Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Lenny Moskowitz Acrylic Painting demo sponsored by Madison Art Society

The Madison Art Society will present an acrylic painting demo by New Haven artist Lenny Moskowitz on October 2 at 6:30 PM.  The demonstration will take place on the second floor of Memorial Town Hall on the Madison Green, Madison, CT.  Mr. Moskowitz is a professor of art at Quinnipiac College and participates in numerous
March by Lenny Moskowitz, acrylic
group and solo shows.  He also teaches at community centers including The Guilford Art Center.  He sees art as a self portrait and his response to life.  The movement of line and brushwork expresses his gaze's touch.  He feels a good painting is as much observed into existence as it is painted into existence.

The demonstration is open to the public.

Contact: Beverly Shirmeier 860-399-6116

Monday, September 01, 2014

Madison Town Hall artists for September and October

The Madison Art Society presents the artwork of Durham artist Gail Reen and Clinton artist Faye Mylen.  Their beautiful paintings will be on display throughout the months of September and October at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison.  The exhibit is open to the public and can be viewed during regular business hours.

Gail Reen
Gail Reen paints en plein air in her hometown of Durham and along the Connecticut shoreline.  She also finds
oil on canvas by Gail Reen
inspiration in Belgrade, Maine and on her visits to Scotland and Switzerland.  Gail holds a B.S. and M.S. in art education from SCSU and has continued her studies in art with Joan Downey, Lou Bonamarte and R. W. Wells.

Faye Mylen
Faye Mylen is a landscape painter who loves to explore ways to bring abstract qualities to representational art, while capturing a taste of the mood and ambiance. She finds nature's raw beauty to be the best inspiration for her work.
Faye describes her entry into the world of art as one of great resistance, as she never wanted to be a painter. However, she found herself
Summer Awaits by Faye Mylen, oil on aluminum
becoming preoccupied with an internal pull to paint, which she chose to ignore. After this preoccupation became stronger and harder to ignore, she decided to grab a brush and put some paint on a canvas. Today she is so thankful that she did, as painting has become such an integral part of her life.
Faye paints mainly in oils prefers panels or aluminum for their smooth surface. She has studied painting, both abroad and locally. Most recently she has studied at Silvermine Arts Center as well as at Lyme Art Association. She is a member of the Clinton Art Association and Madison Art Association and has shown her work in juried art shows throughout Connecticut. She is currently represented by Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art in Chester, Connecticut.
You can find Faye online at www.fmylenart.com or at www.facebook.com/fmylenart.

Contact information: Beverley Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Watercolor Demonstration by Mike Eagle

The Madison Art Society is pleased to present a watercolor demonstration by award winning artist Mike Eagle.  The demonstration, focusing on techniques for transparent watercolor landscapes, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of Memorial Hall, 8 Meetinghouse Lane, Madison (by the Green).  The public is invited.

A resident of Old Saybrook, Mike Eagle enjoyed a long career as an illustrator.  A member of The Society of Illustrators since 1970, he created assignments for many clients; including Houghton-Mifflin, Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest and General Electric. In recent years he executed mural art for The Mystic Seaport, The Nautilus Museum and The Connecticut River Museum.

Although his demonstration will feature the landscape, Mike will bring examples of past illustration art and will be available for questions before, during and after the demo.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Madison Town Hall Artists for the months of July and August

Artists Linda Loen and Suzanne Burnham will be exhibiting their artwork at the Madison Town Hall during the months of July and August.  Their beautiful work is viewable during regular business hours at 8 Campus Road in Madison

An artist and naturalist, Suzanne has focused her talents on animal portraiture and the depiction of animals in their natural setting.    Her hands-on experience at veterinary hospitals and travels to Africa and Asia have given her special insights that lend a tenderness and strength that is reflected in her work and is unique in the contemporary art world. Her sensitive style of pen and ink and multi-media bring authority to each of her renderings. 
Suzanne Burnham:  Grazie Allen, mixed media

Her portraits appear in many exhibitions including Guilford, Essex, Madison, Clinton and currently at the Lyme Art Association as well  as community centers, banks, town halls and many others.

Linda's careful use of color and value is evident in her peaceful, yet dramatic landscapes. Her passion for light and reflections is obvious in her stunning still life work. Linda has been painting for 13 years and her medium of choice is oils.   Her landscapes reflect the richness and uniqueness of the Guilford countryside and the sights she sees in her world travels.  Her work was most recently seen at Simply Pearls Gallery, where she was the Guest artist in April.  
Linda Loen: Three Little Pears, oil

Linda is an associate Artist of the Madison Art Society and a member of the Clinton Art Society and the Guilford Art League.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Madison Art Society.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Madison Art Society - Annual Scranton Memorial Library Festival of the Arts Outdoor Art Exhibition

Come Out and Love Your Local - Artists
The Madison Art Society is holding their Annual Scranton Memorial Library- Festival of the Arts, Outdoor Art Exhibition, again this year on Friday, July 25 and on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The art show will be located under two large tents located on 26 Wall Street in Madison just behind the library and diagonally across from the Madison Post Office. It is a great opportunity for the public to view the paintings by 15 of our local artists and to support the Scranton Memorial Library with the sales from their paintings. The MAS artists donate 10% of the proceeds from the sale of their paintings to the library.

Artists that will be displaying their paintings are as follows: Terry Bogan,  Marge Casey, John Copelin, Betsey Evarts, Diane Gorrick, Bill Hosking, Jacqueline Jones, Sandra Kensler, Joan McPherson, Seymour Page, Maude Schmidt, Lorene Sholl, and Cheri Weymann. Additional artists will be attending.

Since this year's art show will be held during the Madison Sidewalk Sales, artists will have their own sales bin opportunities too. Questions can be directed to the art show coordinators, Seymour Page or John Copelin. Seymour Page 203-245-7280 and John Coplein is 203- 245-0404

Photograph: (B. Schirmeier) - Love Your Local - Artists., John Copelin is the co-chair of the event and one of 15 artists that will be displaying their art work at the Madison Art Society Annual Scranton Memorial Outdoor Art Exhibition

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Palette Knife Painting demonstration by Deborah Quinn-Munson

A palette knife painting demonstration by acclaimed artist Deborah Quinn-Munson will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The demonstration will be held on the top floor of the Madison Memorial Town Hall located next to the Madison Town Green. The public is invited to attend.

Winner of numerous awards, Quinn-Munson’s oil and pastel paintings are in both private and corporate collections throughout the country including the Healing Art Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven.
September Day

The Artist’s Magazine featured Quinn-Munson’s paintings in the March 2011 cover article, The Solace of Still Water and later an article on the technique of palette knife painting, Paint With a Knife. Her work has appeared in a number of art publications including American Art Collector and the Pastel Journal. 
On the Water

The Copley Society of Art, the Salmagundi Club and the Pastel Society of America are among Quinn-Munson’s numerous elected memberships.  Degrees in Fine Art were earned at Wesleyan University and the University of New Hampshire. She has also studied at DeCordova Museum and Lyme Academy of Fine Arts

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Madison Art Society Highlights, June 2014

Madison Art Society Highlights, June 2014

News from the President

The Madison Art Society’s 39th

Impressed with the quality and diversity of the work. From Laurel Friedmann’s first prize silverpoint,
Anatomy of a Wedding Dress,

which captured intricate lace work, to Stu Lerner’s Minimal Security
sculpture, the show had something for everyone. Special thanks go to
our co-chairs Marge Casey and Sherry Marlowe and all the volunteers.

Juror Alain Picard was very impressed with the quality of the work that was submitted. He said, “The quality and diversity of this exhibition is a testimony to the immense talent of the artists displayed
herein. I was uplifted by both traditional and contemporary approaches, with styles ranging from representational to fully abstract. Extraordinary examples of works created in oil, acrylic, watercolor,
pastel, mixed-media, sculpture, colored-pencil, casein, graphite, charcoal, and a show-stopping silverpoint all coalesce to reveal this one truth: that the force of one's expression is only limited by the imagination, skill, care and dedication of the artist at work. Let there be light, and may the rafters of the Scranton Library resonate with its sheer brilliance. I applaud you for your care and commitment to nurturing creativity and revealing beauty to a world in need of your light.”

We hung 89 works of art or 60 percent of the works submitted. Don Trownsell and Stu Lerner and
their volunteers once again outdid themselves gathering financial support from the community for the
awards and ads. John Tubb’s ads, posters, and program cover design were superb. We could not do the show without your volunteer support.

Catherine Peng from Daniel Hand High School was selected to win the annual $1,000 Visual Arts
Scholarship Award from the Shoreline Arts Alliance, which MAS co-sponsors with the Guilford Art
League. Madison Art Society also donated $500 to the Scranton Memorial Library.

I would like to welcome new MAS members and newly elected artists from the juried show. Currently, we have met our maximum number of 250 artist members for 2014 as specified in our bylaws. We will then be creating a prioritized list for anyone interested in joining MAS. We are an active art organization and welcome our new members to volunteer to support our programs. It is a great way to meet your fellow members.

Paula Emery creates and supports our website at madisonartsociety.blogspot.com. If you have your
own website and want to be linked to our blogspot, let us know. Send your information to me at bschirmier@yahoo.com.

I hope to see all of you this summer at MAS’s demonstrations, outdoor shows, and plein air events.

Enjoy painting!

Beverly Schirmeier
President of the Madison Art Society

Annual Juried Art Exhibition just came down, and everyone was

Welcome to our new MAS Members

Welcome aboard to the following new members: Claudia Blanchette, Anne Coffee, Justine Grandpre
(friend), Timothee Graze, Susan Jositis, Nancy Judd, Marilyn Kearney, Linda McCarthy, Barry Nelson, Laura Palumbo, Marguerita Rodriguez-Lansberg, Sharon Schmiedel, and Shelley Grey Wehrley.

Congratulations to New Elected Artists

Once members are accepted into two juried art shows within a five-year period, they become full
member artists. We congratulate twelve new full member artists: Sr. Joan Bernard, Bob Ferraro,
Maureen Gagliano, Judith Gay, Joan Handschumacher, Ellen Lerner, Seymour Page, Judy Perry, Jan
Prentice, Deborah Quinn-Munson, Janine Robertson, and Nancy Schwam.

Electronic Digital Submissions—Tutorials 

MAS purchased tutorials from Chris Ivers to help our members with electronic digital submissions
to art shows. We will have 4 instructional PDF files on Jay Babina’s website for you to download for
the next month. They take you through the process step by step. You can open and view them at the
addresses below. Once open, you can save them to your computer for your own use.

For Photoshop Elements—www.outer-island.com/photos/elements.pdf

For Photoshop—www.outer-island.com/photos/photoshop.pdf

For IPhoto—www.outer-island.com/photos/iphoto.pdf

For Picasa—www.outer-island.com/photos/picasa.pdf


Sandra Kensler coordinates our art demonstrations. On May 18 Alain Picard did a pastel demo with
Ellen Fabain as model,and on May 21 Chris Ivers discussed electronic digital transmissions for artshows. Both events were well received by our members. Tony D’Amico, Deborah Quinn-Munson, Mike Eagle, and Lenny Moskowitz will round out our demonstration schedule.

The following demonstrations will be held on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Madison Memorial Town
Hall located next to the Madison Green. It is a two-story yellow brick building located just off Rte. 1
(Boston Post Road). Parking is in front, and the demos are on the top floor.

Thursday, June 5, Tony D’Amico—Waves 

Well-known artist Tony D’Amico will do an oil painting demonstration of waves. Channeling his creativity into a full-time career as a fine artist, Tony has studied with a number of nationally
recognized artists such as Donald Demers, Kenn Backhaus, Randall Sexton, Kathy Anderson, Gabor Svagrik, and David Dunlop. The diverse subject matter of his work is most often fueled by his plein air experiences along the east coast.
Tony defines his job simply: “I am a visual journalist capturing scenes of everyday life that are too often overlooked. The resulting work conveys my idealized interpretation of the subject matter.”
Tony has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, their online blog Outdoor Painter, as well as Fine Art
Connoisseur’s Fine Art Today. His work has won many awards, most recently, the Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Florence and Ernest Thorne Thompson Award at the Allied Arts of America 100th Annual Exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York City. He is a member of the Salmagundi Club, Oil Painters of America, Connecticut Plein Air Painters, and of course, the Madison Art Society. He is represented by The Geary Gallery in Darien.

Thursday, July 10, Deborah Quinn-Munson, PSA—Palette Knife

Winner of numerous awards, Deborah’s oil and pastel paintings are in both private and corporate
collections throughout the country, including the Healing Art Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital at
Yale New Haven Hospital. The Artist’s Magazine featured her paintings in the March 2011 cover article, The Solace of Still Water, and later an article on the technique of palette knife painting, Paint With a Knife.
Her work has appeared in a number of art publications, including American Art Collector and the Pastel Journal. The Copley Society of Art, the Salmagundi Club, and the Pastel Society of America are among her numerous elected memberships. She earned degrees in fine art at Wesleyan University and the University of New Hampshire and studied at DeCordova Museum and Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Thursday, August 7, Mike Eagle—Transparent Watercolor Landscape 

Old Saybrook watercolorist Mike Eagle attended the Hartford Art School, where he graduated cumlaude with a BFA in 1965. Over the ensuing years as freelance illustrator, Mike created numerous

October 2, Lenny Moskowitz—Acrylic Painting

New Haven artist Lenny Moskowitz received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and his MFA from Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy. He participates in group and solo shows at various galleries and teaches art at Quinnipiac College and at various community centers throughout the state, including the Guilford Art Center. He sees art as a self-portrait and his response to life, a communion between his subject and his self, translated into color. The movement of the line and brushwork expresses his gaze’s touch. He feels a good painting is as much observed into existence as it is painted into existence.

Display Opportunities

The MAS BOD has been looking into creating display opportunities for members. We believe in
collaborating with other non-profit organizations, which benefits the artists financially, increases the
exposure of our members’ work, and helps to raise money for the NGOs. It is a win for all involved.

Scranton Memorial Library Festival of the Arts Outdoor Show, July 25–26 
The Madison Art Society will hold its annual outdoor exhibition at the Scranton Memorial Library’s
Festival of the Arts on Friday and Saturday, July 25–26, 10 am–5 pm. The show is held under two
large tents at 26 Wall Street in Madison. It’s a great opportunity for the public to view the paintings
by 18 MAS artists and to support the library by purchasing paintings. The artists donate 10% of
their proceeds to the library. Thanks to John Copelin and Seymour Page for coordinating this event
again this year. If you want to sign up or ask questions, contact John Copelin at 203-245-0404 or
jjcopelin@comcast.net. Official sign-up is in June. Participation costs $30, which covers all costs (tent, publicity, and advertising). Don’t delay—it fills up fast!

The Madison Exchange Club Art and Antiques, August 9

MAS artists are invited to display their artwork on the Madison Green (far end near the Memorial
Town Hall). No entry fee, but artists donate 10% to the Madison Exchange Club for works sold. No rain date. You can set up and use your own tent or just bring racks. We encourage everyone to come out and support our local artists, antique vendors, and the Madison Exchange Club community efforts. Artists must sign up in advance, so contact Beverly Schirmeier at bschirmeier@yahoo.com or 860-399-6116 if you are interested. We are required to provide a list of participating artists to the Exchange Club a week prior to the event, so sign up early.

Bauer Farm, October 18

MAS artists will be painting and exhibiting their scenes of the farm during the Bauer Farm Harvest Festival. Open to all members, but paintings must be of Bauer Farm.

Plein Air Painting, Greenway Trail, Hammonasset State Park, September 6

Initial plans for this event are underway. It will take place along the Greenway Trail at Hammonasset
on September 6. The event ties in with the planned walks of the Greenway Trail on the first Saturday
of every month. Normally 35-90 walkers come out every month to walk the trail. Plein air painters will set up their easels along the trail, paint, and answer questions from walkers. The follow-up will be a reception and exhibition of the completed, framed trail scenes at Friends & Co. Restaurant in Madison.

Plein Air Painting 

Jay Babina has started our summer outdoor painting sessions, and we hope the weather will
cooperate. We try very hard to find interesting places to paint that can accommodate our large
group. We need to coordinate with owners of private properties and we do not want to wear out our
welcome, so please understand that these places are available only on the dates and times specified.
Participation is for paid MAS members only. If you are not on the list, email Jay at jbabina@snet.net.

People’s Bank in Madison

People’s Bank in Madison provides opportunities for MAS members to exhibit their work. Notify Sara Drought Nebel if you would like to show your work so she can plan the exhibit space. Email her at saranebel@yahoo.com or 203-245-6081. No fee or commissions. All work must be wired to hang.

Madison Town Hall Artists

Photos: Catspaw, acrylic by John R. Tubb

North Cove 1909 (Essex), oil by Daniel S. Dahlstrom

The Madison Art Society presents the artwork of Clinton artist John R. Tubb and Chester artist Daniel S. Dahlstrom. Both artists are inspired by nature, especially the effect of light and atmosphere on water. Their work is on display throughout May and June at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Road, Madison. The exhibit is open to the public and on view during regular business hours. If you want to participate in displaying your paintings, contact Patricia Seekamp at wseekamp@sbcglobal.net or 203-453- 6720.

John R. Tubb

John’s art education includes the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Pratt Institute in New York with
majors in illustration and advertising. After a career in graphic design, illustration, and art direction
for many Fortune 500 Companies in midtown Manhattan, John has entered the world of fine art.
Generally specializing in seascapes and marine subjects, he also does portraits and landscapes in many different media. Sailing small boats in the bays and harbors bordering Long Island Sound has given John a sense of light and mood uniquely suited to marine art. John has a vivid imagination and ability to visualize developed by years of creating conceptual renderings for advertising and packaging applications.

Daniel S. Dahlstrom

Dan, a Connecticut native, was raised in Essex and worked in the family decorating business for
many years. He currently resides in Chester. His work has been accepted into many local juried
shows, including the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, held in conjunction with the Lyme Art Association.Dan has studied at the prestigious Lyme Art Academy, and was asked to submit a piece into the students’ show, which was very exciting. Presently, he is working on several commissioned pieces and has commissioned pieces on display at the Water’s Edge Resort in Westbrook, the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam, private collections, and select interior designers, who follow his expanding body of work.Inspiration comes from the light effects of nature, and his renderings impart a serene, peaceful quality. He often paints scenes of his beloved Chester, the Connecticut River, and surrounding vistas of New England beauty. He enjoys working “en plein air (in the open air) and in his studio. Dan belongs to numerous art associations and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. His paintings are on display at galleries, libraries, and many places of business.

Artists in the News

Sally Brown, Linda Marino, and Cindy Stevens will be showing their work in the “Prelude to Summer” exhibit at Maple and Main in Chester.

Tom Mayer will be showing his shoreline oil and acrylic landscapes at the Guilford Library during July, and his abstract paintings will be on display at the Acton Library in Old Saybrook.

Lorene Sholl has her acrylic paintings on exhibit at the Clinton Library throughout June.

Terry Oakes Bourret and Christine Ivers are exhibiting at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club at the Salmagundi Club in NYC until June 6.

Beverly Schirmeier has her works of art at People’s Bank as the artist of the month of June.

Karen Wiesner is the artist of the month of June at the Liberty Bank in Clinton.

Maryanne Rupp was awarded Signature Member status in the Connecticut Pastel Society and won 2ndprize for pastels in the Academic Artists show—Giclee of New England Award.

Patricia Seekamp was awarded Signature Member status in the Connecticut Pastel Society, and two of her pastels were juried into the Maine Pastel Society show and she was accepted “For Pastels Only on Cape Cod.”

A new Clinton Arts Project Pop-Up Art Gallery started this summer at 20 East Main Street. There are 18 artists in the gallery, most of whom are MAS members. Hope you stop by Thursday–Sunday, 1–6 pm.

Cindy Stevens started her own art gallery on E. Main Street in Clinton.

Marge Casey has her paintings on display throughout June at Water’s Edge Resort in Westbrook.

Claudia Post has been awarded 5thsponsored by the Pastel Journal, and both portraits were published in the April issue. “Albert et la Chienne” was also awarded a prize in the 2013 Academic Artists Association Annual Juried Exhibition as well as the Margery Soroka Award for Merit at the 2014 Annual Juried Elected Members Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. “Portrait of Marie” was accepted into the 2014 Annual IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Juried National Competition. “The Mentor” was accepted into the American Women Artists 2014 National Juried Show. Currently, Claudia has five large pastel paintings on view at the First Niagara Bank in Chester.  place and honorable mention in this year’s Pastel 100 Competition