Glastonbury Arts

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.

Painting in Pastels with Claudia Seymour

October 20, 2014glastonburyartguildGot Art, Latest NewsComments Off on Painting in Pastels with Claudia Seymour

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, "Poppies with Cranes", pastel

Claudia Seymour, “Poppies with Cranes”, pastel

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 Hicks & Whistler

September 29, 2014glastonburyartguildGot Art, Latest NewsComments Off on Experience Hicks & Whistler

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.

Picture this!

September 11, 2014glastonburyartguildGot Art, Latest NewsComments Off on Picture this!

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, Hammonasett Sunrise, watercolor.

Joan McPherson, Hammonasett Sunrise, watercolor.

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, Pastel

Karen Suponski, Pastel

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, Landscape, acrylic.

James Grabowski, Landscape, acrylic.

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.

Gil Fahey – Images Frozen in Time

June 23, 2014glastonburyartguildFeatured Artist, Latest NewsComments Off on Gil Fahey – Images Frozen in Time

Gil Fahey knows the purpose of his art. He seeks “to freeze time by freeing creativity,” working to display “the endless toil of men and women.” As a child, Gil spent his summers on one of the farms near his home in a small town. He says that painting and drawing “evoke an early fascination with the textures of stone and woods, the moods of the meadows, old farms, cellar holes, and earthen roads disappearing into the woods.” Although he has not always been able to focus primarily on his art, it has never been far from his life.

Gil Fahey, The Hunter, oil

Gil Fahey, The Hunter, oil.

When Gil was young, he thought his ideal career would be that of a wildlife illustrator, following in the footsteps of some of his heroes, like Tom Lovell and Edwin Dickinson. As wildlife illustration slowly became absorbed by the world of photography, Gil’s heroes left to paint western scenes and he realized that the “fertile ground of the golden age of illustration” would be an influence, but not necessarily a career. However, he never forgot the teachings of his instructors, including Bernie Lettich and Ken Davies, even when his life took him away from his original goals – and their influence is present in his work today.

As Gil says, society is often based on materialism, and the role of an artist can be “fleeting and ephemeral,” but Gil was able to stay true to his passions, while also carving out a life for himself professionally as a Senior Graphic Designer and Staff Illustrator for a Fortune 500 corporation in New England. In addition, he never gave up his joy of freelance illustration and cartoon and he also taught drawing and painting. His classes have included private instruction, art programs, and adult education.

Gil Fahey, Best Pitch, oil.

Gil Fahey, Best Pitch, oil.

Now retired, Gil has been able to return to his first love for wildlife. He finds himself turning more to it each year. “The flame burns brightly,” he says. Inspiration comes from a variety of places. Gil Fahey describes art as “a vision born of the artist’s imagination – constant stimulative input, sometimes even at 2 am.” He brings to his work a sensitive awareness of design impact and textural clarity. His landscapes, still life, and wildlife paintings all feature a control of light and shadow, intermingled with detail. Gil works mostly in oil on plywood with ten coats of gesso on a birch surface. Pencil work is done on Strathmore hot press illustration board.

Although he admits disappointment in some of his work, he says one thing he loves about the process is that he can “go back to it several years later and learn from it.” He also accepts that the artist’s life can be lonely, but that it can also be beneficial, because the artist can work at his or her own pace and spend time in contemplation. Even with the challenges, Gil has never considered not painting or drawing. “I know the risks of NOT doing what I do,” he says.

A graduate of The Paier School of Art and former student at the Pratt Institute, Gil spends his time, when he’s not painting or drawing, working in his garden or visiting bookstores with his wife. He enjoys a great story, especially a cop procedural, or returning to the poets, such as A.E. Housman and Robert Frost, who shaped his childhood and his art.

Currently, Gil is working on a painting of an old dilapidated barn, which is reflective of his passion for New England and the simplicity of pastoral life. He says that someday, he would love to complete his dream project, consisting of several large pastoral works. For more information on Gil Fahey, or to see some of his creations, visit his website at