Glastonbury Arts cordially invites you to join Jane Zisk for “The Art of Abstraction” The presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 18 from 6:30–8:30 pm in the Micah Chapel, First Church of Christ, 2183 Main Street, in Glastonbury, CT. Learn how to distill the essence of what you see and feel, opening the door to personal discovery. See beyond reality and open your eyes to the world of pure color, form, and line.
Jane Zisk has been a painter for over 30 years, whether it is plein air works created on location or abstractions created in the studio. “All art whether it is representational or abstract is a spiritual and healing path,” says Jane. “My Art is a reflection of nature and its basic elements. Archetypal images appear and reappear throughout. The energy that moves throughout the meridians of self transforms into color and form on the flat surface of the paper. The art speaks through me. I am merely a voice.”
In 1995, she established the Connecticut Plein AIr Painters Society which currently enjoys national status as one of the “finest plein air groups” in the country according to American Artist and Plein Air magazines. Her work is found in the permanent collections of hospitals, foundations, corporations, and colleges throughout Connecticut. Jane paints landscapes in the plein air tradition as well as nature-inspired abstract work.
The paintings of Deborah Quinn-Munson evoke memories, bringing us to serene and restful places with distant horizons and peaceful surroundings. Deborah loves bold color and energetic brush strokes while she explores the contrast between nature’s strength and its more gentle side. “Capturing a scene’s quiet beauty disturbed only by a breeze or a few clouds contrasts with the spirited making of a painting.”
Quinn-Munson earned Master designation in the International Association of Pastel Societies and was awarded Prix de Pastel in the 27th Juried Exhibition. She is also a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Copley Society of Art, Oil Painters of America and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. After attending De Cordova Museum School, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Arts and Liberal Studies at Wesleyan University, and attended Lyme Academy of Art.
Join Sam D’Ambruoso as he demonstrates the tools and techniques for creating “Charcoal Portraits” on Thursday October 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Schultz Hall, First Church of Christ, 2183 Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
Capturing the essence of mood and maintaining a good likeness of the subject are Sam’s objectives as he develops a portrait in charcoal. “I’m continually searching for the play of darks against lights, the light becomes the drama, the feeling, the truth, which moves the viewer.”
Sam has more than 20 years of experience teaching workshops in the United States and Italy and enjoys the process of revealing how to produce a successful piece of art, whether it is a portrait, landscape, or still life. Sam’s workshops in Tuscany, Amalfi, and Sicily as well as in the USA have been widely acclaimed by past participants. A graduate of Providence College, he studied with the internationally renowned landscape painter, Thomas Beuchner of Elmira, New York, advanced landscape painting with Skip Whitcomb of Fort Collins, Colorado, portraiture with the late Joseph Funaro at Paier College of Art, Peter Cox of the Art Students League, and with Laurel Stern Boecke at the Katona Art Center in New York.
Sam is a member of Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, the Lyme Art Association and is an Elected Artist at the Kent Art Association. He has been in regional as well as national landscape and figure shows. Sam is listed as an official United States Coast Guard Artist. Current projects include original paintings of the New England, Tuscany, Amalfi, and Capri Italy as well as selected portrait commissions. He was elected a landscape-painting instructor at the Arts and Materials Show, sponsored by American Artist Magazine, in Pasadena, CA. Many of his paintings are in public and private collections worldwide. His most recent landscape of the Connecticut River area was installed at the State of Connecticut Governor’s residence and now is included in the State’s Permanent Art Collection.
The artwork of Katherine McClelland demonstrates remarkable range, astonishing in its beauty and complexity. Join us as McClelland demonstrates “Fiber Arts Portraits and Figures” on Thursday May 1st from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at South Congregational Church, 949 Main Street, South Glastonbury, CT.
Felting is one of the oldest fiber crafts, but Katherine has found a way to make pieces that are unique in style, vibrancy and impact. She uses both wet and needle felting techniques to produce richly layered figurative images. Her innovative combination of felting techniques yields art of lavish imagery bursting with color, detail and texture. Katherine’s pieces demonstrate remarkable range, a perfect mix of painterly expression and physical process.
“When I create, I consider three main areas: process, content and aesthetics. I love digging into various methods and pushing the materials to create something new. I also want to create images that engage you visually and mentally. This is why felting appeals to me so much.”
Katherine received a BFA at The Maryland Institute, College of Art, where she majored in ceramics. She earned a Master of Education at UMass Amherst and is currently an art teacher for the MA Department of Youth Services, where she works in eight programs for adjudicated youth. Her spare time is spent in her studio, working on the fiber art that she finds rewarding and fulfilling, as she uses textile art to convey social commentary.
Barbara Jenkins will present “My Adventures with Abstraction” on Tuesday, April 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Friends Room at the Welles Turner Memorial Library. Learn about process and composition, important factors in the creation of her compelling abstracts.
Barbara is a versatile, award-winning painter who is well known for her realistic works in pastel, many done “en plein air.” More recently, her abstract pieces have become her principal focus as she experiments with materials such as oil sticks, silver leaf, powdered carbon, cold wax, and collage. Her abstract work reflects inspiration from American abstract artists such as Morris Louis, Mark Rothko, and Emily Mason but she always stays true to the development of her artwork, to the expression of her own artistic voice. “Each painting is a purposeful combination of shapes, colors, and linear designs. While the art pieces do not reflect recognizable images”, she says, “they are intended to convey emotive concepts”
After earning her Master’s degree in Art, Barbara taught at Central Connecticut State University and worked as Assistant Curator at the Lo Jolla Art Center, and then as a staff member at the New Britain Museum of American Art. While she is devoted to the creation of her own art, she is also an enthusiastic mentor for emerging artists and enjoys facilitating others in their appreciation of art.
The March 21 presentation by Marlene Rye on “Bold & Contemporary Pastels has been POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS.” The presentation has been RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY JUNE 6 from 6:30–8:30 pm in the Schultz Hall, First Church of Christ, 2183 Main Street, in Glastonbury, CT. Explore how the artist captures the essence of a subject with bold color and explosive pattern.
“My work explores a deep relationship with place, specifically the woods where I live in Western, MA,” says Marlene Rye. “Often, the visual connection to my original source material becomes lost in the translation, the painting departs from the visual and delves into all of the senses. I am not interested in conveying a specific moment in time or place, but rather the essence of what makes that place magical to me. And in the searching, trees become metaphors for relationships, the joy of living, conflicts and the beauty of friendships, a reflection of my life and of the lives of others that I encounter.”
Marlene Rye has an A.B. from Smith College and an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has studied under Andrew Forge, Barbara Grossman, John Moore, and Martha Armstrong. Her work has been shown nationally and has been accepted into juried shows with distinguished curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim. She is currently represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, The Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, MA and VT Artisans in Brattleboro, VT. She has had 17 solo shows since 1994.