Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Paint out update Chaffinch Island July 30

Latest forecast shows that the morning will be clear with slighter lower temps than Wednesday and a stiff breeze.  It might be worth a try!  Maybe I'll see someone there.

Sally

?? Chaffinch Island July 30

The forecast continues to include showers and a thunderstorm for Thursday.  There is no shelter at Chaffinch Island to hide from the rain.  Use your best judgment but to me it looks like it will not be a good day for plein air painting unless it is done from the interior of your car or tailgate.

Sally

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Call to Paint Chaffinch Island July 30

I hope you managed to see the posting for last week's paint out.  Between Joan's and my frequent postings, it could have easily been overlooked.  You had to scroll down in the email to find it or click on the bolded blue title in the email which would take you to the blog where you could scroll down to find it.  Usually the email for the paint out appears the following day with just the name of the venue as title.  Soooo, if you missed it, just scroll down in this email and you'll find it.  OR, as I said, you can get better looks at the pics in the blog—just click on the bolded blue title for the post and it'll bring you to the blog.  Sorry for being repetitive but I know many of you are not familiar with how the postings work for the blog and how to access it from the email.  

The Madison Art Society plein air group is also painting at Chaffinch Island this week, on Wednesday.  Both days are forecast hot and humid with possible showers on Thursday.

Chaffinch Island is a lovely little peninsula with views of rocks, water, marsh, coastlines in the distance, and plenty of shade, AND plenty of things to paint.

If anyone goes to paint on Thursday, feel free to take some pictures.  And if you want I can post them along with any summary you may wish to provide, or not.  I will try to get there but the heat and humidity are often too much for me.

Extended forecast for the following week is looking better for the Stony Creek paint out.  The only shade at Stony Creek is the gazebo but maybe an umbrella with slightly cooler temps would work just as well.

Sally
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Directions to Chaffinch Island:

From  I-95 take exit 58 (Route 77). Turn south onto Route 77  (Church Street) and continue for approximately 0.8 mile to the center of Guilford. Turn right (west) onto Broad Street, and then take a quick left (south) onto Whitfield Street, driving along the west side of the Guilford Town Green. At the south end of the green, turn right (west) onto Route 146 (Water Street) and travel approximately 1 mile, taking care to stay on 146 at the intersection of Jacobs Lane. Go by a marsh area and then a few homes, and turn left onto Mulberry Point Road. Go over the railroad bridge and south on Mulberry Point Road for approximately 0.5 mile. Turn left onto Chaffinch Island Road. Take care, this turn is a bit hard to see. Travel approximately 0.7 mile to the end of Chaffinch Island Road where Chaffinch Island Park is located. You will find plentiful parking, and there are portable toilets on site.

We had a full house, 19 painters! It certainly is the most I've ever seen at this paint out over the past four years (or is it five?).  It's because Mercy Center is one of the most beautiful locations on the shoreline to paint.  It has almost every subject, as you will see by the variety of paintings with all mediums.

Isabel, Ed, Rich, Sharon, Joan McP, Anne, Jay, Betsey, Denise, Cheryl, Judy, Jeannette, Pat, Sandy, Keiko, Phyllis, Julia, Tina, and I enjoyed an incredibly beautiful summer day.  No humidity. Those of us who painted in the shade were treated to cool sea breezes.  And at lunch, we were actually chilled! Mid-July and goosebumps—what a combination!

The marketing director walked around and took photos of us painting.  I thanked her for letting us come and she said that they are thrilled to have us.  After our somewhat boisterous lunch, let's hope that remains the case.

The extended forecast for next week is 90's and humid.  Next week's paint out was originally scheduled for the Guilford Docks but there's not much shade there.  Since many of us prefer shady areas, I'm thinking that Chaffinch Island would be a better location.  At Chaffinch Island, there's lots of shade and there might be a breeze off the Sound.  I'll post the call to paint on Monday with directions.

Sally
























Ooops.

Here's the correct link for the JSE petition, in case you didn't already find it. Sorry, I picked up the wrong one and didn't double check it to be sure it worked. 


/j

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mercy Center

I posted this last Thursday but I don't think people saw it.  The email doesn't go out till the next day and if there's two postings, then only the last posting appears in the email.  You have to click on the bolded title in blue in the email to be sent to the blog where you can scroll down to see earlier posts.  

We had a full house, 19 painters! It certainly is the most I've ever seen at this paint out over the past four years (or is it five?).  It's because Mercy Center is one of the most beautiful locations on the shoreline to paint.  It has almost every subject, as you will see by the variety of paintings with all mediums.


Isabel, Ed, Rich, Sharon, Joan McP, Anne, Jay, Betsey, Denise, Cheryl, Judy, Jeannette, Pat, Sandy, Keiko, Phyllis, Julia, Tina, and I enjoyed an incredibly beautiful summer day.  No humidity. Those of us who painted in the shade were treated to cool sea breezes.  And at lunch, we were actually chilled! Mid-July and goosebumps—what a combination!

The marketing director walked around and took photos of us painting.  I thanked her for letting us come and she said that they are thrilled to have us.  After our somewhat boisterous lunch, let's hope that remains the case.

The extended forecast for next week is 90's and humid.  Next week's paint out was originally scheduled for the Guilford Docks but there's not much shade there.  Since many of us prefer shady areas, I'm thinking that Chaffinch Island would be a better location.  At Chaffinch Island, there's lots of shade and there might be a breeze off the Sound.  I'll post the call to paint on Monday with directions.

Sally
























Petition for John Slade Ely House


Greetings to All,

Here is a very brief history of the efforts to halt the sale of the John Slade Ely House in New Haven. If you have not already signed the petition, please follow the link and join with the 847 people who have done so as of now.

Why does this matter for shoreline artists?  This is a beautiful old venue that is the home of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club.  This is where they host their major regional annual juried show.  This is where the CT Watercolor Society holds its biennial juried show, providing artists in Southern Connecticut a more convenient way to participate in CWS juried shows. We participate in these shows, and we love how our artwork looks in this space. Not to mention the many other exhibits that use this space throughout the year which we enjoy viewing.

I don't know the details of the situation, and I can't promise that this petition ultimately will lead to SAVING the JSE for the purpose intended by Grace T. Ely. But if only in solidarity with the artists behind this petition, all it takes is to click on the link below to add your name to the list of supporters. It takes only a minute.

Thanks.

/j

John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art is a public space left to New Haven's many arts organizations, artists and friends by Grace T. Ely over 54 years ago. We, the undersigned demand that the sale of the John Slade Ely House, located at 51 Trumbull Street, New Haven, CT be halted until a full accounting of why its fiduciary trustee and steward, Wells Fargo Bank, is putting it on the market as early as July 31, 2015.

John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art

Friends of John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art
United States
Jul 17, 2015 — This past Tuesday, Jeanne Criscola, Raymond Smith and Anna Bresnick, former JSEH curators, presented their concerns to Attorney Generals, Caitlin Calder and Karen Gano about the matter of Wells Fargo’s actions and their intended sale of the Ely House. They thanked them for bringing it to their attention and will be informing Attorney General George Jepsen, one of whose priorities is to protect the public interest in such matters.

PLEASE KEEP PROMOTING THE CHANGE.org petition to your friends and family. We hope to have many more signatures to deliver to the Attorney Generals office by July 30th.

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP SO FAR!!

We have 720 signatures!

Friends of John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art
United States
Jul 22, 2015 — If everyone who has signed got someone else to sign, we would be over 1,000 signatures and on our way to 1,500. Please take some time to do this today so we can bring more voices to the table to halt the sale of the JSEHCA!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Annual Summer Stony Creek Art Show

Joan H sent me the flyer to post for the Stony Creek Summer Art Show.  Receiving is NEXT Friday, July 31, 4-7 PM.  It's a juried show.  All paintings have to be of Stony Creek or the Thimble Islands.  You can submit two paintings.  The entry fee is a $20 membership in friends of the Willoughby Wallace Library.   The library boasts a desirable art gallery with excellent lighting.

Sally