2018-2019 Season

Friday & Saturday, September 28 - 29, 2018

Acrylic Workshop - Jane Zisk: Abstracting from Nature

For information, supply list, see the flyer.

Thursday, May 10 to Thursday, September 20, 2018

Manchester Hospital Gallery Exhibit

-- Information Sheet

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Member Meeting

Our guest artist Jack Broderick demonstrated oil painting from a still life.

Jack is a well-known artist who works primarily in oils. After careers in teaching, insurance and marketing, at age 50 he attended Lyme Art Academy and made art his full-time career.

He has won many awards and has traveled, painted and exhibited internationally. He currently teaches painting and drawing at his studio in the Mill Work in Willington, CT.

Jack said the whole painting process is about pieces of color, shape and value, like a mosaic or a quilt. The key is to look abstractly. The struggle between seeing something and feeling something is fundimental to the whole process.

Artwork entered into the "Art of the Month" contest
17 entries (3 were just sharing) Click here to see the winners

NEW Features in the
"Art of the Month" Contest

Each month's 1st place winner will receive a $50 gift card to Jerry's Artarama in West Hartford! Only one gift card is allowed per member per membership year. If a first place winner has previously won the prize, the prize will go to the 2nd place winner, or to the next eligible winner.

The contest judge will give a brief critique of each winning piece. This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn!

During this month's critique, Jack Broderick emphasised light, movement and composition in the winning artwork.

Jack 's glass palette is easy to clean.
He likes to say, "Clean heart, clean mind, clean palette." It took him two months to make his color charts (right) -- very useful for chosing colors and color harmony.

Jack likes a very smooth painting surface.

Gamsol doesn't have a strong smell.

A photograph of the still life.

First, block in basic shapes.
Work the paint, thin to thick.

Paint in values, using mid to neutral gray and block in the painting.

Add color and value thinking about how light effects basic shapes.

Put in the background and work the edges to get closer to the
finished painting.

A painting should be like a topographic map, with the mountains (areas of thickest paint) indicating the lightest areas of the painting.

Jack had fun with the group when it came to painting the flowers. Think shapes.

Examples of Jack's work.

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 2 - 4 pm

Reception for the 14th Annual Members' Art Exhibit

South Windsor Public Library
1550 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor, CT

Exhibit Dates:
Thursday, August 16 - Saturday, September 29, 2018

-- Information Sheet
-- Press Release
-- Winners List -- NEW -- With Photos!

Sue Hollister won second place in the "Other" category with her glasswork
“Red and Black Box."

Elaine Haines Chaponis won honorable
 mention in the "Other" category
with “Eco Print." 

Helena Deary won honorable mention
in Pastels for “A Walk Through the
Rose Garden.”

Above, Betty Gustafson won honorable mention in Watercolors with “Dogwood Flowers.”

Right, Eric Vogel won second place in Pastels with “Running the Falls.”