Classical realist finger paintings! New Hampshire artist Mary Jane Q. Cross will make a presentation on her unique method of painting and her sources of inspiration on Tuesday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Friends Room, Welles Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury.
In the 1990s, Mary Jane spent five years relearning her profession as an oil painter after developing a hand tremor that made brushwork difficult. All of her paintings are 95−98% painted with her fingers. The remaining touches of refinement are achieved with a brush, using prosthetic devises of her own invention and adaptation.
The romantic nobility of the Pre-Raphaelite art movement continues to influence her genre paintings and lyrical interpretations of the landscape. The influence of the Academic painters like Jean Leon Gerome and William Adolphe Bougereau is evident in her unerring attention to detail. Her paintings also reveal the inspiration she draws from late 19th century Impressionist painters like John Singer Sargent and Claude Monet. These artists instill in Mary a desire to pursue beauty, creating works that are inspired by the human spirit.
“Quietly, I have trained myself under the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites and Academic painters. Out of necessity, after losing so much of my ability to do brushwork, I have explored the more impressionist styles. The resultant dreamy quality of the two styles has melded into a voice that is my own.”
“It is an ancient expression, yet it is as new as today!” Join us on Saturday, April 25, 2015 as Bart Roccoberton and his University of Connecticut graduate students reveal “Puppetry, Behind the Stage”. The program will be presented from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the Friends Room, Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury.
A family fun event for all ages – children, teens, and adults. Go behind the stage to see how the art of puppetry happens, building characters, and bringing them to life. Bart Roccoberton, Jr. is the Director of the Puppet Arts Program and Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts in Puppetry at the University of Connecticut.
He has created and performed characters for television programs, New York theatre productions, and special commissions. As Founder & Director of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Institute of Professional Puppetry Arts, he became recognized, internationally, as a leading advocate for the Puppet Arts.
For more than 15 years he has toured popular puppet performances to schools, libraries, colleges, theatres, and museums from Washington, DC, to Montreal, with his own troupe, The Pandemonium Puppet Co., and with students from the University of Connecticut, and The Institute of Professional Puppetry Arts. Professor Roccoberton holds a B.A. in Speech & Theatre from Montclair State College and M.F.A in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut.
Bivenne Harvey Staiger is an award-winning artist who is known for her vibrant watercolor paintings. Join us on Thursday, March 26, 2015 as she demonstrates “The Art of Watercolor”. The program will be presented from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Healthtrax Conference Room B (2nd floor), 628 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury.
Bivenne’s works are almost always derived from nature, which provides her with endless inspiration. She portrays her subjects, often trees, animals, flowers, plants, and landscapes, in an unexpected way, and is known for her powerful, detailed, colorful, high-contrast watercolor paintings, pastels and scraperboard.
Originating from Great Neck, NY, Bivenne has a BFA from SUNY/Stony Brook, and worked as a textile designer in New York City for many years. She began painting, exhibiting and teaching in earnest since moving to Connecticut in 2001 and has received many regional and national awards for her paintings.
Bivenne is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC, Vice President of the Connecticut Watercolor Society, President of The Art Guild of Middletown, and Charter Member of Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art, Chester.
Please note that this program originally featured Luciana Heineman who cancelled due to illness. We are delighted to invite Bivenne back to demonstrate her watercolor technique. We will invite Luciana back for a future program.
Claudia Seymour is a widely collected artist who is known for her classic still lifes that glow with radiant light. Join us on Thursday, November 6 – note corrected date – as she demonstrates her techniques and process. The program will be presented from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Social Room at Congregation Kol Haverim, 1079 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury and is free to the public.
Claudia Seymour’s paintings in pastel are a personal expression of her lifelong fascination with the visual effects of color as revealed by the play of light across an array of objects. As a still-life artist, Claudia has the luxury of determining virtually every aspect of her painting, allowing her to present a clarity of vision through the creation, use, and presentation of light that is totally within her control.
“My goal as a representational painter is to attempt to portray the infinite beauty of color not only in every object itself but also in the interaction between objects, their shadows, and the surrounding space as light travels over and amongst them,” says Seymour.
Claudia uses the classic technique called chiaroscuro to create her stunning still lifes. Chiaroscuro, originally developed centuries ago by the great Renaissance master painters, was used to achieve tangibly realistic effects achieved by placing vibrant colorful elements against a dark background. “I also use light to sculpt and emphasize color, texture, and space,” she explains, “and to create a heightened sense of drama and mystery that causes the elements within the painting to literally glow.”
She works only from life, developing still-life set-ups that establish a tranquil mood and impression of timeless serenity both by the lighting itself and by the choice and arrangement of flowers, dried and organic objects, antiques, fabrics, and other materials. The deep, often neutral color of the backdrops helps to establish depth and fosters a feeling of air within the piece.
Ms. Seymour is the former President of the historic Salmagundi Club in New York. She is a Master Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and has been awarded Master Circle status by the International Association of Pastel Societies. She is also an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America. Her classic still lifes in oil and pastel have been shown in over 150 juried national and international exhibitions, and she has won numerous prizes, including first-place and best-in-show awards. She is represented by Handwright Gallery in New Canaan, Connecticut, J.M. Stringer Gallery in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and Vero Beach, Florida, as well as Gladwell and Patterson in London, England.
Experience the paintings and words of James Abbot McNeill Whister and a painting demonstration by ED HICKS in his own style as he talks about his art and the marketing aspects of his craft. The program will be presented from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Friends Room at the Welles Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury and is free to the public.
Part 1 of the presentation: Whistler’s paintings and words, He was not just an artist, but his colorful lifestyle influenced the culture of his time.
Part 2 of the presentation: Ed Hicks will paint a landscape in his own style, talk about his art, and the marketing aspects of his craft.
About Ed Hicks: Ed feels that what is left out of a painting is as important as what is put into it. “I paint my impression of it, focusing on what captures my attention giving just enough information to tell the story, but inviting the viewer to fill in the blanks”, he says.
The oil paintings of Ed Hicks capture the essence of the New England Landscape. Each piece has a color scheme that brings the scene to life, each brush stroke highlights the beauty of his subject without exaggerating details or oversimplifying. One can almost feel the texture of an autumn hayfield warmed by an October sun.
Ed has a dedicated and large following of admirers and collectors, many of whom may not know that his first artistic calling was the world of commercial art and design. A graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Ed worked as an art director in Hartford for close to a decade before feeling a tug in another direction, to the world of painting.
His firm grounding in the fundamentals of color, line, and design is balanced by his sensitivity to the light and atmosphere of the New England landscape. He maintains that, “After one learns the fundamentals, one can branch in any artistic direction.” Using both sets of skills, technical and artistic, he translates a scene into its simplest and most direct terms creating compelling imagery that excites and satisfies the senses.
Three Artists – Three Perspectives. On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Joan McPherson, Karen Suponski, and James Grabowski will interpret the same subject in three different styles and media at Glastonbury High School, 330 Hubbard Street, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Masters of their media, these artists are eager to share their knowledge, techniques, and enthusiasm for art as you watch them interpret a subject.
Joan McPherson’s interest in painting was first sparked by a watercolor class during college. Today, she is a plein air painter and award-winning artist of the New England Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
Her work has been exhibited in local, regional and national juried shows. Her one-woman exhibits have been hung in New England, Virginia and New York, as well as at local venues in Madison, CT.
Known for her interpretive use of color and evocative compositions, her representational watercolors can be found in private and corporate collections on the east and west coasts.
Karen Suponski is equally adept at painting landscapes, still lifes, and interior scenes. “Being an artist often means seeing our world a little differently than others do”, she says. She loves the play of sunlight and shadow as well as reflective light in metals and glass.
A graduate of the School of the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA, she studied there with Sante Graziani and Leon Hovsepian, concentrating on drawing still lifes and life studies in charcoal, silverpoint, graphite, and colored pencil. Her formal educations has been rounded out by studies under notable pastel artists Christine Ivers, Claudia Seymour, Frank Federico, Ray Hassard, Doug Dawson, and Susan Ogilvie.
In 2013, Karen was elected as a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America in New York. She is also a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, an elected member of the Academic Artists Association, and a member of Women Artists Collective.
James Grabowski is a prolific painter of realism and abstraction. He creates canvases that are small to colossal. His work is also highly improvisational, “I let the first stroke dictate the next”, he says. He never hesitates to try something new with his work and his constant innovation exemplifies his enthusiasm for art.
James graduated from Central Connecticut State University and pursued his Master’s degree there. Following his graduation, he first taught, encouraging students to find ways to succeed in expressing themselves. However, during his time as a teacher, he also found that he needed to do more. He needed to create, deciding to devote his energies, full-time, to the work of being a professional artist.
In addition to painting to satisfy his own artistic voice, he is a successful and renowned commission artist. Nevertheless, he remains true to himself and has amassed an impressive collection of corporate clients, including many well-known corporations, including Aetna Life and Casualty, IBM, The Marriott, Harvard Business College, Apple, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Otis Elevators, and American Airlines. Locally, The Hartford Insurance, Bristol Public Library, St. Francis Hospital, and Gideon Wells School are just a few lucky owners of his work.
James Grabowski, a versatile artist skilled at creating anything from enormous abstracts to seaside landscapes, will be providing an overview of his work, techniques, and the process for creating abstracts using acrylics on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The program will be presented from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Welles Turner Memorial Library on in Glastonbury and is free to the public.
One thing James feels is important to his work is incorporating a feel of adventure and “unpredictability” into his work. As he says, “you want to have surprises.” For this reason, he never draws preliminary outlines, instead “letting the first stroke dictate what the next one is going to be.” A prolific painter and aficionado in both realism and the abstract, James has covered thousands of canvases of varying sizes, ranging from medium – a 24 in. x 30 in. – to colossal, his largest being a 9 ft. x 13 ft. diptych at the New Britain General Hospital. A diptych consists of two paintings designed to work as a single composition. James believes that the key to success is to “capture the imagination of people,” and though a veteran in the field, he never hesitates to try something new with his work. His constant innovation exemplifies the enthusiastic artist he is.
James graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1966 and, after a year of teaching art in Meriden, CT, he returned to Central to pursue his Master’s degree. Next, he spent a few years teaching in West Hartford, and at the Institute of Living in Hartford. He focused on encouraging students to find ways to succeed in expressing themselves. However, during his time as a teacher, he also found that he needed to do more; he needed to create. He cites his first “big break” as Glastonbury Arts’ own “On the Green” Show Fine Art & Craft Show. He continues to honor his roots by devoting himself to the continued success of “On the Green.”
After 20 years of doing shows, James was able to cut back on the traveling and make a career producing work for his client base and selling through art galleries across New England. Now a successful and renowned commission artist, it is sometimes necessary that he paint for an audience. Nevertheless, he remains true to himself. He has amassed an impressive collection of clients, including many well-known corporations, including Aetna Life and Casualty, IBM, The Marriott, Harvard Business College, Apple, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Otis Elevators, and American Airlines. Locally, The Hartford Insurance, Bristol Public Library, St. Francis Hospital, and Gideon Wells School are just a few lucky owners of his work.
Dianne Panarelli Miller, an artist renowned for her award-winning paintings in oil, will demonstrate how to paint a portrait in oil on May 8, 2014. One lucky participant will be selected as the evening’s model. The program will be presented from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Kol Haverim Social Room on 1079 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury.
Dianne Panarelli Miller brings people and pets to life in her portraits. Generally, she finishes her portraits “Alla Prima,” or all in one sitting. She also paints from photographs at times and her dynamic approach to life is evident in the way she makes the art speak to the viewer.
As a teacher of art as well, Dianne is experienced in making the often personal and mysterious process of designing and creating a work of art come to life for others. She has been called “without question the hardest working and most effective teaching artist I have ever encountered.” She verbalizes everything that goes into her work and she also knows how to ensure that students and audience members at her demonstrations understand. As Dianne puts it, “I will find a way to explain it to you, even if it takes multiple ways before it clicks.”
Dianne has been studying and creating art her entire life. After ten years of college, atelier, and private classes, she has dedicated the past 30 years to developing her craft. She has always managed to find time to paint, even while raising a daughter and bartending for almost 20 years. It has all resulted in a stunning and versatile portfolio that includes portraiture, landscapes, and plein air works. She truly discovered the type of artist she wanted to be as she formally learned the “Boston Tradition” of painting and explored the galleries along Newbury Street.
Well represented in galleries and private collections, Dianne has been the recipient of multiple local and national awards. Recently, her oil painting, Blue, was accepted in the National Endowment show held in Naples, Florida. She is a signature member of the New England Plein Air Painters and has the distinguished honor to be recognized as a “Copley Master” from the Copley Society in Boston. Dianne is also a member of the Portrait Society of America and Oil Painters of America and she is equally comfortable painting a portrait as she is creating a mural.
Russ Kramer, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading marine artists, gives viewers “first-hand” experiences of life at sea, due to the scope of his work. Get even closer as you join us for a presentation of maritime painting on Thursday, April 10 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Kol Haverim Social Room, located at 1079 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury, CT.
Russ has great sense of the dramatic moment, combined with meticulous research and attention to detail, which has helped him to find considerable appeal for his art. His pieces generally sell quickly into private and corporate collections. Unique and immediately recognizable, Russ Kramer’s paintings combine narrative, historical, figurative and maritime disciplines.
Russ is currently serving as President of the 500-member American Society of Marine Artists and has been the subject of a one-man show at the Museum of Yachting in Newport, RI. He has also appeared in WoodenBoat, Yachting, and Sail magazines, and will be prominently represented in Hyland-Granby’s and William Koch’s forthcoming book, Art and Artifacts of The America’s Cup.
Prior to turning to painting full-time in 2006, Russ spent three decades as a graphic designer, illustrator, journalist, and creative executive. He has won multiple awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, including the prestigious Yachting Award in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. He is represented by the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield, CT, and Sheldon Fine Art in Newport, RI. Russ lives and works in Mystic, CT.
The presentation on April 10 follows another recent presentation in the series, given by colored pencil artist Alexandra Walters on Saturday, March 29. A member of the Connecticut River Valley Artists, the Tobacco Valley Artists Association, and the Artists at Indian Orchard Mills, Alexandra spoke with participants about her personal philosophy of art and offered suggestions for supplies and tools in the medium. This was enhanced by a demonstration in which she showcased her process for creating unique and dynamic work that is often mistaken for paintings.
The “Got Art” programs are designed to provide both artists and art lovers with a ‘window-in’ to the creative process. The programs are presented by Glastonbury Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose goal is to make art accessible in our community. “Got Art” is free and open to the public and is funded by a grant from the George H. C. Ensworth Memorial Trust.
The extraordinary colored pencil drawings of Alexandra Walters are often mistaken for other painting media. Join us for her presentation on Saturday, March 29, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Welles Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT. Explore the possibilities for this overlooked art media.
Alexandra is self-taught in the medium of colored pencil and considers colored pencils to be her favorite art medium. She loves their rich, vibrant colors and versatility. She is deeply inspired by subject matter found in nature, especially botanicals and landscapes, and loves to spend time hiking and exploring in search of her next subject.
“A flower might only receive a passing glance, but when a viewer tells me that they could almost feel the delicate curls of the petals from my drawing, I know I have shared the joy I experienced from that flower. I hope that my artwork goes beyond a visual moment, and encourages viewers to see everyday beauty with new eyes”, says Alexandra. Needless to day, her works in colored pencil have been recognized with many awards.
Alexandra graduated with honors from Westfield State College with a B.A. in Art, with a concentration in fine arts and she currently maintains the Serendipity Art Studio at the Indian Orchard Mills in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. She is a member of the Connecticut River Valley Artists, the Tobacco Valley Artists Association, and the Artists at Indian Orchard Mills. She has studied with award-winning artists, and loves creative exploration as both a teacher and a student.
This “Got Art” program is presented by Glastonbury Arts and is designed to provide both artists and art lovers with a ‘window-in’ to the creative process of the artist. The program is free and open to the public. This program is the first in a 2014 series of “Got Art” programs presented by Glastonbury Arts. Glastonbury Arts is non-profit art association with a goal of making art accessible to the community. This special presentation is free and open to the public.