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Congratulations to Jim Oliphant! 


Jim received an Honorable Mention at the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show for the photo shown left, entitled Star of the Show.  

Photographs were judged by a distinguished panel of three judges prominent in photography in Connecticut.


Congratulations to MAA members Joyce Armentano and Sara Reid!


The ladies are part of the annual Gallery East Fine Art Show during the month of November 2023, in the Friends Room at the South Windsor Public Library. An artist reception will be held on Sunday, November 12, 2023 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to Judith Goldstein!


Judith is participating in the Arts Center East Artisan Craft Fair. She is displaying hand-wrought pewter and sterling jewelry - pendants, earrings, bracelets and pewter serving pieces. The Fair dates are November 9-12 & 16-19. Hours are: Thursday & Friday, 1-5 pm; Saturday 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday 10 am - 3 pm. 


Congratulations to Eric Vogel!


One of Eric's pastel paintings, "Tiny Lighthouse," has been accepted in the Connecticut Pastel Society’s National Show at Arts Center East in Vernon. The annual show will be on display until October 28, 2023.  The gallery is opened Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,  1 - 5 pm each day. The reception and awards presentation will be held at Arts Center East on Saturday, October 14th from 2 - 4 pm


Congratulations to Laura Kinlock! 

One of Laura's pastel paintings has been accepted in the Connecticut Pastel Society’s National Show at Arts Center East in Vernon. Laura wrote, "I am very pleased to have been accepted!" The annual show, entitled “Renaissance in Pastel”, opens on September 28, 2023 and will be on display until October 28.  The gallery is opened Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,  1 - 5 pm each day. The reception and awards presentation will be held at Arts Center East on Saturday, October 14th from 2 - 4 pm

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Congratulations to Jeff Blazejovsky! 

He has been accepted in the The Piedmont Hall Art Show in Somers. Two of his watercolors were judged into the show. The first one, 1914 Dusenburg Indy Car, which is winning an award of Merit. The second is 59 Bullets. Opening reception is September 17, 2023, from 1-3 pm. The show runs from September 21 to October 1, 2023. The address is 604 Main St. Somers

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Congratulations to Jeff Blazejovsky! 

One of his watercolors has been accepted into the West Hartford Art League show, Land, Sea and Sky. The piece is titled, Siesta Key Sunset. The show is at the Clubhouse Gallery from September 7 - October 1, 2023.


Congratulations to Rhea Sutter! 

MAA member Rhea Sutter was selected to participate in Manchester's Pups in the Park event. All of the dog statues will be placed in different locations in Northwest Park. Shown is Rhea's pup in progress.

The unveiling will take place on September 9, 2023 from 10 AM to 12 noon at Northwest Park. All the artists will be there as well as some local politicians and a celebrity! Stop by to see all the entries and to congratulate Rhea.


Congratulations to Rhea Sutter! 

Her proposal for the Pups in Our Parks 2023 public art project has been selected. One side of her dog, Buddy, will show Therapy Dogs. The other side will show Service Dogs.
Rhea’s Pup is finished and has been placed in its new home at Northwest Park. Drop by to see it.

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Congratulations to Jeff Blazejovsky! 


Jeff's piece, 1914 Indy 500 Car Dashboard, has been accepted into The Academic Artists Association show at Art Center East. The show runs from May 21 to June 18, 2023. 


Congratulations to Jerry Madara and Pat Trapp! 


Jerry has two pieces juried into the Arts of Tolland open juried show:  A Worms eye-view (shown) and The Death of Venus. Pat also has two pieces in the show. The exhibit will be held at the Arts of Tolland from April 2 through April 30, 2023.

The Opening Reception and announcement of awards was held on Sunday, April 2, from 1 to 3 pm. After the opening reception, the gallery will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through April 30, 1 pm to 4 pm.

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Congratulations to Pat Trapp!

She has been juried into the Lyme Art Association’s Show, First Impressions. The shows runs until March 2, 2023.  


Winter Mist,  oil


Congratulations to Normand L. Charlette! 


Norm said "The Manchester Land Conservation Trust has a photo of the month contest for scenes taken at their various properties. Geese at Buckland Pond was one of two photos selected for the month of December. The photo is included on the organization website and in their monthly newsletter. It was taken the same day as the photo selected third in the Art of the Month contest at our last meeting. I could not judge which one was the better depiction, so I am glad both shots received recognition."

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Congratulations to MAA's Joyce Armentano and the ladies of Gallery East!


Their Fine Art Show is being held at the Friends Gallery, South Windsor Public Library, December 1 - 29, 2022.


Works are by Joyce Armentano, Terri Butler, Olivia Golas, Sandra May and Sara Reid.


The Reception will be Sunday, December 4, from 2 - 4 pm.               

Colored pencil by Joyce Armentano.

Congratulations to Rita Borden! Rita has a watercolor in Connecticut Watercolor Society's Autumn Exhibition. Artists from across Connecticut submitted over 150 paintings to be judged into this exhibit. The exhibit is at the Marlborough Arts Center from October 1 – October 30, 2022.

The Marlborough Arts Center is at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, Connecticut. The exhibit is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the month of October from 1 - 4 pm. Admission to the Watercolor Society of Connecticut’s Exhibition at the beautiful Marlborough Arts Center is free of charge. There is ample parking and the Arts Center is ADA compatible.


Congratulations to Sue Masse. She won Best in Show at the 2022 Four Town Fair for her watercolor, Up Tulips Up!

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Congratulations to Judith E. Goldstein. Her colored pencil drawing Butterfly Girl has been published in the 7th edition of CP Hidden Treasures available from Ann Kullberg and Amazon.

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Congratulations to Judith E. Goldstein. She had three paintings juried into the 4th Annual Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition in Traditional Realism show at Workshop 13 in Ware, MA, Sept 24th - Oct 9th, 2022. 

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Congratulations to  Normand L. Charlette! On June 26, 2022 Norm participated in the DominGo event held along Farmington Avenue in Hartford. The event  included 16 artists exhibiting art with a story on 5'x5' panels.  Norm participated with his story about exhibiting tobacco shed photographs at art shows and the reaction they engender. These panels will be on display at various locations in the city through October 26, 2022. Click here to see a larger image of the panel and read Norm's story.


Congratulations to Jerry Madara. Jerry exhibited with a friend, David Kopper from Simsbury, at The Arts Center of Tolland beginning June 4th through June 28th, 2022. The Center is located at 22 Tolland Green in Tolland CT.

Celebrate with Jerry and David at the opening reception June 4th from 5 to 7 pm. 

Shown is one of Jerry's acrylic paintings. David Kopper creates intricate collages with found objects.

Congratulations to Nancy Madar! She had a special exhibit called The Farm Series showing during May and June at the Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester, CT. The exhibit consisted of 13 watercolor paintings representing scenes from the dairy farm in Mantua, Ohio, which was owned by her grandparents and uncle. Most of the paintings were done during the pandemic 2020-2021.


You were welcome to view the exhibit during the weekdays (9 am – 3 pm). The administrative assistant let you in the building. Tell her that you are there to view the exhibit. (You might call ahead to make sure she is there.)

Contact the church: 860-646-5151 or

or 860-647-8559


Congratulations to Jeff Blazejovsky!

Jeff's artwork was chosen by the Stafford Rotary Club for their promotional material for their upcoming project on a self guided historical tour of Stafford 2022.


Congratulations to Jeff Blazejovsky!

For the month of February 2022, Jeff's watercolors, and drawings in pen and ink and pencil were on display and for sale at the Stafford Library.


Congratulations to Normand L. Charlette. Norm's photo of a Keeney Street barn was selected for the 2022 Manchester Calendar Photo Contest conducted by the Greater Manchester Chamber of commerce. The calendars are available for free in the Chamber foyer, Town Hall, the Senior Center, ION Bank and other town locations and businesses.

Gallery East had a Fine Art Show at The Friends Gallery, South Windsor Public Library, December 2 - 30, 2021. Works were shown by Joyce Armentano, Terri Butler, Olivia Golas, Sandra May and Sara Reid. The Reception was cancelled.               

Tolland County Art Association had an exhibit for the month of November 2021 at The Friends Gallery, South Windsor Public Library. Congratulations to MAA members who won awards for their artwork there: Judith Goldstein, Laura Kinlock, Patricia Trapp, Rhea Sutter, Adrianna Young, Jeff Blazejovsky, Emilie Beckwith.


Congratulations to Jeff Blazejovsky His paintings were showcased at the Stafford Cidery, 68 Main St in Stafford Springs CT. Jeff has been working on a series of paintings recreating Stafford history from old photos. 

Congratulations to Sue Masse! Sue won Best in Show at the 2021 Woodstock Fair for her wet felting piece, Givenchy.


Congratulations to Judith Goldstein! See her artwork and many others online or in-person at Art Center East's 3rd Annual Signature Artist Members Exhibit. Exhibit Dates: June 24–August 7. 

Jeff Blazejovsky and Judith Goldstein had artwork accepted into the Academic Artists Association 71st Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism. Because of the pandemic, the show was virtual. Shown is Jeff's watercolor, Fire in the EnvelopeView the online gallery here.

Fire in the Envelope by Jeff Blazejovsky

Congratulations to MAA members whose work was accepted into Arts Center East's Exhibit: In Bloom. The exhibit was viewable online until April 17.

Emilie Beckwith 
Judith Goldstein 
Laura Kinlock 
Sue Masse
Oren Elizabeth Paulin 
Karen Prewo 
Dorothy Reiss
Rhea Sutter 
Patricia Trapp 
Eric Vogel  

Shown is Eric Vogel's 3rd place winner, Winter Watering, a pastel.

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Wearable art by Judith Goldstein

Judith Goldstein had her jewelry on display at the Art Center East's 2nd Annual ACE Wearable Art exhibit. She had three three pendants and two pins accepted in the exhibit.

The show ran from February 19 to March 13, 2021.  Beginning February 19, the exhibit can be viewed online.

Patricia Trapp had a pastel, Country Crocks (shown) juried into the First Impresisons exhibition at the Lyme Art Association.

The show will ran until March 11, 2021.


The exhibit can be viewed online.

Country Crocks by Patricia Trapp

Normand L. Charlette had two photos selected for the 9th Annual ACE Photo Exhibit, which ran until February 6, 2021. The photos were Branching Out (shown) and Portland Headlight At Dawn.

Members Laura Kinlock and Deborah McCarthy-Platz also had work in the exhibit.

The exhibit can be viewed online.

Illustration by Jeff Blazejovsky

Congratulations to Jeff Blazejovsky. "I'm very pleased to announce my first ever children's book that I illustrated has been published. A local author contacted me earlier this year to illustrate a story written by her daughter. It's a story about a young girl living in N.Y.C  in a tenement building who dreams about going to the beach. She looks out her window and sees and hears all the noise of the city below her and to escape dreams about laying on a  secluded beach. Look for it soon on Amazon and Barnes and Noble."

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