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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Madison Art Society Elected Artists show October 2 - 28, 2016

The Madison Art Society is holding its first elected artist show October 2-28, 2016 at the Scranton Memorial Library 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.  Elected artist status is earned by artists, in good standing, who have been accepted into 2 juried shows within a 5 year period of time.  Over half of the society's 250 members have been designated elected artists.  Artwork in all art mediums, including sculpture, will be on exhibit in the community room of the library and can be viewed during regular library hours.

An opening reception will be held on October 13 5-7 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend, view the work and meet the artists.  Those attending the reception will also be able to vote for their favorite artwork.  After the votes are tallied the artist of the winning work will receive the Viewer's Choice award.
"Caught" by Lisa DeFilippo, oil

The Madison Art Society in a community organization dedicated to supporting the arts along the shoreline. Membership offers many benefits including exhibition opportunities, artist demonstrations and lectures, plein air painting group, winter studio and an annual bus trip to a major museum. 

A portion of all sales from the exhibit will be donated to the library. In the last ten years the Madison Art Society has donated over $16,000 to the library. 

Contact info:  Marge Casey 458-8555203-

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Madison Art Society announces Town Hall artists for September and October- Pam Carlson and Robert Dietz

The Madison Art Society has announced the Town Hall artists for the months of September and October.  Essex artist, Pam Carlson and Madison artist, Robert Dietz will be exhibiting their work at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.  Finding inspiration from the landscapes of the shoreline and from their travels, both artists are active in local art societies and galleries.  Their work can be viewed during regular business hours.

Pam Carlson

Evening Griswold Point by Pam Carlson, acrylic
Pam was born and raised in Darien, CT where, even at a young age, she loved art and participated in local school art shows.  She worked in advertising, as a teacher and a full time mother before returning to her art.  She exhibited in "town green" art and craft shows up and down the east coast for 20 years.

Currently, she concentrates on gallery shows, exhibiting in local galleries, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Bozeman, Montana.  Five of her paintings of Connecticut's farm animals are presently hanging in the Congressional Office building in Washington, D.C.

Robert Dietz
Together at Meig's Point by Robert Dietz, pastel
After retiring, first from the electronics industry as a chip designer, then as a custom home builder, and finally as a home inspector, Bob decided to get back to his art roots.  35 years ago he dabbled in pastels and now he has dusted off his pastel set and been producing art work as if there was no break at all. HIs current work is inspired by recent trips to Cape Cod, Maine and Nova Scotia.

Bob is a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, Madison Art Society, and Lyme Art Association.  He is represented by Maple and Main Gallery in Chester, CT.

Contact information:  Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Madison Art Society Summer Art Show and Sale

Members of the Madison Art Society will be holding their summer Art Show and Sale on July 22nd and 23rd from 10-5 p.m. The show, in a tent on Wall Street, adjacent to the Scranton Memorial Library will be held rain or shine.  Fourteen local artists will be exhibiting their artworks, many of which are of shoreline scenes.  Several participating artists belong to the society's plein air painting group.  The group meets weekly, beginning in June and continuing until all agree it is too cold to continue to paint outside.  

Madison Art Society Members left to right: Seymour Page, Patricia Seekamp and John Copelin

A portion of all sales is donated to the Scranton Memorial Library. In 2016 the library will host 3 major Madison Art Society shows.   Over the years members of the Madison Art Society have donated over $16,000 to the library.

Contact information: Beverley Schirmeier  860-399-6116