Monday, April 23, 2018

First Paint-Out of the Season!

Hi, everyone,
What gorgeous weather this past weekend and again today!

Our first painting date in 2018 is this coming Thursday, April 26, on the Guilford Green around 9 am or whatever time works for you. Trees, lawns, benches, shops, houses, churches, plenty of subjects to paint. The weather is forecast to be cloudy and mild but not raining. I look forward to seeing you and getting back to outdoor painting.

Directions as usual are on the blog at in the right-hand column.

Best wishes,

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Outdoor Painting Schedule for 2018

Spring Is Here (supposed to be, perhaps, maybe?)

Greetings, painters,

I've just put this season's outdoor painting schedule up on the CTSA blog at

Our first paintout date is Thursday, April 26, on the Guilford Green. I will send out a full announcement that week.

For your convenience, below is the schedule (but keep an eye out for announcements in case we need to change a venue). The schedule isn't quite final; there are a few venues where we need permission to paint, and I'll be taking care of these.

I look forward to painting outside without freezing; I'm sure you do too.

Keep tuned in,

April 26: Guilford Green
May 3: Clinton Landing (Town Hall)
May 10: West Wharf Beach, Madison
May 17: Neck Road Boat Launch, Madison
May 24: Young's Pond Park, Branford
May 31: Trolley Road, Guilford
June 7: Bauer Farm Park, Madison
June 14: Thomas Griswold House Museum, Guilford
June 21: Mercy Center, Madison
June 28: Hyland House Museum, Guilford
July 5: Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford
July 12: Guilford Marina (Docks)
July 19: Clinton Landing (Town Hall)
July 26: Medad Stone Tavern, Guilford
August 2: Stony Creek
August 9: Brewer Bruce & Johnson Marina, Branford
August 16: Neck Road Boat Launch, Madison
August 23: Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford
August 30: Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
September 6: Clinton Town Beach
September 13: Branford Green
September 20: Dudley Farm, Guilford
September 27: Hammonasset Beach State Park, Meigs Point
October 4: Trolley Road, Guilford
October 11: Bauer Farm Park, Madison
October 18: Olmsted Outlook Park, Guilford
October 25: Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford
November 1: Guilford Green
November 8: Branford Green
November 15: Pleasant Point Trains, Branford
November 22: No location, Thanksgiving
November 29: Guilford Green

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

John Fleming Show at the Guilford Art Center

John Fleming Show from Feb 23 to March 11

The opening reception was very well attended last week, and the show is a real treat. Do try to get there!

Here is a link to Mary Beeman's review of the show, at the Guilford Art Center's website:

Below are some images from the show, courtesy of Maureen Belden, executive director of the Guilford Art Center.
(I absolutely love these paintings and sculptures - John was a creative genius. Chagall comes to mind...)


Thursday, January 11, 2018

News from the Guilford Art Center: Exhibition of John Fleming's paintings

To the current Watercolor Painting Group from Mary Beeman.

I know many of you fondly remember painting with John Fleming over the years.  After he passed, his son, Jack, shared many of his paintings with our outdoor painting group.  We gave the balance to Guilford Art Center to use some day for a fundraiser — well it's happening!!

His family has also donated a number of additional paintings for the show.

I know we'll all be delighted by the many wacky, amazing watercolor paintings with red lips and fingernails!!

There will be an opening reception for an exhibit of John Fleming's paintings on Friday, February 23, 5-7pm at the Guilford Art Center.

Any sales of John's paintings will benefit the Center.

Tell your friends!

Also —

March 9 (time TBD)

ART & CRAFT BEER FUNDRAISER – Sample some of Connecticut’s best craft brews at GAC’s annual Art & Craft Beer event each spring. Guests are invited to enjoy a selection of beers from area breweries, stroll through the gallery and enjoy bar food; wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served. Additionally, there is a silent auction of brewery items and works by GAC students.

John's paintings will also still be in the gallery for this — and his great-nephew, Greg Nobile, is providing catering from The Stand.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Paint-out on Thursday, Nov 30, Guilford Green

This will be the last scheduled CTSA painting morning this year. We started the year with the Guilford Green and will finish it there as well. The forecast is for around 46 degrees and cloudy; I think our first paint-out was about the same - dress warmly!

Thank you to the people who responded to Patty's invitation - we'll see you in January.

I'll post a schedule for next year in the early spring. I wish you a productive winter and I'll see you outdoors again in the spring.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Paint indoors with us?

There are still a couple of places available to paint at the Guilford Community Center for ten weeks beginning on January 9.

Patty McGuire needs to hear from you asap if you are interested. Here is her announcement again in case you missed it. She has paid the Community Center but needs a final number of painters to calculate how much each of us will pay:

Please let me know this week if you are interested in painting at the Guilford Community Center this 2018 winter.

I have reserved The Quonnipaug Room (upstairs) for Tues. afternoons from 12:30 -3:00 pm - Jan. 9 to March 13 with March 20 being a makeup day if we have a snow day.

The rental for the room will be $875.00 for 10 weeks.  (That is $125.00 less then last year.)  We will divide the $875 by the number who sign up.  I would appreciate it if you would let me know this week as I need to pay the Community Center in order to keep the room.  Thanks, Patty

Her email is pgmcguireATcomcastDOTnet.

The room at the Community Center is bright and well equipped with chairs, long tables, and sinks.


Here are a couple of recent paintings from our fall sessions on the Branford Green.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Call to Paint Thurs Nov 16 Branford

This week, our paint-out is at the trains at Pleasant Point Road in Branford. Directions as usual on our blog at, right-hand column.

For various reasons I haven't been out painting yet this month. Sally tells me that a couple of Thursdays ago, painters at the dog park area at Young's Pond in Pine Orchard, Branford, included Sally, Candace, and Betsey. Here's one inspiring painting from that beautiful morning. Thanks, Sally!