Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mysterious Messages

Greetings to All,

Yes, it is that time of year, when we're all wondering when we will commence our 2015 season of painting out in the great outdoors. But we're not quite there yet, and I need to apologize for confusing you. Two days ago, I was working with a friend over the telephone, trying to demonstrate how to do something on a blog. I posted a simple "testing", thinking I would take it down immediately, and no one would know the difference. But I had not paid attention to the time of day, and the blog feed got picked up before I could take the message down.

Today, Wednesday, in my blog feed, I received an old message from 2014. I'm not sure what provoked that pick-up, since I had not even viewed that message and was not working on the blog at the time of today's sending. You could just delete those two messages, and we will hope that that will be the end of it. If it should persist, I will investigate further to see if I have inadvertently done something to reset the blog's clock.

Again, my apologies.

For 2015, our outings will continue with Thursday mornings. As soon as we get a Thursday that looks promising, we'll get out there. I hope to see you soon


Friday, March 20, 2015

Correction - IMAGES Reception Time

Ooops. The correct time of the IMAGES reception on Sunday is 3 to 5 PM. So if you wanted to get to both New Haven Paint and Clay and IMAGES, it's a bit easier.



The IMAGES 2015 state-wide photography exhibit has been hung at Guilford Art Center. The forecast snowstorm has caused the postponement of the reception and photo auction originally scheduled for tonight, but the awards reception still is on for this Sunday, 22 March, from 2 to 4 PM. This show always delivers, so I expect this year's installation will not disappoint, as it will exhibit just 98 of the nearly 700 images submitted. ... No, none of mine made the cut this year, so I'm already thinking ahead, but I'm planning on being thoroughly entertained by those that did.

The other big regional show scheduled to open on Sunday is the 114th Annual Juried Exhibition of New Haven Paint and Clay Club at John Slade Ely House, 51 Trumbull Street, New Haven. That reception also runs from 2 to 4 PM, so take your pick, or save one for another day.


April Workshop with Suzanne Segal

Here's a little update for Suzanneophiles and a tweak for anyone interested in pursuing abstraction in their work. 

Toward Abstraction with Structure:
Focus on Elements and Principles of Design
with Suzanne Siegel
April  24, 25 & 26, 2015
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

We will focus on Elements and Principles of Design in this workshop, as we learn to understand how composition with value, color and shape is the foundation of all good painting.
Three days of play with purpose, with many wonderful new exercises using drawing and collage materials, as we learn to see and use more abstraction in our work.
Please contact Judy Chaves for more information at

This workshop is another in a series being offered by Suzanne. To see images from her most recent workshop, "Glory Of Color"  visit our Facebook page.
Registration form for Toward Abstraction Workshop





workshop title and dates:_________________________________

amount paid:__________________________________________

balance due___________________________________________

Please mail registration form and check to:
Judy Chaves
398 Bramans Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871

Thank you!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Helpers Needed by Shoreline Arts for IMAGES Exhibition

Greetings to All,

Shoreline Arts Alliance receives next weekend for IMAGES - the statewide photography exhibition which receives upwards of 800 entries from around the state. They are short on helpers for next Saturday, March 14, from 10 AM to 1 PM. I am helping on Sunday, instead, as I have a meeting for another volunteer project on Saturday morning. 

If you can help with the Saturday receiving at Guilford Art Center, please contact Diane Thouin -  I know they would be very grateful.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Mat Cutter

Anyone interested in a mat cutter? Logan Elite Mat Cutter #450-1, mat capacity 40"   $100
Brand new--box never opened.  Amazon prices it between $200-$300.


You may see it at her home this weekend


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (BACA)


Perhaps you have heard about this group which has been working on promoting the arts in Branford. I signed up to receive information, so I'm receiving their email reports. Here are the minutes from their January meeting, which may be of interest to you, especially if you are a Branford resident. For more information or to join their mailing list, contact Richard Blacher at


January 13 Monthly meeting (next meeting Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 PM)

Frank Carrano began the meeting by iterating our 3 major goals for 2015: 

-        Bringing back the “ARTS” to the Branford Festival. 
-        Gaining access to and establishing the Academy as a viable venue for arts events initiated by BACA.
-     Planning the first Plein Air “happening” on the green in late spring (annual – if it works as well as we expect).


The First Congregational Church on the green is considering allowing us the use of their facilities for arts and performance events.  Our thanks to Rev. Heeckt for his enthusiastic support (welcome [back] to Branford).

BCTV (Branford Community Television, Inc.) is interested in taping and airing our events.

Nominations for BACA officers:
            Chair:              Frank Carrano
            Vice Chair:     Robin Sandler
            Treasurer:       Rosemary Rubsam
            Secretary:       Richard Blacher


Branford Festival (June 20th): 
- reserving a number of booths and linking them, to be shared by several artists interested in showing and selling their work.    The cost (relatively nominal) of renting the booths would be shared by the artists. 

- having a “gallery” display of those artists’ works at the same time at the First Congregational Church which could remain on display that Sunday, June 21st (Branford Road Race – see: possibly attracting many of the thousands of racers, other participants, and viewers. 

Plein Air:
- having an exhibition/display of completed work(s) by these artists at the First Congregational Church or the Academy while they are painting on the green. 

- displaying the artists’ finished work the following week in store fronts/windows all around the green.  They would be for sale,    with the store receiving a commission for hosting the work.  

In our first news letter we asked for your suggestions/thoughts/ideas for possible arts and/or performance-related projects or events for Branford.  Several excellent ideas were put forth.  One idea was enthusiastically embraced – creating a public sculpture park at the Branford Train Station.  Needless to say, this would be a MASSIVE undertaking, with all sorts of likely obstacles (insurance, etc), but everyone agreed it would certainly be worth pursuing. If progress is made, the person who suggested it will be thanked publicly.

BCTV - in-studio interviews with individual artists and performing groups, and BACA members about planned or upcoming events.

Pursuing the idea of utilizing the huge tent erected by the Blackstone Memorial Library for their annual book sale in September, empty for several days prior to the sale.  They have offered to let BACA use it for art-related events.  


Meet with and establish an on-going dialogue with the Branford Economic Development Commission.

Establish a dialogue with the Branford Foundation for grants and/or fund raising.

We ask for your ideas/comments/feedback, and names/e-mails to broaden our data base.  PLEASE do forward this news letter to any (and all) you think may be interested in the (hopefully soon-to-be) burgeoning art scene in Branford.  Suggest that they contact me if they would like to receive these news letters and updates from BACA.  My e-mail:

And, if you would like to be/get involved in this exciting undertaking, please let us know.