Madison Art Society 

Newsletter – Spring 2021

“In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.” Vincent Van Gogh

Over this past year, if you happened to feel anything like Vincent Van Gogh, hopefully you were able to rise above the adversities we faced by turning to art.  The Madison Art Society is looking forward to the optimism that spring brings, and we will be there to educate, encourage and inspire our members to continue to create art.  Please take a look at how the board of MAS has been planning events to keep you hopeful and engaged.  

Hilary Griffin

President, MAS


46th Annual online Member Show, from March 6th to April 16th, 2021, was a success.  The show included 58 paintings, with one sale of “Artichoke” by Candace Bialczak.  The winner of the People’s Choice Award for her painting, “Cote d’Azur,” was Dawn Basharat.  Congratulations to all of the artists for participating in the show!

Art Demos and Lectures via Zoom

Tuesday, May 11, 10:00 am Part 4, Boom or Bust (1918-1939), of the series

“The Art of America – How Great American Artists Revealed a New Country and Its People in Portrait, Landscapes and Photography.”  Parts 1-3, presented by Bob Potter, were a great success; informative, entertaining and engaging.  Please RSVP to by noon on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Those who RSVP will receive the Zoom link on the day before the lecture (May 10) via e-mail.

June 2- 10am Art Demo via Zoom Zukar Bikbov

June 15- 6:30pm, Part 1 Bob Thomas Photographing your Artwork with Your iPhone or Android, Galleries, Social Media and More. 

June 22- 6:30pm Part 2 Bob Thomas – Uploading Your Image to Different Sites (For Shows, Galleries, Instagram, Facebook)

Plein Air Paint Outs begin THIS WEEK, May 5- Oct. 2021, 9am-12pm

See the schedule here.


Scranton Shops Fundraiser- Friday June 4th, 6pm and MAS Booth Support local businesses and organizations and tour the beautifully renovated Scranton Memorial Library.  Come visit the Madison Art Society’s booth to hear about our upcoming events.  Contact the Scranton Memorial Library to purchase your ticket.


MAS Summer Reunion, June 2021  location  and time tbd

Let’s get together again after a full year of COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings!  We have missed seeing you, so please come out to see old friends and make new ones, mingle with fellow MAS members, and enjoy some refreshments.  Bring a friend who is interested in hearing more about MAS.  We are seeking volunteers to help us with various art events, so mark your calendars to make your mark in the Connecticut art community.  Contact me at to get more involved in MAS.  

Town Hall Artists

Cindy Taylor and Christine Drago will have their artwork on display for the months of June and July at the Madison Town Campus.  MAS members’ paintings hang for public viewing and receive newspaper coverage.  Please contact Steven Pynn, to sign up for this opportunity to exhibit and sell your art.

MAS 46th Annual Juried Show- August-Sept 2021, submissions will be online, HOWEVER, we hope that relaxing of COVID-19 rules will allow this show to be IN PERSON, at the newly renovated Scranton Memorial Library, Madison.  We are thrilled to show our works in two beautiful new spaces which will serve as the MAS home gallery.  We are planning an in-person reception for this event, so start thinking about what painting you will submit!  The show will be juried by accomplished artist, Kathy Anderson.  More details to follow.