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:   www.jillbeechermatthew.com  

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

Monday, May 04, 2015

Oil Painting Demonstration by Zufar Bikbov



The Madison Art Society will present an oil painting demonstration by well known plein air painter Zufar Bikbov.  The focus of the demonstration will be on how to establish a quick drawing in oil with some elements of townscape.  The demo will take place at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT on Thursday May 14, 2015 at 6 p.m.  The event is held in conjunction with the Madison Art Society's 40th Annual Juried show, currently on exhibit in the community room of the library.

"Afternoon in Hoorn", oil by Zufar Bikbov
Zufar Bikbov was born and and classically trained in art and medicine in Russia prior to coming the the United States in 2004.  After studying classic realism, his current focus is plein air work and occasional landscape abstraction.  Plein air work is done outside, on location.  His main purpose in creating art is to share the beauty that surrounds us.  Bikbov's painting "Afternoon in Hoorn" is on display as part of the juried exhibit at the library.  He served as the juror, selecting 88 works of art for the show. The exhibit is open during regular library hours until May 29, 2015

Madison Art Society announces award winners at their 40th annual Juried Show




The Madison Art Society is happy to announce the top award winners at their 40th annual juried show.  Best in Show was awarded to Judy Perry for her beautiful pastel entitled "Winter's Glow". 
Winter's Glow, by Judy Perry, pastel
Second prize went to Joe Roberti for his watercolor entitled " Fiorello" Third place was awarded to Claudia Post for her pastel portrait,  "Jan painting en plein air". The exhibit of 88 works of art is on display in the community room of the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison.  The show is available for viewing during library hours until May 29, 2015

Prizes totaling $3,000 were generously donated by area merchants and individuals.  The Madison Art Society is grateful to donors for their support of the arts along the Shoreline.  In turn the Society sponsors a scholarship for a promising student through the Shoreline Arts Alliance and donates a percentage of sales to the library and area civic groups.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Madison Art Society 40th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale




The Madison Art Society will present its 40th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale at the Scranton Memorial Library May 4 - 29.  The high quality exhibition celebrating works in a variety of media, is a juried show open to Connecticut artists.  This year's juror is Zufar Bikbov, a well known plein air oil painter.  

In conjunction with the show, several events are planned and all are open to the public.  

Thursday, May 7, 5-7 p.m., Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
Thursday May 14, 6 p.m., Oil painting demonstration by this year's juror Zufar Bikbov.   Bikbov's main focus will be on plein air painting.  Classically trained in art and medicine he came to the United States from Russia in 2004.  He states, "I love to work with oils, which allow me to be flexible and deeply expressive."  
 Wednesday, May 206:30-8:30 p.m., Guilford Poets Guild will share original poems inspired by selected artworks from the show.  This is always a special event for poets, artists and appreciators of both. 
 Master Volunteer by Deborah Quinn-Munson, pastel

All events will be held in the community room of the library. 

The Madison Art Society is dedicated to the promotion of the arts along the Shoreline.  Throughout the year they offer their 250 members a variety of exhibition opportunities as well as enriching experiences such as an active plein air painting group, winter studio, and an annual trip to a major museum. They also host artist's demonstrations and lectures at which the public is welcome. A portion of sales from exhibits is donated to support the library and other community groups.
Contact: Bev Schirmeier 860-399-6116 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Call for Artis's


Madison Art Society 40th Annual Juried Show 

Download the prospectus HERE