Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Painting on Silk demo by Gloria Nilsson

The Madison Art Society will offer a painting on silk demonstration by Gloria Nilsson on September 3, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  The demonstration will take place on the second floor of Memorial Hall on the Green in Madison.  The demo is free and open to the public.
Off the Cuff, Silk Painting

Gloria’s expressive process for painting on silk will be demonstrated using the SERTI (French for "fence" or "enclosing ") method, the traditional French approach to controlling the flow of water-based dye on silk. Gloria further elaborates form, shape, depth and movement by exercising the unconventional freehand use of pigmented gutta (resist). 

An accomplished artist and designer, Gloria also offers classes, workshops and weekly programs at the Arts Center in Killingworth, Chester Village West, Essex Meadows, Clinton Parks and Recreation, Durham Parks and Recreation and The Saybrook at Haddam.
          Contact info:  Beverly Shirmeier 860-399-6116 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Madison Art Society announces Town Hall Artists Jay Babina and Debbie Temple

Madison Art Society painters Jay Babina and Debbie Temple will be exhibiting their work during September and October at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison. The public is invited to stop by and appreciate the beautiful art. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours.

Jay Babina

Jay Babina - is a painter with over 40 years experience as well as a practicing graphic designer & Illustrator. He works in watercolor, acrylic and oil as well as various drawing mediums. Currently involved in various art societies throughout CT, he paints both plein air & studio works and approaches art with passion and enthusiasm. 
Bauer Farm Bridge, oil by Jay Babina

Jay received his AFA at Silvermine college of Art and his BFA at the University of Bridgeport

In addition to his painting and graphic work, Jay shares his skills and talents as a painting instructor at Artist View Learning Center in Madison and the Killingworth Art Center.  He is represented by the Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, CT

Debbie Temple
Debbie is a pastel painter and an active member and volunteer in many Connecticut art associations.  She belongs to Glastonbury Arts where she has served as co-director for the "Got Art" series and chair of the Members Tent on the Green Show. She is also a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society,
 Squaw Creek Falls, pastel by Debbie Temple
serving as co-chairperson of their Renaissance in Pastel Show and a frequent assistant and member of the Madison Art Society

In her artist's statement Debbie writes:
“I used to spend hours in my room drawing pictures when I was little. I have no idea where the original inclination came from, it just blossomed by itself. Sometimes I felt like what I drew literally came out of my hands without any effort on my part. Looking back now, I am grateful that my mother kept buying me more paper! I am naturally curious, visual and observant, so maybe that’s how this affinity began in the first place. All I know is that I am passionate about creating art and just as passionate and committed to learning and improving...”

Contact info:  Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Monday, August 10, 2015

Artist members of the Madison Art Society will exhibit their artwork at Friends & Company, 11 Boston Post Road, Madison

25 artists from the Madison Art Society will be exhibiting their artwork at the Friends & Company restaurant, 11 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.

 A Glorious End, pastel by Patricia Seekamp
The exhibit runs from August 25 - October 25, 2015.  An opening reception will be held on Sunday August 30 from 2 - 4 p.m. 
Good Morning Dudley, oil, by Paula Emery
The public is invited to enhance their dining experience by appreciating the art on the restaurant walls.

Contact information:  Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Artists from the Madison Art Society to exhibit at Art and Antiques show

Artists from the Madison Art Society will be showing their artwork in conjunction with the Exchange Club's Antique show, on the Green in Madison, August 8, 2015.  The exhibit will be held from 9 am - 4 pm, rain or shine. Artwork
Peonies in a glass vase by Marge Casey, oil
will be displayed on the side closest to Memorial Hall.  Participating artists donate a portion of all sales to the Exchange Club. 
Contact info:  Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Madison Art Society presents a pastel demonstration by Gigi Horr Liverant

The Madison Art Society will present a pastel painting demonstration by Gigi Horr Liverant on August 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  The demonstration will take place on the second floor of Memorial Hall, located on the green in Madison, CT.  The public is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Gigi Horr Liverant’s work is experiential and inspired by the inconsequential moments and places in life.  She juxtaposes rich color encouraging the observer to experience an ordinary scene with a fresh vision and a prompt to reevaluate his or her own perception. Gigi has worked with pastels and paint for over thirty years in an ongoing exploration of imagery.  Currently she has expended her work in pastels and oils to the use of acrylic paint for large-scale paintings. 
Crosswalk, pastel by Gigi Horr Liverant
She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Best in Show at the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 2014, the Richard McKinley Mentorship Award at the Pastel Society of America 2013,
First Prize Connecticut Women Artists, Best in Show Connecticut Pastel Society, the Andrew Giffuni Memorial Award at the Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition in 2009 and the Diane Bernhardt Gold Medal Award at the PSA Annual Exhibition in 2000. She is a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist and a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Liverant has also been awarded important national and regional commissions including the Cow Parades in both New York, West Hartford and Boston and murals at multiple private and public locations including the Connecticut Savings Bank. She has been featured in the Pastel Journal magazine and is much sought after teacher and lecturer in the Southeastern Connecticut area. 
Philly Street, pastel by Gigi Horr Liverant

Gigi’s paintings are included in the collection of the Lyman Allyn Museum, Connecticut College, Pfizer, Three Rivers Community-Technical College and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, in addition to numerous private and corporate collections nationally. Liverant exhibits her work at the Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme and the Granary Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard as well as numerous juried group exhibitions throughout the region.  She is a graduate of Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Gigi Liverant lives and works in Colchester, Connecticut.

Contact info:  Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Madison Art Society Summer Art Festival and Sidewalk Sale

The Madison Art Society is holding their Annual Scranton Memorial Library- Festival of the Arts, Outdoor Art

Seymour Page, CoChair of Summer Art Festival and Sidewalk Sale

 on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The art show will be located under two large tents located at 26 Wall Street in Madison, just behind the library and diagonally across from the Madison Post Office. The show is a great chance to support both local artists and the Scranton Memorial Library. Artists donate a portion of all sales to the library.  The exhibit will be held rain or shine.

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:  

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