Glastonbury Arts

Jacqueline Jones – Mixing Greens in Landscapes

November 2, 2015glastonburyartguildGot Art, Latest NewsComments Off on Jacqueline Jones – Mixing Greens in Landscapes

The November program of Got Art’s 2015 season features Jacqueline Jones on “Mixing Greens in Landscapes”. The program will be held on Tuesday, November 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Kol Haverim Social Room, 1079 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury.

Jacqueline Jones, Spring Comes to Ferry Lane, oil.

Jacqueline Jones, Spring Comes to Ferry Lane, oil.

Jackie is a gifted oil painter whose work captures the beauty of coastal New England landscapes with a rich color palette and lively brushwork. Jackie was drawn to traditional oil paintings even as a child, and today has created an impressive body of work, mainly plein air paintings.

“My oils are done primarily on location wherever my travels take me and are an expression of mood and emotion manifested through the beauty of the landscape. A deep desire to partake in a dialogue with nature and a quest to infuse a moment of truth within the canvas is why I paint. This spontaneous process invigorates the work and is imbued with the spirit of nature created in communion with the wind and sunlight itself.”

Jackie feels a deep connection to nature and enjoys discovering new places to paint, energized by the challenge of rapidly changing light and shadow. Rushing streams, pounding surf, nesting birds, rustling grasses and coastal winds have all found vivid expression in her works.

Jacqueline Jones, Carousel, oil.

Jacqueline Jones, Carousel, oil.

Another element of Jackie’s plein air work is her collection of pochades, small works created rapidly at the scene, the technique yielding a “loose, yet intimate feel.” Describing her affection for these pieces, Jackie says “My small, pochade paint-box travels with me wherever I go, at the ready to capture fleeting moments.”

While Jackie paints primarily from direct observation and at the scene, she also develops some of her studies into larger scale pieces in her studio. Especially in the winter months, she goes to work in the studio, some times creating narrative paintings that feature figures, wildlife, still life, or a combination. “Whatever the subject matter, I’m energized by the way light reveals essence and form.”

Jackie exhibits year round and participates in numerous shows along the East Coast, her work winning many awards. Her professional memberships include Allied Artists of America, American Artist Professional League, American Society of Marine Artists, Oil Painters of America, Catharine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club, The Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts, Connecticut Woman Artists, The Connecticut Plein Air Painter’s Society, New Haven Paint and Clay Club, The Salmagundi Club, and associations in Essex, Lyme and Mystic, CT.

Jackie will be among the exhibitors at this year’s Holiday Art Exhibit & Sale, presented by Glastonbury Arts November 14-15, 11am – 5pm at the Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center.

World Traveling Artist Stan Sperlak

October 5, 2015glastonburyartguildGot Art, Latest NewsComments Off on World Traveling Artist Stan Sperlak

Enjoy a demonstration and lecture by Stan Sperlak, World Traveling Pastel Artist! The program will be held on Wednesday, October 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Friends Room, Welles Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury.

Stan Sperlak, Back Country Maui, pastel

Stan Sperlak, Back Country Maui, pastel

Got Art continues its fall season with a program featuring renowned pastelist Stan Sperlak. Mark your calendar so that you don’t miss this presentation. Stan is not only an accomplished artist, but also a very highly regarded teacher whose workshops and lectures are always well received. A quick review of the student testimonials on his website makes it clear that he is a gifted teacher who leaves a lasting impact on his students while imparting valuable insights about technique and composition. Plans are being made for a Glastonbury workshop with Stan in June 2016, so this program will also provide a preview of what you might expect at the workshop.

Stan was born in Colorado but saw a great deal of the US as his military family moved to Hawaii, Minnesota, New York and finally Cape May, NJ. In every location, Stan enjoyed spending time outdoors. His love of nature and his appreciation of the diverse landscapes he experienced led to curiosity about the trees and plants native to each locale. These interests eventually led him to a career in landscaping, during which he built a successful business in Cape May County. Then at age 35, Stan enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, to hone his skills drawing landscape designs for clients. There he discovered that what he really wanted to do was to be a painter. He chose to work in pastels, the medium he had enjoyed as a young boy. After years of working with pastels, Stan says that he has come to appreciate the sculptural quality of this medium. He notes that you can mold pastels, break them, smash them, roll them together, rub them on the paper, blend them with your hands. “There are so many things you can do with pastels that interest me.”

Stan Sperlak, Country Vista, pastel

Stan Sperlak, Country Vista, pastel

In 1997, Stan purchased 37 acres of farmland, forest and marsh along Crow Creek in Goshen, NJ. He built a studio and teaching facility there, taking advantage of the serene landscapes to conduct plein air classes. Stan teaches his students how to work fast like he does, and encourages the use of strong colors to be truly expressive with one’s work. He stresses the importance of learning about light, being aware of the atmosphere and how it changes your perception of a landscape at different moments in the day. “Keen observation and a clear understanding of quality of light help to create landscapes that convey a mood and a moment.” The marshes, fields, shorelines and skies of the Mid Atlantic are the primary focus of Stan’s current work. His cites as his strongest influences Robert Henri, George Inness, William Lathrop and NC Wyeth.

While Crow Creek is the primary facility for his teaching, Stan has also taught in Maine, Colorado, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Maryland and has been invited to speak and teach at art centers across the US. He is currently represented by galleries in Cape May and Stone Harbor, NJ, Philadelphia, Scranton, PA, Wilmington, DE, Annapolis and Snow Hill, MD. His works are also in the permanent collection of the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ.

Stan Sperlak is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Maryland Pastel Society, and a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado. He is also a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.

Analyzing Your Artwork – Frank Federico

September 8, 2015glastonburyartguildGot Art, Latest NewsComments Off on Analyzing Your Artwork – Frank Federico

Award-winning artist and teacher, Frank Federico will skillfully help you Analyze Your Artwork, offering his insights and direction on composition, design, color and technique. Your work may be in any medium, finished or in progress. The program will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Friends Room, Welles Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury.

Got Art kicks off its fall season with an exciting program that offers artists the opportunity to have their work critiqued by a very accomplished painter. Frank Federico has won many awards, including his selection as the Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame Honoree in 2012. He has attained the honorable level of signature membership in numerous prestigious art societies including Master Pastellist Pastel Society of America, Master Circle Member – IAPS, CT Pastel Society, Pastel Society of Painters on Cape Cod, Degas Pastel Society, National Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic to name just a few. He has received numerous awards and his work has been exhibited all over the world, including a mural in oil which currently hangs in the Student Union at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

After even a quick review of Frank’s work, one will understand why he has achieved such acclaim. Frank considers himself a colorist, a contemporary impressionist who looks for the essence in a landscape or a figure, while applying emotionally and aesthetically crafted content. He uses color to depict a personal reaction to a landscape, rather than a strictly realistic one, emphasizing and intensifying the colors to create what he describes as “an interpretation of nature, rather than its representation.”

“Painting is first an energy, then a technique. I am essentially a romanticist; wherever I go, I need to relate to, respond to… and to romance my physical environment and its sensual atmosphere. In this regard my approach to painting is fairly spontaneous…. I like to consider myself as having an ever-adaptable attitude in response to stimuli. I believe that art is as capricious as nature’s own whims. Nature provides the catalyst— human or otherwise— with this constant flux of rhythms, shapes and boundless energy. Each painting speaks for itself and has a life of its own. I am the stoker of the energy, the catalyzer.”   Frank Federico

Mary Jane Q. Cross Inspirational Paintings

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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.

Mary Jane Q. Cross, Sing Over Me

Mary Jane Q. Cross, Sing Over Me, oil.

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.”

Puppetry, Behind the Stage

March 30, 2015glastonburyartguildGot Art, Latest NewsComments Off on Puppetry, Behind the Stage

“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.

Puppetry, Behind the Stage

Puppetry, Behind the Stage

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 Staiger, The Art of Watercolor

February 13, 2015glastonburyartguildGot Art, Latest NewsComments Off on Bivenne Staiger, The Art of Watercolor

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 Harvey Staiger, Maggie, watercolor

Bivenne Harvey Staiger, Maggie, watercolor

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.