Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Madison Art Society Elected Members’ Show

The Madison Art Society presents their annual Elected Members’ Show at the Essex Art Association, 10 North Main Street, Essex, CT 06426. The exhibit normally held at the E.C. Scranton Library has relocated this year due to the renovations about to begin at the library and the society’s 136 elected artists have been graciously invited to use the facilities of the Essex Art Association. From the 250 members of the Madison Art Society the elected members have had work accepted into juried shows twice within a 5 year period. The show and sale will be art in all fine media including painting, drawing and sculpture. The reception for the show will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 from 5:00- 7:00 PM.
Mary Anne Rupp
A special event this year will be a plein air wet paint sale to be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Artists in the morning hours will find beautiful scenes in and around the town of Essex, set up their easels, and paint for the enjoyment of townspeople.  At 3 PM until 5 PM a reception and sale of the art will take place at the 10 North Main Street location.   
Each year a vote is taken for most popular artist and Randie Karhl won last year with her oil titled “Peonies”.
Randie Karhl, Peonies
She is a skilled artist who will give a demonstration open to the public at the Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road, Madison on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 PM. This is an opportunity to learn her technique for painting flowers in oil.
All are invited to these events and there is no charge.

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Madison Art Society Announces Town Hall Artists for September and October

The Madison Art Society announces Steven Plaziak and Bill Hosking as the Madison Town Hall Artists for September and October.  Their exhibit is open to the public and viewable during regular business hours at 8 Campus Drive in Madison, CT. Working to connect the community to fine art and increase awareness of the many artists in the shoreline area, Madison Art Society sponsors exhibits at the Madison Town Hall.  In rotating exhibits, each for two months, the society features the work of two talented, local artists.  Visitors and town employees alike appreciate the artwork and the locales which inspired the artists.

The early autumn artists are both watercolorists.  Steven Plaziak states: “I try to find beauty in unusual places...something unique, something ordinary, something human.” Finding painting “fun” he enjoys the medium of watercolor for its moments of unexpectedness.  He finds those times to be “challenging and rewarding”.
Low Marsh by Steven Plaziak, watercolor
Subjects such as old barns, boats and architecture are sources of inspiration.

Meigs Point by Bill Hosking
Bill Hosking “strives to boldly express his interpretations of landscapes, earth forms, real or imagined, with a strong dependency on abstract design”.  Bill spent his pre retirement years in industry and the military, finding painting time to be sporadic.  After retiring he embarked on a new career as a painter.

Contact information:  Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Monday, June 18, 2018

Madison Art Society announces Town Hall Artists for July and August

The Madison Art Society announces the Town Hall artists for July and August are Madison residents John Copelin and Muci Clemens. Their work will be on display in the main hallway of the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.

John K. Copelin

John graduated from Yale College, and Yale Architecture School, and worked as a self-employed architect  for 40 years. He started watercolor painting upon retiring from architecture in 2001, and studied for a number of years with Lou Bonamarte. He now paints with a group of watercolor artists every Wednesday, headed by Joan McPherson. John is a proud member of the Madison Art Society, the Clinton Art Society and the Guilford Art League; where he has successfully shown his work.
Collage of a Landscape,
9"x12" watercolor collage by John K. Copelin

His collages are actually two watercolor paintings, one of which is sliced into strips of varying sizes and carefully fixed on top of a base painting. The attempt is to prevent one painting from dominating the other. Hopefully, this process develops a dialog between the resulting stripes. The results should not be readily apparent, and the hope is to further engage the viewer in the artwork.

Sometimes the collage is composed of two completely independent paintings and some are two paintings of the same object done in complimentary colors. Occasionally the subjects of the work are only remotely selected but the values and colors are compatible. His work demands your attention as it is uniquely beautiful in its handling of watercolor art.

Muci Clemens

From still life to landscapes and portraits, Muci Clemens paints in a representational, impressionistic style with either oil or pastel. The rebirth of nature and its dependable cycle of life, peaceful and pensive, filled with light, influences her colorful palette. After earning her degree in Art and Applied Science at San Diego State University, California Ms Clemens studied at The Art Student's League, NYC and Silvermine School of Art in Norwalk, Connecticut. She continues to collaborate in workshops with Doug Dawson, Daniel Greene and Clayton Beck.
Truck at Barberry Hill Farm,
20"x 24", oil by Muci Clemens

Her memberships include the Connecticut Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, Lyme Art Association, Society for Creative Arts Newtown, CT,  Audubon Artists and The Vero Beach Art Club, Vero Beach, Florida. Muci participates in area shows and was recently a part of the Mark Twain Library Art Show, Redding, Connecticut. Her memberships in local art associations include the Madison Art Society, the Guilford Art League and the Clinton Art Society. You can also find her work in shows at The Pen and Brush, Inc., NYC, The River Road Gallery in Wilton, Connecticut, Vermont Artisan Design Gallery, Brattleboro, Vermont and Gallery 14, Vero Beach, Florida. Muci Clemens has received a number of awards from these venues and has been a featured artist throughout the state and in New York City. 

This is a "must see", exhibit and is open during Town Hall hours. Each artist will display about five or six pieces of art.

Contact Information: Marge Casey (203) 458-8555

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Madison Art Society announces an Art Festival and Sidewalk Sale

It's a special privilege to once again hold the Madison Art Society Festival and Art sale at the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library which runs simultaneously with the Town of Madison Sidewalk Sales Days beginning at 9:30 AM Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, 2018. The location is on the west side of the library facing Wall Street.

For many years a percentage of the sales have gone directly to the library which, when added to our other donations, equals over the years thousands of dollars. Two tents will be erected and each artist will be given space of their own making this a rain or shine event.
Meet and greet the artists

Artists will be available all day to answer questions giving the public an excellent opportunity to meet the artist and talk about the art on display. 

This rain or shine event is free and open to the public of all ages.

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Friday, June 01, 2018

Madison Art Society spotlights two upcoming demonstrations by noted artists.

Thursday June 7 - Bivenne Harvey Staiger, watercolorist will demonstrate her technique

Thursday July 5 - Portrait artist Jack Montmeat oil painting demonstration 
Location: Madison Senior Center, Bradley Road, Madison CT.
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Open to all.

Bivenne Staiger is a classically trained artist and former textile designer who is drawn to the subject of flowers, trees, and animals, especially birds. Through her painting, Bivenne shares her love for birds and nature, light, and pattern. She is an elected artist member of the Salmagundi
"Standing Out"  watercolor by Benvenne Harvey Staiger
Club, American Artists Professional League, and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York City. She has also served as the Vice President of the Connecticut Watercolor Society and President of the Art Guild of Middletown. She enjoys painting from her own inspiration and welcomes commissions.
Jack Montmeat is an award-winning local portrait painter and illustrator with a studio in East Lyme, CT. Jack grew up in Old Lyme, and began taking classes at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts as a teenager. After receiving his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio in 2002, as well as studying in Paris and Florence, he began painting portraits full-time. 

Jack has received many awards for his portraiture, including winning first place in the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists “Faces of Spring 2007” exhibition which was juried by renowned portrait artist Aaron Shikler. Jack is a three time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. He also recently received a Stobart Fellowship which enabled him to study independently in the museums of Paris. Jack has been teaching drawing and painting as well as monitoring at the Lyme Art Association since 2002. Jack is also an illustrator for Major League Baseball.  Paloma (oil, 28×22) by Jack Montmeat was a Portrait finalist in the 24th Annual Art Competition.  

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Madison Art Society announces the winners of the 43rd Annual Jury Show Exhibition and Sale

The E.C. Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT is home to the Madison Art Society's 43rd Annual Jury Show and sale of 87 paintings including all types and styles of art with $3,000.00 in prizes awarded. Over one hundred and twenty-five Shoreline artists both members and non members entered the show. 
First Prize went to Madison Art Society member Joan McPherson for a watercolor; "San Diego, Downtown View." The Second Prize winner is Sunil Howlander with the Third Prize going to  Isabel Lane.
Joan McPherson, watercolor;
"San Diego, Downtown View." 
A number of additional awards provided by area businesses included the following winners: Bill Colrus, Mike Eagle, Linda DeStatnis, Jim Grabowski, Bob Dietz, Christine Drago, Joe Roberti, Patricia Seekamp, Laurel Friedmann, Joan Wallace and Eileen Eder. 
The judge for this exceptionally beautiful show was Bob Noreika an accomplished award winning artist and illustrator. The show and sale is open to the public during library hours.

Contact Information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Madison Art Society 43rd Annual Juried Show 2018

Congratulations to all those who were accepted into the Madison Art Society 43rd Annual Juried Show for 2018.  The juror commented that there were so many beautiful works that it was a challenge to choose.  We had 125 entries and 86 accepted. Thanks to all the artists who participated and to the wonderful volunteers who gave up their Saturday and Sunday this past weekend to make this a truly beautiful show.
Selected works should be picked on May 25/26. Non-selected work should be picked up this week in the 2nd floor History Room of the library.
Marge V. Casey
MAS President

1. Terry Bogan Tulip Rhythm–watercolor 400
2. Anthony Scala Eleshark Mountain–acrylic 300
3. Judith Meyers Alla Prima Ballerina–oil 1300
4. Randi Kahrl Copper and Brass–oil 995
5. Judith Gay In His Element–watercolor 575
6. Margaret Dean Still Life with Hen–oil 450
7. Laurel B Friedman Nimbus–pastel/acrylic 450
8. Beverly Schirmeier Winter Warmth–pastel 1200
9. Richard Raicik Backpack Trail–watercolor 595
10. Paul Loescher On the Hammonasset River–w/c 800
11. Eileen Eder Thomas Oyster House–oil 1250
12. Anne Coffey Man Plans–mixed media 350
13. Maryanne Rupp Edge of November–pastel 800
14. Jim Durkin Sharp Shinned Hawk–watercolor 350
15. Ellen Lerner Tom–oil 325
16. Mark Langdale Hough My Lucy–graphite 400
17. Lois Ramunni Portrait–mosaic/mixed 275
18. Layne Building Blocks–oil 800
19. Martha Reisman Three Women Dancing–collage 750
20. Denise Gaffney Hartz Blue–acrylic 950
21. Marilee B.Noonan Dad's Violin–oil 350
22. Stuart Alan Lerner Chaos In the City/calm on the farm–metal found objects 750
23. Earl Killeen Cuttlefish watercolor 1400
24. Nancy Schwam My Eddy–watercolor 650
25. Molly McDonald Backyard–mixed 250
26. Polly Castor Carpe Diem–pastel 750
27. Stewart Byron New England Spirits–mixed 1600
28. Elena Gerard Neil's Quiet Moment–charcoal & chalk 550
29. Bob Ferraro A Star Is Born–oil 600
30. Sandra Kensler News–oil 600
31. Diane Chandler Khmer's Daughter–oil 700
32. Robert Dietz Field Shadows–pastel 700
33. Mike Eagle From The Manisses –watercolor 1200
34. Phyllis Bevington Staley's Tree Farm –oil 450
35. Sunil Howlader The Shepard –acrylic 3400
36. Annette Pompano Circle of Life –acrylic 1000
37. Nancy Armstrong Evanescence –oil 300
38. Bill Colrus Ready to Go –acrylic 1600
39. Keiko Kaiser At the Dock - Port Clyde –w/c 280
40. Janine Robertson Rolling In The Deep –oil 1800
41. Jill Heathman Totem –acrylic 485
42. Denise Casey Lieutenant River –acrylic 175
43. Joe Roberti Golden Cane Palm –watercolor 800
44. John Copelin Two Buildings in Tuscany – watercolor/collage 800
45. Susan Gillie Path At Giverny –acrylic 600
46. L. Boisvert DeStefanis Lotus Rising II –oil 1650
47. Christine Drago Stepping Out –watercolor 475
48. Claudia Van Ness Sunflowers In a Vase –watercolor 300
49. Sara Drought-Nebel Core –acrylic 350
50. Melissa Imossi Searching For Crabs –oil 350
51. Isabel Lane Cat Boat, Block Island –oil 700
52. Linda Thomas Highstead Meadow - Monarch Migration –acrylic 2000
53. Wendy R. Kohli Peace –acrylic 125
54. Mary Laforge June Delight –watercolor 800
55. Judy Perry Swirl Too –pastel 775
56. Hilary Griffin Umbrellas Up –watercolor 250
57. Joan Bernard Inspiration Point –pastel 350
58. Karen Weisner Autumns Palette –pastel 600
59. Joan Wallace Osprey Nests –oil 850
60. Patricia Seekamp Enders Falls –pastel 800
61. Liane Philpotts On the Trail –oil 400
62. Linda Beagle Quiet Morning–oil 575
63. Jim Grabowski Dream Forest –mixed 1200
64. Richard McKillip The Headland –watercolor 250
65. Roy Wrenn Salt Marsh –acrylic 600
66. Bruce Lighty Up a Creek With a Paddle–w/c 475
67. Pamela Morgan Underwater Garden –watercolor 1200
68. Ralph Acosta Sturgeon –watercolor 2000
69. Lisa Defillippo Lean on Me –oil 850
70. Muci Clemens Dapper Havana Trumpeter –oil 2000
71. Cheryl Sorensen Fifty Shades of Earl Grey –oil 400
72. William Seekamp Transitory Tower –oil 1000
73. Madeline Coakley Journey –pastel 250
74. Deborah Greco Hammonasset Marsh No. 2 –pastel 175
75. Steven Plaziak Elm Spring Farm –watercolor 650
76. Bill Hosking Waterfall –acrylic 175
77. Cathy Weiss Reflections on Main Street –mixed 180
78. Debbie Temple Brain Freeze –pastel 900
79. Don Watson Sailors Delight –watercolor 300
80. Jo Dongweck Bee Candy –watercolor 225
81. Joan Mcpherson San Diego, Down Town –watercolor 650
82. Maureen Wilkinson Colors of the Island –watercolor 300
83. Cindy Taylor Men at East Wharf –watercolor 300
84. Diane Stone Burst of Light –oil 225
85. Nancy Chapman Beach Boss –acrylic 300
86. Melanie Ward Vista #67 –oil 600