Fall MAS Newsletter 2019

Built on “Solid Roots”, MAS “Turns over a New Leaf” with a New Board

It’s Fall, Y’all, the leaves are falling and autumn is calling us all to continue to create GOURD-geous works of art! I address you with reverence and awe for the work of my predecessors who built this organization over four decades. I am also so pleased that our current board of directors pulled together as a team to ensure that MAS will continue to provide art shows, programs and comradery among artists in the art community. We are especially grateful to former presidents Beverly Schirmeier and Marge Casey who inspired us to work together to build on their legacy while injecting a renewed energy into the art society’s programs.

Board of Directors, past and present- A special thanks to several board members who have recently stepped down after numerous years of service: Marge Casey, Stu Lerner, Sally Brown and Pat Seekamp.   We greatly appreciate their efforts over the years and can’t even begin to enumerate their contributions, as the list would fill this newsletter! They are all the very embodiment of MAS. At our first BOD meeting in October new officers and board members were voted in. The new officers are: Hilary Griffin-President, Cheryl Sorensen-Co-VP, Jeanne O’Brien-Co-VP, Linda McCarthy-Treasurer, Elena Gerard and Christine Drago -Secretary, and Jim Durkin and Janine Robertson-Co-Exhibition Chairs. Bill Colrus, Melissa Imossi, Alyssa Ingram, Steven Pynn, Marianne Dietz, Jennifer Corcoran and Mark Hough, round out our board of directors, each bringing special talents and new ideas to keep things fresh at MAS.

MAS Newsletter, new deadline for submitting information will be a deadline of the 22nd of each month. Our newsletters will continue to be posted on our website, madisonartsocietyct.org, and sent via email to keep the membership abreast of news and events. Please send all information that you would like posted to the website by the 22nd to melissaimossiart@yahoo.com, beginning November 1st.

The Elected Show and Artist Reception was held during the month of October at the Guilford Free Library with the reception on October 13th. It was a well attended event, showcasing 52 paintings and a sculpture. The $100 Popular Award was shared by Jill Mathew and Hilary Griffin, resulting from a tie vote. Thank you to Jeanne O’Brien for co-chairing this show with me and many thanks to all of the other volunteers who worked to put on a beautiful show and successful reception.

Bauer Park Harvest Festival, in Madison on Oct 19th was a picture perfect day and all of the artists agreed that it was an afternoon well-spent.   Members exhibited paintings of the farm and painted plein air. A big thank you to them for representing MAS!

Membership dues should be paid by January 31st, 2020. Please mail $25 payment to PO BOX 1383, Madison, CT, 06443. These dues allow members to enjoy all of the MAS offerings.

People’s Bank Small Gems Show Receiving is Monday November 4th. Email saradnebel@gmail.com to participate in the show. 8X10 image size, not including frame.

Winter Studio begins on Monday January 6th and meets every Monday (with the exception of President’s Day and Martin Luther King Day). The 22 slots have already been filled but if you would like to get in on this sold out program, you can add your name to the sub list.   Contact Elena Gerard, Gerard.elena@gmail.com.

MAS Member Show 2020/Critique will be held at the Carter Hull Library in Clinton, Receiving on Feb. 1st. This show requires many hands to be a successful event and we hope you will contact Janine Robertson, Janinemr1@yahoo.com or Jim Durkin, james_w_durkin@sbcglobal.net to help plan this show. Make this your year to get more involved because we’d love to have you!

MAS Juried Show 2020 will likely be held in August, back at our home-base of the Scranton Library. I had a recent conversation with the director, Sunnie Scarpa, who informed me of a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in July 2020 and many events to celebrate the library’s opening. We are thrilled at the idea of returning and the timing will allow our show and reception to tie in with these exciting grand opening events. There is already a buzz about the new library in Madison, and along the shoreline, so look forward to an amazing show that will be sure to bring in the crowds to view our art! In addition, we plan to increase the number of cash awards, and we are hoping to collaborate with some important social organizations during our Juried Show in order to bring awareness to social issues in our community, while appreciating the arts.

Just like the past leaders of MAS, I encourage members to come out and be active participants in all of our events. I have been involved with MAS for at least 10 years, on the board about 5 years and I hope to see new faces, hear new ideas and feel a renewed energy among the membership. I also hope to broaden our reach and bring members of the broader community to our shows and events.    With your participation and involvement, all of this will be possible. I sincerely thank the board with whom I sit for their willingness to continue the legacy of the MAS and I am thrilled to be part of the leadership of this great art society and collaborate with such dynamic, talented people!

Hilary Griffin

President, Madison Art Society