2020 Elected Artists’ Online Exhibition




Welcome to the Madison Art Society’s 45th annual Elected Artist Show, and the 1st virtual online gallery,  due to the ongoing challenges that we face from the Coronavirus pandemic. The Madison Art Society is a testament to adapting during changing times, by launching our first-ever virtual format exhibition.

This was a new endeavor for everyone who made this show a reality; The Exhibition Committee, our skilled webmaster, Jen Thompson, and our elected artists.    Even our community at large has been asked to support us in a new and different way, by visiting our online exhibit.  We have all been required to stretch beyond our comfort zone in order to bring beautiful art to anyone who wishes to view it from anywhere in the world, as long as they can access the internet.   

I want to thank The Exhibition Committee for helping bring this show to the public.   Jim Durkin, Christine Drago, Mark Hough, Jeanne O’Brien, Beverly Schirmeier, Marianne Dietz, and  Jennifer Corcoran.   Most especially a sincere Thank You to Jen Thompson, our webmaster, who went above and beyond, dazzling us with her technological talents to create this show!   We could not have made this happen without her!   A special Thank You, also, to   Melissa Imossi and Janine Robertson, who contributed  countless hours by assisting artists with questions that arose pertaining to how to submit their paintings to the show, as this was new experience for many of our members.  Thank you to everyone for your resilience and your willingness to adapt during unusual times.

I also want to thank Sandra Wakeen, our judge who chose our three award winning paintings.  She eloquently offered an explanation behind what inspired her to choose each award winning piece of art.

A final Thank You to Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale restaurant, an institution in the Madison community and along the shoreline,  who so generously supports the artistic endeavors of the Madison Art Society, year after year.

Congratulations to all 47 artists whose work appears in our virtual gallery and congratulations to the notable prize winners. There are a total of 79 paintings,  any one of which can be purchased by contacting info@madisonartsocietyct.org.

While changes and challenges abound in 2020, the commitment of the MAS artists to art remains strong and allows others to partake in the beauty they have created.   The Madison Art Society presents you with its first- ever online virtual format exhibition.  Please enjoy the show!


Hilary Griffin

President, Madison Art Society




Sandra Wakeen, nationally and internationally renowned painter and teacher, has pursued a lifelong devotion to her art.

Following a family tradition of three generations of artists, Sandra began her studies at Paier School of Art, graduating with honors in 1978. Beginning as an illustrator and portrait artist, she continued her studies in Europe, at Studio Escalier in France with Tony Ryder, Ted Seth Jacobs, and in Italy at Florence Academy Studio of Fine Art. Her studies include Forensic Facial Reconstruction with Betty Pat Gatliff at Scottsdale Artists School and sculpture with Lincoln Fox.

Sandra has been honored with numerous awards and recognition from esteemed national art organizations for her contemporary realism paintings. She has been juried into the Oil Painters of America Inaugural Salon Show, and featured in Fine Connoisseur Magazine still life issue. Recently Sandra has been accepted Oil Painters of America National Exhibition and Art Renewal Center Annual Salon show for three consecutive years and the The Salmagundi Club NY.

When not painting, Sandra enjoys the privilege of teaching and mentoring aspiring artists. She is passionate about cultivating the arts at home and abroad. Sandra helped create an artists cultural exchange in Florence, Italy for American and Italian artists to study and learn from each other.

Sandra has served on the Board of Directors for the Lyme Art Association, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. Sandra is also a founding member of Wethersfield Academy for the Arts where she has served as President and Atelier Director. She created and taught Connecticut’s first formal Atelier program.

Sandra’s work presently resides in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the FFAST Museum in Fiesole, Italy. She was included in Academic Artists 60t​ h Anniversary Exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum. Her work can be seen in galleries throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


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