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Jul 25, 2018
Solo Show at the Town & Couny Club - July 10-August 14, 2018 Comments


What a wonderful opportunity to have my solo show at this beautiful and historic mansion! The Town & County Club was established after 13 women artists were given the chance to show at the Wadsworth Antheneum back in 1924. Afterwards, the women decided they needed to be able to show their work and were able to take over this building, which became a women's club until more recently. It is still run primarily by women and they find women artists and invite them to have solo shows which they promote throughout the year.

I was honored and delighted to be invited! Betsy, Maggie, Linn and all the women who helped were so helpful and professional.My Opening Reception was nicely run with a good group of members, friends and family. Quite a few members of my CT Women Artists Council attended to support me as well. As their President for close to a year now, I really appreciated their stopping by.

Thank you for all your help Ladies!




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Jul 25, 2018
Three Women Show @ Indian Hill Country Club - May 2018 Comments


I decided to share my opportunity to show at the lovely Indian Hill Country Club with my 3-women painting group. We usually paint for a full afternoon once a week. Linda, Barbara and I were all artist members of the recently closed   :(  Maple and Main Fine Art Gallery in Chester, CT. We are still very sad about that after being there for over 5 years, and Barbara for all 8 years as a founding member. I may join another gallery someday, but for now, I will keep myself busy between shows, outdoor and indoor, as well as applying to become an Elected member of Lyme Art Association in Lyme, CT. 

More news to blog...



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Jul 25, 2018
Madison Art Society's 43rd Annual Show - April 2018- Award Comments


At the Madison Society's Annual Show in April, my "Lotus Rising II" won an award. It is 24x24" on coated aluminum. my 2nd study of the huge Lotus we found on our son's mentor's beautiful property in Massachusetts. What gorgeous 3' tall flowers! So elegant. I didn't realize they could grow here.

We have since found huge areas of them in Forrest Park i Springfield, MA.... but not as huge and gorgeous in color!



 

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Jul 25, 2018
New Haven Paint and Clay Club Annual Juried Show- May 2018 Comments


The prestigious NHPCC Exhibit was held at the Creative Arts Workshop this year and my new oil painting, "Hidden Gem" won an award. I was proud and happy. After being accepted into two of their Annual Juried Shows, I became a member. I've been part of their Member's fall shows and the spring annual shows for 3 years now with the Member's show coming up this fall.



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Jul 3, 2018
Women Artists Collective- March show at the jewish Community Center in Bloomfield Comments


What a beautiful, round and busy gallery in the front of their huge, bustling Jewish Community Center! We all enjoyed the Opening Reception and a few pieces did sell. This location would be great for a solo show! Not sure they do them... they like groups.

While we were at our reception, my artist friend talked with Betsy from the Town and County Club in Hartford (near the Governor's Manshon area) when she stopped by and set me up (after she enjoyed my 3-4 paintings there) to email her. I texted with her afterwards and ended up with the T&C group's 'Resounding YEs"!  to having a show for me on their schedule this summer! :)

Thank you Karen!


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Jul 3, 2018
Group Show at the Hoxie Gallery in Westerly, RI- March, 2018 Comments


One of our CWA women artists from up near Rhode Island, invited Nancy Witcher, Patricia Corbett and I to join their show at this lovely galley. What a talented and varied show! So proud to have been invited by Sadie Davore.



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May 23, 2018
Wethersfield, Cromwell and Rocky Hill Life Newspaper article... Comments


In April I was asked to give an interview to be included in our area newspapers, which I of course did. Mara did a fine job taking photos and including a few images that I gave her of my newer paintings. I thanked her for the opportunity and heard from a number of friends and others who saw and enjoyed the article. You can view it if you go to www.Turleyct.com and look in the Rocky Hill, April, 2018 Archives. It is always nice to have a bit of extra attention drawn to your hard work... your art! :)

Thank you again Mara!


Rocky Hill Life newspaper article Linda Boisvert DeStefanis artist

 

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May 13, 2018
2018 CWA Members' Juried Show Comments


As President of our CT Women Artists organization, I organize our two shows each year. With the help of our past President Nancy Witcher, our Members' show was a success! Our juror, Kathryn Myers, head of Painting at UCONN Storrs, did a wonderul job choosing a diverse and beautiful show. And Paul Baylock and his special volunteers at the Art League of New Britain helped us hang and enjoy our time at their newly painted bright red building! Thank you to all our CWA women volunteers who helped our show run smoothly. Our two talented high school Scholarship winners enjoyed joining our show with their beautiful art and sculptures. We wish them good luck as they move on to college next year and hope they are successful in following their dreams! Thank you Shania and Lexi! And Congratulations to all our winners!

 

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Apr 17, 2018
"Art in the Abbey", at the St. James Episcopal Church, Main St., Glastonbury -March, 2018 Comments


Art in the Abbey was, as usual, a beautiful sight to see! The churcha was laid out with all the artists' artwork, lighting, decorations... a lovely place to be! The event went well Friday night with music up and in the church, wine-tastings up and downstairs, jewelry and other hand-made goods. And appetizers constantly coming around to nibble on.

You can always get good prices on our art and all the profit goes to benefit the area food pantry and other charities. 

I always hope more and more people will come and enjoy the evening. On Saturday mornings, you can stop by free to view all the art and many gift baskets to purchase as well. Hope to see you next year in mid-March!


 

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Apr 17, 2018
Open Studio Hartford - Nov. 2017 Comments


My 4th year participating in the Open Studio Hartford where I was set up at the beautiful CT Historical Society off Asylum St. near Elizabeth Park. We had a nice weekend, enjoying my artist friends. Not many sales as there are too many venues for people to attempt to visit and only 2 days to do everything. We artists are all hoping they will make this into a 2-weekend event next year. 

All in all a special weekend at a beautiful spot.




Open Studio Hartford art

 

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Apr 15, 2018
Lyme Art Association's Annual Landscape Show -Fall 2018 Comments


I forgot to tell you that I was so excited to have my large diptich called "Reflections on the Pond" be accepted into Lyme's big Annual Landscape show.. and it was hung in the middle of the largest wall in the center gallery! The juror loved it, but I didn't need an award when my art took up 66" of wall space for two months during this lovely show.

Lyme Art Association in Lyme, CT is one beautiful and huge gallery that I enjoy being an Associate Member at due to the fact that they love and appreciate more realistic paintings and exhibit plenty of landscapes and Waterscapes (as I call many of mine). It is very competitive to get your work accepted most times. I was very happy and proud!



Lyme art Association painting landscape show water gallery

 

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Apr 15, 2018
Sea Cliff Mini-Mart Arts and more Festival - October 12, 2017 Comments


I need to catch you up on some of my adventures since last October. Sorry! It's been way too long. The CT Women Artists took a bit of my time to get going. And thanks to our last President, Nancy Whitcher, all is going along well now... and next year should run much smoother, earilier and easier for me.

Sea Cliff Mini-Mart Art and crafts, etc. in Glen Cove was a first for Ken and I, just one Sunday, October 12?, 2017.. a warm, lovely day thank goodness. So many people marching around down one long street, 4 blocks long. There was food and music too. I ended up selling one large painting to a young man who owns a Pickle factory nearby and he chose a 2nd, smaller one as well. That made our day, as things were busy, but maybe only a couple of Giclees sold before that. I hope we can do that again this coming October as it was a beautiful area with lots of nice people to talk with.



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Oct 29, 2017
Guess who is now the President of the CT Women Artists? Comments


Our CT Women Artists Annual member's meeting with the introduction to our new Officers and Council members was a wonderful evening for all! I, Linda Boisvert DeStefanis, am now the elected President of the CT Women Artists! I was so proud when our nominating committee wrote a wonderful email to me about their choice... very surprised too, as there are others with more experience on our Council than myself. 
I thanked them for their faith in me. Our President, Nancy Witcher has been our dedicated leader and organizer for 6 full years. She and I have met a few times already and we are already working together with our terrific new Council. Nancy will stay on our Council to advise and work with us on how she ran it so successfully, then we can continue on and keep it a successful organization which supports our talented Connecticut women artists in many ways.
Thank you to our hard working Council who organized this special evening to honor Nancy also...Patricia, Georgia, Dian, Ginny and to Gina for the use of her gorgeous home!
Here are a few photos from our special evening.

 

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CWA CT Women Artists President Council

 

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Oct 29, 2017
Granby Land Trust "New England" themed art exhibit - October 2017 Comments


Both of my artworks, which Barbara (my good friend) pushed me to enter, were accepted. Unfortunately there were over 200 entrees and about 90? works accepted. A couple of my friends did not get in. It was a beautiful show. The Lost Acre Vineyard in North Granby is a lovely spot with a big, beautiful building of 3 floors. Wine tasting on the first floor where the gallery and all the art is hung. They had a number of artworks sold already. Very nice!

 

To the right of the large birch trees is my 'Ripe and Ready' of white grapes on vines.

To the right of the fireplace is my 'Wooded Respite'  oil on coated aluminum.

 

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wine tastings Lost Acre Vineyard Granby Land Trust art show grapes horses

 

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Sep 29, 2017
Sea Cliff Mini-Mart Art Show on Long Island- Sunday Oct. 1st 10 am to 5 Comments


Sea Cliff Art Show on Long Island is this Sunday, October 1 from 10-5. Come by and visit our tent #163 if you happen to be in the area! Ken and I will be there enjoying a gorgeous 'fall' day! We had a beautifu 'summer' week this past week! But now, fall is coming in. We will be so lucky to have a day in the 70's and sunny for Sunday! Sea Cliff is a gorgeous town on Long Island.

We hope to see some of our LI friends and family there!

Also, the Wethersfield Academy of the Arts Juried Exhibit will be coming up in October. I will let you know when it is hung. This show is always beautiful and I enjoy entering and usually having a painting in every year.

The next event will be Nov. 11-12th for the Open Studio Hartford where I exhibit in the CT Historical's beautiful, large building off Asylum St. A very easy location to get to and park at near Elizabeth Park.

Hope to see you all soon!

 


Art Exhibit tents town Sea Cliff Long Island New York ocean

 

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Sep 3, 2017
CT Women Artists Open Juried National Exhibit at Art Center East in Vernon, CT Comments


I forgot to tell you that our CT Women Artist show (and downstairs is the Women Artists Collective) is at the beautiful Art Center East in Vernon. Very easy to get to and park at off Rt. 84, Exit 66. Please come enjoy the show!

 

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Sep 3, 2017
Many upcoming shows! Many Opening Receptions with beautiful art! Comments


First, Friday, Sept. 8th is the new Lyme Art Assoc. "New England Landscape" Exhibit! I am so honored to have had my new "Reflections on Pond" diptich accepted into this highly competitive show! For someone like me (not an Elected artist...yet... and not an "Invited guest" to take up a 60" wide space of wall!! Fantastic! I cannot wait to see where they hung it. Everyone loved it when I hung it for the first time at our 2-Woman exhibit at Maple and Main. It just brightens up the room and makes everyone happy apparently.  Their opening (always well-attended!) is Friday, Sept. 8th from 5-7 (?). I will check again.

And this coming Monday-Tuesday Maple and Main Gallery artists will switch our art and hang the new show. Our Opening Reception is Sept. 9th, Saturday, from 6-8. Another fun opening to enjoy! I am finishing some of my latest paintings and framing over this weekend! Hope some of you can come visit our lovely art galleries around the state!

I also have a painting (Crashing) at the well-known Piedmont show in Somers now as well as a small painting in Essex as well as one in their Essex Yacht Club.

The following photos are from our CT Women Artist 87th National Open Juried Exhibit upstairs and the last one is from our Women Artists Collective group downstairs. 2 Openings at the same time.! Sept. 10, Sunday, 2-4. Plenty of beautiful and unusual artwork to view!   What a BUSY WEEKEND! Art lovers rejoice!

 

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Jul 7, 2017
New Haven Paint and Clay Club's Annual Juried Show at Creative Arts Workshop Comments


I just brought my accepted entry, "Delayed Departure", of the train station in winter to be hung in the prestigious "New Haven Paint and Clay Club's show. This is my 2nd year entering.. and my 2nd year of being accepted. I can officially become a member now! A fine step for me. I plan to be at the opening this year and can't wait to see the show and be there! I forgot who the juror was.. a well-known curator of a fine museum as I recall. 

The Opening Reception:

You are invited to the

The New Haven Paint and Clay Club's

116th Annual Juried Art Exhibition 

July 10 - July 30, 2017

at the

Creative Arts Workshop

80 Audubon Street

New Haven, CT 06510

 

Opening Reception

Sunday, July 16, 2 - 4 pm

Awards presented at 3 pm

 

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday 10 - 5

Saturday 12 - 4

Sunday 12 - 4

 

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Creative Arts Workshop New Haven juried show NHPCC

 

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Jun 23, 2017
Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art... 2-Woman Show ahead! Comments


Hello friends!      

It is a busy time for me... and my art. Tomorrow night is the Opening Reception for our new show at Maple and Main from 6-8 pm. Wine, some foods and sweets will be offered.

Most importantly is that my 2-Woman show called 'Sharing the View", which I am sharing with a Barbara Rossitto, a good artist friend of mine, will happen for the month of July. We had met earlier, then she suggested that I should be juried into Maple and Main and become a core artist... which I did, over 4 years ago.

Our show is for the month of July downstairs in our Joslow Gallery at Maple and Main. We will set-up July 1st, but wait until July 7th, Friday night 5-8 for our Opening Reception. Barbara's more impressionistic and my more realistic works should offer our visitors two different styles of painting with different views from similar places that we have photographed, often together.

You are all welcome to stop by!

 

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Jun 17, 2017
Mohonk Mountain House, New York… artist trip Comments


Hello art friends,

My good artist friend, Barbara Rossitto and I traveled up to visit Mohonk Mountain House with other artists to photograph the absolutely gorgeous mountain and views of the Catskill Mountains from their front porch. Everything up there is so beautiful! If you ever want to go, be advised that one night may be $500+ dollars to stay. It is one of the tope spas and all-inclusive resorts in our USA! We stayed right off Rt. 87 in New Paltz (sp?) in a lovely, new Hamton Inn.

We enjoyed walking everywhere we could for views and natural beauty of gardens, the buildings (very old), lake, etc...

We finally got to paint on the front porch on the last day of our 2 day visit (days).

Go there if you ever want to experience breath-taking beauty, hiking, walking.. only guests can use the many other restaurants, spas, lake fun... We certainly have plenty of gorgeous photos to paint from!

WOW factor!

 

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