Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The Madison Art Society's Elected Artist Exhibit Guilford Free Library

The Madison Art Society Elected Artist Exhibit will be held at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street, Guilford, CT.  The Guilford Library is a new venue for the Madison Art Society which has traditionally held their exhibits in Madison. 
Cobalt sky by Janine Robertson, oil on aluminum
Due to the renovation of the Scranton Memorial Library, the society will be hosting their popular annual shows in various new locations.  The Elected Artist show will be held in the community room in Guilford and viewable Monday - Thursday 9-8, Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-1. Elected artist status is conferred to artists members whose work has been accepted into 2 or more MAS juried shows within a 5 year period.

The Madison Art Society has 250 members all dedicated to supporting art across the shoreline.  The society offers exhibition opportunities, an active plein air painting group and winter studio, plus artists demos and lectures throughout the year.

Contact information: Bev Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Madison Art Society Outdoor Art Sale to benefit Scranton Memorial Library

Sixteen Madison Art Society artists will be exhibiting and selling their artwork on July 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Located in a tent on Wall Street, the sale features local artists and many of the artworks are of familiar shoreline scenes.  A portion of all sales benefits the Scranton Memorial Library.  
Patricia Seekamp at Scranton Memorial Library Outdoor Art Sale
The Madison Art Society has always considered the library its home and over the last ten years has donated over $17,000 to the library.  While the library undergoes renovations, the society will hold its exhibits in alternate venues, some in nearby towns.  In the meantime, MAS continues to work with the library in planning exhibition space for the future.  The tent sale is an excellent opportunity to meet local artists and support the library.

Contact information:  Beverly Schirmeier 868-399-6116

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Madison Art Society Announced Madison Town Hall artists for July and August

The Madison Art Society announces Madison residents, Bill and Shirley Davidson will be the Madison Town Hall artists during the months of July and August.  The Town Hall artists program, sponsored by the society, showcases the art work of local artists.  The exhibition at 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT is open to visitors during regular business hours.  

Shirley Davidson 
After graduating from the University of Illinois with a BFA, Shirley earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Fine arts in Bloomfield, Michigan
You Don't Bring Me Flowers, acrylic by Shirley Davidson

Bill Davidson
Bill attended the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit, Michigan. 
Home in Westport, acrylic by Bill Davidson
After many years as an Art Director for advertising agencies, art studios and corporations, Bill retired and focused on fine art, which he enjoys greatly.

Contact information: Beverly Shirmeier:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Madison Art Society will present an Artist Demo by Lisa DeFillippo

The Madison Art Society will host an art demo by oil painter Lisa DeFilippo on Thursday July 6, 6:30 pm. at the Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road, Madison, CT.  The demo entitled "Go Figure" will focus on the fundamentals of figure and portrait painting.  
Margaret, oil by Lisa DeFillippo
Designed to be an informative conversation, Lisa's demo will cover basic anatomical points and common mistakes artists make when drawing or painting the figure.  The presentation is designed for portrait and figure painters as well as those who place figures in their landscape or interior paintings.  Using a variety of drawings and tools, Lisa will give attendees many take-away lessons that are easily understood and can be incorporated into each artist's painting process.

Head in Hands, oil by Lisa DeFillippo
Lisa DeFillippo is an award winning painter, elected artist at Lyme Art Association and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  She started her career as a fashion illustration student and studied at Paier Art School.  Working continually from life, she has studied with Deane Keller Sr, Hollis Dunlap and Steven Assael.

The demo is free and open to the public.

Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Madison Art Society Needs a New Home

The Madison Art Society has been fortunate to call the community room of the Scranton Memorial Library their home over the past 42 years.  This is where numerous demonstrations and art exhibitions are staged each year ( 2 small art shows 25-30 pieces of art and 3 large shows 80-125 works of art).  The library provides good public access and foot traffic.  Due to the library plans for re-modeling later this year, the Society will be losing their exhibit space.  It is uncertain at this point whether the planned renovation will include needed exhibit space, but it is certain the library cannot accommodate the Society’s needs for the next two years. 
Beth Crowley, Library Director, Scranton Memorial Library,
and Beverly Schirmeier, President of the Madison Art Society
The Society has been looking for alternate art exhibition space in Madison, but so far it has been unsuccessful. We are open to suggestions, please contact Beverly Schirmeier, President of the Madison Art Society at 860-399-6116 with any suggestions to keep the Society in Madison.  We are looking at neighboring locations to mount the art shows in the interim.
The Society promotes and encourages fine art in our community, the schools and among its 250 artist members. It provides support and exhibition opportunity for artists at all levels of experience in Madison and the surrounding towns, works in collaboration with non-profits organizations and provides free educational demonstrations open to the public,  Over the years the Madison Art Society has held numerous well received art exhibitions and demonstrations at the library and donated $17,500 from sales to the library. 
Art reflects the values and needs of the community it serves.  The generosity of individuals, businesses, and merchants of the shoreline towns over the past 42 years has helped the Madison Art Society meet its goals to support art awareness along the shoreline.  The  Madison Art Society has  illustrated its desire to contribute to the cultural fabric of Madison.  They would like the community’s help to remain in Madison.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Madison Art Society to present Jan Blencowe "Keeping a Nature Journal"

The Madison Art Society will host a presentation entitled "Keeping a Nature Journal" by artist Jan Blencowe on June 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road, Madison, CT.

Keeping a nature journal creates a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. Learn to develop sketching skills that will inform your plein air and studio paintings, filling them with authenticity and life. Jan will have plenty of her own nature journals on hand, suggestions for how to get started, ideas for documenting and learning about the plants and animals you encounter, and methods for quick, “sketching on the spot” techniques in a variety of media.

Jan Blencowe is a Connecticut landscape painter and keen observer of the natural world. She keeps a nature journal and explores and documents her life through visual and illustrated mixed media journals. She is a member of the American Society of Naturalists and a licensed JourneyCircles™ facilitator. Her sketchbook, Winter in Connecticut, is part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York.

The public is welcome and the presentation is free.

Contact information Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Guilford Poets Guild and the Madison Art Society to present Poetry Night

On Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. the Madison Art Society and the Guilford Poets Guild will present a very special event.  Poetry Night, is an evening on which the poets read aloud poems inspired by the artwork displayed at Madison Art Society's 42nd Annual Juried Show.  The poems, sometimes funny, other times poignant or emotional are read with flair and drama by the poets.
February (detail) by Joe Roberti,
colored pencil on embossed paper
The art that inspired the poem is displayed during the reading.  The event is enjoyed by the artists and poets alike and is open to the public.  Artists whose work is selected as the subject of a poem have likened having their work chosen to winning a prize.  

80 works of art in all fine art media are on exhibit in the community room of the library.  Awards were announced at the opening reception on May 11, 2017.  The Best in Show award, donated by Davis Realty went to Joe Roberti for his stunning colored pencil on embossed paper, "February".

Winner of Best in Show Joe Roberti,
presented by MAS member Nancy Armstrong
 $3045 in awards were given to 17 Connecticut artists.  The Madison Art Society is grateful to the local businesses and donors for their support of the arts along the shoreline.

Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116