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:

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