As mentioned at our Annual Meeting last September and in the fall Highlights, the Board of Directors spent a significant amount of time developing and discussing a long range plan for the Madison Art Society. At the Art Critique that was held on February 12, 2012, the two Bylaw revisions were approved by the members.
1) All members must have graduated from high school or are 18 years or older to join MAS and to enter work in the art shows. Reason: High school students have many opportunities to show their work and to win scholarship awards. The Madison Art Society sponsors the Annual Shoreline Alliance for the Arts Visual Arts Scholarship for high school students, but we feel that the MAS membership and art shows are for college level students and adults.
2) Cap Membership enrollment for the Madison Art Society at 250 members. Elected and Associate artists (not including Honorary, Lifetime or Friends) will be capped at an enrollment of 250 paid active artist members. Reason: To ensure that our members have the ability to show their work at our Member Show, provide a better chance to compete and exhibit at our Juried Show; continue to provide room to participate at the Plein Air Sessions, Outdoor Art Shows and to attend the Demonstrations. We think that the collegial atmosphere that has been the mainstay of the MAS and the ability to manage it on a volunteer basis is important aspect and one that we want to continue to provide for our members. A waiting list will be created on an ongoing basis.
Eileen Eder's painting, Beyond the Frame, won first prize in Artist Magazine’s 28th Annual Art Competition out of 1600 entries. It was featured in the December 2011 magazine. Eileen Eder also has work on display at New Haven Lawn Club will be on view from 1/17 - 3/12 at 193 Whitney Ave., St. New Haven, Ct.
Daniels Dahlstrom will show his oil paintings at the Voila Gallery in Wickford RI in March.
Her art was chosen for the Northeast Watercolor Society International show, and the 67th Connecticut Artists Exhibition at the Slater Museum. She has won awards at Essex Art Association for her oil painting, watercolor, photography and pastel; Madison Art Society and Wethersfield Art League for her watercolors, West Hartford Art League and Audubon Society for her photography. She is a member of the CT Watercolor Society having been selected to display at two consecutive shows, an elected artist in the Essex Art Association, having been juried into 3 annual open shows, and an elected member of the Connecticut Women Artists. She is also a member of CT Plein Air Painters, Lyme Art Association, West Hartford Art League, Glastonbury Art Guild, Madison Art and Clinton Art Societies.
Barbara has studied pastels with Claudia Post, master pastel list, watercolor with Tom Lynch, Janet Walsh, Shauna Shane, Frank Fredrico and others. She studied portraits oil with Clayton Beck III, Plein air and still life in oil with Sandra Wakeen, Shauna Shane, and David Lussier/ Pamela Simpson (the plein air pair). In addition, Barbara is showing at Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art, 1 Maple Street, Chester, CT, www.mapleandmaingallery.com . Artist web site: www.brossitto.com, www.b-rossitto.artistwebsites.com and at www.b-rossitto.fineartamerica.com .