Saturday, March 03, 2018

Madison Art Society Members' Shows and Events

The Madison Art Society engages many Shoreline citizens in a vigorous exercise of their artistic talents. This past February marked the 43RD Annual Member’s Show.  Stuart Lerner from Stuart Lerner Gallery, Madison, Connecticut received the People’s Choice award for his metal sculpture titled “Basket of Deplorables.” It was constructed by found objects including various kinds of metal. Stuart’s metal sculptures can be seen around the Connecticut shoreline.  Close to one hundred pieces of art were on display at that event and many guests from local communities voted. Every time a painting is sold in the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, who hosts our shows, a percentage is given to the library fund.
Basket of Deplorables

Madison Art Society members are active in displaying art in many places around the community. Friend’s and Company, a restaurant in Madison, currently has 20 paintings on their walls for March and April.  Whenever you visit the Madison Town Hall you will see a dozen paintings on display for two months at a time. It’s the work of two different artists each month. We aren’t finished yet. The Society sponsored a painting demonstration and art critique last month and there are many more on the calendar. Townsfolk attend these events free of charge. 

From January through March some Society members are engaged in a winter studio held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church to prepare art for the festivals already on the calendar for spring and summer .During late spring and into autumn Art Society members dot the Shoreline landscape with their easels and produce beautiful landscapes. The sale of this art bring spring and summer thoughts into many homes during the long winter months with a sensitive reflection of those warm sunny days.

Many of the Madison Art Society members are fresh talent having just begun their art experience and yet many others have sold a number of pieces of art and have web sites. There are experts in every area including oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor. Some artists specialize in creating abstract art and collage and others prefer realism. At every show at least one sculpture is on display. Art appreciation is alive and well on the Shoreline and the Madison Art Society is thrilled to participate. 

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Madison Art Society announces Town Hall Artists for March and April

The Madison Art Society announces popular local artists, Isabel Sharlotte Lane of Westbrook, and Elena Gerard of New Haven, will be the Madison Town Hall artists in March and April. Both show a variety of subject matter including the local seaside and still life and the human figure. Their work can be viewed at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, Connecticut during the months of March and April. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours.

Isabel Sharlotte Lane
Isabel has been a resident of the Connecticut Shoreline for most of her life and it's ever changing views, serenity and beauty have inspired her work. Because she paints plein aire, "in the landscape" she is able to capture it's true colors, atmosphere, light, vastness and feeling. The artist's travels throughout New England and Europe have also inspired her art. In the studio working from life, this inspiration received from out of doors, affects her figures and still life pictures enhancing their beauty.

For over seventeen years Isabel has taught art in both public and private schools having earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a Professional Educator Certification at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven. Additional education includes a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration
Dockyard by Isabel Sharlotte Lane, Oil
at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Old Lyme, Connecticut. Her paintings and etchings have been exhibited and collected at various venues in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island and notably at the The Little Gallery, Chester, Connecticut. 

Isabel currently works from her studio located in a 1740 post and beam carriage house beside the Falls River in Westbrook, Connecticut.

Elena Gerard  Elena has spent summers doing plein aire painting on the Connecticut Shoreline along with many other artists and paints in oil, watercolor and acrylic. On a weekly basis she joins artists at The Brush and Palette located at the Slade Ely House, New Haven, Connecticut to paint from live models that have inspired her to complete over 100 figure drawings that can be seen at her website Elena She is a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society and The New Haven Paint and Clay Club.
Branford Beach by Elena Gerard, Acrylic

French Country by Elena Gerard, Acrylic
The artist received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Paier College of Art, Hamden, Connecticut. In addition she has a Life Membership at The Art Student's League, New York City where she studied with Irwin Greenberg. Elena has sold art by commission in Connecticut, New York State, California, Washington, and Florida. She illustrated a book, Even a Little is Something. Ms Gerard received the Milford Art Council's Plein Air Project- Mayor's Choice award in 2014 which is in the permanent art collection at the Parson's Government Center, Milford, Connecticut.

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Snow Date for MAS Member Show Critique

Due to the predictions for heavy snow tonight through the morning, the MAS Member Show Critique has been changed to Saturday, February 24 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the library. Hope all of you can attend. Please let any members that do not have emails know too. 
Do not forget about this Thursday's demonstration by Bernie McTigue. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Madison Art Society will present an Artist Demo by Bernard McTigue

The Madison Art Society on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:30- 8:30 PM will host at the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, Madison, CT, Bernard McTigue for a demonstration of landscape painting in oil. Salmungundi Club Annual Open Exhibition, (Gamblin Color Award 2009), the Hudson Valley Art Association annual exhibition, (Rayma Spaulding Award 2009 ) including various awards at exhibitions such as first place in,"The John Stobart Fellowship Award Winners: 1989-2011 Exhibition;"juried by John Stobart and held at the Firehouse Square Gallery in New London, CT in 2011.
Picture #2 WHALE ROCK- oil- 16" x 20"
In addition he was awarded a one man show at 
The Gallery at Firehouse Square in June 2012. Locally he exhibits his work at the Rockport art Association (Rockport , Ma), the Lyme Art Association (Old Lyme, CT)., Madison Art Society (Madison CT), Clinton Art Society (Clinton CT) He has taught privately and professionally at his studio in Waterford CT, and several art centers including the Artisan's Harbor Gallery, the Mystic Art Center, Maple and Main Gallery, the New London Continuing Education, Killingsworth Art Center and, Middlesex Community Education in Old Saybrook.
Picture #3 GRASSY HILL - oil- 16" x 20"

Picture #1 EDIBLE ARRANGEMENT- oil - 18" x 24"
Bernard has displayed his work in various art galleries in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. He has won awards of distinction in such exhibitions as the 
The demo is free and open to the public on a first come first served 

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The following artworks will be in the 43rd Annual Member Show

The following artworks will be in the 43rd Annual Member Show

This is just a sneak preview of some of the wonderful artworks on view at the Scranton Library in Madison from February 3 to March 3rd.  Opening reception is Sunday, February 11, 1:30-3:30.  

"Hammonassett River"/ oil/ Jeanne O'Brien, Deep River

"Artist's Enclave"/ oil/ Randie Kahrl
"Taking the Back Road"/ pastel/ Maryanne Rupp/ Killingworth, CT

" Jumping Horses"/ acrylic/ Elena Gerard/ New Haven, CT

 "Seattle Blues"/ pastel/ Beverly Schirmeier/ Madison, CT
"Circle of Life/" mixed media. Paula Emery/ Lyme. CT

Art Critique by Artist John Massimino

The Madison Art Society during its 43rd Annual Member Show will host artist John Massimino  Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT from 1:30-3:30 PM. John is in demand throughout the art community in South Central Connecticut for his expert critiques. This occasion is an opportunity to see artist’s work from many Shoreline towns critiqued by a professional. Pictured below is artwork from Madison, Old Lyme, Deep River and New Haven that can be seen at the show.

John Massimino is a New Haven native and received his B.F.A. from the Hartford Art School. He has held a number of exhibitions and shows here in the United States and Italy. The New Britain Museum of Art, the AHDA Art Gallery in N.Y.C., the Hotel San Michele in Capri, Italy and the Galleria D’Arte Personale, Italy are a few of the places that have hosted his one man shows.

John’s works are in a number of permanent collections including the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, the Springfield Art Museum, the New Britain Museum of Art, Fairfield University, the Kennedy Space Center Museum, Florida as well as in private collections here and abroad.

John Massimino has received 40 painting awards among them include the American Watercolor Society, the Connecticut Watercolor Society, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Berkshire Art Association , the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, the Brush and Palette Club and the Audubon Show in New York.

John taught at Paier College of Art in Connecticut for over twenty years and is currently a visiting professor. He is a member in Who’s Who in the East, U.S.A. the Dictionary of International Biography, Men of Achievement and is a part of the NASA Team of Artists at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

This critique is a rare opportunity to watch a professional review local artwork. There is so much to learn as all artists encounter the similar challenges in composition, value study and use of color. Please join us free of charge. The seating is first come first served.

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555

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: 

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