Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Madison Art Society announces Madison Town Hall Artists for March and April

The Madison Art Society is pleased to announce the Town Hall artists for March and April.  Old Saybrook pastelist, Judy Perry and Northford oil painter, Patty Meglio will be exhibiting their artwork at the Madison Town Hall, 81 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.  The exhibition is open and viewable during regular business hours.

Patty Meglio
Bauer Farm House, oil by Patty Meglio
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Patty began taking drawing and painting lessons about 20 years ago.  Painting mostly in oil on canvas or linen that she carefully prepares herself, she has a modern, impressionistic style.  She finds inspiration in country landscapes, seascapes and still life.  To see more of her work visit:

Judy Perry
Calm Morning, pastel by Judy Perry
An award winning artist, Judy Perry's paintings enhance private collections throughout the United States.  Her formal training began over 30 years ago studying Fine Art and Special Education at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  Today, Judy resides and creates in Old Saybrook, CT.

Contact information:  Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Madison Art Society will host a critique of work on exhibit at the society's 42nd Annual Art Show

A critique of selected works, currently on exhibit in the Madison Art Society's 42nd Annual Show, will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 William Simpson, an oil painter and drawer of large scale charcoal works will offer comments and constructive criticism providing learning opportunities for artists and non artists alike. 
Talcott Ridge by William Simpson, oil
The critique will take place in the community room at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.  Mr. Simpson will also select the recipient of the Madison Art Society Critic's Choice Award from the 122 artworks on exhibit. 

William Simpson is an oil painting instructor at the West Hartford Art League and the Windsor Art Center. He is represented by Gallery Antonia in Chatham, MA. The public is invited to the critique and to see the show.  The artworks can also be viewed during the library's regular hours until February 25, 2017.

Contact information: 
Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Madison Art Society to host Painting demonstration by Guilford artist Eileen Eder

The Madison Art Society will host an oil painting demonstration by Guilford artist Eileen Eder on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The evening's topic is planning still life paintings, but the focus, Smart Painting, is important for all artists in all genres.  Eileen states     " The first 30 minutes of starting a painting should be spent planning and playing with your composition."  She will explain the power of big shapes, value studies and how the 'rule of thirds' for both composition and values will make huge improvements in your paintings.
Winter's Day by Eileen Eder, oil 24" x 40"

The demonstration will be held in conjunction with the Madison Art Society's 42nd annual Member Show.  The exhibit, featuring work from the society's 250 members is viewable at the Scranton Memorial Library from February 1 - 25. Art is on exhibit in both the community room and over the computers on the main floor.

Eileen Eder received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art.  She is a member of the Salmagundi club, Oil Painters of America and Lyme Art Association Elected Artists.  Her work has won top awards in the still life category in Artist's Magazine and in both local and national shows.  She is currently teaching at Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and Lyme Art Association.  Her work can be seen at

Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Madison Art Society 42nd Annual Member Show

The Madison Art Society will hold its annual Members show at the Scranton Memorial Library February 1– February 25, 2017.  The show, featuring artwork in all fine art media, will be held in the community room and can be viewed during regular library hours. 
August 17 by Mike Eagle, watercolor,
winner of 2016 critic's choice award
Selected works can also be seen above the computers on the main floor. The opening reception, to which the public is welcome, will be on February 5 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  The reception is a great time to brighten the winter, greet friends and neighbors and meet the artists. In conjunction with the show there will be a critique of selected works by Granby artist William Simpson on February 19 from 1:30- 3:30 p.m.  

The 250 members of the Madison Art Society are committed to the support of the arts along the shoreline.  The society offers lectures and artist demos thoughout the year, many exhibition opportunities and an active plein air painting group and winter studio. 

 Contact information:  Beverly Shirmeier  860.399.6116

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Madison Art Society announces Madison Town Hall artists for January and February 2017

The Madison Art Society is pleased to announce the Madison town hall artists for January and February 2017.  Branford artist, Molly McDonald and Madison artist Sandra Kensler will exhibit their artwork at 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.  Both retired teachers, the artists excel in their use of colors, shapes and line. The exhibit is open to the public and can be viewed during regular business hours.

Molly S. McDonald
Bayside, oil on canvas, by Molly McDonald
Molly McDonald recently retired from 35 years of teaching art in the Guilford school system.  An avid painter, with 3 degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, Molly describes her work as follows: "My style is direct, whether abstract or representational.  Broad pencil marks, fluid brush strokes, and a paint loaded palette knife are my tools.  In still life, landscape or figure, abstract or representational, I respond to life experiences past and present.  Colors abutting, lines lain out, edges defined or not, become my mode for ongoing intuitive conversation with materials and ideas." To see more of her work visit

Sandra Kensler
View from NYC Apartment, oil by Sandra Kensler
Sandra Kensler exchanged her music teaching career for life as a painter.  She has developed a love for the process of "painting flat" using blocks of vivid color in well defined shapes to capture the moment and express her vision.  Stating, "I exaggerate color and simplify shape and shadows.  I try to make my paintings of real things more contemporary and more abstract by paring down design, tight cropping, unusual angles, flattened forms, highlighted color and sharp-edge contour line."  Visit www.KenslerArt.comto learn more.

Contact info: Beverly Shirmeier 860-399-6116

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Small Gem Show at People's United Bank

Elected artists from the Madison Art Society are exhibiting works, 6"x 8" or smaller in a show entitled "Small Gems". 
Seaway Walkway by Sara Drought Nebel, oil
The exhibit at People's United Bank, 752 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT features art perfectly sized and priced for gift giving. 
Blues and Green by Sister Joan Bernard, ink
The show can be viewed during the bank's business hours.

Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Madison Art Society announces Town Hall Artists for November and December Claudia Van Nes and Bill Colrus

The Madison Art Society has announced the Town Hall Artists for November and December.  Chester artist Claudia Van Nes and Guilford artist Bill Colrus will be exhibiting their work at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.  The Town Hall exhibits, each featuring two of the 250 members of the Madison Art Society, are a great way to bring art into the workplace.   The exhibit, which is open to the public, can be viewed during regular business hours. 

Claudia Van Nes
Claudia long painted in acrylics, but in the last couple of years, has turned back to pen and ink and watercolors using a rather fanciful style and concentrating on scenes and objects she is most familiar with. Very recently she has taken up abstract collage with papers she paints herself.
Five and a Half Chickens by Claudia Van Nes, watercolor

Claudia exhibits at Maple and Main Gallery in Chester, which she founded 7 years ago and where she is director, the Clinton Art Gallery and the annual Five Women Painting Show at the Essex Art Gallery.

Bill Colrus
Bird Lady by Bill Colrus, watercolor
Bill Colrus, a longtime illustrator and designer, is known for his versatility and fondness for trying new approaches.  After retiring from the commercial art world and turning his hand to fine art, the same passion for exploration prevailed.

Though a latecomer to fine art, Colrus' work - originals and prints - already hang on many walls here and outside the area.  Coming with his newfound pursuit have been many awards, including best in shows.

Contact information: Patricia Seekamp 203-453-6720