For the next GOT ART event, Glastonbury Arts will explore an animalistic nature: Award-winning artist KAREN ISRAEL will create animal portraits demonstrating pastel techniques and underpainting using Art Graf water soluble graphite. Participants will be able to sample the Art Graf / pastel technique for themselves. The event take place on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm in Conference Room “A” at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness, 622 Hebron Ave in Glastonbury. This program is free and open to the public.
Karen creates interesting concepts and dynamic composition in her work. She has been focusing on pastels for the past decade. Prior to making art full-time, Karen worked as a physical therapist. Her passion for teaching is evident in her demonstrations, workshops and rigorous pastel classes.
Karen is proud to be a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, Master Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Signature Member and the President of the Connecticut Pastel Society, Artist Member of the Catharine Lorillaird Wolfe Art Club and Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC.
Her work can be found in many private and public collections in the United States and Canada. Karen has exhibited at several museums and galleries in Connecticut and New York City, including the Salmagundi Club,The National Arts Club, The Slater Memorial Museum and the New Britain Museum of American Art. More about Karen at www.artbykarenisrael.com.
Glastonbury Arts is doing some spring cleaning for the May GOT ART event. DENISE CASEY will show you how to “Bring New Life to Old Paintings”, on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 1 pm – 3 pm in the Friends Room at Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury. Denise is a talented painter – oil, acrylic, pastel – who will demonstrate techniques to turn older paintings into modern masterpieces. This program is free and open to the public.
Denise loves the total engagement in the artistic process, the heightened awareness, complete focus, and the sense of purpose and fulfillment that it gives. For Denise, it’s a challenge to embrace the uncertainty of not knowing how a painting will develop or how she’ll get to the end, but she’s always excited to see what reveals itself as she proceeds.
Denise has learned an enormous amount over the years from design classes and critiques with Connecticut artist John Massimino. She also studied with Joann Ballinger at the Lyme Art Association, working in soft pastels. For several years, she painted mostly in oils and oil pastels. More recently, she has been working with Lenny Moskowitz and Sheila Kaczmarek, exploring new ways of seeing, thinking, and working, and different techniques and mediums, including acrylics, collage, and mixed media.
Denise serves on the boards of the Madison Art Society and Guilford Art League and is a member of the Lyme Art Association, Essex Art Association, and Clinton Art Society.
Glastonbury Arts will soak a paintbrush with water and color for the next GOT ART event: JERRY CARON, accomplished artist, teacher, and magazine illustrator, will demonstrate watercolor painting techniques and facilitate a discussion about the medium on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Friends Room at Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury. This program is free and open to the public.
Jerry, who “creates illusions of light and atmosphere in paint,” graduated in 1963 from the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and worked in the publishing industry until 1976, when he decided to pursue a full-time fine art career. He studied at the Art Students League in New York with the artists Harvey Dinnerstein, Aaron Shikler, Burt Silverman, and Morton Kaisch. Jerry was a member of the faculty of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts for seventeen years where he taught Drawing, Perspective, Composition and Design, Color Theory, and Landscape painting in Watercolor and Oil. His work was featured on the cover of Yankee Magazine, and was published in Backpacker Magazine and a children’s encyclopedia published by McGraw-Hill.
In the 1980’s, Jerry created and appeared in a series of television programs (Storer Television) featuring watercolor demonstrations. For four years, Jerry taught on-site painting workshops in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine, and has taught and lectured throughout New England. Jerry has been an artist member of the Salmagundi Club, NY, the New England Watercolor Society, MA, the Providence Watercolor Society, RI, The Copley Society, Boston, MA, and The Hudson Valley Art Association, NY.
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.