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MEETINGS 2023 - 2024


We meet on the third THURSDAY of the month, September through May.

Our February and March meetings are via Zoom. Non-members may attend Zoom meeting by sending us an email

Our new location: Manchester Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 595 Tolland Turnpike, Manchester, CT.

Please check the home page for notice of any cancellation. 

Any member entering artwork (one piece) in the Art of the Month competition should register between 6:45 pm and 7 pm. For more information, click here.

April 18

Jerry Madara


Pat Morrispastel - cancelled. 

Our demo artist will be MAA award-winning acrylic artist Jerry Madara. Jerry received his BA in Fine Art from Valdosta State College. After slogging through 50 years of work, Jerry happily retired a few years ago from a graphic design career. 

He is now enjoying retirement by painting, carving wooden wood spirits, and bending aluminum tubing sculptures among other things like, golfing and traveling.


May 16

Annual Member Meeting & critique

MAA members are invited to bring one piece of artwork to be critiqued by our guest artist Polly Castor. Polly Castor is a lifelong artist. She went to the University of Michigan, and has lived in Bethel, Connecticut for the last 31 years. Her passion is working within the full range of abstraction, from impressionism to non-objective art, with particular emphasis on abstract conceptualism, depicting specific Ideas, feelings, and actions. She has been an artist in residence in Maine for three summers, has been juried in the Pastel Society of America and many other national and international shows. 

Abstract painting in blues, with orange, pink, yellow accents; by Polly Castor

Past Meetings 2023 - 2024

September 21

Karen Israel


Using pastels, Karen will  demonstrate how to put figures in a landscape or interior. Karen is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist. Karen is affiliated with the Salmagundi Club and the American Artists Professional League. She currently serves on the PSA Board of Governors. Karen is teacher and instructing demonstrator for many art organizations, and she conducts demos and workshops locally and nationally.

Pastel painting of a landscape with a person in a checked lawn chair; by artist Karen Isreal

October 19

Joe Burger


Our guest artist, Joe Burger, will demonstrate a city scene. Joe has been active in art since retiring in 2009 from a mechanical engineering career in aerospace and nuclear power. His work is usually in the traditional realistic style, primarily in watercolor. Joe has won numerous awards in local shows, has been accepted in national exhibits several times, and is currently a member of several art associations. He keeps his studio at his home in Broad Brook, CT.

Watercolor painting of a pond with barns behind; painting by Joe Burger

November 16

Hyeonsu Kim

traditional Asian painting

Hyeonsu Kim was trained in South Korea where, after earning a BA in childhood education, she graduated from Daegu Catholic University with a concentration and certificate in Traditional Asian Painting. While still living in South Korea she was the owner and teacher of a private art school for children ages 3 -15. Also, she was an exhibiting member of a prestigious Professional Artist Collective.

Painting of mums in Asian style by artist Kim Hyseonu

December 21

Holiday Party

6:30 - 9 PM

Members and their guests will enjoy fun, games, great food and time to socialize at our usual time and meeting place. Get to know your fellow artists. Let us know if you are able to attend and what ‘pot luck dish or dessert you can bring. Check your email for the signup link, and sign up by Tuesday, December 19. Bring a non-perishable food items to donate to the Manchester food pantry. We will have Art-of-the-Month with members and guests voting. 

Window decorated for Christmas with stockings, pointsetta and christmas decorations

January 18

via Zoom

Hazel Meredith smart phone photography

Hazel began teaching post-processing techniques in 2007. She now teaches at camera clubs and conferences across the U.S. She released her first eBook, “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” in 2015 and the sequel in April, 2019. Hazel also released her first online course, “Creating Your Own Textures” in 2022 followed by another course in 2023. She loves the creative aspect of photography and post-processing, especially the use of textures and various software to create unique images. In 2020, Hazel received the Ashbrook Award for Digital Imaging Instructions from the Photographic Society of America.

Smart Phone photography by artist Hazel Meridith

February 15

via Zoom

Katrina Casey

art therapy

Katrina Casey will lead participants in an interactive art therapy presentation where participants will learn about the beauty of art therapy and enjoy a brief art therapy activity. To participate, please have paper, pencil and something to trace a medium size circle.

Katrina Casey is an artist and art therapist living in New Haven, CT. She owns a small business selling her ceramic art. She has experience providing art therapy for people of all ages and backgrounds. She is passionate about the arts, nature, and accessible holistic health.

Abstract art with lines in tan, background blue and white, golden accents; by artist Katrina Casey

March 21

Beth Johnston

encaustic painting

Beth’s encaustic and abstract paintings are personal responses to movement, music, color, nature or atmosphere. Her goal is to express the feelings or memories that linger after an experience.


Beth has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Cape School of Art and done workshops with contemporary masters. These have laid the foundation, helped to define her style and opened her up to less traditional media. Beth has been working in Encaustics and oil/cold wax for about 8 years. Her work has been awarded prizes around the country and has collectors around the world.

Encaustic painting of a giraffe and tree by artist Beth Johnson
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