Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Madison Art Society announces citations in honor of President Beverly Schirmeier from The Town of Madison and The General Assembly of the State of Connecticut on September 17, 2017



                 Town of Madison Designates September 17 Beverly Schirmeier Day

At the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Madison Art Society held at the Madison Country Club a number of citations were awarded to Beverly Schirmeier for her almost a dozen years of leadership in the art society. Thomas J. Banisch First Selectman of the Town of Madison brought to the meeting, along with the signatures of the Board including Alfred J. Goldberg, Robert G. Hale, Scott M. Murphy and Bruce H. Wilson, a proclamation to name September 17, 2017 as Beverly Schirmeier Day in the Town of Madison. 
Eric Dilner, Executive Director of Shoreline Arts Alliance, presented the State of Connecticut Citation to Beverly from the entire membership of the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.
 Beverly Schirmeier, Marge Casey and Eric Dilner


They acknowledged it was through her artistic talent and gifted leadership that the Madison Art Society experienced unprecedented growth. It was under her tenure, they noted, that the Madison Art Society brought recognition to artists along the shoreline and throughout the state in all painting mediums. Her years of service enhanced the lives of artists here and in surrounding communities.
The E. C. Scranton Memorial Library of Madison, Connecticut has been host to many shows and exhibitions over the years and the Madison Art Society has made a considerable contribution in money and publicity to benefit the library. In response the Scranton Library also acknowledged Beverly on her special day with a letter from the board.  After the renovation project at the library the Society looks forward to being a part of the library’s future.
The 250 members of the Madison Art Society gifted Beverly with a personalized wooden travel box for her pastels as she is often found outdoors along the shoreline creating her prize winning pastel art. Because flowers are one of her favorite subjects and because she has beautiful gardens on her property Beverly also received a garden rock with a quote inscribed on it from Vincent Van Gogh, “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” The group felt this quote best described her dedication to the success of her art and the society during her years of leadership.
During her leadership she and the board have provided benefits for local artists and townspeople. Up to seven art demonstrations are held per year featuring professional artists and are very popular with the public often with ‘standing room only’ at these meetings held in various locations around the Town of Madison. Members and friends also enjoy outdoor painting that begins in May and continues weather permitting into the autumn months. A select number of members continue in the winter months with a winter studio where still life painting is done. A number of bus trips were enjoyed over the years to art museums in greater New England. The Society schedules a number of shows to acknowledge various levels of accomplishment in the art community including a juried show, an elected artist’s show, a member show and a board of director’s show.  In addition Peoples Bank and other public venues give space for artist’s work. This year in July the group held its 42nd   annual outdoor exhibition and show on the Scranton library property adding additional money to the thousands of dollars given to the library over the past 12 years. Shoreline high school students also benefit from the Madison Art Society during juried shows each year with the Sponsor a Student Award of $250.00 given through the Shoreline Arts Alliance.
During Beverly’s tenure she and the Board rewrote the bylaws to prepare a solid foundation for future growth. They became recognized with a 501(C)(3) tax exempt organization status, set up an auditing system, secured the dues paying process, added events and wrote a long term strategy plan and mission statement including qualifications for associate and elected artist status. So impressive was this accomplishment that many other art societies have adopted this plan to ensure solvency. 
An important part of this strategy included member surveys to ensure everyone was on board with the changes. A future hope is that the Madison Art Society can have a permanent location where workshops, shows and professional demonstrations can take place for the benefit of the entire shoreline art community. 
Marge Casey and Beverly Schirmeier
At the board meeting on October 2nd Beverly Schirmeier will pass the baton to Marge Casey who will take the reins of the organization. She and Beverly have worked together for months to ensure a smooth transfer and uninterrupted success for the future. The members look forward to Marge’s ideas as she enjoys leadership in the coming year.  

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555





Friday, September 15, 2017

Madison Art Society announces an oil painting demonstration by noted painter Frank Bruckman


On Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM the Madison Art Society will host an oil painting demonstration by noted painter Frank Bruckman. The event will be held at Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road, Madison, CT. The demonstration is free and open to the public. 

Frank Bruckman discovered painting in his 20's while living in his native state New Jersey. Compelled by the seductive properties of oil paints he began studying at the DuCret School of Art and at the Art Student's League in New York City. He knew he'd embarked upon a lifelong career after being encouraged by art collectors and professors to continue study abroad. In Paris he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Paris Academy. In addition, Frank copied paintings at the Musee D'Orsay and the Louvre to better understand the techniques of many Great Masters from Frans Hals to Cezanne. Later in Madrid Frank copied at the Museo de Prado reproducing many painters including Velasques and El Greco.
Still Life with Apples

While abroad Frank made his living as an artist by selling his local landscapes and museum reproductions and also by modeling for figure classes. After participating in a number of group shows and his own exhibitions he returned to the United States in 1990. Upon arrival Bruckman was offered an artist's studio in South Norwalk, Connecticut and while there discovered the very paintable Connecticut shoreline.

Soon after through art guilds and galleries he made connections and began showing his work in both New Jersey and Connecticut and throughout New England. Frank was recognized with awards such as The Weiss Sisters Award (2001) (2006) (2012), The coveted Grumbacher Medal Award (2004), First Prize Jurors Award (2006) and Elizabeth Prast Award (2008) all at the New Haven Paint and Clay Club and The Brush and Palette Club.
Frank painting outdoors at Monhegan Island, Maine

Frank lives with his family in the Westville section of New Haven, Connecticut an area known for its culturally rich and diverse artsy population. His gallery representations include two of New Haven's prominent galleries; Keller Liddell Gallery and Elm City Artists. In addition you will find Frank Bruckman at the Citywide Open Studios and the Westville Village Artwalk. Both are New Haven annual events. His subjects include Monhegan Island, Maine where he leads a group of painters in the summer months, Nova Scotia, Florida, St. Barth, Mexico, Colorado and the bucolic landscapes of Pennsylvania. His work is included in many American and International collections.

This demonstration is a unique opportunity to meet a very talented artist during a very active time of his painting career. Please come early as space is limited. 

Contact Information:
Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Saturday, September 09, 2017

The Madison Art Society will hold a Board of Director's show at the Scranton Memorial Library




John Tubb a Guilford artist and Marilee Noonan, a Madison artist will be among the 19 artists exhibiting in the Madison Art Society Board of Directors show at the Scranton Memorial Library in October.  The art show and sale features works, in all media, by members of the Madison Art Society Board of Directors.  The wall space of the community room is equally allocated to the artists and each artist decides how many works to display.
Surf's Up by John Tubb, acrylic
The Board of Directors of the Madison Art Society is composed of artists who volunteer their time to enrich and promote the arts on the shoreline and support the educational outreach of the Madison Art Society.  The society offers its 250 members several exhibition opportunities each year, an active plein air painting group, a winter studio group and numerous artist demos and lectures that are also open to the public.  Each year the society also funds a scholarship for a local high school student interested in studying art. 

A percentage of all artworks sold is donated to the library and over the years MAS has donated more than $17,000 to the Scranton Memorial Library.  

Contact information:  Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Monday, September 04, 2017

The Madison Art Society announces Town Hall Artists for September and October: Liz Egan and Diana Rogers







Madison Art Society members, Diana Rogers and Liz Egan, both residents of Clinton, will be exhibiting their artwork at Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT during the months of September and October.  The study of nature  through plein air work and in their travels informs the paintings of both artists.  The art show is open to the public and is viewable during regular business hours.

Diana Rogers
Diana's paintings are all about color and nature.  Landscape and seascape painting is a direct way for her to connect emotionally with "mother nature".  Stating that "the world is losing pristine landscapes and seascapes at a rapid pace", Diana finds documenting what she sees and appreciates in nature as a way for her to show her respect for the environment.  She finds pastels ideal for expressive painting in all seasons.  The medium; intense, pure pigment is the perfect complement to the colorful bounty of nature.
Poppy Season by Diana Rogers, pastel

Her paintings are in private and public collections including Yale Smilow Cancer Center and Yale Art Space in New Haven.

Liz Egan
After graduating from Purchase College (BFA) and Buffalo State College (MS), Liz began what became a 15 year career in non-profit arts administration.  She worked in colleges, universities, non-profits and as an independent arts consultant. She has been Executive Director of WYBC (Yale University), Managing Director of Company One Theater (Hartford) and Art Consultant in the Inner City Cultural Development Program, a program of the CT Commission on the Arts.
Hotel Weisler, Graz, Austria by Liz Egan, silkscreen

At every point Liz remained true to her art, drawing and painting and finding unique opportunities to bring her art to the community.  Her many murals in college found their natural evolution in the installation art and set design which she began to do in the early '90s, designing sets for theaters and dance productions including performing Ensemble and The Pedro Alejandro Dance Ensemble.

Continuing to bring art to the community, she currently teaches art at Westbrook Middle School.

Contact information:  Marge Casey 203-458-8555

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: