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Ramona Agro graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University.. She has been teaching art to children, teens and adults for 28 years. Her works in acrylic and oils have been exhibited throughout the Boston area, Cape Cod, Connecticut, and the Midwest.
Lynn Bywaters creates original drawings and paintings for greeting cards and children’s books. An illustrator for over 30 years, she also designs a signature line of collectible figurines for Lenox. Through licensing, her work appears on a variety of products- from puzzles and prints to gift bags and tins. Lynn has been working almost exclusively in Colored Pencil for the last four years, and has won several awards for her work- from The Colored Pencil Society of America, The Artist’s Magazine and from Glastonbury Arts. lynnbywatersart.com
Dianne Gorrick has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Purdue University, and a Master of Studio Arts degree from Wesleyan University. An instructor with over 30 years of experience, she exhibits her work extensively in New England. Ms Gorrick is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Art Center and the Essex Art Association. She is a member of the CT Plein Air Painters Society and Lyme Art Association. www.artid.com/diannegorrick
Jacqueline Jones studied with local artist Joseph Gionfriddo of Gilead, CT during her childhood.. A former student of Guy Wiggins and James Goodwin Manus, Gionfriddo instilled in her a love of traditional oil painting. Ms. Jones earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art as well as a Associated Degree in Graphics from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is the recipient of numerous awards including “1st Prize for Outstanding Work” at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in NYC. New Britain Hospital recently acquired a number of her works for their permanent collection. In addition, Jacqueline enjoys teaching at the Glastonbury Art Guild and often gives demonstrations and workshops for local art organizations. Her professional memberships include Allied Artists of America, American Artist Professional League, American Society of Marine Artists, Oil Painters of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts, The New Haven Paint and Clay Club as well as the Salmagundi Club in NYC. She is also a member of Glastonbury Arts, Essex Art Association, Lyme Art Association, and the Mystic Art Center.
Elizabeth Rhoades is an award winning Connecticut artist whose pastel paintings are characterized by vibrant color, sensitivity to natural forms, and the effects of light in the landscape. Elizabeth holds art degrees from Southern Connecticut State University and Wesleyan University, and has obtained an advanced degree of sixth level in art education. Her work is is represented by PS Gallery on the Litchfield Green, Fresh Ayer Gallery in Lyme, and the Lyme Art Association, also in Lyme. Elizabeth is a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Past President and Elected Artist Member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, an Elected Member of the Lyme Art Association, and a juried member of the Academic Artists Association and the Pastel Society of America. www.elizabethrhoadesfineart.com
Shauna Shane has been painting professionally for 30 years and she is skilled in a variety of mediums, including oil, pastel, and watercolor. Shauna is an Elected Artist Member of Lyme Art Association and CT Plein Air Painters Society, and is a signature member of CT Pastel Society. Shauna’s works is saturated with light and color formed by many years of painting from life. Her paintings of still lifes and the figure reflect a solid academic training as well as the ability to communicate the energy, color, light, and unique atmosphere of a scene. www.shauna-shane.com
Katherine Simmons, is known for her sensuous landscapes, sensitive still lifes, and deft brushwork. She draws inspiration from early Masters such as William Merritt Chase, Dennis Miller Bunker, and John Singer Sargent. Katherine Simmons earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is an Elected Artist Member of the CT Plein Air Painters Society, CT Women Artists, Lyme Art Association, Salmagundi Club, and Oil Painters of America. www.katherinesimmons.com.
Jane Penfield holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Jane has worked professionally as a choral director and administrator of nonprofit arts organizations, in addition to being a visual artist. Jane has won numerous awards for her work in national juried exhibits. She is a signature member of Connecticut Pastel Society, an elected member of the Academic Artists Association, member of the Salamagundi Club, NY, Pastel Society of America, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Connecticut Plein Air Painters, Lyme Art Association, and other local groups. www,janepenfield.com
Barbara Jenkins started her art studies in high school and then went on to receive a BFA and a Master’s Degree in Art. Having completed her own education, she began teaching art at Central Connecticut State University, as well as many art courses through various art associations. She has worked as Assistant Curator at the La Jolla Art Center and as a staff member at the New Britain Museum of American Art, devoting herself to sharing her appreciation of fine art with others.