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Call For Entries!

The Artisans Guild of Norfolk CT is putting on a themed show for February and March, 2020, entitled “CREATURES OF THE WOODLANDS”.

Everyone is welcomed to participate and here are the rules:

1. Your work must include an animal(s) found in the woodlands/forest.

2. Any medium. Paint it, sculpt it, knit it, bead it, carve it, fire it.

3. Up to 3 wall hung pieces will be accepted from each participant. There is not restriction on other items. Please check with us if you have large pieces.

4. No entry fee, but a commission of 40% will be deducted from each sale for non-members.

5. Participants should drop off their work at the Guild on either January 31, February 1 or 2nd.

6. The reception will be on February 22nd, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This is the Winter Weekend Celebration, in Norfolk, and the exhibit is a featured attraction.

7. All unsold pieces should be picked up on March 28th or 29th.

8. Questions? Please call Kathy or Vee at the Guild: (860) 542-5055 or email them at angelicafm@aol.com.



“Get to Work!” An Oil Painting Experience with Souby Boski. May 16 & 17 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.


Sign Up Now for Italian Painting Holiday V, September 6-12!

If you haven’t done this painting week holiday yet, you’re missing a truly magical and trip-of-a-lifetime experience. Spectacularly priced for HVAL members at 1600 euros, it’s also a wonderful way to extend this holiday and have Italy at your doorstep. 6 have signed on for this coming September, which leaves room for only 4 more. This year’s full day tour will be to Udine…The City of Tiepolo. Great food, lot’s of time for painting, some sightseeing, is all on the agenda for this very special week. Whether you’re a beginner, experienced artist, photographer or whatever, it’s a week you’ll never forget. 

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


Frank Federico Retrospective

This fall a large, retrospective exhibition will be held for the late Frank Federico, longtime HVAL friend, teacher, mentor and honorary lifetime member. The exhibition will be at the Art Institute at Maplebrook (AIM), on the campus of Maplebrook School, 5142 Route 22, Amenia, NY (just a few miles south of Amenia center). The Opening Reception is on Saturday, October 12, from 4:00 –7:00 p.m., with the show running until late December. It will include about 100 of Frank’s paintings including oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolors, and will showcase his prolific lifelong output featuring not only his use of a variety of mediums but also a his wide array of subject matter, style, and treatment.  Those of us lucky enough to study with Frank know that his “buzzword” was “uniqueness”, and this exhibition will demonstrate just how unique he was. Hours are from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  For more information, call: 845-373-9511.

Frank Federico Studio Items For Sale

Chery Federico is offering a few items of studio furniture for sale at reasonable prices to HVAL members. There are two drafting tables and two easels. In addition, Frank borrowed a light table from someone, and Chery would like to get it back to its rightful owner, so if that’s you, or if interested in any of the studio furniture, contact Chery at studiofedart@aol.com. 



Life Drawing at the Library

(except holidays) at the Bushnell-Sage Library, in Sheffield, from 5:00–7:30 p.m. $10 per session. Those who were lucky enough to attend the Sept. 18 session were greeted by two models, a male and female who took beautifully choreographed poses that inspired everyone who was drawing. Drawing the human body, from life is probably the most importatnt exercise an artist can do to hone his skills.

If enough members are interested, Harvey Kimmelman will get his skeleton out of the closet and give a free talk and demo.



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 we can talk her 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.