Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Madison Art Society to host Acrylic Painting demo by Bill Colrus

The Madison Art Society will host an acrylic painting demo by artist Bill Colrus on Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  The demo will take place in the community room at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.  The demonstration is being held in conjunction with the society's 41st Annual Juried Show.  
Blues by Bill Colrus, acrylic

Bill Colrus, a longtime illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer - now retired- is well known for his versatility and fondness for trying new approaches.  He has turned his hand to fine art and the same passion for exploration prevails. In addition to his work as a commercial artist, Bill taught at Paier College of Art for 33 years.  He still enjoys teaching, currently offering small classes in area towns.  "I have always encouraged students to explore and discover more about themselves through their art", says Colrus.  
Wind Power by Bill Colrus, acrylic

The Madison Art Society is dedicated to the promotion of art along the shoreline and offers artists demos and lectures throughout the year.  Events are free and open to the public.

Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Madison Art Society Announces the Town Hall Artists for May and June

The Madison Art Society announces the Madison Town Hall Artists for May and June.  Lyme artist Cheryl M. Sorensen and Branford artist Diana Perron will be exhibiting their artwork at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.  The show is open to the public and viewable during regular business hours.

Cheryl M. Sorensen
Essex Boathouse, oil by Cheryl Sorensen
Cheryl yearned to be an artist all of her life, but earning a living, raising a family and a lot of other things got in the way.  When she retired she finally had a chance to start dabbling in art and she dove in head first.  For the past year she has been painting in oils.  She has studied with Lou Bonamarte, Tony Couch, Liz McGee, Bivenne, Jerry Caron, David Dewey and Eileen Eder.  Cheryl hopes to grow as an artist for the rest of her life.

Diana Perron
Island Landscape Gouache by Diana Perron
Diana began her working life picking apples and later started an herb farm before becoming a landscape gardener.  Her art interest began when she started recording the beauty of the world in which she was immersed.  She has returned to the landscape as her primary inspiration using both known and remembered landscapes as her subjects.

She has participated in group shows in all along the shoreline.  As a recipient of the purchase award from New Haven Paint and Clay Club, she has a painting, Tidal Marsh-West River in their permanent collection.

Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Madison Art Society 41st Annual Juried Art Show

2015 Best in Show winner,
Winters Glow, pastel by Judy Perry
The Madison Art Society will host their 41st Annual Juried Art Show May 2-27, 2016. The exhibit showcasing works done in a variety of fine art media will be on display at The Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT and will be viewable during regular library hours.  Connecticut artists, over the age of 18, were eligible to enter their artwork for jurying. The works were selected by juror James Magner, a well known plein air painter from Connecticut and Chatham, MA. Long a Madison tradition, the show offers viewers an opportunity to see some of the best artwork by Connecticut artists, available today.  A portion of each sale is donated to the library.

Several special events are offered in conjunction with the show.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission fee.

Thursday, May 12 5-7 p.m. Opening reception and Awards ceremony

Sunday, May 15 1:30-3:30 p.m. Acrylic Painting demonstration by artist Bill Colrus

Thursday, May 266:30-8:30 p.m. Poetry Reading by members of the Guilford Poets Guild.  Poems shared are inspired by artworks on exhibit.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Madison Art Society will host a lecture and demonstration by Deborah Quinn-Munson entitled " 80/20 Contrast is Everything - A Talk about Composition in Painting"

The Madison Art Society will host a lecture and demonstration entitled " 80/20 Contrast is Everything - A Talk about Composition in Painting".  The evening's presenter is well known Chester artist Deborah Quinn-Munson.  The event will be held on April 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road, Madison, CT.  The lecture is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend.
Marsh Side, pastel by Deborah Quinn-Munson

In simple terms "Composition is the arrangement of unequal things", according to John Ruskin, English writer and artist. Deborah Quinn-Munson will expand on this idea by breaking down the painting process into 4 basic elements- shape, value, color and detail.  She will focus on the percentage of these elements in an overall composition.  The Rule of Thirds, Steelyard Composition and The Golden Section will be discussed.  Finished paintings will be used to illustrate these concepts.  
Ebb and Flow, pastel by Deborah Quinn-Munson

Loving bold color and energetic brush strokes, Quinn-Munson explores the contrast between nature's strength and its more gentle side.  Her paintings bring us to serene and restful places with distant horizons and peaceful surroundings.  She is a member of the Salmagundi Club, The Pastel Society of America, The Copley Society and the Providence Art Club. 

Contact info:  Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Call for Artists for Madison Art Society 41st Annual Juried Show May 2 - 27, 2016

The Madison Art Society invites Connecticut artists who have graduated from high school or are 18 years of age or older to enter a work of art in their 41st Annual Juried Show. 
Cochairs Anne Merriam and Isabel Lane
The show and sale will take place at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.  The dates of the exhibit are May 2 - 27, 2016 with receiving on April 30, 2016, 9:30 - noon. Juror is James Magner, well respected plein air painter, from CT and Chatham, MA.  The prospectus can be viewed at: madisonartsociety.blogspot.com

Contact information: Anne Merriam 203-458-1920 or Isabel Lane 860-757-4444

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Madison Art Society Town Hall Artists for March and April 2016

The Madison Town Hall artists for March and April are Don Trownsell and Patricia Gedney, both residents of Madison.  Their work will be displayed at the Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT during the months of March and April.  The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular business hours.

Patricia Gedney
Artist Patricia Gedney is a graduate of Jamison School of Professional Art in New York City.  She has continued her art education studying with Lou Bonamarte, Jerry Caron and Lou Stousberger. 
The Old Maple Tree by Patricia Gedney, watercolor

Patricia is a member of the Madison Art Society, the Guilford Art League and an elected member of the Clinton Art Society. She has been the recipient of awards in watercolor and oils and in 2012 her painting was honored with the First Place prize in the Madison Art Society Juried Show.

Don Trownsell
Don is primarily an oil painter, although he is also trained as a watercolorist.  He has studied locally with artist Lou Bonamarte. 
Stonewall Barn by Don Trownsell, oil
Other studies have been with Elwood Bengert of the Salmagundi Club in New York, Yvonne Stark of the Hilton Head Academy of Art and at the Denver Art Academy.

He is a member of the Clinton Art Society, the Guilford Art League and the Madison Art Society.  He also serves on the Board of the Madison Art Society.

Contact information:  Beverley Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Monday, February 08, 2016

Winners of the Popular Vote award and the Critic's Choice Award announced at Madison Art Society Members' Show

The Madison Art Society held their opening reception for their Members' Show on February 7, 2016.  Those in attendance voted for their favorite artwork among the 113 works exhibited.  The winner of the Popular Choice
Hilary Griffin, Popular Choice Award winner
Award is Hilary Griffin for her watercolor entitled Climb High.  Her award was generously funded by Lenny and Joe's.  Susan Powell of Susan Powell Fine Art, a gallery in Madison chose the Critic's Award.  This year's recipient is Mike Eagle for his watercolor painting entitled August 17th. Both award winning works will be on display  as part of the Members' show at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road until February 26.

In conjunction with the exhibit the society will be offering a critique of
Mike Eagle, Critic's Choice award winner
selected works in the show by award winner Mike Eagle.  The critique will be held in the community room of the library on Sunday, February 21 from 1:30 - 3:30.  The critique is a excellent opportunity for artists and viewers to hear a professional artist review works and offer suggestions for improvement.  The public is 
welcome to attend.

Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116