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 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Madison Town Hall Artists for March and April

During March and April, two Madison artists, Linda Beagle and Catherine Cucurullo will be exhibiting their artwork at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.  The exhibit is open to the public and can be viewed during regular business hours.

Linda Beagle
Endless Waves by Linda Beagle, oil

Linda Beagle, a long time resident of Madison, started painting after receiving a paint by number set when she was a child.  When the painting was done, there was paint left over and so started a love affair with drawing and painting.  Eventually she went to Southern University to become an art education major.  Although finances prevented her from finishing college, she continued to pursue her hobby and became an artist member of the Clinton and Madison art societies until going back to work full time. Now retired, she again has started painting and displaying her work.  She is currently a member of the Clinton, Madison, and Guilford Art Leagues and enjoys getting together with other seniors who, like her, have time to express themselves.

Roses by Catherine Cucurullo, watercolor
Catherine Cucurullo

Catherine Cucurullo is thrilled to be showing some of her work at the Town Campus in Madison. She joined the Madison Art Society shortly after moving to town from Westchester County, NY five years ago. Catherine adores being involved and feels that she has learned so much from her colleagues and friends in the Wednesday morning watercolor group. She loves watercolor for the challenge and the effect it has when applying certain transparent color on color, along with the variety of ways to apply the chroma onto paper. 
Born and raised in Scotland, Catherine moved to the U.S. over fifty years ago where she met her husband Albert and has three fantastic children - Brian, Heather and Robyn.  In addition to watercolor, Catherine loves to play tennis and spend time with her two grandsons David and Jamie.

Contact info: Beverley Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Madison Art Society Presents "Painters of Seascapes"

The Madison Art Society is pleased to host a lecture on "Painters of Seascapes"
Fred Biamonte will present a lecture focusing on paintings of the east coast of he United States from the middle of the 19th century through the beginning of the 20th century.  He will talk about the lives and paintings of Fitz Henry Lane, Frederic Edwin Church, William Trost Richards, Winslow Homer and Robert Henri. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM.  The event coincides with the 40th Annual members Exhibit and Sale. Both the lecture and the show are in the community room of the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.  The public is invited to attend.
"Fog off Mount Desert Island", Frederic Edwin Church, 1850

Mr. Biamonte is an educator at the New Britain Museum of American Art and a member of the arts council in branford.  He has given talks on more than 35 American and European artists.  He previously was a professor of Organization Behavior in the graduate school at Pace University.

Contact: Beverley Shirmeier 860-399-6116