Hetzel. He gave a facinating presentation about Ansel Adams' life, and work in black and white photography. Paul also shared some of his own work and photography tips (see below).

Paul Hetzel is a Springfield, MA based photographer. His images have won best in show at the Monson Art Show and the New England Camera Club Conference and appeared in multiple New England galleries. He published his first book, From This Sapling, in 2013. Paul has been fortunate to capture landscape and nature images in distant lands, but some of his favorite images have been captured close to home.
Above, Paul tells how Ansel Adams captured and processed his first iconic image, "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico." Paul described how Ansel worked in the darkroom on each print, with precise detail, dodging and burning to acheive the result he had pre-visualized. Ansel Adams said, "The negative is the score. The print is the performance."

Left, Ansel Adams' zone system.

Ansel Adams setting up a shot.

The dark sky helps to emphasize the rock.


Ansel Adams self-portrait

Ansel Adams could make things glow, above and left.
Paul Hetzel's work includes, left, "Foggy Morning, Portland, ME" and, right, ice formations.

Paul uses a digital color camera and then converts the image to black and white later. This way he controls the outcome instead of the camera. Some tricks are to boost the color saturation on the computer and then convert to black and white. This works with greens especially, he said.

Art of the Month
Click on the photo to see a larger image. Winners are in reverse order, from left to right,
Doug Willey (HM), Barbara Pinti (3rd), Mary Bollash representing winner Gennadiy Goldenshteyn (2nd), and e h chaponis (1st).
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Member Meeting


Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by guest artist Mary Horrigan.


Doug Willey, HM
"Dog Pond," photography

Barbara Pinti, 3rd
"Daisies," watercolor

Gennadiy Goldenshteyn, 2nd

"Apprehension," photography

e h chaponis, 1st
"Nature in Ice," photography

Thursday, October 5, 2017 to Thursday, January 25, 2018

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit

-- Information Sheet

Friday - Saturday, January 19-20, 2018

Acrylics Workshop with Jerry Madara

For complete information and supply list,
see the flyer.


Chris Larson said: "It was a great workshop. Jerry encouraged us to experiment with cloudscapes and paint realistic clouds that have form. We learned how to use intense pthalo colors in a controlled way. The value scales he handed out and showed us how to use were so helpful in determining the correct values."









Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Member Meeting

At our January meeting, our guest artist, Mary Horrigan, demonstrated watercolor.

In Mary's Artist’s Statement, she writes, "Simple shapes, broad, loose washes, deep, rich color: This is how I use watercolor to express my wonder at the beauty in the world around me. Spontaneity, freshness, clarity, sparkle: This is what I strive for in my execution of a painting."

Mary shared wise advice on how to approach a watercolor painting.
She said: "Ask yourself, 'Why do I want to paint this?'"

NEW as of Jan. 25: See the finished demo painting below.



When painting, Mary said, "Don't be too careful -
let things go. Keep it wet... that's where the
watercolor is living.

"It's always about 'shape making'" she said. "Shapes of different color, different size, different value..."


"Watercolor takes a lot of faith," Mary said. "I try to not
give away too much information."

Left: Mary Horrigan's finished demo painting

Art of the Month
Winners are, from left to right, Ellen Haines Chaponis (HM), Austin Pouliot (3rd),
Barbara Pinti (2nd), and Jim Oliphant (1st).
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Member Meeting



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


Ellen Haines Chaponis, HM
"Foggy Morning Pond,"
photography

Austin Pouliot, 3rd
"tree," watercolor

Barbara Pinti, 2nd

"Path in the Woods," mixed media

Jim Oliphant, 1st
"Pausing for a Moment," photography

Art of the Month Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Member Meeting



Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by Jane Zisk.

Rita Borden, 1st
"Exotic Flowers,"
watercolor monotype

Rhea Sutter, 2nd
"John," oil

Austin Pouliot, 3rd
"Earlier," watercolor

Emilie Beckwith, HM
"Gardner Street Barn," watercolor

Thursday, September 7 to Thursday, December 7, 2017

Manchester Town Hall Oil and Acrylic Ehxibit


-- Information Sheet


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Member Meeting

Our guest artist was artist Jane Zisk. Using the landscape as inspiration, Jane demonstrated the process she uses to create an abstract painting in acrylic.

At the meeting, Jane shared many wise throughts on abstract painting. "Doing abstract is like a dance," she said. "The brush is dancing across the canvas." She added, "I am never about making a nice painting. I am about the process."

Jane is the Founder of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, and an award winning painter with over 35 years in the art industry.




Jane Zisk demo

Jane chose to use only one area of a picture.

Area of the photo Jane used for the painting.


Right: Jane begins the painting.
Above: The painting as done at the demo.


Saturday, November 11, 2017,
4 - 6 pm

Art Auction & Wine Reception


UUS:E Meetinghouse
153 Vernon St. West, Manchester, CT

See the flyer and call for art for more information.

All proceeds fund our scholarship program, which offers generous scholarships to three Manchester Community College students and one local high school student.


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Thurs, Fri & Sat, Nov. 2-4, 2017

3 Day Pastel Workshop with Elizabeth Rhoades


For information & materials list, see the flyer.

See Elizabeth's award winning
paintings in her newsletter.









Monday, October 3 - Monday, October 30, 2017

MAA 13th Annual Members' Art Exhibit


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

-- Information Sheet

-- Winners list with judge's comments
Member Exhibit 2017

For images from the reception, click here.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Member Meeting


Our guest artist Deborah Velasquez demonstrated positive and negative design using black and white.

Deborah is an award winning artistic designer and author who loves the simplicity of line, negative space, black and white, and bright colors.

Deborah's work may be seen in galleries and juried shows, as well as on products such as rugs, wall art, ceramics, stationery, textiles, and mobiles. Deborah's hats were featured at New York’s Henri Bendel.

She teaches workshops in her Connecticut studio. Her first book Drawing in Black and White, was published last year by Quarry Books.

Deborah posts daily to Instagram. This led to her book. She encourages artists to start their own page on Instagram.





Deborah's favorite subjects are from nature, especially flowers and birds.

Left, she showed how to work your brush "toe, belly, heel", or in reverse, "heel, belly, toe." Or to use the belly of the brush to make petals.

Right, working in gouache, paint pens and ink, she creates a silk-screened look with textured layers.


Deborah used scrap-booking paper with white gouache. She likes to use calligraphy pens and brushes. Add water to the gouache to reach the consistency of yogurt -- "the sugary stuff." Gouache is opaque, forgiving, and can be layered. It also dries flat and is velvety, but must be shipped flat or it can crack.


Deborah also showed us how to layer using acrylic ink, posca pens and Pilot Parallel pens. The best advice she was given by her mentor: "If it doesn't work in black and white, it won't work in color either."

Deborah demonstrated drawing with a stabilo pencil and
then wetting it with a brush for a different look

Then she added another layer with gouache.



Deborah incorporates printmaking in her work using her own rubber stamps.

She shared some tips: when drawing a circle, move toward the body.
When drawing a straight line, move away from the body.
For a stained glass look, she fills in the negative space with black ink.

She likes Dr. Ph. Martin's Black Star Waterproof India Ink, Matte.


Later, more layers can be added with opaque acrylic paint pens.

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2 to 4 pm

Reception for the 13th Annual Members' Art Exhibit


South Windsor Public Library
1550 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor
Member Exhibit 2017
Best in Show Sara Reid Left, Best of Show winner Sara J. Reid
with her oil painting “Natural Grace.” The judge's comment: "The lost and found edges in this piece give us the essence of the volume of the clusters and the delicacy of the petals is beautifully orchestrated.  Great sensitivity of color."

Below, Jerry Madara won first and second place in Oil and Acrylics with his acrylics, “Mar a Lago Chocolate Cake with Sunset" and “Horizon Storm.”

Below right, Jerry with "Horizon Storm." Above his piece is Terry Butler's third place winning oil painting, “Carson’s Store.”

For the complete list of winners with the judge's comments, click here.
Jerry Madara and “Mar a Lago Chocolate Cake with Sunset"

Fri & Sat, Oct. 13-14, 2017

Marla Greenfield Watercolor Workshop


For information and supply list, see the flyer.

Carolyn Emerson wrote: " The workshop was outstanding! Marla taught us an entirely new approach to watercolor, particularly useful for still life and portrait painting. Her step by step instruction meant that everyone achieved a successful result. It was an exceptional learning experience for all. Can’t wait to practice!"



Marla Greenfield workshop
Marla Greenfield workshop Marla Greenfield workshop

Thursday, May 11 to Thursday, Octobert 5, 2017

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit

-- Information Sheet

Art of the Month Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Member Meeting



Art of Month Winners (from left to right) judged by Karen Israel.

Austin Pouliot, 1st
"fishy," watercolor

Rhea Sutter, 2nd
"Tuscan Villas," oil

Emilie Beckwith, 3rd
"Dawn at the Chatham Light," pastel

Penny Brandt, HM
"Sweet Nectar," watercolor

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Member Meeting

At our September meeting, artist Karen Israel demonstrated painting a landscape using pan pastels.

Karen is a nationally recognized, award winning painter and holds the title Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Society.

Her style is one of realistic impressionism.

Karen has been selected to jury local and national exhibits and she currently gives workshops and teaches pastel at the Farmington Valley Art Center and Windsor Adult Ed.



Karen applied colorless blender to the paper before applying purple. This gives a variety in tone without adding whilte.The blender came with the grey scale set.

Karen builds up the tones in the painting and works with warm and cool to bring parts of the image forward and others back.

Pan pastels are applied with sponges or applicators, which give a more painterly feel than drawing with stick pastels.
Pan pastels are opaque like oils, but when used with the colorless blender can leave solf edges like watercolor.
Pan pastels may also be used in mixed media.



Karen often begins with a reference photo. But she develops her design with value sketches and then with small pastel sketches until she finds the design she likes.

Pan pastels are cost effective, adhere well and produce very little dust. The trays are stackable for ease of transport. The colors can be mixed on the sponge. Any color on the pan can simply be wiped off. The sponges are wiped off between colors and can be washes with soap and water.


Karen's finished demo painting.




Saturday, September 16, 2017

MAA participated in the first Silk City Arts & Music Festival
brought to Manchester by ART FÜD.

This one-day event featured music and interactive arts for children. Artists, crafters and vendors had work available for purchase. Lunch and snacks were offered from several food trucks and beer was available to the 21+ crowd.

MAA board member, Mary Bollash, represented MAA.She hosted an interactive activity of drawing on a banner. Adults and children made drawings that represented Manchester, or simply drew things they enjoyed. Kids in particular loved the activity.


Right, Mary Bollash, tells members and guests about the event at MAA's September meeting.

Below, left to right, holding the banner are, Chris Larson, MAA President, Mary Bollash and Eric Vogel.