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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Found Object Metal Sculptor, Stuart Lerner installs new sculpture at Friends & Company

The flowers of summer will bloom all year long at Friends & Company, 11 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.  Found object metal sculptor, Stuart Alan Lerner recently installed a garden of whimsical flowers aside the outdoor dining deck.  Repurposing waffle irons as seed heads and bicycle chains as stems for jello mold buds, Lerner re-envisioned a sculpture garden, making it a garden of sculptures.  Diners are delighted and so are owners Brian Gondek and Greg Benson.  They say the giant flowers intrigue customers of all ages "especially the kids who try to figure out the original use for each object"  
Sculptor Stuart Lerner with new sculpture entitled "Friends' Flowers"

Just as a found object reveals itself to the sculptor, the artist was also "found" by Brian Gondek.  Last fall Lerner was dining at the restaurant with a friend who is also an artist.  Gondek stopped by to talk with Lerner's friend and during the course of conversation about art, expressed his wish for outdoor sculptures.  Lerner exclaimed "That's what I do!"  Throughout the winter, as gardeners were planning gardens with seed catalogs, Lerner was sorting, collecting and imagining new uses for discarded metal.  Stating that "if it doesn't make me laugh, I don't do it" Lerner constructed his flowers from parts previously used for other purposes.

Friends & Company has long exhibited artworks by local artists in the dining room and bar.  The owners have found that celebrating the art community benefits their business.  Gondek states that " changing the artists inside increases the frequency of customers coming in"  Now with colanders blooming atop fence posts and rakes becoming grass instead of gathering it, Friends & Company has art inside AND out.  Imagine how much fun it will be to see brilliant flowers growing out of the snow this winter.  As Gondek says " It would not be this restaurant without the art". 
Detail "Friends' Flowers"

In 1978, Stuart Lerner was working in the textile processing business in Hoboken, NJ when he walked into the maintenance department of the plant and saw two pieces of metal sitting on a work table that looked like shoes.  He found two pipes and inserted them into the "shoes" and said "now I have legs". The spirit of an artist was ignited. Within a week he had made his first sculpture, a little robot.  A detour out of the Lincoln Tunnel led him past a plumbers supply house and he discovered his first scrap metal yard.  Now he scouts yard sales with his grandsons and takes annual buying trips to Massachusetts and upstate New York in search of sculpture materials disguised as junk.

The Lerner Gallery, located at 22 Scotland Avenue, Madison, is open by appointment.  203-779-5363

Contact information:  Stuart Lerner 203-779-5363

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Madison Art Society announces Madison Town Hall artists for July and August

The Madison Art Society is pleased to announce the Madison Town Hall artists for the months of July and August.  Stonington artist, Karen Cashman and Madison artist Janine Robertson will be exhibiting their brilliant landscapes at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.  The artwork is available for viewing during regular business hours.  

The Town Hall artists program from the Madison Art Society showcases the work of two member artists every two months.  The artwork enhances the workplace for those employed at town hall, but also welcomes those who have business to conduct and all who simply want to see beautiful art by local artists. 

Karen Cashman
Meig's Point by Karen Cashman, oil

An award-winning oil painter living in Stonington, CT, Karen is an Elected Artist at Lyme Art Association and a member of Salmagundi Club in New York. Her landscapes were selected for the permanent collection at Smilow Cancer Center of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Lyman-Allyn Museum plein air exhibit and the New Britain Museum of American Art Annual Shows.

Janine Robertson
Evening Skies of Summer by Janine Robertson, oil on aluminum
Janine Robertson is a prolific, award-winning artist who paints luminous landscapes on aluminum and copper. Painted in the style of contemporary realism, her paintings are known for their vibrant color, texture and glow. Janine began her career as a muralist and trompe l’oeil painter but has turned her full attention to landscape oil painting. As a local artist, she is drawn to the beauty of New England marshes and countryside, which provide limitless inspiration and subject matter. 
Her work is held in several private and public collections including Yale New Haven Hospital, UConn Health, Campbell’s Soup Headquarters and Goodwin College. 

Contact info: Beverly Schirmeier 860-399-6116