Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Madison Art Society Members' Show and Events

The Madison Art Society will hold its annual Member's show at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT from February 4-March 3, 2018.  The show, featuring artwork in all fine art media, will be held in the community room and can be viewed during regular library hours.  Selected works can also be seen above the computer on the main floor. 
"Ginny" by Mark Langdale Hough, Oil,
Winner of 2017 critic's choice award 
The opening reception, to which the public is welcome, will be on 
February 11 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 local artist John Massimino on February 18 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 throughout the year, many exhibition opportunities and an active plein air painting group and winter studio.
For more information visit: madisonartsociety.blogspot.com 

Contact Information: Marge Casey 203/458-8555

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Madison Art Society will present Artist Jeanne O'Brien at the Madison Town Hall January and February 2018

I became fascinated with art at an early age, at 4 or 5 years old.  As I got older I drew pictures of my younger brothers and sisters as they patiently sat still.  My plan was to become an artist but my parents encouraged me to become a nurse.  I went into nursing and retired as a Director of Nursing after 40 years of practice.  It was a very meaningful experience balanced by a reentry into drawing and painting about 15 years ago.
Old Saybrook- Old Lyme Bridge, oil 
I love being outside painting en plein air, and over the past summer, painted scenes of the Connecticut river and other locations.  We are blessed to be surrounded by extraordinary beauty.  The winter months are spent painting still life and figures. I encourage everyone to "enrich your life with art".

Contact information: Elena Gerard or Marge Casey mvc39@sbcglobal.net

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Madison Art Society announces Town Hall Artists for November and December

The Madison Art Society announces that popular Madison artists, Joan McPherson and Marilee B. Noonan will be the Madison Town Hall artists in November and December. Both are skilled artists who have captured the effects of light on objects both indoors and out of doors. Their work can be viewed at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT during the months of November and December.

Joan McPherson
Sunflowers On Monhegan by Joan McPherson,

Joan has pursued art for many years. She has taught painting at the Connecticut River Art Workshop in Essex, CT, at the Guilford Art Center, and for the town of Madison. Joan has served as treasurer and president of the Madison Art Society. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Connecticut Watercolor Society, the San Diego Watercolor Society, the New England Watercolor Society, and many local arts organizations. Her most recent one-woman exhibit took place at The Trailing Yew on Monhegan Island, Maine, this summer.

 Marilee B. Noonan
Silver Pitcher by Marilee B. Noonan, Oil

When asked, “Are you an artist?”, Marilee generally responds, “I don’t know about that but I sure do love to paint.” A science educator most of her life, she is now an oil painter whose works are primarily still life’s and landscapes.When designing her works, she thinks Aristotle said it best, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Influenced by teachers Bernard McTigue, John Massimino, Eileen Elder, and a wonderfully giving community of shoreline artists, her works explore effects of light to create vibrant and organic pieces.
Marilee serves on the Board of Directors of the Madison Art Society. She is also a member of the Lyme Art Association, the Clinton Art Society and the Guilford Art League.

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Madison Art Society announces citations in honor of President Beverly Schirmeier from The Town of Madison and The General Assembly of the State of Connecticut on September 17, 2017

                 Town of Madison Designates September 17 Beverly Schirmeier Day

At the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Madison Art Society held at the Madison Country Club a number of citations were awarded to Beverly Schirmeier for her almost a dozen years of leadership in the art society. Thomas J. Banisch First Selectman of the Town of Madison brought to the meeting, along with the signatures of the Board including Alfred J. Goldberg, Robert G. Hale, Scott M. Murphy and Bruce H. Wilson, a proclamation to name September 17, 2017 as Beverly Schirmeier Day in the Town of Madison. 
Eric Dilner, Executive Director of Shoreline Arts Alliance, presented the State of Connecticut Citation to Beverly from the entire membership of the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.
 Beverly Schirmeier, Marge Casey and Eric Dilner

They acknowledged it was through her artistic talent and gifted leadership that the Madison Art Society experienced unprecedented growth. It was under her tenure, they noted, that the Madison Art Society brought recognition to artists along the shoreline and throughout the state in all painting mediums. Her years of service enhanced the lives of artists here and in surrounding communities.
The E. C. Scranton Memorial Library of Madison, Connecticut has been host to many shows and exhibitions over the years and the Madison Art Society has made a considerable contribution in money and publicity to benefit the library. In response the Scranton Library also acknowledged Beverly on her special day with a letter from the board.  After the renovation project at the library the Society looks forward to being a part of the library’s future.
The 250 members of the Madison Art Society gifted Beverly with a personalized wooden travel box for her pastels as she is often found outdoors along the shoreline creating her prize winning pastel art. Because flowers are one of her favorite subjects and because she has beautiful gardens on her property Beverly also received a garden rock with a quote inscribed on it from Vincent Van Gogh, “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” The group felt this quote best described her dedication to the success of her art and the society during her years of leadership.
During her leadership she and the board have provided benefits for local artists and townspeople. Up to seven art demonstrations are held per year featuring professional artists and are very popular with the public often with ‘standing room only’ at these meetings held in various locations around the Town of Madison. Members and friends also enjoy outdoor painting that begins in May and continues weather permitting into the autumn months. A select number of members continue in the winter months with a winter studio where still life painting is done. A number of bus trips were enjoyed over the years to art museums in greater New England. The Society schedules a number of shows to acknowledge various levels of accomplishment in the art community including a juried show, an elected artist’s show, a member show and a board of director’s show.  In addition Peoples Bank and other public venues give space for artist’s work. This year in July the group held its 42nd   annual outdoor exhibition and show on the Scranton library property adding additional money to the thousands of dollars given to the library over the past 12 years. Shoreline high school students also benefit from the Madison Art Society during juried shows each year with the Sponsor a Student Award of $250.00 given through the Shoreline Arts Alliance.
During Beverly’s tenure she and the Board rewrote the bylaws to prepare a solid foundation for future growth. They became recognized with a 501(C)(3) tax exempt organization status, set up an auditing system, secured the dues paying process, added events and wrote a long term strategy plan and mission statement including qualifications for associate and elected artist status. So impressive was this accomplishment that many other art societies have adopted this plan to ensure solvency. 
An important part of this strategy included member surveys to ensure everyone was on board with the changes. A future hope is that the Madison Art Society can have a permanent location where workshops, shows and professional demonstrations can take place for the benefit of the entire shoreline art community. 
Marge Casey and Beverly Schirmeier
At the board meeting on October 2nd Beverly Schirmeier will pass the baton to Marge Casey who will take the reins of the organization. She and Beverly have worked together for months to ensure a smooth transfer and uninterrupted success for the future. The members look forward to Marge’s ideas as she enjoys leadership in the coming year.  

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Friday, September 15, 2017

Madison Art Society announces an oil painting demonstration by noted painter Frank Bruckman

On Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM the Madison Art Society will host an oil painting demonstration by noted painter Frank Bruckman. The event will be held at Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road, Madison, CT. The demonstration is free and open to the public. 

Frank Bruckman discovered painting in his 20's while living in his native state New Jersey. Compelled by the seductive properties of oil paints he began studying at the DuCret School of Art and at the Art Student's League in New York City. He knew he'd embarked upon a lifelong career after being encouraged by art collectors and professors to continue study abroad. In Paris he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Paris Academy. In addition, Frank copied paintings at the Musee D'Orsay and the Louvre to better understand the techniques of many Great Masters from Frans Hals to Cezanne. Later in Madrid Frank copied at the Museo de Prado reproducing many painters including Velasques and El Greco.
Still Life with Apples

While abroad Frank made his living as an artist by selling his local landscapes and museum reproductions and also by modeling for figure classes. After participating in a number of group shows and his own exhibitions he returned to the United States in 1990. Upon arrival Bruckman was offered an artist's studio in South Norwalk, Connecticut and while there discovered the very paintable Connecticut shoreline.

Soon after through art guilds and galleries he made connections and began showing his work in both New Jersey and Connecticut and throughout New England. Frank was recognized with awards such as The Weiss Sisters Award (2001) (2006) (2012), The coveted Grumbacher Medal Award (2004), First Prize Jurors Award (2006) and Elizabeth Prast Award (2008) all at the New Haven Paint and Clay Club and The Brush and Palette Club.
Frank painting outdoors at Monhegan Island, Maine

Frank lives with his family in the Westville section of New Haven, Connecticut an area known for its culturally rich and diverse artsy population. His gallery representations include two of New Haven's prominent galleries; Keller Liddell Gallery and Elm City Artists. In addition you will find Frank Bruckman at the Citywide Open Studios and the Westville Village Artwalk. Both are New Haven annual events. His subjects include Monhegan Island, Maine where he leads a group of painters in the summer months, Nova Scotia, Florida, St. Barth, Mexico, Colorado and the bucolic landscapes of Pennsylvania. His work is included in many American and International collections.

This demonstration is a unique opportunity to meet a very talented artist during a very active time of his painting career. Please come early as space is limited. 

Contact Information:
Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Saturday, September 09, 2017

The Madison Art Society will hold a Board of Director's show at the Scranton Memorial Library

John Tubb a Guilford artist and Marilee Noonan, a Madison artist will be among the 19 artists exhibiting in the Madison Art Society Board of Directors show at the Scranton Memorial Library in October.  The art show and sale features works, in all media, by members of the Madison Art Society Board of Directors.  The wall space of the community room is equally allocated to the artists and each artist decides how many works to display.
Surf's Up by John Tubb, acrylic
The Board of Directors of the Madison Art Society is composed of artists who volunteer their time to enrich and promote the arts on the shoreline and support the educational outreach of the Madison Art Society.  The society offers its 250 members several exhibition opportunities each year, an active plein air painting group, a winter studio group and numerous artist demos and lectures that are also open to the public.  Each year the society also funds a scholarship for a local high school student interested in studying art. 

A percentage of all artworks sold is donated to the library and over the years MAS has donated more than $17,000 to the Scranton Memorial Library.  

Contact information:  Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Monday, September 04, 2017

The Madison Art Society announces Town Hall Artists for September and October: Liz Egan and Diana Rogers

Madison Art Society members, Diana Rogers and Liz Egan, both residents of Clinton, will be exhibiting their artwork at Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT during the months of September and October.  The study of nature  through plein air work and in their travels informs the paintings of both artists.  The art show is open to the public and is viewable during regular business hours.

Diana Rogers
Diana's paintings are all about color and nature.  Landscape and seascape painting is a direct way for her to connect emotionally with "mother nature".  Stating that "the world is losing pristine landscapes and seascapes at a rapid pace", Diana finds documenting what she sees and appreciates in nature as a way for her to show her respect for the environment.  She finds pastels ideal for expressive painting in all seasons.  The medium; intense, pure pigment is the perfect complement to the colorful bounty of nature.
Poppy Season by Diana Rogers, pastel

Her paintings are in private and public collections including Yale Smilow Cancer Center and Yale Art Space in New Haven.

Liz Egan
After graduating from Purchase College (BFA) and Buffalo State College (MS), Liz began what became a 15 year career in non-profit arts administration.  She worked in colleges, universities, non-profits and as an independent arts consultant. She has been Executive Director of WYBC (Yale University), Managing Director of Company One Theater (Hartford) and Art Consultant in the Inner City Cultural Development Program, a program of the CT Commission on the Arts.
Hotel Weisler, Graz, Austria by Liz Egan, silkscreen

At every point Liz remained true to her art, drawing and painting and finding unique opportunities to bring her art to the community.  Her many murals in college found their natural evolution in the installation art and set design which she began to do in the early '90s, designing sets for theaters and dance productions including performing Ensemble and The Pedro Alejandro Dance Ensemble.

Continuing to bring art to the community, she currently teaches art at Westbrook Middle School.

Contact information:  Marge Casey 203-458-8555