P.O. Box 1981

Manchester CT  06045-1981

August 2001 Newsletter

“Beauty is not caused, it is.”  Emily Dickinson

Hi, all members!

             Get ready – get set – GO!

We have an eventful year coming up in 2001-2002.

First of all – We have moved!  Our meetings will be held in the auditorium at The Arbors, 403 West Center Street, Manchester.  The time is the same – 7:30 p.m., the third Wednesday of every month.  Our regular meeting room at First Federal bank is not available due to changes made by the new management.

If you have never been to The Arbors, an assisted living residence, you will find it to be a lovely place that graciously welcomes everyone.  Some of our members’ artwork is being shown during the month of August.  Mary Frink will greet you at the front door and give directions to the auditorium.

Roberta Hatch and Nancy Mathias have an exciting start to our year’s programs. At our first meeting, Wednesday, September 19th, Lucy Heineman will demonstrate painting flowers with watercolors.  On October 17, Lena Dieck, will show us her beautiful painting on silk technique. Other dates need only to be confirmed.  Please mark your calendars and invite your friends to all our open programs.

Art of the Month is an interesting part of our meetings.  You may bring one painting to be judged by our visiting artist.  There are five areas in the community where YOUR painting may be displayed.  Come by 7:15 p.m. so Joan Hale can accept your artwork.  If you have work in progress, bring it for non-judging – just for us to see what you are working on. 

We will be hanging some paintings at Cheney Hall beginning September 4 through February 28. We plan to continue showing our artwork there.  An art gallery is in the design stage. There will be a reception (by us) on September 5 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  The theatre show, which opens September 6, is sold out so we should have excellent exposure.  Be sure to invite your friends to our reception.

Dani Palumbo and the “Show in the Park” committee have done a wonderful job.  The Show attracted some 114 artists and crafters and was very successful financially!  This is our fundraiser for the year to pay our guest artists and any other expenses. Congratulations and thanks to all who worked, participated and supported this big event.

Would you like to be a part of it?  Dani will mentor the only vacancy, a Show Chairperson. The Show was so much fun that all committee chairs have signed on again. It is very well organized.  Each person has a job in which to put his or her efforts.

Our show at the New Space Gallery at Manchester Community College was held June 13 to July 31.  We are very appreciative of Lois Ryan’s time and efforts to coordinate this important show.  There were seven pages of public comments; some said they come each year.  Following are quotes:  “Pleasure to see such Fine Art!”; “Gifted, beautiful work”, “A refreshing show-with taste and realism.  Thank you!”; “Just beautiful”; “Great”; “Impressive”, “Breathtaking! Unique! Everyone’s style and subject matter so very different.”;  “Picture of excellence captured here!”;  “Excellent exhibit”;  “Enjoyed it very much! Great show!”; “A real treat!”; “Thank you for this beautiful art!”; “Done exceptionally well!”’ “Imaginative!”; “Lovely display of talent”; “Such talent”; “I’m really impressed.  I love all the work”; “A lot of wonderful talent in this room!”; “Beautiful, true inner touch”.  The comment sheets will be at the meeting for you to see.

The Monday outdoor painting group continues until the weather is too cold.  Jim Downing is at the helm and gets permission to paint at lovely places.  You may have seen paintings done at Center Springs Park, Coventry Lake, Pink Ravine, etc. and lately at Cheney Homestead and  Riverfront Recapture.

The Life Drawing Workshop at Manchester Community College on Fridays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. will continue to be held in Building E.  This opportunity to draw the nude is without instruction.  If you have any questions, call Ray Champy, 644-8087, or Chris Larson, 646-9755.

Be sure and check our web site that Chris Larson has set up.  Maybe you would like your paintings shown there?  The web site is

We are planning several workshops this year so keep your eyes and ears open.

We will continue our “Meet the Artist” videos at C.A.S.T. on the fourth Wednesday evening.  Would you like to plan these evenings?  We need a Chairperson.

We still have paintings at the Chamber of Commerce.  This exhibit should change in October.  The Probate Court would love to have some new paintings.

Don’t forget dues – still $12.00 – September meeting.  Our new membership Chairperson, Nancy Mann, will be accepting them.

This is YOUR club.  Join a group to paint, bring in your paintings for Art of the Month or just to share.  Invite a friend.  Any suggestions?  Just speak to any Board member listed below.

See you in September!                                                Betty Rousseau, President

MAA BOARD 2001-2002
Vice President
Recording Secretary
Corresponding Secretary
Art of the Month

Betty Rousseau
Pat White
Ronnie Klukas
Lauri Russell
Agnes Dawson
Nancy Mann
Kathy Anderson
Joan Hale
Roberta Hatch
Nancy Mathias
Marlane McKenzie
Jessica Michalek
Gladys Itzek