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:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Madison Art Society will present an Artist Demo by Lisa DeFillippo

The Madison Art Society will host an art demo by oil painter Lisa DeFilippo on Thursday July 6, 6:30 pm. at the Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road, Madison, CT.  The demo entitled "Go Figure" will focus on the fundamentals of figure and portrait painting.  
Margaret, oil by Lisa DeFillippo
Designed to be an informative conversation, Lisa's demo will cover basic anatomical points and common mistakes artists make when drawing or painting the figure.  The presentation is designed for portrait and figure painters as well as those who place figures in their landscape or interior paintings.  Using a variety of drawings and tools, Lisa will give attendees many take-away lessons that are easily understood and can be incorporated into each artist's painting process.

Head in Hands, oil by Lisa DeFillippo
Lisa DeFillippo is an award winning painter, elected artist at Lyme Art Association and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  She started her career as a fashion illustration student and studied at Paier Art School.  Working continually from life, she has studied with Deane Keller Sr, Hollis Dunlap and Steven Assael.

The demo is free and open to the public.


Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Madison Art Society Needs a New Home

The Madison Art Society has been fortunate to call the community room of the Scranton Memorial Library their home over the past 42 years.  This is where numerous demonstrations and art exhibitions are staged each year ( 2 small art shows 25-30 pieces of art and 3 large shows 80-125 works of art).  The library provides good public access and foot traffic.  Due to the library plans for re-modeling later this year, the Society will be losing their exhibit space.  It is uncertain at this point whether the planned renovation will include needed exhibit space, but it is certain the library cannot accommodate the Society’s needs for the next two years. 
Beth Crowley, Library Director, Scranton Memorial Library,
and Beverly Schirmeier, President of the Madison Art Society
The Society has been looking for alternate art exhibition space in Madison, but so far it has been unsuccessful. We are open to suggestions, please contact Beverly Schirmeier, President of the Madison Art Society at 860-399-6116 with any suggestions to keep the Society in Madison.  We are looking at neighboring locations to mount the art shows in the interim.
The Society promotes and encourages fine art in our community, the schools and among its 250 artist members. It provides support and exhibition opportunity for artists at all levels of experience in Madison and the surrounding towns, works in collaboration with non-profits organizations and provides free educational demonstrations open to the public,  Over the years the Madison Art Society has held numerous well received art exhibitions and demonstrations at the library and donated $17,500 from sales to the library. 
Art reflects the values and needs of the community it serves.  The generosity of individuals, businesses, and merchants of the shoreline towns over the past 42 years has helped the Madison Art Society meet its goals to support art awareness along the shoreline.  The  Madison Art Society has  illustrated its desire to contribute to the cultural fabric of Madison.  They would like the community’s help to remain in Madison.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Madison Art Society to present Jan Blencowe "Keeping a Nature Journal"


The Madison Art Society will host a presentation entitled "Keeping a Nature Journal" by artist Jan Blencowe on June 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road, Madison, CT.

Keeping a nature journal creates a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. Learn to develop sketching skills that will inform your plein air and studio paintings, filling them with authenticity and life. Jan will have plenty of her own nature journals on hand, suggestions for how to get started, ideas for documenting and learning about the plants and animals you encounter, and methods for quick, “sketching on the spot” techniques in a variety of media.

Jan Blencowe is a Connecticut landscape painter and keen observer of the natural world. She keeps a nature journal and explores and documents her life through visual and illustrated mixed media journals. She is a member of the American Society of Naturalists and a licensed JourneyCircles™ facilitator. Her sketchbook, Winter in Connecticut, is part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York.

The public is welcome and the presentation is free.

Contact information Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Guilford Poets Guild and the Madison Art Society to present Poetry Night






On Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. the Madison Art Society and the Guilford Poets Guild will present a very special event.  Poetry Night, is an evening on which the poets read aloud poems inspired by the artwork displayed at Madison Art Society's 42nd Annual Juried Show.  The poems, sometimes funny, other times poignant or emotional are read with flair and drama by the poets.
February (detail) by Joe Roberti,
colored pencil on embossed paper
The art that inspired the poem is displayed during the reading.  The event is enjoyed by the artists and poets alike and is open to the public.  Artists whose work is selected as the subject of a poem have likened having their work chosen to winning a prize.  

80 works of art in all fine art media are on exhibit in the community room of the library.  Awards were announced at the opening reception on May 11, 2017.  The Best in Show award, donated by Davis Realty went to Joe Roberti for his stunning colored pencil on embossed paper, "February".

Winner of Best in Show Joe Roberti,
presented by MAS member Nancy Armstrong
 $3045 in awards were given to 17 Connecticut artists.  The Madison Art Society is grateful to the local businesses and donors for their support of the arts along the shoreline.

Contact information: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Congratulations to Accepted Artists 2017 MAS Jury Show

Please join us for the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, Thursday, May 11, 5:00 -7:00 pm.

Ralph
Acosta
Lucy Ann
Bach
Elizabeth
Boyd
Bill
Colrus
Joan
Davies
Lisa
DeFilippo
Amy
Fissell
Laurel B.
Friedmann
Maureen
Giallombardo
Jim
Grabowski
Mark Langdale
Hough
Mary Green
La Forge
Mary
Mellot
Joe
Roberti
Janine
Robertson
Patricia
Seekamp
Lauren
Tyrell
Joan
Wallace
Melanie
Ward
Karen
Wiesner
Diane
Aeschliman
Douglas
Armistead
Nancy
Armstrong
Phyllis A.
Bevington
Stewart
Byron
Denise
Casey
Polly
Castor
Diane
Chandler
Madeline
Coakley
Anne
Coffey
John K.
Copelin
Cheryl
Cwiertniewicz
Shirley
Davidson
Margaret B.
Dean
Linda
DeStefanis
Jo Ann
Dongweck
Nancy
Douglas
Mike
Eagle
Betsey
Evarts
Judith
Gay
M. Elena
Gerard
Hilary
Griffin
Denise Gaffney
Hartz
Bill
Hosking
Melissa
Imossi
Christine
Ivers
Randie
Kahrl
Keiko
Kaiser
Sandra
Kensler
Wendy
Kohli
Irene
Laime
Isabel Sharlotte
Lane
Stuart Alan
Lerner
Bruce
Lighty
Paul
Loescher
Richard
McKillip
Joan
McPherson
Mary
Nicholas
Jeanne
Obrien
Iacopo
Pasquinelli
Judy
Perry
Liane
Philpotts
Betsey
Piner
Gail
Reen
Diane
Remetta
Diana
Roberts-Paschall
Diana
Rogers
Helen
Roman
Kimberly
Ruggiero
Maryann
Rupp
Anthony
Scala
Nancy U.
Schwam
Juliet
Sharrock
Marcela
Staudenmaier
Diane
Stone
Claudia
Van Nes
Beverly
Waters
Jane M.
White
C. P.
White
Holly
Whiting