Blogs & Articles by Linda Boisvert DeStefanis
CT Historical Society
Open Studio Hartford
Hello friends and family! Art lovers! Open Studio Hartford is running this weekend.
I will be showing at the lovely CT Historical Society again. Plenty of easy parking and a beautiful weekend ahead! Please stop by. We have such talented artists and crafts as well as a wonderful jeweler .. I love her precious stone work!
I will be having a SALE on my art! Stop by and tell me what you like... and I will give you a great price this weekend! Sometimes us artists need to clear inventory to make room for more!
Town & County Club
Indian Hill Country
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...
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!
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.
Jewish Community Center
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!
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.
Rocky Hill Life newspaper
Linda Boisvert DeStefanis
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!
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!
Open Studio Hartford
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.
Lyme art Association
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!
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.
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.
CT Women Artists
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.
Lost Acre Vineyard
Granby Land Trust art show
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!
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!
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!
Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art
Lyme art Association
CT Women Artists
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
Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Sunday, July 16, 2 - 4 pm
Awards presented at 3 pm
Monday - Friday 10 - 5
Saturday 12 - 4
Sunday 12 - 4
Creative Arts Workshop
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!