Thursday, April 20, 2017

Madison Art Society announces Town Hall Artists for May and June

The Madison Art Society announces popular local artists, Hilary Griffin of Madison and Daniel Dahlstrom of Chester, will be the Madison Town Hall artists in May and June.  Both painters of local scenes, Griffin and Dahlstrom capture the beauty and charm of shoreline towns and seasides.  Their work can be viewed at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT during the months of May and June.  The exhibit is viewable during regular business hours.

Hilary Griffin
Hilary has painted watercolors for more than twenty-five years, painting commissions for private collections and donating paintings to auctions for charity. In 2008, the Madison Chamber of Commerce recognized Hilary’s artwork and chose her to paint postcard scenes depicting the town of Madison in watercolors. She was also selected as one of the local artists for the Madison Lion’s Club’s biggest fundraiser through the sale of art .  In 2016 the Madison Art Society awarded Hilary the Popular Choice Award for her Stairs and Stripes watercolor.  She is on the board of directors of the Madison Art Society.
The Madison Beanery by Hilary Griffin, watercolor

Hilary is a native of Greenwich, Connecticut.  She traveled throughout her life where she developed a deep appreciation for the beauty of the world around her.  Her extensive travels in her youth through America’s breathtaking national parks, and her travels with her family around the world have inspired her to recreate the beauty she witnesses, through watercolors,  painting a diverse array of subjects. In 2004 she moved to Madison, CT, with her husband, and three children.  She is available for commission work.

Daniel Dahlstrom
Daniel (Dan) Dahlstrom is a Connecticut native, was raised in Essex, Connecticut and worked in the family decorating business for many years, and currently resides in Chester, Connecticut. His work has been accepted into many local juried shows, including the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut, held in conjunction with the Lyme Art Association.
Choppy Waters at the Outer Light
and Lynde Light by Daniel Dahlstrom, oil
Dan has studied at the prestigious Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and with several professional, local artists. Presently, he is working on several pieces for his upcoming exhibits and commissioned pieces. You can also find commissioned pieces on display at the Water’s Edge Resort, Westbrook, Connecticut, The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Haddam, Connecticut, and in private collections.  

Inspiration comes from the light effects of nature, and his renderings offer a serene, peaceful quality. He often paints scenes of his beloved Chester, the Connecticut River, Long Island Sound, and the surrounding vistas of the beautiful countryside of New England. He enjoys working “en plein air” (in the open air) and in his studio.

Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Madison Art Society announces its 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition and Sale

The Madison Art Society will hold its 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition and Sale May 1-26 2017 at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison.  The exhibition, open to all Connecticut fine artists over the age of 18, features work in all media.  Submitted works will be selected for exhibition by juror and  winner of last year's Best in Show prize, Del-Bourree Bach. 
Del-Bourree Bach, juror

There are several community events scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit.  On Sunday, May 7, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. William Lustenader, adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University and Albertus Magnus College will present an art lecture entitled " The Birth of the Baroque: The Legacies of Caravaggio and Annibale Carracci in 17th century Art. The public is invited and the lecture is free.

The opening reception and awards ceremony will be Thursday May 115-7 p.m. The reception is a good time to meet the artists, see the exhibit and support local art.

Wednesday May 24, 6:30 p.m. is a popular poetry reading by members of the Guilford Poets Guild.  The poets visit the art exhibit and select works that inspire poems.  At the reading the poets share their work while the art is displayed.  It is always interesting to hear how the visual art influences the written art, even how the same work can influence more than one poet in different ways.

The Madison Art Society thanks the members of the Madison business community who donated awards and prizes for the show.  Their support is greatly appreciated by the artists.

Contact info: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Madison Art Society announces Madison Town Hall Artists for March and April

The Madison Art Society is pleased to announce the Town Hall artists for March and April.  Old Saybrook pastelist, Judy Perry and Northford oil painter, Patty Meglio will be exhibiting their artwork at the Madison Town Hall, 81 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.  The exhibition is open and viewable during regular business hours.

Patty Meglio
Bauer Farm House, oil by Patty Meglio
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Patty began taking drawing and painting lessons about 20 years ago.  Painting mostly in oil on canvas or linen that she carefully prepares herself, she has a modern, impressionistic style.  She finds inspiration in country landscapes, seascapes and still life.  To see more of her work visit:

Judy Perry
Calm Morning, pastel by Judy Perry
An award winning artist, Judy Perry's paintings enhance private collections throughout the United States.  Her formal training began over 30 years ago studying Fine Art and Special Education at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  Today, Judy resides and creates in Old Saybrook, CT.

Contact information:  Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Madison Art Society will host a critique of work on exhibit at the society's 42nd Annual Art Show

A critique of selected works, currently on exhibit in the Madison Art Society's 42nd Annual Show, will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 William Simpson, an oil painter and drawer of large scale charcoal works will offer comments and constructive criticism providing learning opportunities for artists and non artists alike. 
Talcott Ridge by William Simpson, oil
The critique will take place in the community room at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.  Mr. Simpson will also select the recipient of the Madison Art Society Critic's Choice Award from the 122 artworks on exhibit. 

William Simpson is an oil painting instructor at the West Hartford Art League and the Windsor Art Center. He is represented by Gallery Antonia in Chatham, MA. The public is invited to the critique and to see the show.  The artworks can also be viewed during the library's regular hours until February 25, 2017.

Contact information: 
Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Madison Art Society to host Painting demonstration by Guilford artist Eileen Eder

The Madison Art Society will host an oil painting demonstration by Guilford artist Eileen Eder on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The evening's topic is planning still life paintings, but the focus, Smart Painting, is important for all artists in all genres.  Eileen states     " The first 30 minutes of starting a painting should be spent planning and playing with your composition."  She will explain the power of big shapes, value studies and how the 'rule of thirds' for both composition and values will make huge improvements in your paintings.
Winter's Day by Eileen Eder, oil 24" x 40"

The demonstration will be held in conjunction with the Madison Art Society's 42nd annual Member Show.  The exhibit, featuring work from the society's 250 members is viewable at the Scranton Memorial Library from February 1 - 25. Art is on exhibit in both the community room and over the computers on the main floor.

Eileen Eder received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art.  She is a member of the Salmagundi club, Oil Painters of America and Lyme Art Association Elected Artists.  Her work has won top awards in the still life category in Artist's Magazine and in both local and national shows.  She is currently teaching at Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and Lyme Art Association.  Her work can be seen at

Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

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