Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Artists from the Madison Art Society to exhibit at Art and Antiques show

Artists from the Madison Art Society will be showing their artwork in conjunction with the Exchange Club's Antique show, on the Green in Madison, August 8, 2015.  The exhibit will be held from 9 am - 4 pm, rain or shine. Artwork
Peonies in a glass vase by Marge Casey, oil
will be displayed on the side closest to Memorial Hall.  Participating artists donate a portion of all sales to the Exchange Club. 
Contact info:  Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Madison Art Society presents a pastel demonstration by Gigi Horr Liverant

The Madison Art Society will present a pastel painting demonstration by Gigi Horr Liverant on August 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  The demonstration will take place on the second floor of Memorial Hall, located on the green in Madison, CT.  The public is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Gigi Horr Liverant’s work is experiential and inspired by the inconsequential moments and places in life.  She juxtaposes rich color encouraging the observer to experience an ordinary scene with a fresh vision and a prompt to reevaluate his or her own perception. Gigi has worked with pastels and paint for over thirty years in an ongoing exploration of imagery.  Currently she has expended her work in pastels and oils to the use of acrylic paint for large-scale paintings. 
Crosswalk, pastel by Gigi Horr Liverant
She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Best in Show at the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 2014, the Richard McKinley Mentorship Award at the Pastel Society of America 2013,
First Prize Connecticut Women Artists, Best in Show Connecticut Pastel Society, the Andrew Giffuni Memorial Award at the Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition in 2009 and the Diane Bernhardt Gold Medal Award at the PSA Annual Exhibition in 2000. She is a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist and a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Liverant has also been awarded important national and regional commissions including the Cow Parades in both New York, West Hartford and Boston and murals at multiple private and public locations including the Connecticut Savings Bank. She has been featured in the Pastel Journal magazine and is much sought after teacher and lecturer in the Southeastern Connecticut area. 
Philly Street, pastel by Gigi Horr Liverant

Gigi’s paintings are included in the collection of the Lyman Allyn Museum, Connecticut College, Pfizer, Three Rivers Community-Technical College and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, in addition to numerous private and corporate collections nationally. Liverant exhibits her work at the Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme and the Granary Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard as well as numerous juried group exhibitions throughout the region.  She is a graduate of Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Gigi Liverant lives and works in Colchester, Connecticut.

Contact info:  Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Madison Art Society Summer Art Festival and Sidewalk Sale

The Madison Art Society is holding their Annual Scranton Memorial Library- Festival of the Arts, Outdoor Art

Seymour Page, CoChair of Summer Art Festival and Sidewalk Sale

 on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The art show will be located under two large tents located at 26 Wall Street in Madison, just behind the library and diagonally across from the Madison Post Office. The show is a great chance to support both local artists and the Scranton Memorial Library. Artists donate a portion of all sales to the library.  The exhibit will be held rain or shine.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Madison Art Society presents an oil painting demonstration by Paul Batch July 2, 2015, 6:30 PM at Memorial Hall

The Madison Art Society will host a landscape oil painting demonstration by award winning oil painter Paul Batch.  The demonstration will be held on the second floor of Memorial Hall on the green in Madison, CT on July 2, 2015 at 6:30 PM.  

Mr. Batch is a two time award winning finalist in the Portrait Society of America's international portrait competition.  He received his BFA from Hartford Art School and his MFA from the University of Hartford.  He is an exhibiting member of the Oil Painters of America.  His work has been published in North Light Books, Fine Art Connoisseur online and International Artists Magazine.  When speaking of his artwork, Paul says the following; "Whenever I’m painting I try to faithfully render the subject before me, while at the same time interjecting my own poetic
A Break in the Clouds, oil, by Paul Batch
response to what I am seeing.  I am drawn to the beauty of transitional moments in time.  It may be something as obvious as a beautiful sunset or as quiet as a person in thought.  I find these moments of transition to be beautiful. "

Madison Art Society demos are open to the public and an important part of the society's educational outreach to the community.

Contact info: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Oil painters Jill Beecher Matthew and Phyllis Bevington are the Madison Town Hall Artists for July and August

Oil painters Jill Beecher Matthew and Phyllis Bevington will be exhibiting their paintings at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.  Their brilliant works rendered by brush and palette knife are available for viewing during regular business hours during the months of July and August.

Jill Beecher Matthew
Jill Beecher Matthew is an oil painter who uses palette knives to create her works of art, enabling her to bring luscious texture, vibrant color, and brilliant light into her paintings.  Working both en plein air and in the studio, she especially enjoys painting the landscapes of New England and Florida, and scenes from her travels to the west coast of Ireland. 
Catmint on the Wall, oil by Jill Beecher Matthew

Jill has mentored with accomplished artists in Connecticut, taken selected workshops and classes throughout the east coast, and studied the style and techniques of Henri Hensche at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, Mass, as well as with several of its alumni across the country.  Her works are displayed and sold in galleries in northern Florida and the CT shoreline.  To view Jill’s art please visit:  

Phyllis Bevington
Phyllis, an accomplished oil painter, discovered art was not only her interest, but her passion while attending classes at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art.  While there she studied with Deane Keller, Dan Gheno and Lou Bonamarte.  She continued her education in classes and workshops, both locally and in New Mexico, Portugal, Madeira, France and Ireland.  She is a member of the Madison Art Society, the Lyme Art Association, and an elected artist at Essex Art Association.  
Cottage Garden, oil, Phyllis Bevington

From her first classes, her art journey has led her to years of discovery, satisfaction, frustration and enduring friendships. She has been fortunate enough to travel to fascinating sites to paint and to meet people with similar interests, all while doing something she loves. 

Contact info: Beverley Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Oil Painting Demonstration by Marija Pavlovich McCarthy

The Madison Art Society will host a painting demonstration by contemporary oil painter Marija Pavlovich McCarthy on June 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM.  The demo will be held on the second floor of Madison Memorial Hall located on the Town Green in Madison CT.  The public is welcome to attend.

Marija Pavlovich McCarthy 
A painter and educator, Marija was trained in Belgrade, Serbia and at George Washington University and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC. She has lived and exhibited in the US, Europe, Asia and North Africa and her works are in the permanent collections of the Belgrade Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, two Presidential collections, US Congressional collections and hundreds of corporate and private collections.
 Pine Grove by Marija Pavlovich McCarthy, oil
She currently shows at the Copley Society of Art in Boston as well as with the following organizations of which she is a signature member: the New England Watercolor Society, the Connecticut Watercolor Society and the New Haven Paint & Clay Club. She has taught art for decades, most recently at the Washington Art Association in Washington, CT.
In the Fall of 2010 she had an exhibit titled: “A Look at the Past” a selection of paintings from 1985 to the present at the Minor Memorial Library Gallery in Roxbury CT. In December 2010, she opened a show in the Contemporary Arts Center in New York City of oil paintings titled “The Shape of Water”. These paintings depict the artist’s involvement and love for the various bodies, states and dynamics of water through the seasons. In May 2013, she curated a show of her students “Fifty Years of Teaching” at the Minor Memorial Library.
Currently, Marija concentrates on studio painting, exhibiting, tutoring advanced painters individually and lecturing on art and her work.

Contact info Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Madison Art Society announces Madison Town Hall Artists for May and June

Pastelists Anne Merriam and Justine Grandpre are the Madison Art Society Town Hall artists for May and June.  The exhibit of their work also celebrates each artist's different approach to handling pastels and similar subject matter.  The artwork is on display at the Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT and is open to the public for viewing during regular business hours.

Anne Merriam
Early Morning, pastel by Anne Merriam
Pastel by Justine Grandpre
Anne lives on the shoreline.  She brings to her art her experiences living and exploring the east and west coasts of the United States and the extraordinary landscape in between.  She received her BFA from Tufts and the School of The Museum of Fine Art in Boston.  She has studied locally with Joan Levy Hepburn and paints with the Madison Art Society's winter studio group.

Justine Grandpre

Justine began painting with pastels just over two years ago.  She was attracted to the magnitude of colors and values available with which to paint.  She enjoys the range of subject matter and seasonal changes the New England landscape affords.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Guilford Poets Guild and Madison Art Society present Poetry night at the 40th Annual Juried Art Show

A very special evening celebrating art and poetry will be held on Wednesday May 20, 2015, 6:30 pm at The Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.  
As part of a tradition, appreciated by poets and artists alike, members of the Guilford Poets Guild view the annual juried art show sponsored by the Madison Art Society.  Poets select a work of art and use it as the inspiration for a poem. 
MAS members enjoying juried show reception
The poems are then read aloud by the poets in a program celebrating both the visual and written arts.  Artists whose work has been selected in the past have said that the poem was "like winning an award".  The event is free and the public is welcome.

Contact information:  Beverly Schirmeier: 860-399-6116