The Madison Art Society announces the Town Hall artists for July and August are Madison residents John Copelin and Muci Clemens. Their work will be on display in the main hallway of the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT.
John K. Copelin
John graduated from Yale College, and Yale Architecture School, and worked as a self-employed architect for 40 years. He started watercolor painting upon retiring from architecture in 2001, and studied for a number of years with Lou Bonamarte. He now paints with a group of watercolor artists every Wednesday, headed by Joan McPherson. John is a proud member of the Madison Art Society, the Clinton Art Society and the Guilford Art League; where he has successfully shown his work.
Collage of Landscape, 9″x12″, watercolor, By John K. Copelin
His collages are actually two watercolor paintings, one of which is sliced into strips of varying sizes and carefully fixed on top of a base painting. The attempt is to prevent one painting from dominating the other. Hopefully, this process develops a dialog between the resulting stripes. The results should not be readily apparent, and the hope is to further engage the viewer in the artwork.
Sometimes the collage is composed of two completely independent paintings and some are two paintings of the same object done in complimentary colors. Occasionally the subjects of the work are only remotely selected but the values and colors are compatible. His work demands your attention as it is uniquely beautiful in its handling of watercolor art.
From still life to landscapes and portraits, Muci Clemens paints in a representational, impressionistic style with either oil or pastel. The rebirth of nature and its dependable cycle of life, peaceful and pensive, filled with light, influences her colorful palette. After earning her degree in Art and Applied Science at San Diego State University, California Ms Clemens studied at The Art Student’s League, NYC and Silvermine School of Art in Norwalk, Connecticut. She continues to collaborate in workshops with Doug Dawson, Daniel Greene and Clayton Beck.
Truck at Barberry Hill Farm, 20″x24″, oil, By Muci Clemens
Her memberships include the Connecticut Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, Lyme Art Association, Society for Creative Arts Newtown, CT, Audubon Artists and The Vero Beach Art Club, Vero Beach, Florida. Muci participates in area shows and was recently a part of the Mark Twain Library Art Show, Redding, Connecticut. Her memberships in local art associations include the Madison Art Society, the Guilford Art League and the Clinton Art Society. You can also find her work in shows at The Pen and Brush, Inc., NYC, The River Road Gallery in Wilton, Connecticut, Vermont Artisan Design Gallery, Brattleboro, Vermont and Gallery 14, Vero Beach, Florida. Muci Clemens has received a number of awards from these venues and has been a featured artist throughout the state and in New York City.
This is a “must see”, exhibit and is open during Town Hall hours. Each artist will display about five or six pieces of art.