Here is the wonderful finished pastel that Janet Schwartz began during her demonstration at our September meeting. Thank you for sharing this Janet!

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Plein Air Painting at the Woodbridge Farmstead

Sunday, September 12, noon to 2 pm


Plein air artists Chris Larson and Oren Paulin spent a beautiful summer afternoon painting at the open house for the Woodbridge Farmstead. The event was sponsored by the Manchester Historical Society. The Woodbridge Farmstead is a historic house at 495 Middle Turnpike East, near its intersection with Woodbridge Street. Built about 1835, it's a well-preserved example of a Greek Revival farmhouse, with a history of ownership by a single family extending over more than 150 years. 


Virtual Exhibit: Love!

February 10, 2021

In this exhibit, viewers enjoyed our artists' response to this ubiquitous word, and read why they chose their subject matter.

Member information sheet.

The gift of flowers, oil by Helena Deary


Winter, Holidays, and Year End Virtual Exhibit

November 16, 2020 - February 10, 2021

Celebrate the Holidays & Winter Season and the end to 2020 with art that speaks to the joy in the holidays and beautiful winter season. 

Artists' information sheet.


Who's Coming?, watercolor by Carolyn Emerson.


16th Annual Members' Art Exhibit 

October 1 - October 31

Historically, this exhibit has been held at the South Windsor Public Library. Due to COVID restrictions, this year, the exhibit is being held virtually. Artists' information sheet

The exhibit was judged by Agnes Wnuk, with ribbons awarded in each category: Best in Show, Oil and Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography, Other. See the list.

"You often hear at an opening '...what was the judge thinking?'"

Read the judge's comments.

Best in Show: Red Rocks, oil by Christine Larson

Watercolor Virtual Workshop with Alan James

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 10 am - 1 pm

Alan James is an award-winning watercolor artist and teacher. In this workshop we followed along with Alan as he instructed participants using his fluid three-step approach. His live, interactive Zoom presentation allowed us to observe, then paint each step and ask questions along the way. Click on the slideshow for photos from the workshop.

Zoom participants in MAA's Alan James Workshop, September 2020

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Carolyn Emerson's painting in Alan James' Workshop.

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Zoom participants in MAA's Alan James Workshop, September 2020

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Member Meeting

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Noted fine artist Alan James will provided a demo video for viewing via Zoom: "Cityscape painting with Alan James using watercolor - watercolor painting techniques and tutorial for beginners or artists of all ages and skills." If you missed it, you can see it here

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All Mediums 3-Color Virtual Exhibit

July 31 to August 31


MAA members' first virtual exhibit!


The challenge was to create a piece with any three colors (and white) in any medium. Artists worked to find the positive in this year’s life and times. 

Sun Silhouettes, pastel by Laura Kinlock