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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Madison Art Society announces Town Hall Artists for May and June

During the months of May and June the Madison Art Society will feature  the works of Marlene Sicuranza and Nancy A. Chapman at the Madison Town Hall Campus in Madison, Connecticut. Each artist will display at least six pieces of  work. 

Marlene Sicuranza
Marlene Sicuranza, of Westbrook, is a member of the Clinton Art Society, the Essex Art Society, and an elected member of the Madison Art Society. As a young artist she studied oil painting with Bissell Phelps Smith and years later her interest turned to watercolor while she was a student at the Old Lyme Art Academy in the late
Bouquet of Flowers, Watercolor
Fifteen years ago Marlene began studying the medium once again with well known artists Jessie Hull Mayer, Lou Bonamarte and more recently, Robert Noreika.

Nancy A. Chapman
Nancy A. Chapman enjoys working in the drawing mediums of pastel, acrylic, colored pencil and watercolor. All things outdoors in the natural world are inspirations for her work.The ocean's power and motion and the fleeting light as the moment's pass on the landscape are her challenge. 
Spindrift, acrylic
Nancy prefers working in a small scale as most of her work is in the range of 12' x 6" or smaller. She is self taught with the exception of instruction by pastel artist Judith Geith and is a member of the Madison Art Society and the Guilford Art League.

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Madison Art Society announces an Art History Lecture with Will Lustenader, artist and lecturer, who will discuss the birth of Impressionist Art through the works of Cezanne and Degas.


On Thursday May 17, 2018; 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Will Lustenader will present an art history lecture at the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, Connecticut. He is a professional artist and adjunct professor of art history currently teaching at Sacred Heart University, Albertus Magnus College, Gateway Community College and Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school. He was educated at Vassar College and The Courtauld Institute of Art, and the University of London where he received his graduate degree in art history. He has been exhibiting his art since his teenage years in Rochester, New York, and eventually mentored with the renowned realist painter, Nelson Shanks in Philadelphia. After a brief stint with the Wildenstein Galleries in NYC, Will devoted his career to painting. He is presently represented by the Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, CT. His work has been shown in Europe and many venues across the country, including The New Britain Museum of American Art, The San Diego Art Institute, The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, The Neuberger Museum, and The Brad Cooper Gallery in Tampa Florida.
"Ballet Dancer" 1887, Edgar Degas

AT ODDS WITH NATURE is the title of his lecture. He will take a look into the history of early modernism and the birth of Impressionist art.  Two social introverts Edgar Degas and Paul Cezanne, who became reluctant companions in a quest for finding truth in nature, are the subjects of this lecture. It is through their work that we learn of the diversity and evolution of this period of art. 

Degas was a master of line, mood, and movement and he possessed a fundamentally radical approach in recording his observations of the outside world. Degas would often repackage them in the studio to suit his grander

"Still Life with Plaster Cast" by Paul Cezanne
subject. Cezanne, on the other hand, created spatial relationships based on what he knew about an object in nature, and not on how it actually appeared to the eye.  Both men were difficult personalities with surprising life interests and prejudices beyond their respective studios. In spite of this they formed the necessary balance of extremes that essentially created the backbone of  modernism into the early 20 th century while supporting the interests of fellow artists who chose distinctly different paths. These Impressionist/Post Impressionist artists were at odds with each other, of course. Some were very talented, others not so much. While there were many unsung names represented in pivotal exhibitions  Will Lustenader sees Cezanne and Degas as the two bookends in these turbulent years of early modernism.

Will offers an invigorating lecture based on his vast training and experience in art history. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Contact information: Marge Casey 203-458-8555