Layering for Glowing Color workshop with Barbara Healy

Friday and Saturday, February 28, 29, 2020

Barbara showed how working on a colored ground and layering gives your paintings glowing color. She instructed participants in the use of diverse colors to add light and atmosphere to landscapes, seascapes, and garden paintings.

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Member Meeting

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Our guest artist Barbara Healy demonstrated layering for color. Barbara’s paintings reflect the quiet beauty of the New England coast. Brushstrokes over glimpses of color intentionally reveal some of the painting process.

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Animal Portraits in Watercolor workshop with Carolyn Emerson
Friday and Saturday, January 24, 25, 2020

Carolyn Emerson said, "The participants worked hard and produced some excellent pet portraits." Right, slideshow of pet portraits by the participants.

Member Meeting

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Our guest artist Carmen Canal led an interactive drawing demo. Topics included line, value, shape, form, volume, and space. Members brought a sketchbook, drawing pencils, eraser, and pencil sharpener.

Holiday Dinner Party

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

There was no regular meeting of the Manchester Art
Association in December. Instead, we had a Member Holiday Dinner Party at Manchester Country Club. There was a charity drop-off station for donated canned food. The evening included a members' Art of the Month competition voted on by the attendees. Door prizes were awarded. Slideshow photos by Joe Madar.


WOW! Thanks Normand Charlette!
This year, through the generosity of members attending the holiday dinner, we collected 194 canned and boxed goods and a $20 cash donation. In addition, Manchester Country Club provided three extra salmon dinners. 
The pantry also took the extra bags to use in their holiday dinner bagging. This is much appreciated by the Food Pantry.

Thank you to everyone who helped load Norm's van at the conclusion of the party. The picture shows Patrick of the Food Pantry helping Norm unload. Bless the Pantry for what they do and the membership for their generosity this holiday season.

Member Meeting

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Our guest artist Jamilah Zebarth gave a history and demonstration of henna designs.  Jamilah learned the art of henna when she became schooled in Islam. She was drawn to henna as an alternate body form because it is natural and beautiful.

Mixed Media Collage workshop with Ellen Chaponis

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Bonnie Lindland wrote: "Today’s workshop by Ellen was awesome. She was great at demonstrating and had many examples for us to view. She also had a ton of materials she shared very generously with all of us. What a special, relaxing, productive day. The most fun workshop ever!"


Right, slideshow of collages by the participants.


Member Meeting

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Our guest artist Michael Angelis demonstrated mono-type printing - a direct printmaking process where the artist applies and/or subtracts pigment from a Plexiglas plate and prints the results on paper. Michael uses Akua ink, a soy-based ink designed for etching, but good for mono-type and collotype printing too. Since it is not water-based, it doesn't dry out too fast. It is a nice alternative to oil.

The Wow Factor - Dynamic Design workshop with Karen Israel

Friday, October 11, 2019


Participants learned elements that are essential for a dynamic design. Through the use of handouts, a slide presentation, skill building exercises and a short demonstration by Karen, participants developed a deeper understanding and the confidence to compose their own unique designs. And, it was fun!

Wet Felting workshop with Robin McCahill

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Sue Masse wrote, "We had so much fun. While we all created scarves, the uniqueness and creativity in each one made them truly works of art. A good time was had by all."


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