PAST EVENTS - 2015-2016

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Sunday, October 4, 2015, 2 - 4 pm

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
11th Annual Members' Art Exhibit at South Windsor Public Library
Exhibit Dates: Thurs, Oct 1 to Thurs, Oct 29, 2015

-- Press Release/Winners

Manchester Art Association

Photos from the Opening Reception
Sunday, October 4, 2015


Judy Burnham and Diane McDonald
present award ribbons (right)


(below left)
Ann Martell and Sue Hollister
work on the refreshments

(below right)
Best in Show winner
Judith Goldstein

with "Butterfly Girl"

MAA Member Show 2015
MAA Member Show 2015 Best in Show at the MAA Member Show 2015
MAA Member Show 2015
MAA Member Show 2015
MAA Member Show 2015
MAA Member Show 2015
MAA Member Show 2015

Mon, Oct 5 - Thurs, Oct 8, 2015

Digital Photography 1 Workshop with Peter Glass

Not just for photographers.... all levels were welcome at a VERY reasonable price. All you needed was a camera and the desire to take better photographs! For complete information, see the flyer and application.

Thurs & Fri, October 15-16, 2015, 10 am to 3 pm

Two-Day Oil Painting Workshop with Ed Hicks -- Discover alkyds
-- just like oils, but much faster drying. Workshop included demonstrations, personal assistance, and group critiques. For complete information, see the flyer.

Carolyn Emerson writes: "The workshop was very successful - everyone enjoyed Ed Hicks and learned a lot about alkyds, and general art principals such as composition, focus, shape sizes and placement. It was especially nice not to have to bring anything other than an easel and ourselves. We will be bringing our paintings to the Wednesday meeting for members to view." Carolyn Emerson at MAA's Ed Hick's Alkyd's Workshop October 2015 MAA's Ed Hicks Alkyd's Workshop October 2015

Sat, Nov. 14, 2015,  4-6pm

Wine & Cheese Gala and Silent Art Auction

Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 153 Vernon St. West, Manchester, CT

Read the Courant article by Annie Gentile previewing our Art Auction. Check it out here along with photos of work by MAA members Eric Vogel, Carolyn Emerson and Pat Trapp.

From the minutes of November 18, 2015 member meeting: "A review of the auction showed 46 pieces up for bid, 34 sold. Of the 34, 14 went to MAA members and 20 to guests. Some artwork sold for the opening bid of $50 while a couple went as high as $125. It was a fun, successful evening and a hearty thanks to all who lent support to the effort."

Member Meeting -- November 18, 2015

Artist Jane Penfield demonstrated pastel painting. She showed us how to paint an underpainting using three values of dark, medium and light to add depth and interest to a snow scene. "What is under what you see on the surface is what is interesting," she said.

She photos of Jane's process and the finished painting below.

Jane also showed us a series of snow paintings (below) which demonstred different light.

The purple, violet and pink underpainting fixed with alcohol.

Moving on to the next set
of color values.

The finished painting.

Tues, Sept 8, 2015 to Thurs, Dec. 3

Manchester Town Hall Pastel Show

Seven artists exhibited 22 pieces. The members were Emilie Beckwith, Penny Brandt, Geri Knafel, Christine Larson, Grace Tedford, Patricia Trapp, and Eric Vogel.

Wed, December 16, 2015, 6 pm

Members' 65th Anniversary Holiday Dinner Party

Manchester Country Club

-- Flyer

Tues, Sept 22 to Tues, Jan 12, 2016

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit

Members exhibited 3 pieces each in this great space for art sales.

Fri-Sat, Jan 22-23, 2016

Jerry Madara Acrylic Painting Workshop

For complete information, see the flyer & application

Jerry Madara explains
Jerry Madara Acrylic Painting Workshop
Participant in Jerry Madara's acrylic painting workshop

Members and friends had a good time at Jerry's workshop.

Jerry Madara at his acrylic painting workshop

Thurs, Dec. 3, 2015 to March 3, 2016

Manchester Town Hall Oil & Acrylic Show

Exhibiting artists were: Raul Alegre, Pat Ballsieper, Emilie Beckwith, Jeff Blazejovsky, Mary Bollash, Penny Brandt, Micheline Champagne, Janet DePratti, Bonnie Lindland, Jerry Madara, Neill Monteserin, Pat OBrien, Doris Phillips, Karen Saunders, Lori Temple, and Naomi Zima.

Thurs, Fri, Sat, April 7-9, 2016

Carolyn Emerson Watercolor Workshop -- 3 Days - 3 Different Approaches

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


Below, photos from the workshop.

Carolyn Emerson Watercolor Workshop, Spring 2016

April 20, 2016
Member Meeting

Art of Month Winners
(from left to right) judged by guest artist Ed Hicks.

Doris Philips, 2nd, "Mondrian's Cats," oil

Pat O'Brien, 3rd, "Vermont Sugar House," acrylic

Jim Oliphant, 1stHM, "Beauty in the Garden," watercolor

Pat Ballsieper, 1st, "Abandoned Bike Trails," acrylic

Rita Borden, 2ndHM, "Forest Trunks," monotype watercolor

Thurs, March 3, 2016 to June 1, 2016

Manchester Town Hall All Member/All Mediums Show

Reception: Fri, April 22, 2016, 5 - 7 pm

33 artists exhbited 53 pieces in media including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, photography, batik, stained glass, fused glass, mosaic, and tapestry. Exhibiting artists: Raul Alegre, Pat Ballsieper, Emilie Beckwith, Jeffrey Blazejovsky, Mary Bollash, Penny Brandt, Judy Burnham, Marianne Cornish, Lorraine Fox Costanzo, Nijole Currie, Helena Deary, Janet DePratti, Joann Emerson, Carolyn Gimbrone, Olivia Golas, Gennadiy Goldenshteyn, Sharon Gresk, Sue Hollister, Kelsey Joyce, Christine Larson, Bonnie Lindland, Nancy Madar, Jerry Madara, Sandra May, Rebecca McMann, Jim Oliphant, Sweta Patel, Doris Phillips, Usha Reddy, Sara J. Reid, Robin Simpson, Grace Tedford, and Lori Temple.
Invitation to the MAA All Members/All Mediums Show

Tues, Jan 12, 2016 to Tues, May 17, 2016

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit

24 artists exhibited 57 pieces in this great space for art sales -- 24 artists - 57 pieces - media included oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, collage, pen and ink, and mixed media. With portraits, landscapes, still lifes and animals, there are subjects for everyone to enjoy.

Thurs - Sat, May 19 - 21, 2016

Jane Penfield Pastel Workshop -- Pastel Techniques for Developing a Strong Composition

-- flyer

Jane Penefield Pastel Workshop 2016

Jane Penfield demonstrates basic color tones

One participant said, "We had a great time and learned lots!"

May 18, 2016
Member Meeting

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

Judy Burnham, 1st, "Sweet Reds," watercolor

Bonnie Lindland, 2nd, "Temple of the Golden Pavilion," watercolor

Joanne Donn, 3rd, "Daisies in Twilight," mixed media

Jerry Madara, 1stHM, "Beer:30," acrylic

Pat Ballsieper, 2ndHM, "Hummingbird," photography

May 18, 2016 Demo -- Animal Portraits with Eric Vogel

Pastelist and immediate past MAA President, Eric Vogel shared his pet portrait wisdom during our May meeting. He instructed us to do the eyes, nose and mouth first. He said, "Get the eyes right and it'll all fall into place."

Eric finished the piece and here it is: "Hi There!"

Click on the image to see a larger version.

June 15, 2016
Member Meeting

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

Austin Pouliot, 1st, "Untitled," charcoal

Patricia Sukosky, 2nd, "Lazy Day," watercolor

Joanne Donn, 3rd
, "Mallard Duck," watercolor

Mary Bollash representing Gennadiy Goldenshteyn, 1stHM, "Innocence Awoken," photography

Judy Stone, 2ndHM, "Tangled Ladies," watercolor
Art of the Month, November 2015

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sundays at 4

East Side Neighborhood Resource Center
153 Spruce Street, Manchester, CT

Show Date: Fri, July 8 - Thurs, July 28, 2016

Despite blazing sun and pouring rain,
it was a beautiful afternoon for art and music!

See photos below.

The afternoon included the presentation of our scholarship to graduating high school senior and new MAA member Tori-Marie Lauria. She will be studying art at UCONN in the fall. We enjoyed meeting Tori and were very impressed by her artwork, including her self portrait (right), sculpture (left), and drawing.

Friends, family and guests enjoyed flowers and food provided by the artists of MAA.

Several members also had tables set up to sell their artwork.

Member Pat Ballsieper and new member Rebecca McMann

New MAA member Austin Pouliot

Grace Tedford, MAA's oldest member,
and one of the founding members,
with Helena Deary.

Grace Tedford's paintings
The Quiet Corner Fiddlers faced some challenges with the weather, but kept on playing outside, and then inside.

Thank you, Fiddlers! We very much enjoyed your wonderful, toe tapping music!