Connecticut Arts

From museums one weekend to gallery visits the next is how I spend my free time in the lovely state of Connecticut.

Two weekends ago (already!) I made my way to the Slater Museum in Norwich, CT.  They were having the opening reception for their Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition.  A fellow ceramic artist, with whom I work a lot, Monica Hewryk, was juried into the exhibition so we ventured to the reception to see the rest of the CT artists’ skills.

Check out Monica Hewryk below next to her piece:

Monica Hewryk

To my delight, I was able to recognize so many artists in the exhibition.  I saw the work of many who are also members of CAFA (Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts).  These members are very active in the annual exhibition and repeated recipients of the awards too, so it doesn’t shock me that they are active elsewhere.  Check out the beautiful work below.  And if you get a chance to see it in person, it’s even better!!

With these beautiful imagery, I leave you to write another post about another exhibition, and other artists also pouring their hearts out onto canvases and installations.  Until my next art stop!



Call for Artists from CAFA

Phew, it’s hard to believe the whole first month of the year is already behind us.  And yet I find myself thinking about June.  Can anyone out there believe I am already thinking about June?!?  As the blizzard cold creeps into the house, I cannot help but wish for the June sun and heat.

So what’s so special about June?

CAFA’s Annual Exhibition opens June 19th at the Mystic Arts Center (MAC) in Mystic, Connecticut.  So what does that mean for artists out there?  Get your art ready, we are already receiving art work submissions online.  Visit: for all the details.

The online entry deadline is April 10, so while you have a little bit of time, those months seem to fly by when you are having fun.  The carry-in entry date is June 14 & 15.

Expect CAFA’s 104th Annual Exhibition to be bigger and better.  Why, you ask?  For starters, we have two great jurors, Jaclyn Conley and Mark Patnode.  Click on their names, check out their websites, you will not be disappointed.  Another reason for bigger and better, we have increased some existing awards and we have added some awards, including President’s Award for $250.

If you are not an artist but are interested in visiting the gallery for an amazingly interesting and diverse collection of art, don’t miss our Awards Reception on July 2, 2015.  Details will be posted here and on our website:, and in the Mystic Arts Center website:

Good luck to all who enter the competition!

New Year = New Possibilities

Hello readers, happy new year 2015!!  I hope wonderful things come your way in the coming year!

Let me tell you about our Online Photo Exhibition if you haven’t read about it yet.  It is the very first of its kind for Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts who is finally making an online presence.  Well, I’m happy to announce that our online exhibition was successful.  It’s juried and up for viewing here!!

In case you didn’t click on the link just yet….Spoiler Alert! Here’s the first place winner.

John Hoiland in his Livingroom by Cynthia Matty-Huber (Livingston, MT)

It means so much to us at CAFA that we were able to reach so many fine art photographers to participate in this competition.  We had photographers from Australia, Norway, and nearly 25 states from the USA were represented.  This is the kind of results I want to see for our competitions.

Our juror Michael Yurgeles was magnificent at electing a diverse group of highly skilled compositions.  I encourage everyone to take 5 to 10 minutes to integrate yourself with the photographs we are presenting in our exhibition.  You won’t be disappointed.

In the coming weeks, I will write a piece about some of the artists in the exhibition.  I want to give you a more in-depth look into their passionate work.  Until then, I hope your eyes feasts on the beauty of each image we present.

The Closing of Another Year

As we come to the end of another semester at CCSU, it brings with it the excitement of the holidays.  But, as the story always goes, we are also thinking ahead to the new year, new semester, new responsibilities, and goals to achieve.

A busy time for CAFA too.  We are in the midst of jurying the entries to our 1st online show.  It’s a big step for our organization who, with a little help, is stepping into the 21st century.  Art, I believe, should be readily available to all, rich and poor, regardless of religion, color, orientation, etc.  The world wide web helps us, artists and art organizations, bring fine art closer to all of you.

It’s a busy time for all, but I wanted to post some photos because it’s one of the easiest forms of art to share online.  And, before I forget, take a look at this article which explains how art is great for our physical health.

Until next time!

CAFA Moving Ahead

Today, just briefly, I’d like to write about CAFA. As I’m taking the reigns of the director position, I have by my side a great president and council members ready for liftoff.

This summer we had an amazing response to our opening reception and we love hearing how beautiful and diverse our show was. Yesterday afternoon was our first meeting since the annual exhibition. We were able to hash out some organizational and operating matters.  Needless to say that now I have a big to-do list.  I’m so excited and I can’t wait to get started.

One thing I can disclose?  One little thing.  CAFA will be having a second exhibition this year.  We built a great website and now we will be embarking on the new project, an online photo exhibition.  Details to follow, but check our website ( often because it will come up very soon.

That is all I will say for now.

And on that note, I am off to start on my crazy busy (and getting busier) schedule!

Foliage Begins
Foliage Begins

Annual Exhibition – A Sneak Preview

Mystic Arts Center Gallery
Mystic Arts Center Gallery

As you all can see from the picture above, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts’ 103rd Annual Exhibition is hanging on the walls of the Mystic Arts Center (MAC).  Not only are the walls packed with beautiful paintings, photography, mixed media, etc, but we have more sculptures this year than any previous years, I’m told.

This show represents my first as director of exhibitions for CAFA, and it has been a long haul for me, since September 2013, to finally see the outcome of all the hard work by the council members, the president, the advisors, the MAC and its staff, and myself.

So there it stands for your enjoyment, but just in case my readers are not able to make it to Connecticut for the exhibition, I wanted to share some of the excellent variety of skillful art representing much of the CAFA membership and more.

Gigi Horr Liverant - Crosswalk, Pastel
Gigi Horr Liverant :: Crosswalk :: Pastel :: Best in Show
Karin Forde Whittemore - Her Bedroom, Photography - 2nd Place
Karin Forde Whittemore :: Her Bedroom :: Photography :: 2nd Place











Above, first place, by Liverant, is a masterpiece of color and composition. Some of the jurors’ comments were “stunning, adventurous, fabulous design, and provocative.”  Then came Whittemore’s photograph which, even up close and personal, gives you the sense of a beautiful painting.  The jurors favored it because of its painterly element and spectacular composition.  The jurors themselves thought it was a watercolor when they first viewed the photo, now that’s a powerful character for a photograph.

Gilbert Boro - Copper Mountains, Polished Copper
Gilbert Boro :: Copper Mountains :: Polished Copper
Tom Wysocki - Diminished Mental Capacity, Bronze
Tom Wysocki :: Diminished Mental Capacity :: Bronze










These are some of the sculptures featured in our show this year.  The first, by Boro, is such a simple form with simple elements but juxtaposed just the right way.  I especially like it with the MAC’s patio and the marina in the background.  Wysocki’s piece was one I was happy to see make it into the show because he was a first time competitor in an exhibition, and he crafted even his title just right for the integral composition of his bronze sculpture, so bravo to him.

Sassoon Kosian - I Chiseled Out a Melody
Sassoon Kosian :: I Chiseled Out a Melody
Leila Namin :: An Account of  a Solitude :: Mixed Media
Leila Namin :: An Account of a Solitude :: Mixed Media











This piece by the artist Kosian is just visually entertaining. What was even more entertaining was figuring out which facet of the piece fit into its stand, since every facet has a different angle, it was like finding the missing puzzle piece.  The next piece is by Leila Namin.  A mixed media of acrylics and encaustic is my guess, however it doesn’t matter what it is exactly, it is still one of my favorite pieces of the show.  Its sheer size alone, 72″ x 72″ is our maximum dimension for any entry, engulfs you within the content and it keeps your gaze busy throughout the composition and storytelling she has created.  Her piece is rather dark but whimsical, maybe a bit theatrical, and it makes me crave more.  This means I should find where else she is exhibiting and perhaps write more in-depth about her.

The MAC Gallery
The MAC Gallery













See what a fantastic show we have going on at the MAC right now?!?  It goes on until July 26th, so if you are in the area, I would make an effort to come and look at the talent of artists from California, Florida, Maine, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and more!

If you’d like to connect with CAFA, you can visit our website or click here to like our Facebook page and keep up with our updates!!

Please don’t hesitate to comment or ask questions.  If you are an artist and would like to be featured, you can always email me your artwork, your website, your blog.  Let’s keep the art dialogue rolling!

Busy Bee Representing CAFA

Yes, I have been very busy going around representing the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.  It’s surprising to me the busier I find myself lately the more I try to accomplish.  It’s a damn good feeling.

Since the CAFA website has been up and running there has been some minor tweaks to take care of, but it has been running smoothly.  The exciting part of all this is receiving the submissions for either the 103rd Annual Exhibition, or submission files for artist pages for existing CAFA members.

As much as I must give thanks to my husband for all the technical work done on the website, I have to credit him even more so.  Not only did he design and coded the entire CAFA site, but in the process he has also been advancing my skills in Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and HTML.  If you don’t know by now, I will be a perpetual student because I love to learn.

What’s even more fascinating than adding skills to my résumé is the amazing talent that we have in our CAFA organization.  Having worked closely with the member artists’ artwork images, I have seen some of the coolest and most evocative contemporary artwork.

This past week, CAFA’s president and an advisor of the organization met with me to continue integrating strategies to keep CAFA going strong long after this year’s annual exhibition.  We have many good things brewing for artists and art admirers everywhere.  For now, I am focusing on promoting the 103rd Annual Exhibition to all artists in the country.  By going out to gallery exhibitions and meeting artists is a great way to achieve this, and seeing the art when it’s fresh on the spot is a great added bonus.

As the face of CAFA, I must portray a certain attitude of confidence.  This .pdf CAFA-Exhibitionpromo is one of many future ones that will contain my picture I’m sure, but it features a wide range of information.

Please feel free to share.  Think of any artist you may know in the fields drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, mixed media, and collage.  The best part is the easy submission online, which mean you can enter wherever you may live in the United States.

With that I leave you in a hurry to get my hands muddy with clay.

Sunil Howlader - Harmony Acrylic on canvas, 30"x42"
Sunil Howlader – Harmony
Acrylic on canvas, 30″x42″