Friday, April 15, 2016

Betsey, Ed, Jay, Roseanne, Polly, Candace, Cheryl, and I painted in what turned out to be gorgeous weather.  It was overcast for a short period then the clouds cleared out and left us with a clear blue sky.  Isabel visited the few who were gathered at the south end of the green but disappeared so maybe she went elsewhere to paint.  Marge and Denise walked around after their GAL meeting to visit the painters.

Roseanne sold her painting of The Chocolatier to the owner of the shop!  So our season started off with a bang!

After 1:15, most of us went to Cilantro's for tea or lunch.  We had two new painters with us and spent time getting to know them and, as usual, had plenty of laughs.

What a treat it was to be out in the sunshine painting!!  — Sally



















Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Notice to all plein air painters

Since the Spring weather is often rainy—I see in the extended forecasts that some Thursdays in the future show rain.  I don't want us to miss the gorgeous spring days when they occur so I will continue to use email to notify people of the paint outs through May choosing some other sunny, non-rainy day, if Thursday looks like a washout.  
 
If you didn't receive an email from me yesterday calling for a paint out on the Guilford Green, please send me your email address so I can add it to our more "flexible" paint out schedule.  

Thanks so much.  

Sally 

sbrown01(at)snet(dot)net
[Please use the appropriate characters to replace the words in parentheses.  I write my email like this to avoid the computer trollers that are scanning web pages for email addresses seeking the @ sign. ]  

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Gallery Hop Fund Raiser for Veterans Art Therapy Program


April 8, 6-9 PM, Kick-Off and Silent Auction at BAC

Gallery Hop, Receptions and Raffles April 9, 10 

The weekend event will begin with a kick-off opening reception at the Branford Art Center 1229 Main St. Branford,  Friday evening April 8th, 6-9 PM.  Local Veterans will show and sell their artwork that evening in a silent auction. 

Passports with maps and the participating galleries locations will be available for purchase for $20.00 at any of the galleries.  Each passport comes with five chances to win a piece of art or gift valued at at-least fifty dollars.  A grand prize for those who complete the Hop by visiting each gallery over the weekend worth $200.00 will be raffled.  All proceeds will go to the “Giant Steps” Art therapy program at the West Haven Veterans Hospital. The Giant Steps program uses art therapy to help veterans who live with various life challenges.

The galleries involved in the Gallery Hop are The Branford Art Center of Branford, The Bird Nest Gallery and Salon Suites of Guilford,  Maple and Main Art Gallery of Chester, Cindy Stevens Fine Arts of Clinton, and the Clinton Art Gallery.   These are all North of the Q bridge. South of the Q bridge the participating galleries are Artfish42 in Milford, the Firehouse Gallery of Milford, the Davis Gallery of Orange, and the E Street Gallery of Derby.

Sally Brown will be the featured artist for the month of April and will also have her opening that Friday night.  One of her paintings will be available in a silent auction with proceeds going to the Giant Steps Program.  Two of Yvonne Gordon-Moser's paintings will be prizes for the raffles at BAC.  At Clinton Art Gallery, a painting by Jan Blencowe or Ron Olansen will be the raffle prizes.  

We are hoping to raise community awareness for this program as well as raise money to augment the program at the VA Hospital.   

Sally 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

IMAGES 2016 Reception This Sunday, April 3 at GUILFORD ART CENTER


Greetings to All from Joan H,

The re-scheduled awards reception for IMAGES 2016 will be held this Sunday, from 3-5 PM.  This is the Shoreline Arts Alliance's 35th Annual Connecticut Photography Competition & Exhibition. With not a painting in the house (except perhaps photographs of paintings), there's still a lot of good ART to be viewed, and this show is worth the visit, as always, even without the excellent banquet of refreshments that usually may be found at this reception.

I am honored to have two small photo triptychs in the show and to receive one of seven Honorable Mentions. Four $500 First Honors awards went to Christopher Beauchamp (West Haven), Michael Vaile Garner (Middletown), Nicole Croce (Trumbull), and Ellen Hoverkamp (West Haven), and the special Ann Christensen Award (for a photographer "whose work makes a lasting impression" went to Sandra Hale of Windham.

If  you're not already suffering from Reception Overload, come on out on Sunday and enjoy this fine exhibition, great food, and good company.

Perhaps I'll see you there. But if you can't make the reception, the show will be in place until April 9 at GAC  - open from Noon - 4 PM daily, to 7 PM on Thursdays. After that time, the show will pack up and much of it will go to CT Hospice, where it may be viewed from April 14 - May 19.


/j

Monday, March 28, 2016

Shoreline Greenway Trail Plein Air Event THIS Saturday, April 2, 9-12.

Reminder for this Saturday’s Plein Air Event. 

Our plein air group, known as Connecticut Shoreline Artists (CTSA a.k.a., the Thursday group) and Madison Art Society plein air group (a.k.a, the Wednesday group), and other artists will be participating in a large plein air event at the Hammonassett section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail on Saturday morning, April 2, from 9  - 12. This event is being sponsored by the Madison volunteers of the Shoreline Greenway Trail.

The event is widely advertised and filled with trail walkers who love to stop and talk and look at your paintings.  This year there might be an option for a show later on at Friends & Co for these plein air paintings.

As the park isn't officially open in April, we can park at the campground or at the large field east of the park entrance (used by the Friends of Hammonasset to sell Christmas trees and shrubs and flowers in season).  The Trail volunteers will drive people to various access points of the trail, if needed.

The beginning of the Shoreline Greenway Trail is the boardwalk on your right before the entrance booths.  There are some gorgeous marsh views before starting the boardwalk and even along the boardwalk.  You can park in the campground as it’s a short walk from the visitor parking lot (take your first right after the entrance booths and then a right again into the parking lot). Beneath the pine trees on the north side of the parking lot, you will see a trodden down grassy/dirt area that leads you to the boardwalk. 


Stay tuned to the blog as our Spring Paint Outs will begin soon, probably the second week of April as the weather improves.

Sally 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Branford Art Center Call for Artists

As a participating artist at the Branford Art Center (BAC), I would like to advise my fellow artists of a new opportunity at BAC. -Sally 

Branford Art Center  (BAC) will be accepting new art work framed no larger than 11 x 14 for display for the month of May.  The opening reception will be Saturday, May 14, probably from 5-8 PM.  BAC is located at 1229 Main St, Branford, CT

You may submit THREE paintings no larger than 11 x 14 for a monthly rental fee of $25.  Work that sells will have a 25% commission. Work that sells can be replaced so you will have three paintings always on display.

If you are interested, please complete the form below and bring your paintings and form to the BAC on May 1 or May 3 between 12 and 5. Pick up for the work is May 31 unless you want to continue rental at $25/month.

The gallery is in downtown Branford with lots of pedestrian and restaurant traffic. There is a lot of publicity and many other events bring people into the gallery.

To participate in the Studio Art Gallery  please complete the form below and return it with your  $25.00 for May or $50.00 for May and June payment as follows:

Please make checks payable to the Branford Art Center and send completed forms to the:
Branford Art Center, 1229 Main Street, Branford, CT  06405.

Attention: Yvonne Gordon. 1229bacgallery@gmail.com   (Please contact us with any questions)
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Name __________________________________ email__________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________________

City __________________________________________________________________________

Telephone ______________________________________State ____________   Zip __________

General Release: I hereby release and forever discharge Branford Art Center LLC, all sponsoring organizations and their directors, officers, employees, agents and volunteers from any responsibility , personal liability, claims, loss damage arising out of or in conjunction with my application or participation with the Branford Art Center..  The BAC will not be responsible for any injury sustained to the exhibitors or guests while within the space designation. I understand that my art is displayed at my own risk with-out exception or limitation.


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Date _____________




Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Paint out Saturday, April 2, 9-afternoon, Shoreline Greenway Trail

Our plein air group, known as Connecticut Shoreline Artists (CTSA) and Madison Art Society plein air group (and other artists) will be participating in a large plein air event at the Hammonassett section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail on Saturday morning, April 2, from 9  - 12. This event is being sponsored by the Madison volunteers of the Shoreline Greenway Trail. 

The event is widely advertised and filled with trail walkers who love to stop and talk and look at your paintings.  This year there might be an option for a show later on at Friends & Co for these plein air paintings.

As the park isn't officially open in April, we can park at the campground or at the large field east of the park entrance (used by the Friends of Hammonasset to sell Christmas trees and shrubs and flowers in season).  The Trail volunteers will drive people to various access points of the trail, if needed.  

The beginning of the Shoreline Greenway Trail is the boardwalk on your right before the entrance booths.  There are some gorgeous marsh views before starting the boardwalk and even along the boardwalk.  You can park in the campground as it’s a short walk from the visitor parking lot (take your first right after the entrance booths and then a right again into the parking lot). Beneath the pine trees on the north side of the parking lot, you will see a trodden down grassy/dirt area that leads you to the boardwalk.  


Let me know if you think you might attend so I can give the Greenway Trail organizer some estimate of the number of painters.  Email me:

sbrown(at)snet(dot)net (plug in the appropriate symbols, you all know them)

Thanks.

Sally