October 18, 2017

October’s Featured Speaker: DeAnn Prosia

Painting by Prosia

Camden Neighborhood Maine 
by DeAnn Prosia

Newtown resident, DeAnn L. Prosia, will demonstrate combining watercolors and colored pencils with drawing and rich layering, textures and movement. She will start by laying down a loose watercolor painting, then drawing an image on top. 

DeAnn has been creating artworks for over 25 years.  Her watercolors have been featured in magazines, and her prints in collections in Europe and America. She is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Art, is an elected member of Allied Artists of America, an Associate member with the Audubon Artists, an Associate with Distinction with the American Women Artists as well as a member with The Boston Printmakers and Society of American Graphic Artists, among others. 

She says of her work:I love to draw.  I had been creating etchings for over 20 years before I decided that I wanted to try my hand at color and a move to Germany gave me the perfect opportunity to do so. Finding inspiration was easy especially when I happened upon the works of Raoul Dufy.  His loose hand made me want to be able to take a break from the tight lines in my etchings and explore. The result is a burst of color with a more abstract style.”

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

October Member News

  • LINDA has a solo show at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, Darien , CT  203-662-1090. Reception is 10/5 at 5-7 pm., show 10/2-31.
  • SUSAN will be displaying and selling her artwork and handmade greeting cards at Artisans Fair/ Farmers Market, at Quinnapiac University on Saturday Oct. 14.

FCAA Needs a New Logo

FCAA is looking for a new logo. This must be an original image, suitable for print and web. We would like to use our complete name: Fairfield County Arts Association with maybe a simple incorporated image. Send your ideas to Eve.

Shows & Calls for Entry

Thanks to our new Exhibit chairperson, PATTY, FCAA members will have the following opportunities to show their work.  ALICE has also arranged for a show at Independence Hall.

  • Greens Farms Church in Westport, 10/28-12/1 Theme of the show is “The Power of Color” at $20 for up to 2 wall pieces. Receiving is 10/23 and 24.  (Please send Patty jpeg images or email of what you plan to put in the show with title and size by 9/25. Entry form can be downloaded from our website)
  • Independence Hall in Fairfield, 12/1-1/11. Receiving and Hanging 11/30. Reception 12/21.
  • Fairfield University Bookstore 3/1. Information later on.

May 3, 2017

May’s Featured Speaker: Michele Hubler

The featured presenter will be FCAA member, Michele Hubler. She is a self-taught digital artist who uses only a stylus as her brush and an iPad as her canvas. She will discuss the variety of tools available to use with an i-pad, will show examples of her artistic creations, and she will also show some of the items she had created from her art onto wallpaper, I-phone covers, gift wrapping, coasters, and notebooks. She will share her plans to pursue art licensing in order to explore the numerous possibilities available in today’s market.

Michele began creating digital art in 2012 without the benefit of any formal training or art classes.  Over time, she learned to apply the evolving technology to design a visual image on her i-pad that she says “is energetic, lyrical and vibrant. I design outside the norms of any formal structure or rigid technique – a freedom that permits me to grow in my journey of discovery.”

Her artwork consists largely of abstract floral designs. She says her garden and the expansive views of Long Island Sound at her Bridgeport home are a constant inspiration. Her work has appeared in numerous juried shows, including Digital Art Technology Nation Exhibit, Westport Downtown Merchants’ “Art About Town”,  Ridgefield Guild of Artists. It can be seen on www.areaartists.com a website of work by exceptional artists juried for buyers to see.  Michele will have her work in the Kershner Gallery with 2 other artists some time in 2018.

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

April/May Member News

  • Welcome to new member, Patricia Omonte.
  • Marjorie had work in Ridgefield Guild juried photo show and in Ridgefield Art Center juried show in March, Weston Library in April.
  • Lee had a photograph in the BRAG show at Fairfield University Bookstore.
  • Noreen is in SPAG show in Norwalk.
  • Joel got Honorable Mention in Rowayton exhibit in March, had a solo show at Weston Senior Center, is in Salamagundi show this month.

Shows & Calls for Entry

ART/PLACE GALLERY: 70 Sanford St, Fairfield www.artplacegallery.org.

  • Sight-Lines, paintings by members, Susanne Keany and Mollie Keller until 5/14.
  • In Time, In Shadow, paintings by members, Cate M. Leach and Paul Larson.
    Reception and artist talk 5/21, show 5/15-6/18.

KERSHNER GALLERY:  Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155  www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org 

  • An Artful Mix, work by Jeffrey Starkes, William Meddick and Carlos Frias until 5/29.

EASTON ARTS GALLERY:  691 Morehouse Rd., Easton

  • Juried Show May 10 through June 10. Reception 5/20 from 7:00p to 10:00p

April 5, 2017

April’s Featured Speaker: Jeffrey Starkes

The featured presenter will be  West Haven artist, Jeffrey Starkes. He will talk about and show paintings that trace his transition from a watercolor realist to an abstract oil painter and he will share the insights and obstacles he encountered on his artistic journey.

Eight years ago, Jeff sought a new means of expressing his thoughts and feelings, and became an abstract painter. He says, “I started out painting from life and ended up painting about life, learning a lot about myself in the process.” His abstract paintings address patterns of human behavior and the balance between logic and emotions using a combination of hard-edged geometric patterns and randomly arranged torn or amorphous shapes. He uses a highly colored palette and transparency to create the illusion of layered depth.

Jeff has a BFA degree from Paier College of Art and is a member artist at Art/Place Gallery in Fairfield. Throughout a long career as an art director and graphic designer, he also painted works in watercolor.  His recent work has been displayed at galleries and exhibitions throughout Connecticut, including a solo show at the DaSilva Gallery in New Haven and in group shows in Chester, West Hartford, Fairfield and New Haven. He is in an upcoming three-person show opening on April 15 in the Kershner Gallery at the Fairfield Public Library.

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

February Member News

  • Joel won “Best in Show” at Rowayton Art Center “Beyond Brushwork” Exhibit last month and an Honorable Mention at Rowayton in the current “Inspiration” Exhibit.  He currently has a solo exhibit at the Weston Senior Center.  And was just juried into the 84th Hudson Vally Art Association Show at the Salmagundi Club in NYC next month.
  • Marjorie had work in Ridgefield Guild juried photo show, in Ridgefield Art Center juried show, and this month in Weston Library.
  • Paul sold a painting at the Easton Arts Council winter show.
  • Eve, Lee, Karin, Adair, Judy all had work in the BRAG show 3/25-4/4 at the Schelfhaudt Gallery at University of Bridgeport.
  • Alice will have work there 4/6-16 as part of the University of Bridgeport alumni show.
  • Adair, Karin talked about their art to students in Bridgeport schools for Bridgeport Arts Count Day, 3/22.
  • Gail has work on 4/6-8 in Westport Collective art show at Westport Arts Council.
  • Karin has a painting in Firehouse Gallery in Milford.

Shows & Calls for Entry

ART/PLACE GALLERY Two Views, Oil paintings by new members, Elizabeth Higgins and Jeffrey Starkes until  February 5.
KERSHNER GALLERY The Power of Color, show from 81 area artists until 2/19. Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155  www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org 

March 2016

Jahmane West (3/8/17)

Crack Kong by Jahmane West

The featured presenter will be Norwalk artist, JAHMANE WEST. He will show and discuss some of his work on the screen and in actuality.

Jahmane’s career as an artist began in the form of graffiti and has evolved into works on canvas, photography, fashion design, mural painting, screen printing and graphic design. He has developed a unique style that combines social awareness, spirituality, mythology and abstract language and is a reflection of his constant critique of the world around him fused with thought provoking concepts and imagery.

Jahmane has exhibited at Westport Arts Center, The Center for Contemporary Printing in Norwalk, Art Under the Bridge, Artspace Bridgeport, Cottages and Gardens magazine, The FC Beat magazine, and Art Basel Miami, as well as numerous gallery shows. Currently, he is a teaching artist, curator and active member of several artists’ collectives in the tri-state area. He.produces his fine art and his Kultjah Dezigns clothing label at his studio in the Firing Circuits Artists Building in Norwalk. The clothing can be found in select boutiques and specialty shops throughout the U.S., Japan, Europe and the Caribbean.

Jahmane says, “My collections of art represent the many diverse concepts from which I draw inspiration. Throughout my years as an artist, I have always been fascinated by art’s ability to effect the individual viewer and society as a whole. Exploring various styles, mediums and techniques has expanded my visual lexicon and allowed my work to communicate beyond social barriers “

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

March Member News

  • Jason sold his Squall on Sisco Beach painting in our Independence Hall show.
  • Jean had 2 paintings in Lyme Art Association show in February.
  • Joel won “Best of Show” at Rowayton Art Center.
  • Nicole Grant Paul has rejoined FCAA.

Shows & Calls for Entry

ART/PLACE GALLERY InsideOutside, paintings by members, Elaine Clayton and Barbara Bernstein. Reception 3/12 at 2-5 pm. Show 3/7-4/9. 70 Sanford St, Fairfield.  www.artplacegallery.org.

KERSHNER GALLERY Art Speaks, work by David Sheshkin, Gayle Gleckler, and Tony Woolner. Reception 3/4 at 4:30-6:30 pm. The artists will talk briefly at 5:30. The show runs until 4/9. Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155  www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org