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The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council online art show

I still have no information on the Trinity Gallery Juried Show but will let you know as soon as I hear anything. Keep creating!

Mary Anne Carley



“Get to Work!” An Oil Painting Experience with Souby Boski at Hotchkiss School Farm.

Show up and start the process! Stretch your imagination while strengthening skills through the
process of “painting.” Intermediate and advanced oil painters will explore concepts and techniques. Gain the confidence to explore the use of color, mark making, surface quality and composition, emphasizing your own pictorial language.” This is the description of the course Souby teaches at the
Washington Art Assoc. & Gallery. She Draws her inspiration from Abstract Expressionism as well as Impressionism, and uses gestural and abstracted forms to define her richly textured compositions. Her loosely painted canvases are immediate responses to her visceral connection with her subjects. Workshop is being planned for Spring 2020.

This workshop, originally planned for May 16 and 17, is being rescheduled for late summer or early fall.


Italian Painting Holiday V is still on for September 6 through September 12!

Italian Painting Holiday V is ready for you to sign on, although we’ve delayed collecting deposits until we’re 100% sure it’s safe to go. There is currently room for 4 more and you can reserve your spot with no deposit. Airfares to Venice are at an all time low!  The dollar is worth more against the Euro than it has in decades! So, if you haven’t yet been on this magical Italian Painting Holiday, this is the year to do it! And if you have, this is the year to do it again!

The price includes just about everything but airfare and you won’t find anything close to it in Italy!
This year includes a full day tour is to the historic city of Udine. Known as the city of Tiepolo, and you can imagine why.  The 2 half-day tours are: 1) Prosecco Hills (recently designated as a UNESCO historic and cultural area), and 2) a walking tour of Serravalle and it’s historic sights and fresco’s given by Alma Ortolan, one of Italy’s top Fresco Restorers. If you arrive early enough on Sunday, Sept. 6, there is an outdoor antique market in Serravalle.

For more details about the trip, or to register, go to http:www.artinnitaly.com or contact Harvey Kimmelman at kimmelman@mac.com or at 413 229-5951.

Life Drawing at the Library

(except holidays) at the Bushnell-Sage Library, in Sheffield, from 5:00–7:30 p.m. $10 per session.  Due to Covid 19, Life Drawing at the Bushnell-Sage Library, Main Street, Sheffield, MA. has been suspended.

A Spa Day with Paint

Many of you might remember Leslie Watkins, an amazingly talented watercolorist living in Norfolk Ct. who had organized workshops for HVAL in the past. Having become friends through our organization, I have studied botanical painting with her, in Norfolk, when I can. One day, I mentioned that the Society of Scribes was having their annual Christmas fair in NYC and that I thought she might find some interesting ways to cross -pollinate her divine botanicals with a scribal hand. And I was right, not only did she wind up teaching a botanical flower class for calligraphers in N.Y.C., but she met Kathleen Borkowski there. 

Last week at Whiting Mills (a building dedicated to artists and WELL WORTH A VISIT), in Winsted CT, where Kathleen has an amazing studio, Leslie and Kathleen did what they called a day long “art spa workshop” together. 

It was not only a pampered event with a catered lunch of poached salmon, forbidden rice salad, greens in a champagne vinagrette and apple crisp for dessert, the morning was spent with Kathleen learning an alphabet she had created especially for us with a pen I had never worked with, and then a botanical watercolor class with Leslie painting a butterfly in the afternoon. I attach the resul…a delightful card that I can send off when I stop admiring my own handiwork. 

Leslie has taken her watercolors into easily navigable projects lately using stamping and collage to create boxes, cards and small paintings I attach her website here for those who would like to see what she is up to. www.lesliewatkins.com 

Perhaps, when all is back to normal, we can talk her to come north again for a visit and a class?

Susan Bachelder 

HVAL Gillian Seidl Grant to a High School Senior
The Housatonic Valley Art League (formerly Sheffield Art League) is pleased to announce an individual grant of $1,500 to a deserving senior of Mount Everett High School of Sheffield who chooses to gain a Fine Arts degree, or the equivalent, upon graduation. The grant is in memoriam to Gillian Seidl, a cherished and long-time resident of Sheffield.

In addition to her acting and other theater accomplishments, for which she is widely known, and her long-time painting hobby, Gillian was a beloved mother, wife, grandmother and friend.

Tragically, on April 25, 2017, Gillian in her capacity as Art League Program Coordinator, was attempting to cross Route 7 to the Sheffield Bushnell-Sage Library with an armload of refreshments for a scheduled program and social event later that evening.  A devastating accident, resulting in  her death occurred due to a confluence of conditions involving blocked access to the freshly paved parking lot of  the library, necessitating crossing on foot, and regrettable traffic measures.

There is no compensation for the senseless loss of a gentle, kind and vital person but the league hopes, in this small act, to honor Gillian with this gesture.

On Saturday, June 2, Olivia Marchione became the first recipient of the HVAL Gillian Seidl Memorial Scholarship for art. The award was presented to her on behalf of HVAL by the principal of the Mount Everett Regional High School during her graduation at Tanglewood.