February 21, 2018: Michael Brennecke

February’s Featured Speaker: Michael Brennecke

Piggy Back by Michael Brennecke

The featured presenter will be Westport abstract painter, Michael Brennecke. He will project images of his work, will show a brief chronology of his own matriculation from a young would-be seascape painter to an abstract painter.

Michael went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and he has a BFA from Tufts University. He has taken additional courses at SVA and Parsons in NYC. His memberships include Silvermine Guild, Rowayton Arts Center, The Carriage Barn, Ridgefield Guild of Artists and the Westport Artists Collective.  He shows frequently with all of these.

When Michael attended art school, he did representational art but says he felt more comfortable with the freedom of visual expression achievable in abstraction.That is the basis of his current work. He says he does not prefer to have his paintings be impressions of either landscape or figuration and wants viewers to project their own ideas onto his paintings. When he works on a painting, he says, “If something seems to emerge, I can choose to ignore it, proceed with it or even deliberately eradicate it. There are continuous forks in the road, working this way. It’s simultaneously stimulating, exciting, frustrating and sometimes ultimately, gratifying. And there are often dead ends.”

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

February Member News

  • Deirdre sold 4 paintings at the Wilton Library Winter show.
  • Jason sold a painting at the Wilton Library Winter show

Shows & Calls for Entry

  • Wilton Library: FCAA Guild Winton Show, Until January 25, 2018
  • ART/PLACE GALLERY “Year In, Year Out”, artworks by all members continues until 2/4. See www.artplacegallery.org. or call 646-258-691270 Sanford St, Fairfield.
  • KERSHNER GALLERY “Movement”, Community art show Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155 www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org 

January 17: Steve Parton

January 17 Featured Speaker: Steve Parton

Tomi by Steve Parton

The featured presenter will be Westport portrait painter, Steve Parton. He will speak about his career path, his method, and his painting technique, and will also demonstrate his painting process.

Steve was born in England and grew up in Brooklyn. He began drawing as a young child, attended Brooklyn Museum art classes, went on to the High School of Art and Design and the Art Students League of New York. He then attended the School of Visual Arts on a scholarship. In his senior year, he was recruited to work on the last animated feature film to be made in New York, Raggedy Ann and Andy.

Steve’s design work in film and animation encompasses feature films, documentaries, Broadway musicals, television commercials, HBO and MTV. He created illustrations for two episodes of Bill Moyers’ Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. His illustrations have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Fortune, and many other periodicals, as well as in children’s books  and on book jackets. Paramount Pictures hired him to paint portraits of celebrities, including Jack Nicholson.

Steve paints in oils in a traditional Renaissance manner, which involves underpainting and transparent glazes. He teaches at Silvermine and Westport Continuing Ed and gives private art lessons. His memberships include the Portrait Society of America, the Society of Illustrators, and many other groups. He has exhibited in many venues in New York and Connecticut and has received many awards for his work.

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

January Member News

  • Deirdre sold 4 paintings at the Wilton Library Winter Show
  • ALICE sold a painting she had on exhibit at Art/Place. She has 2 other artworks now in the Member show there and 2 in Independence Hall.
  • Send your news to Alice at thehappyartist@optonline.net  Please include address of place, dates of reception and show


Shows & Calls for Entry

  • INDEPENDENCE HALL FCAA member show until 1/11 weekdays. There are 50 artworks on 2 floors.
  • WILTON LIBRARY FCAA  WINTER show January 2-25  http://www.wiltonlibrary.org/
  • ART/PLACE GALLERY “Year In, Year Out”, artworks by all members until 2/4. See www.artplacegallery.org. or call 646-258-691270 Sanford St, Fairfield.
  • KERSHNER GALLERY “Pencil, Brush, and Needle”, art by Barbara Sfera, Susan Spivack, and Dick Rauh until 1/21. Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155 www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org 


November 15, 2017

November’s Featured Speaker: Dave Pressler

Eye See Fireworks!

Dave Pressler – Eye See Fireworks!

Shelton artist, photographer, world traveler and designer, Dave Pressler, will do a  presentation “Layering Colors -3-D…An Off the Wall Experience” He will combine projected images and actual works. The latter requires viewing with 3-D glasses, which he will provide. He will discuss what this work is about, how he came to be involved with it, and he will explain the technology. After the presentation, he will answer questions.

Dave’s background includes a career in Advertising, Exhibition Design, Educational Materials Development, and Director of Traveling Exhibitions for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and other museums.  His name is on design patents for Warner-Lambert, Kodak, Hasbro and BASF Corporation.

Dave holds a Fine Arts Degree in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited widely in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, judged and critiqued numerous photography exhibitions. He is a member of the Connecticut Association of Photographers, Silvermine Guild, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Westport Arts Center, the Curatorial Committee of Kershner Gallery, and is founder and Vice President of Art/Place Gallery.

Dave says he looks for things that “I believe will open the eyes of viewers to experience things they may not have seen before, or seen in the same way as I present them. My individual point-of-view is reflected in each work, regardless of the medium used or the subject. The recognizable imagery in my work is the dramatic encounter of looking inside to the core of the subject. I make an effort to feel the essence of each subject, involving the viewer with new awareness and compelling subjects that exhibit strong visual focus, interest and sometimes humor.”

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

November Member News

  • Karin and Deirdre have paintings at The NEST Arts Factory for Bridgeport Art Trail and during month of November. 
  • Please come see our show at the Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Rd., Westport

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

  • Greens Farms Church 10/28-12/1. 71 Hillandale Rd., Westport, Theme of the show is “The Power of Color”
  • FCAA MEMBER ART EXHIBIT – INDEPENDENCE HALL 12/1-1/11. 725 Old Post Rd, Fairfield
    • Entry Info to Alice by 11/28          Receiving 11/30 at 1-3                  Reception 12/21 at 7-8:30
      Hanging 11/30 at 1-4                    Pickup 1/11 at 1-3
      $20 for up to 2 original wall pieces ready for hanging, up to 40″ in any direction. 3rd work $5.

      Click here for Independence Hall entry form

  • FCAA MEMBER ART EXHIBIT – WILTON LIBRARY 1/2-1/25. 137 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton
    • Entry Fee & Form Due Nov. 28      Receiving 12/29 from10-4:30 (at library)                  Reception Friday, 1/5 from 6-7:30
      Pickup 1/26 from 10-5
      $25 for up to 5 original wall pieces ready for hanging, up to 48″ in any direction.

      Click here for Wilton Library entry form

  • Fairfield University Bookstore 3/1. Information to come.

January 2017: FCAA Member’s Show

Clearing Storm
by David Gorski


until January 27
Independence Hall
725 Old Post Rd, Fairfield
first and second floors
weekdays 8:30-4:30 


People Needed for FCAA

President: Coordinates all committees
Exhibit Chair: to contact venues

Future Meetings. These are all on a Wednesday but not necessarily the 2nd week of the month, due to limitations set by the school activities and closings:

2017: (RLMS unless noted)

Feb 8: TRACE BURROUGHS – Digital Art
Mar 8: Jahmane West – Bold Painting
April 5: NANCY MOORE – Colorful Painting
May 3: MICHELE HUBER (FCAA member), Computer Art
June 14: Dr. Philip Eras – Geometric Painting
July: Ice Cream Social

Call for Art

  • EASTON ARTS COUNCIL member art show 1/18-2/25 at Easton Library community room, Reception 1/21 at 7-10 pm. 691 Morehouse Road. Enter by 1/14 up to 2 works. Entry forms at eastonartscouncil.org/upcomingevents    info@eastonartscouncil.org or call Howard 203-374-0705 or Kris 203-261-0175.
  • FIREHOUSE GALLERY Enter 1/6-8 at 12-4 pm. Show 1/19-2/17, reception 1/19. 81 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. 203-306-0016.
  • SCHELFHAUDT GALLERY, Selfie, submit by 1/31, Univ. of Bridgeport Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Ave., Bridgeport.  www.schelfhaudtgallery.com      





September 2016: Norman Siegel

MEETING LOCATION UPDATE: The first meeting will be Wednesday, September 14 at 7 to 9 pm.
From now on, September 2016 to June 2017, FCAA will have meetings in the Roger Ludlowe Middle School Library, This is good news for presenters and for members because no walking is involved after you park the car. You go to the ramp at the main entrance, and on the right, enter the side door of the library without having to go into the rest of the building.

Come and meet our new President Terri Singer. Terri is a Fairfield retiree who recently moved here from Michigan. Come to the meeting and say hello!


Normal Siegel

Normal Siegel: Louis Bleriot at the First Paris Air Show, 1909

Our featured presenter will be Norwalk artist Norman Siegel, discussing his photorealist and trompe l’oeil oil paintings. See his attached: “Louis Bleriot at the First Paris Air Show, 1909”.

Norm graduated from High School of Industrial Art, now called Art & Design, and Cooper Union. Inspired in sixth grade by some of the art he saw led to his later selling illustrations of monsters for the cover of a magazine, and much later on, working as an art director at various advertising agencies. He is still active in advertising and graphic design.

In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won most every award in the industry and has three commercials in the permanent collection of the Paley Center. When not art directing, he paints in the style that first inspired him back in the sixth grade. He says that most of his subjects satisfy that kid in him that loves all things having to do with aviation and astronomy.

In 2000, Norm joined the American Society of Aviation Artists and a few years later, the Air Force Art Program. Both have given him the opportunity to have his work exhibited in the many aviation museums throughout the country and to be part of the their permanent collections and those of the Pentagon and the United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. The Air Force Art Program has also given him the opportunity to fly in many of our latest, hottest and biggest aircraft..

His Awards include “The Star of Excellence” from Lockheed Martin, and Aviation Week magazine’s “Best of The Best” award, 2011. Norm is presently a member of the Westport Art Center Collective and Area Artists.com in Connecticut. Almost thirty of his aerospace paintings are on exhibit at The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport through the end of December.

After the presentation, which includes time to ask Norm questions, members attending may show one original work for group feedback.

Future Meetings. These are all on a Wednesday but not necessarily the 2nd week of the month, due to limitations set by the school activities and closings:


Oct 19 RLMS DONNA BRIEN free expression
Dec 1 Independence Hall show and reception, no meetings

Jan show continues, no meeting
Feb 8 RLMS TRACE BURROUGHS digital art
Mar 8 RLMS not filled yet
April 5 RLMS NANCY MOORE painting
May 3 RLMS MICHELE HUBER FCAA member, stylus paintings on computer
June 14 RLMS not filled yet
July Ice Cream Social


  • Perkins Gallery, Reception for show of last year’s art show winners, 8/31 at 5-7 pm. Show 9/1-20. Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave, Southport. 259-0346. www.pequotlibrary.org
  • Loft Artists Association, “Lost and Found” show 9/8-10/2 at 575 Pacific Street, Stamford. www.loftartists.com
  • Stamford Art Association Faber Birren national color award show, 9/25-10/27, Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin St.
  • Stamford Art Association reception for “Structures and Patterns” juried show 9/15 at 6-8 pm. Show 9/11-1/19. Ferguson Library, 39 Franklin Street 203-325-1139 www.stamfordartassociation.org
  • Art/Place Gallery Now and Then, all-member show celebrating 35 years of creativity. Until 8/28. www.artplacegallery.org 70 Sanford St, Fairfield 292-8328
  • Kershner Gallery, Reception for Earth and Beyond, photos by Fran Gallogly and paintings by Eric Chiang, 8/20 at 4:30-6:30 pm. Show until 9/25. Fairfield Library www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org 256-3155
  • Firehouse Gallery, Light and Shadow until 9/16. 81 Naugatuck Ave, Milford
  • Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Reception for Coney Island: Visions from the Boardwalk by Gail Ingis-Claus, 9/8 at 5:30-7:30 pm. $10 adults, $8 seniors. On until 9/30, 295 West Ave, Norwalk.
  • Flinn Gallery reception for “Power of Observation” 8/11 at 6-8 pm, show 8/7-28. Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave. www.greenwichartsociety.org
  • Tibetan Center for Universal Peace Paint Out exhibit and auction, 9/10 at 2-3 pm, 30 Putnam Park Rd, Redding. www.dnkldharma.orgRSVP to: judith.lambertson@gmail.com .
  • Ridgefield Guild juried show 9/21-10/23, reception 9/24 at 4-6 pm, www.rgoa.org 34 Halpin Lane. 438-8863.
  • Firehouse Gallery reception for Splash of Color 8/29, show until 10/28. 81 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. www.milfordarts.org 203-878-6647.
  • Milford Arts Association Photo Expo until 9/22. 40 Railroad Ave. www.milfordarts.org 203-878-6647.