Madison Art Society Fall Newsletter 2020

Eight months into our new reality of Covid-19, as artists we can consider ourselves among the fortunate.  Our art is our tool to get us through these trying times. Art promotes self-exploration, a keen awareness of our world, and an improved mental and emotional state, all resulting in better health.   As we enter a new season, embrace your creative craft and paint your way through this surreal time.  The board of directors of the Madison Art Society has remained active through these months, planning online events and exhibitions to keep our artists connected.   Please take a look at what MAS has in store for the autumn season to keep you engaged.

Membership and Dues-   Two deadlines for payment of dues have long passed. MAS greatly values your membership and relies on your participation in order to successfully continue as an art society.  We now must say that we are truly sad to see you go if we do not receive your payment immediately.  For Elected Artists who have not paid dues, this will result in the loss of your Elected Artist  status.   Please send in your check, made out to MAS for $25 to PO Box 1383, Madison, CT, 06443, or pay online at, “membership” tab.  

Benefits of MAS Membership

  • Exhibition opportunities throughout the year in Open Shows and Juried Shows
  • Online advertising of your artist website at
  • Participation in en plein air outings
  • Participation in Winter Studio
  • Art Demonstrations, Lectures and Critiques
  • Quarterly MAS Newsletter
  • Fall Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting via Zoom, Tuesday October 20th, 6:30 pm

Celebrate MAS’ 45th Anniversary!  Covid-19 has kept us hopping and has forced us to be technologically adept in 2020.   We will conduct our Annual Meeting via Zoom, starting with a short business meeting, ending with the introduction of the 2020-2021 MAS slate.    

Elected Artist Show 2020  We were very excited to have our first show this summer at the newly renovated  E. C. Scranton Memorial Library but Covid-19 restrictions foiled our plan.  We launched our first virtual online gallery thanks to the hard work and skills of Jen Thompson,  Melissa Imossi, Janine Robertson and Alyssa Ingram. Congratulations to all of the artists who submitted to the show, sold work and won awards.   Molly McDonald and Wendy Kohli sold a piece each!   The award winners were:

1st prize -Gail Ingis, Grasses in the Marsh, oil

2nd prize-Jeanette Delmore,  Forever and Always with You, wc

3rd prize-Muci Clemens, Saving a Seat for You, oil                    

Plein Air–   Our plein-air paint outs take place on Wednesdays until October 28th.   We meet weekly at picturesque locations, providing the perfect social distancing activity for our members.  Thank you to Linda Marino, who chairs MAS en Plein Air. View the calendar at

Currently, several of the plein air artists have an exhibit at Friends and Company in Madison, “Capturing Connecticut’s Beauty”, on display until October 18th.

Town Hall Artists The next town Hall artists are Cindy Taylor and Hilary Griffin.  When Covid restrictions are eased, the show can be viewed at Madison Town Campus.   Thank you to Steve Pynn for working with the town and the artists on these exhibits.

MAS Zoom Art Lectures  have been a huge hit with artists and art enthusiasts alike.  Mark your calendar for the next presentation on Tues. Nov. 17th, 10am,for a presentation by Linda Marino, Branford artist and business woman.  She will discuss “ Four Ways to Pivot Your Art Marketing Skills in Changing Times”.

Our recent Art Lecture in September, “Picasso’s Portraits of Women,” was presented via Zoom by  Bob Potter,  a docent at the Yale Center for British Art.  We had over 100 rsvp’s to this well received lecture.  Bob was knowledgeable and engaging and he introduced us to a side of Picasso that, perhaps, we had never seen.   

Our Zoom lecture, in August, presented by Dr. Courtney S. Long, was also huge hit.  Her presentation, “An English Landscape Revealed: John Constable and the Poetry of Paint” was like attending a college art history class, and we were fortunate to benefit from her expertise on art and especially, Constable. 

Our Zoom lectures afford our members opportunities to stay connected during these socially distanced times, so be sure to attend these informative presentations. Thank you to Marianne Dietz for organizing the MAS Lectures and Demos.   Look for the flyer for Linda Marino’s upcoming presentation and rsvp to  She will then send you the Zoom invitation with instructions.

Winter Studio has been cancelled this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. The MAS board does not feel it is safe to have artists gather indoors during the winter months, huddled around still-life subjects. As disappointed as we are, we are committed to keeping our members safe. 

MAS 46th  Annual Juried ShowOctober 2020 is POSTPONED UNTIL 2021, when Covid restrictions are lifted at the E. C. Scranton Memorial Library.

“ ’Tis the Season Holiday Exhibit”  Nov. 21th, 2020- Jan. 9, 2021.  Online Submissions:  November 4th – November 17th

Give the gift of art this holiday season!  The Madison Art Society will be hosting an online exhibit this holiday season offering all artwork priced at $500 or less. With six categories of artwork for sale, there is sure to be something for everyone.

-Artwork by local artists

-Each sale helps support the Madison Art Society

– Check out our Instagram and Facebook pages where we will highlight artwork by different artists throughout the exhibit!

-All submissions will be sent through an online form on the MAS website, or use this link to submit your work here.   

Publicity Team  – Thank you to Jennifer Corcoran, Jen Thompson, Beverly Schirmeier and Marianne Dietz for publicizing MAS events in the local newspapers, on Facebook and on Instagram!   They do a great job at getting the word out to the public about MAS’ events.

Thank you to MAS board members and MAS members for being flexible during these Covid times. We have all been forced to change the way we do business.  A huge THANK YOU to all of you for staying connected to the Madison Art Society during disconnected times!!!

Hilary Griffin
President, Madison Art Society