Connecticut Watercolor Society Autumn 2016 Exhibition

The Connecticut Watercolor Society has chosen the Marlborough Arts Center as the venue for their Autumn 2016 Exhibition to be held in November. This is an honor for Marlborough to host one of the Society’s biannual exhibits where over 125 watercolorists from throughout the state and region will enter their works to this highly respected Society.

The Connecticut Watercolor Society was founded in 1938 and presents two Juried Exhibitions annually. Artists may submit up to two paintings of any water media for selection by the jury, usually a nationally recognized artist. That juror selects the paintings to be exhibited as well as those artistic works to receive awards. There will be  four major monetary awards at this Exhibition.

The President of the Society, John Atwater, has announced that the Juror for this Fall 2016 Exhibition will be the well-known Nancy Peel Gladwell who earned her MFA in painting from the University of Hartford School of Art. She has been an Associate Professor of drawing and painting at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT since 1994, and is currently Chairman of the Painting Department. Her paintings are included in many public and private collections including the Florence Griswold Museum and the Lyman Allen Museum, both in Old Lyme. She has won many prestigious awards and grants including Best in Show in the “2006 Biennial: Contemporary Realism” held at the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art and the 2001 Posey Foundation Grant for Painting. Gladwell has received numerous commissions and has juried many regional art exhibitions.

The Opening Reception of the Autumn Exhibition is Sunday, November 6, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT. The Reception presents an opportunity to view the art and meet the artists in the gracious setting of the beautiful Charles W. Hall Gallery at the Arts Center, a historic building that is fully accessible and has ample parking.  Cheryl Cwiertniewicz, Secretary of the Connecticut Watercolor Society, has been their principal liaison to the Marlborough Arts Center in collaborating for this Exhibition. The total Exhibition runs from November 5 through November 20.  Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays, November 9 – 13 and November 16 – 20.

As is always the case, this Connecticut Watercolor Society’s Autumn Exhibition is open to all free of charge and will be a very special opportunity for artists and art lovers alike to view and purchase the finest of watercolor artworks in Connecticut.

October’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe

The Marlborough Arts Center’s popular “4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe” musical evenings features the acoustic duo Deep Ellum on Friday, October 28, starting at 7:30  p.m. in its Charles W. Hall Art Gallery at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT.

Deep Ellum’s experienced musicians, Rich Johnson and Jon Swift, have performed separately, and together, while appearing on radio and TV shows, with various bands, and in many Connecticut venues featuring acoustic music. They call their playing an “Americana” mix of blues, old jazz, folk music, bluegrass, and oldies and are known for putting their distinctive stamp on each song they perform. They play a variety of instruments including the dobro with its distinctive sound.

Admission is $10 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. BYOWine. Other refreshments are available. The Art Center’s Gift Shop with unique examples of work by local artists in many media will be open for you to peruse and buy that perfect gift for yourself or for someone else now that the holidays are near.

The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the fine arts, performing arts, and fine crafts.  It is housed in a historic building that is fully accessible and with ample parking. Visit or telephone (860) 295-9389 for further information.