Essex Art Association is open from April 24th. until October 30th. with ongoing art shows. Shows change every three weeks, check the website for information Open daily from 1-5 PM except Tuesdays or when a new show is being hung.
Lesley Braren is an artist who lives in East Hampton, Connecticut and has been painting for many years. She is an avid outdoor, plein air painter and works mostly in oils when on location. Les states that she is inspired by being out of doors and the challenge of trying to record a fleeting moment on canvas as only she sees it. She's not so much trying to record an accurate record as trying to convey a personal response to that moment. She enjoys using color and brush strokes to express her vision.
Les feels that she is always changing and growing with her work and will continue to learn as long as she keeps painting. Every time she paints with other artists, goes to a museum, or reads an art magazine or book she finds she is thinking about different ways to appraoch her artwork. It's truly a work in progress and that's what makes it so exciting and fresh. Whether she is actually painting or not she is constantly thinking about the process and so it has beome a large part of her lifestyle.
AWARDS: Haddam Art League 1ST. Place in Oil 1997, 3rd. Place oil 1999
1998 Jerry’s Artarama Art Calendar Honorable Mention, ,
1st. Place Cover Contest for East Hampton Art Association Annual, Show 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, Honorable Mention EHAA Show 2000,
1st. Place Oil Art Guild of Middletown,Lyman Show 2000,
Honorable Mention Art Guild of Middletown, 2001,
Purchase EHHA Award EHAA 2002, 2003
Middletown Art Guild
Essex Art Association 2006 Art Emporium Award, 2007 $150 award, 2009 Exit Gallery Award, 2010 Gantner WC Award,
Clinton Art Society 2010 Beverly & Lawrence Fagan Memorial Prize
EAA $150 Award
EAA Judith Osborne Best Of Theme Award