Friday, March 28, 2014

Call for Artists - Madison Art Society 39th Annual Juried Show

 
 
 
Madison Art Society Call for Artists
Madison Art Society 39th Annual Juried Show Show Dates - May 5 -30, 2014 Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 
Open to all Connecticut artists. Over $2,000 in cash and prizes available. The juror is nationally known pastelist, Alain Picard. Media: Oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, drawings, sculpture, collage, mixed media, and handmade prints are acceptable. Prints made using xerographic, digital, or other photographic processes do not qualify. Reproductions, crafts, and photographs will not be accepted. Enter one piece of art work no larger than 36 inches framed - Members $15
and Non-members $20. Receiving: Saturday, May3, 9:30 -12 p.m. Prospectus available online at www.madisonartsociety.blogspot.com or by contacting the co-chairs Marge Casey at 203-458-8555 or Sherry Marlowe at 203-318-0651.
           Contact: Beverly Schirmeier
          860-399-6116 or bschirmeier@yahoo.com

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Madison Town Hall Artists for March and April


            
The Madison Art Society presents the artwork of Guilford artist Joan Handschumacher and Madison artist Dick Passero.  Accomplished artists, their work will be on display throughout March and April at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Road in Madison, CT. The exhibit is open to the public and can be viewed during normal business hours.

Dick Passero
Winner of the Popular Award at the 2014 Madison Art Society Member's show, Dick describes his art as "an on-
Bay of Cundy,Me.1, watercolor by Dick Passero
again, off-again love affair that he vowed to do something about when he retired". 15 years ago he began taking art classes at the Guilford Art Center and has continued painting over the last several years with a Madison watercolor group under the tutelage of Joan McPherson. " Something kept driving me to action paintings of racing horses, sailboats in rough water and ballet dancers.  Trying to integrate bold colors and dramatic light into semi-impressionistic images of these subjects has been my greatest challenge.  It has been a bumpy road".

Joan Handschumacher
Beginning most of her paintings on location and finishing in her studio, Joan finds inspiration along the shoreline and from her travels both on the road and at sea.  She is a lifelong, avid photographer and paints in watercolor, oil, pastel, gouache and oil
Outpost, watercolor by Joan Handschumacher
pastel.  As leader of the CT Shoreline Artists, Joan and her fellow painters work outside in different locations, weekly, from mid March until mid December.  She is a member of the Madison Art Society, Guilford Art League, Clinton Art Society, Lyme Art Association and Essex Art Association.  She believes "if you love the creative process and want to grow your painting skills, it's important to dedicate time to paint.  Having a regular schedule to paint with others and trying to have new paintings ready for each of the regional shows keeps me producing and learning.  Could retirement get any better than this?!"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Madison Art Society hosts 39th Annual Member's Show



The Madison Art Society will host its 39th Annual Member’s show at the Scranton Library from February 2-28, 2014. The show is dedicated in memoray of long-time MAS member nancy Tracy, an accomplished artist and beloved teacher, who passed away last October. The art work is on view on the main floor of the library and in the community room at 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT during normal library hours. 
Sherry Marlowe, France
Early Winter Moon Rising by Beverly Schirmeier
The exhibit celebrates the work of over 104 talented artists using all mediums. Five of the 104 artists ended up in a five way tie for the Popular Award: Denise Casey, Willows in Winter, Lisa DeFlippo, Basket of Yellow, Sherry Marlowe, France, Dick Passero, The Ballet and Beverly Schirmeier, Early Winter Moon Rising.
Willows in Winter by Denise Casey
The 250 members of the Madison Art Society are dedicated to promoting art throughout the shoreline area. The society offers members a variety of exhibition opportunities, hosts demonstrations and lectures that are open to the public, operates an active plein air painting group in 

 
the warmer months and an indoor studio in the winter. As a vital member of the community, the society appreciates the hospitality of the library and contributes 10% of the show’s sales to the library.
Dick Passero, The Ballet

Lisa DeFlippo, Basket of Yellow
Beverly Schirmeier, Westbrook Artist,- Early Winter Moon Rising , pastel, Denise Casey, Guilford Artist, - Willows in Winter, Vt, pastel, Lisa DeFlippo- Basket of Yellow, Sherry Marlowe -France, and Dick Passero- The Ballet 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Madison Art Society offers Critique


A critique of artwork in the Madison Art Society Member's exhibit at the Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT will take place on Sunday February 16 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  The critique will be conducted by award winning artist and distinguished teacher Frank Federico.
Frank Federico
 Members volunteer works for review and critique thereby offering artists and non artists a unique learning opportunity. As Mr. Federico shares his response to selected works, members and the public gain insight into how a respected artist assesses the artistic elements of composition, color, light, texture and form. 

Mr. Federico is the recipient of many well earned honors and awards.  He is a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and in 2012 was elected to the the PSA Hall of Fame.  He holds signature memberships in numerous art societies including the Connecticut Pastel society, Degas Pastel Society, National Watercolor Society and The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic.  He conducts workshops domestically and abroad and is a sought after instructor.  

The Madison Art Society Member's Show is on exhibit February 2-28 in the community room.

The Madison Art Society will present a lecture on Robert Henri



The Madison Art Society will present a lecture on Robert Henri: Dark Shadows on February 19, 2014, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.  The guest lecturer is noted educator at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Fred Biamonte.
Fred Biamonte 
Robert Henri, the leader of the "The Eight," was not only a prolific painter but also a highly respected teacher. He taught his students to ignore prevailing styles such as Impressionism and Academism. He preached tonality rather than colorist styles, and a technique of painting quickly, in a slashing manner, to capture the strength of the moment.
1912 Spanish Girl of Segovia
His personal life was filled with secrets that were not revealed until after his death. Psychobiographer Fred Biamonte will share with you some of his secrets. 
Mr. Biamonte has given talks on more than thirty-five American and European artists, including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Claude Monet, Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent, Henri Toulouse Lautrec, Vincent Van Gogh, and Andrew Wyeth. He previously taught organization behavior at New York University and in the Graduate School at Pace University. He is an educator at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Madison Art Society Highlights – January 2014



Letter from the President

At the beginning of each year, most of us make new resolutions for the year. I’m hoping

you have added re-joining and being active in the Madison Art Society to your list. For

our part, the board of directors has been hard at work scheduling programs and shows to

get your creative juices going.

Remember we have capped our membership at 250. The deadline to renew your

membership is March 31. After that date, we will fill the membership openings with

artists on the waiting list. We do not want to lose existing members, so if you have not

sent in your dues yet, please do so soon.

Our 39th annual member show is this February. Co-chairs are Linda Loen and Maryanne

Rupp.   Sherry Marlowe and Maude Casey will co-chair the juried show during May. They

would like your help in making these shows successful, plus it is a wonderful way to

meet your fellow artists.

Other members picking up key roles this year are new board members Sandy Kensler

and Mike Boyd, who will coordinate the demonstrations this year. Winter studio started

January 6, organized by Renni Ridgeway-Korsmeyer and Sandra Smith. Jay Babina will

again be in charge of the plein air painting outings on Wednesdays as soon as the weather

warms up. Patricia Seekamp is coordinating the monthly exhibits at the Madison Town

Hall. Plans for outdoor shows and the elected artists’ small works show are underway  too.

I hope you will all be joining us again for a year surrounded by your artist friends at  MAS.

Beverly Schirmeier
Prima Ballerina


Membership Dues and Data

Dues remain at $25 for 2014. Please send your dues to the Madison Art Society, P.O.

Box 1383, Madison, CT 06443. They must be paid by March 31 in order to maintain your

membership standing. Include your name, address, email, and volunteer choice to help

out during the year.

Maude Schmidt, membership chair, with assistance from Linda Loen, does a great

job keeping membership data up to date. If you change your address or your email

information, make sure Maude knows ASAP. She can be reached at mabill2@att.net

or 203- 245-0807. Board vice-president Pat Barone will coordinate volunteers and may

contact you to assist with our programs.

Winter Studio

Renni Ridgeway-Korsmeyer and Sandra Smith are coordinating the winter studio for

ten sessions from January through March at St. Andrew’s Church in Madison. The

class is currently filled, but if you want to be a substitute, please let Renni know at

rkorsmeyer@snet.net or 860-434-1181. Members bring in several still life set-ups to

work from or they work from their own painting inspirations. A group critique is held at

the end of each session.

Mark Your Calendars – Great Events

Whether you update your calendar or new electronic devices, we have some great events

you won’t want to miss.

39th Annual Member Show

February is filled with exciting events, starting with the 39th.

Special thanks to co-chairs Linda Loen and Maryanne Rupp. Reach Linda at 203-453-

1771 or lloen@snet.net or Maryanne at 860- 663-3789 or rupp@snet.net.

Receiving is Saturday, February 1, 9:30 am—noon. If there is a snow delay, we will

notify you by email and reschedule receiving for Sunday, February 2, 1:30–3 pm. Take

down is Saturday, March 1, 9 am–noon.

The member show prospectus is enclosed with the Highlights.  Download Prospectus

To accommodate the high number of entries, the board recommended that we limit the maximum size

of the framed work to 30 inches in any direction. The library has offered space on the main floor where

we can hang paintings during the shows. The publicity and the program will note that the

paintings can be found on both floors. As always, artists should submit works suitable to

be seen by families with younger children since the room is used for youth programs.

Demonstrations

In selecting artists for this year’s demonstrations, the board discussed having some of

our own very talented artists demonstrate their techniques. If you have ideas for future

demos, contact Mike Boyd at elizabethgilleboyd@gmail.com or Sandra Kensler at

sandrakensler@yahoo.com, with the name of an artist and a contact number. The small

donations at the demonstrations have allowed us to offer additional events during the

year. Demonstrations at the Memorial Hall:

June 5 – Tony D’Amico

July 10 – Deborah Quinn-Munson

August 7 – Mike Eagle

October 2 – to be determined

Fred Biamonte
Fred Biamonte Lecture, “Robert Henri: Dark Shadows,” Wednesday,

February 19

Our first event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 6:30–8 pm, at the

Scranton Memorial Library.  Fred Biamonte, an educator at the New Britain

Museum of American Art, will present a psychobiography and slide presentation

on Robert Henri, leader of  “The Eight,” who was not only a prolific painter but

also a highly respected teacher.

Art Critique – Frank Federico, Sunday, February 16

This is a critique of selected works from the member show done by respected regional

artists; this year we have Frank Federico. It is a great learning opportunity to hear

observations and constructive suggestions for your own and others’ work.

Frank Federico is a seasoned artist with many credits garnishing his career. He was selected

as the Pastel Society of America's Hall of Fame Honoree for 2012, one of only 37 inductees.

His work has been added to the Butler Museum in Cincinnati. He is a signature member of

numerous prestigious art societies, including Master Pastelist, Pastel Society of America,

Master Circle Member—IAPS, Conn. Pastel Society, Pastel Society of Painters on Cape

Cod, Degas Pastel Society, National Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society,

and National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic. He has received numerous awards,

including the Grumbacher Gold, Silver and Bronze, many honors from the Pastel Society of

America, National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, Allied Artists of America, and

many more. He has executed three murals in oil, one of which hangs in the Student Union

of the University of Connecticut in Storrs; a figurative piece entitled “Transcendence,” it

reflects the rise to heights and goals of achievement.

Federico conducts workshops domestically and abroad. He teaches a regular art class at

West Hartford Art League. His paintings have been exhibited in New Orleans, Florida,

California, New Mexico, New England, Brunei, Stockholm, and Tokyo, in group and

solo exhibitions. He is currently represented by Elaine Beckwith Gallery in Jamaica, VT,

PS Gallery in Litchfield, CT, and Gregory James Gallery in New Milford, CT. Federico

considers himself to be a colorist and a contemporary impressionist. He looks for the

essence in a landscape or a figure, while applying emotional and aesthetically crafted

content.

Alain J. Picard – Pastel Demonstration, Sunday, May 18

Alain Picard
Alain Picard is the juror for our 39th portrait techniques on Sunday,

May 18, 1:30 pm, at the Scranton Memorial Library.

Alain earned his B.A. in illustration from Western Connecticut

State University and went on to study at the Art Students League in

NewYork City. Picard cites Sargent, Degas, and

Sorolla among his artistic influences. A love of light and beauty are

immediately apparent  in his pastel and oil paintings.   Alain’s work has been featured in such

publications as the  Artist’s Magazine and Pastel Journal.  He has garnered top awards throughout the

Northeast in esteemed exhibitions, including the Portrait Society of America, Hudson Valley Art

Association, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Connecticut Pastel Society, and Pastel

Society of America. Alain is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and

the Connecticut Pastel Society, where he is the current president. The Artist Magazine

highlighted Alain as one of the 20 contemporary artists “On the Rise.” He later won the Best

Portfolio Award at the 2009 Portrait Society of America conference in Washington, DC. A

frequent workshop instructor and demonstrator for art associations, schools, galleries and

museums, Alain was recently invited to demonstrate a portrait in pastel at the Metropolitan

Museum of Art. He lives with his wife and two sons in Southbury, CT.

Juried Show, May 2014

We are pleased that Marge Casey and Sherry Marlowe will chair the 39th

show, which will be held at the Scranton Memorial Library in Madison. Nationally-

known pastelist and oil painter Alan Picard will be the juror.

Putting on a show of this size takes over 40 artists so we will need lots of volunteers.

Please let us know how you can help out. Fundraising for prize money starts in March.

Receiving is Saturday, May 3, 9:30 am–noon. Jurying is Saturday, May 3, 1–4 pm,

and hanging is Sunday, May 4, 1–3 pm. Pick-up of non-selected work is Monday, May

5, until Friday, May10. Reception is Thursday, May 8, 5–7 pm. Demonstration by

Alan Picard is Sunday, May 18, 1:30 pm. The combined Guilford poetry and art show

reception is Wednesday, May 21. Take-down is Saturday, May 31, 9 am–noon.

Bauer Farm Harvest Festival – Outdoor Plein Painting and Art Show

We have been invited back to the Annual Harvest Festival at Bauer Farm in Madison.

It will be held on Saturday, October 18. Members of our plein air group are invited to

display their plein air painting of Bauer Park and to paint that day.

Madison Town Hall Art Exhibits

Patricia Seekamp is in charge of the Madison Town Hall exhibits, where members’

artwork is on display for two months. Please contact her if you want to participate and

show your work. She can be reached at wseekamp@sbcglobal.net or 203-453-6720.

Madison Town Hall Artists Penny Chittenden and Betsey Evarts

The Madison Art Society presents the watercolors of Clinton artists Penny Chittenden

and Betsey Evarts. Their work will be on display throughout January and February at the

Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Road, Madison. The exhibit is open to the public free of

charge and can be viewed during normal business hours.

Penny Chittenden

A native of Hartford, Penny moved in 1961 to Clinton with her husband Bill and raised

their five daughters there. She graduated from the Chaffee School, where she won the art

award, and majored in the history of art at Goucher College. After college she worked in

the education department of the Wadsworth Athenaeum. She now finds great pleasure

painting en plein air, in informal studios, and with other shoreline artists. Penny has

served on the boards of directors of the Madison Art Society and the Clinton Art Society.

She wrote and illustrated a children’s book, Camel for a King.

Penny has painted with some outstanding artists—Betty Lou Schlemm, Charlie Movalli,

Lou Bonamarte, Tony Couch, and Judi Betts. Her watercolors and oil paintings have

been exhibited throughout Connecticut. Her subjects include land or seascapes, still life,

florals, and human interest. Penny led several groups of painters to France and Greece.

Enjoyment of art is subjective. She only wants to share with the viewer the joy she felt

while painting.

Betsey Evarts

Betsey Evarts interprets the effects of light on subjects in their natural settings. She

enjoys painting outdoors and finds that the unpredictable alchemy of the medium is

always an adventure and a challenge.

Throughout her years of watercolor painting, she has studied with many very talented

watercolorists—Charles Reid, Ted Nuttall, David Dewey, Lou Bonamarte, among

others. Currently, she enjoys working with her fellow artists, painting en plein air with

MAS, and attending the Wednesday watercolor critiques held at the Madison Park

and Recreation. Betsey belongs to several art organizations in addition to the Madison

Art Society, such as the Clinton Art Society, Guilford Art League, and the Essex

Art Association. She is an elected artist in the Connecticut Watercolor Society. Her

watercolors have been exhibited throughout Connecticut.

Artists in the News

Paul Marra received the signal award at the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival and the Robert

Brackman award at the Glastonbury On the Green—First Prize Watercolors.

Marge Casey’s work will be on display at the Guilford Free Library throughout February.

Maryanne Rupp will display her paintings during January and February at the Liberty

Bank in Clinton.  Bruce Lighty, Cindy Stevens, and Beverly Schirmeier have their paintings on display

at Malone’s Coffee House in Clinton.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Madison Art Society Members Show February 2-28, 2014




The Madison Art Society will host its annual member’s show at the Scranton Library from February 2-28, 2014.  On view in the community room at 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT the exhibit celebrates the work of over 100 talented artists using all mediums.  The 250 members of the Madison Art Society are dedicated to promoting art throughout the shoreline area.  The society offers members a variety of exhibition opportunities, hosts demonstrations and lectures that are open to the public, operates an active plein air painting group in the warmer months and an indoor studio in the winter.  As a vital member of the community, the society appreciates the hospitality of the library and contributes 10%  of the show’s sales to the library.
Linda Loen, Santorini, oil 

Several special events are scheduled in conjunction with the show and the public is invited to attend.

An opening reception will be held in the community room of the library on February 9th from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

On February 16th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. a critique of selected artwork will be conducted by Frank Federico. The critique session is a great learning opportunity for both artists and non artists.  Mr. Federico is an accomplished and widely honored artist whose insight and guidance is valued by students in his classes and workshops around the world. The critique will be held at the Scranton Library.
Maryanne Rupp, Fragile Dunes, pastel

On February 19th from 6:30-8 p.m. a slide presentation and lecture on Robert Henri will be presented by Fred Biamonte.  Mr. Biamonte is an educator at the New Britain Museum of Art and always a fascinating storyteller. Robert Henri was a leader of the Ashcan school of American Realism and a member of “The Eight”.  Lecture will be in the community room at the Scranton Library.

Brighten your winter by viewing beautiful art and stimulate your mind by attending the critique and lecture.  

Library hours are:
Mon - Wed 9-9
Th, F 9-5:30
Sat 9-5
Sun 1-4

Contact : Laurel B. Friedmann 860-388-1515

Madison Town Hall Artists Penny Chittenden and Betsey Evarts



The Madison Art Society presents the watercolor artwork of  Clinton artists, Penny Chittenden and Betsey Evarts. Their art work will be on display throughout the months of January and February at the Madison Town Hall at 8 Campus Road in Madison, Connecticut. Their collection of  watercolor paintings are open to the public free of charge and can be viewed during normal business hours.
Penny Chittenden

A native of Hartford , Penny moved  in 1961 to Clinton with her husband, Bill, and raised their 5 daughters there.  She graduated from the Chaffee School where she won the Art Award and  majored in the history of art at Goucher College . After college she worked in the Education Department of the Wadsworth Atheneum. She now finds great pleasure painting plein aire, and in informal studio,and  with other shoreline artists. Penny served on the Board of Directors of the Madison Art Society and the Clinton Art Society.  She wrote and illustrated a children’s book, “Camel for a King”.
Lobster Bake, Watercolor
Penny has painted with some outstanding artists, Betty Lou Schlemm, Charlie Movalli;, Lou Bonamarte, Tony Couch, and Judi Betts.   Her watercolors and oil paintings have been exhibited throughout Connecticut .  Her subjects include land or seascapes, still life, floral and human interest . Penny led several groups of painters to France and Greece . Enjoyment of art is subjective. She only wants to share with the viewer  the joy she felt while painting.  

Betsey Evarts
Clinton water colorist, Betsey Evarts, where she interprets the effects of light on subjects in their natural settings. Betsey enjoys painting plein aire outdoors. She finds the unpredictable alchemy of the medium is always and adventure and challenge. Throughout her years of watercolor painting, she has studied with many very talented watercolorists Charles Reid, Ted Nuttall, David Dewey, Lou Bonamarte, and several others. 
Beavertail Shadows, Watercolor
Currently, she enjoys working with her fellow artists, painting plein aire with MAS and attending the Wednesday watercolor critiques held at the Madison park and recreation. Betsey belongs to several art organization in addition to the Madison Art Society such as the Clinton Art Society, Guilford Art League, and the Essex Art Association.  She is Elected Artist in the Connecticut Watercolor Society . Her watercolors have been exhibited throughout Connecticut.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Madison Art Society Holiday Art Exhibit


Tiny Treasures at the People's United Bank, Madison  
 
The Madison Art Society Elected Artists are showcasing their 
Sara Nebel, The Wave, 5x7 Acrylic
paintings in the 4th Annual Holiday Small Art Works art exhibition, "Tiny Treasures", at the Peoples United Bank in downtown Madison, Ct. The small orignal gems are priced just right for gift giving.  The exhibit is free and open to the public from November 4, 2013 - January 6, 2014.

Contact: Beverly A. Schirmeier bschirmeier@yahoo.com 860-399-6116