The 2017 season of Glastonbury Arts’ GOT ART series begins with colorful felt, wearable art, and fiber landscapes. KRISTEN WALSH, a felting and fiber arts guru, will present her work and demonstrate the felting process with audience participation on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Friends Room at Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury. The program is free and open to the public.
Kristen is thrilled to present to the Glastonbury community, as she enjoys bringing out the inner creativity in people she meets. She creates felted sculptures, landscapes, wearable art, and other objects. Kristen has taught at art centers, galleries, schools, senior centers, fiber festivals, shops, and in her home in Connecticut. She was recently selected to teach at the New York Sheep and Wool festival, one of the largest such festivals in the country.
According to Kristen, “I am not formally trained but have found that my consistent curiosity and love of watching not just people but everything around me has served me well. I find great satisfaction translating what I see into a three-dimensional figure or two-dimensional scenes. But my creations are not limited to what I see. I also incorporate dreams, memories and imaginings into my pieces.”
Kristen’s talents are award-winning: she has won prizes at the Old Saybrook Arts Show, Marlborough Arts Center and Glastonbury Arts “On the Green” Show in Connecticut, and was selected as a Best in Show finalist at the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Krtisten’s work was selected for publication in Fiber Arts magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine.
Kristen’s work can be seen on her website: www.scrapfelt.com.
The fall season of Glastonbury Arts’ GOT ART series will conclude with a program featuring print maker Melissa Meredith. “Printmaking, Start to Finish” will be held on Tuesday, November 29 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Friends Room at Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury.
We hope you can join us for what will surely be an informative and enjoyable presentation that will provide insights into the art of printmaking. Whether you are an experienced artist or a beginner, you will learn something new about this art form which fascinates so many. Meredith’s programs are always well-received, because she is able to explain not only the mechanics of print making but also the elements of design and composition, all in a way that inspires and captivates art lovers of all skill levels.
The artist explains her passion in this way: “The observation of the natural world… its wonder and beauty is endlessly inspiring. My goal as a visual artist is to convey this sight with eloquence and skill as both a printmaker and painter.”
Meredith’s great skill and talent developed out of independent studies in Florence, Italy, a BFA from the College of New Rochelle, NY, and an MFA from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of the Kaiser Foundation in Farmington, CT, the Bank of America in Providence, RI, and the University of Connecticut at Farmington, CT. You can also find her work exhibited in galleries in Wilmington, VT, Ogunquit, ME, and Charlestown, RI.
The fall season of Glastonbury Arts’ GOT ART series continues with a program featuring award-winning pastel artist, Robin Frisella. “Still Lifes in Pastel” will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Friends Room at Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury.
Robin has received numerous national and regional awards for her paintings. Although she has a passion for portraiture, the focus of her work is still life paintings. Her presentation will provide insights into the process she uses to create timeless and elegant works, starting with an arrangement of traditional objects and then adding flowers and fruit. She combines layers of soft pastels to develop a “rich buttery feel,” bringing out the beauty in simple objects. She is fascinated with light and the ways in which it can be represented, and capturing the nuances of light is a focus of her work. The effect of each painting, whether it be a complex composition or one of her signature depictions of apples, is to draw the viewer in, evoking an emotional response from the striking beauty and simplicity of the piece.
Robin has been elected a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and she is a juried member of the Copley Society of Boston. Her work has been published in the Best of America Pastel Artists Vol. II, American Artist magazine, New Hampshire magazine, The American Art Collector, Artscope, and the Pastel Journal.
Robin has recently opened a new studio, Frisella Fine Art, in Hampton Falls, NH. This is a fulltime working studio and gallery where she holds workshops and hosts an ongoing exhibit showcasing her work and that of other area artists.
We hope you can join us on October 19th to meet Robin and gain insights into the creation of her award-winning and widely collected works.
Glastonbury Arts opens the fall season of its popular Got Art series with a presentation by award winning sculptor Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh. The program, entitled “Casting Bronze Sculptures,” will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Conference Room B (2nd Floor) at Healthtrax, 622 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury.
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn about the process of creating bronze sculptures directly from the artist. Josie received a BA in Fine Arts from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, then began her studies of three-dimensional art in 1976 at the Johnson Atelier in Princeton, NJ. In the ensuing years, she trained in the process of bronze foundry at Rutgers College and stone carving with hand tools at the Princeton Art Association. More recently Josie attended a carving symposium in Colorado to learn techniques employed in carving with power tools. Several times a year, she travels to Rutland, Vermont to attend workshops and carve at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center quarry located there.
Josie’s work has been featured in many solo and juried exhibitions, mainly in New England and the mid-Atlantic region. One piece, a bust of a newborn child, was chosen for inclusion in an exchange exhibition in Moscow, Russia. Her impressive list of awards includes those from the CT Women Artists Association, Phillip Mill Patrons’ Award in PA, the Liskin Award, the Isenberg Award, the DeBellis and Richman Awards at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, and the Montana Memorial Award at the Hudson Valley Art Association. Most recently, Josie won awards in 2015 at juried exhibits in New Britain, Connecticut and at the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens in New Hampshire.
Josie’s work is part of many private and public collections, including Goodwin College in East Hartford, Connecticut, Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania, and St. Paul’s Church in Chatham, New Jersey. Josie and her husband split their time between homes in Glastonbury and Center Harbor, New Hampshire.
Glastonbury Arts will host “Art and Poetry”, in the Friends Room, Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury on Saturday May 21 from 1 – 3 pm. “Art and Poetry” will feature a special presentation by Glastonbury’s first Poet Laureate, Alexandrina “Sandy” Sergio.
Sandy will perform eight poems during her presentation. These eight poems were the sources of inspiration for the paintings on display by eight accomplished artists from Glastonbury Arts artists. The artwork on display for this presentation will be available for viewing through Monday, May 30. The following Glastonbury Arts artists have contributed to this special presentation: Dianne Gorrick, James Grabowski, Jacqueline Jones, Ed Hicks, Barbara Rossitto, Katherine Simmons, Diane Stone, and Debbie Temple.
Sandy’s charge as Poet Laureate is to promote the appreciation of and participation in poetry and the literary arts among Glastonbury’s residents. Glastonbury Arts was eager to play a role in support of her mission. “Poetry is everywhere in Glastonbury,” said Sergio. “Part of what I’m tasked with doing as Town Poet is to seek out the poetry that exists in Glastonbury and help set it free to delight, fortify and connect us all.”
Sandy Sergio has worked as founding director of a non-profit agency, director of a philanthropic foundation, and as an English teacher, coaching prize-winning student poets. Now, in retirement, she works full-time on her poetry and has published two books, My Daughter is Drummer in the Rock ‘n Roll Band and That’s How the Light Gets In.
“Art and Poetry”, a special Got Art presentation of Glastonbury Arts, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Glastonbury Arts is pleased to present painter Eileen Eder in a program entitled “Making a Plan: The Key to Great Landscape Painting.” All are welcome to attend this free event, to be held on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Conference Room B, Second Floor, at Healthtrax, 622 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury.
Eileen is an award-winning artist with an impressive portfolio of landscapes and still life paintings. She is also an experienced teacher, so the evening is sure to be informative and enjoyable. As part of her presentation, Eileen will discuss the value of a notan study, emphasizing the effectiveness of “quick thumbnail sketches that are reduced to three values, which will make a noticeable difference in the attractiveness of your painting.”
Describing her work in still lifes, Eileen says that it provides “the opportunity to create a dialogue between abstraction, representation and narrative. … My creative process involves conceptualizing and choreographing a ‘stage’ of still life objects.”
When working on landscape paintings and in plein air, Eileen finds the challenge of natural light and color difficult but exciting. With her landscapes Eileen remains mindful of the elements of strong abstract composition and interesting subject matter that characterize her still life works. Eileen says that she seeks to inspire viewers with an appreciation of nature’s gifts, just as she is inspired by light and how it imbues objects in nature with endlessly variety of color and value. “My ultimate goal is to develop interesting paintings with a sense of poetry where the viewer will be enticed to enter, linger, and reflect.”
Eileen received a B.F.A. from Albertus Magnus College and an M.F.A. from New York Academy of Art. She has taught at the Yale Center for British Art, Sacred Heart University, Gateway Community College, Holderness Academy, Lyme Art Association, and numerous workshops. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout New England and New York. She has received numerous awards, and her work has been cited in many publications. Her paintings can be found in public and corporate collections including Eastern Connecticut State University, the Municipal Art Collection of the City of New Haven, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, Pfizer, Inc., Sprint Corporation and the US State Department, Washington D.C.
Eileen is a member of the Salmagundi Art Club, Oil Painters of America, Lyme Art Association (Elected Artist), New Haven Paint & Clay Club, Guilford Art Association, Madison Art Society and CT Plein Air Painters.
The Glastonbury Arts Got Art program brings award-winning artists to town and has proven to be very popular in the community. This year these demonstrations and lectures are made possible by a grant from the Norma and Natale Sestero Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.