Glastonbury Arts

Robin Frisella – Still Lifes in Pastel

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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 Frisella, Apples and Stripes, pastel

Robin Frisella, Apples and Stripes, pastel

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.

Art Classes for All Ages

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Unleash your creativity and enroll today. All levels of experience are welcome.

Got Art Programs

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A window-in to the creative experience – artist demonstrations and lectures.

Pre-Teen and Teen Classes

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Classes for ages 11 – 17. Serious teens are welcome to enroll in adult art classes.

Adult Art Workshops

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Master the medium of your choice in one of our special interest workshops.

Volunteer Today!

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We have plenty of plans – and all of them can accommodate the time you have to give.

56th On the Green Show

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Exhibitors from around the country, food court, eco-art for kids, free admission & parking.

Casting Bronze Sculptures

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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.

Josie Dellenbaugh, "Haitian Madonna", Bronze

Josie Dellenbaugh, Haitian Madonna, Bronze

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.

Art and Poetry

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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 Sergio, Glastonbury Poet Laureate

Sandy Sergio, Poet Laureate

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. 

Eileen Eder, The Key to Great Landscapes

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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.