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Sign Up Now for This Painting Week in Northern Italy!

Italian Painting Holiday V is ready for you to sign on! 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 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.






Yes, Virginia, There Will be an Italian Painting Holiday V!

The artists have all returned and gave rave reviews to Italian Painting Holiday IV, that was held in Vittorio Veneto, Italy the first week of September! Just when you think it can’t get any better…it does! This year we took a day tour to Padua to see Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, possibly the most moving masterpiece outside of the Sistine Chapel. Afterwards we lunched in Dolo, by the Brenta Canal, and boarded the Burchiello for our cruise along the Brenta that ended at Piazza St. Marco in Venice. Along the way, we stopped for an exclusive, engrossing tour of Palladio’s “Malcontenta” Palazzo. All week long we ate fabulous cucina di casa, drank Prosecco, wine and homemade Limoncello, and yes, we even got in quite a bit of painting while enjoying the comraderie of the group. Alma, our hostess, says she is willing to continue hosting us for as long as we’re willing to come, so plans are already in the works for September 2020. If interested, contact Harvey Kimmelman at kimmelman@mac.com. There’s only room for 10 people and 4 have already tentatively signed on. 







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.