Glastonbury Arts

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

May 11, 2015glastonburyartguildGot Art, Latest NewsComments Off on Mary Jane Q. Cross Inspirational Paintings

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.

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.