2019 Autumn watercolor classes with Mary Horrigan

Local artist Mary Horrigan will offer Watercolor Classes for All Levels at the Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, Ct., starting Tuesday, October 22 and continuing every Tuesday through November 26. Classes meet from 10 AM until Noon. Cost is $120 for the six-week session.

Download the registration form from the Arts Center website: marlborougharts.org or contact Mary for more information at mehorrigan@comcast.net.

This course is designed for the watercolor student who may still feel like a beginner, even after having painted and taken lessons – as well as for the student who has never picked up a brush. As the title indicates, it’s for all levels. Experienced students are encouraged to bring in what they’re working on, and to advance at their own speed. Inexperienced beginners will get a crash course in the basics, from applying washes to color mixing and brush handling. All of this happens in the same class; each person works at his own pace; all learn from each other.

This course starts you off. Those who are just beginning will be able to paint a simple landscape by the end of the six weeks and will have learned enough to build on (so that they can go on and practice on their own and create their own paintings). It is a good review for those with some experience.

Dianne Gorrick art on display at Town Hall through December

Dianne Gorrick is the artist whose artwork is gracing the walls of Marlborough, Ct. town Hall through December of this year.  Her background is extensive and shows through the degrees, awards and associations with various museums in the area.  Her resume follows.

Plein air painter Dianne Gorrick creates vibrant works of art depicting the beauty of the natural world.  Although Gorrick selects peaceful subjects, her paintings are invigorated by bright colors and impasto painting (paint applied in very thick layers).  Gorrice explains that the thick application of paint gives the paintings a “three dimensional quality” which enhances the sense of depth within her compositions.  Concerning her technique, she writes, “I would say my style is Romanticized Realism.  I want the viewer to be drawn into the scene and enjoy looking at the painting

Gorrick’s paintings display skill and knowledge, which she has acquired from years of study and exploration.  After earning a batchelors degree from Purdue University and a masters degree in Studio Art from Wesleyan University, she continued her education in painting at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Dartmouth College, and the Scottsdale Artist School with Plein Air Painters of America.  Gorrick’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the state of Connecticut, earning numerous awards and grants over the years.  She is the recipient of two National Endowment Fellowships, a research grant concerning the Hudson River School of Painters and a fellowship to attend Dartmouth College, where she studied the art and culture of New England.  Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum, the New Britain Museum, the Slater Museum and the Ward=Nasse Gallery, SoHo, N.Y.C.  She is an Elected Artist of the Essex Art Association and the Mystic Art Center.  Currently she teaches painting and drawing at the Glastonbury Art Guild.  Gorrick had a long and rewarding career as an art teacher in the school system at Bacon Academy in Colchester, Ct. where she also served as department head.

September’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Café

The Marlborough Arts Center is featuring the group, Horizon Blue, for its 4th Friday at the Arts Café performance on September 27, 2019.  Horizon Blue is an acoustic Americana (folk, country and blue grass) musical group.  Our performances are family friendly, conversational, and inviting. 

The original and well-known songs we perform have a storytelling aspect and are well received by audiences of all ages. 

Horizon Blue features Monique Hill (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo and dulcimer), Peter Hill (guitar and mandolin), Mark Annulli (bass) and Rich Johnson (dobro).  Monique is the principal songwriter. Monique’s songwriting credits include a charting international release in England, Germany, and Japan.

Horizon Blue has performed widely through the state, including the Packing House opening for Tom Rush, the Durham Fair, Hebron Fair, The Big E, Town of Middletown Concerts on the Green, Town of Cromwell Concerts on the Green, Windsor Shad Derby, Connecticut Audubon Eagle Festival, Town of Wethersfield Corn Festival, Town of Windsor Locks Anniversary Celebration, Coventry Acoustic April, and Town of Newington Waterfall Festival, and at cultural venues such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Connecticut Historical Society, Hicks Stern Museum, Willimantic Northeast Railroad Museum, Hartford Hospital, Avon Public Library, and New London Art Center. For more information on Horizon Blue, please visit: www.horizonblueband.com 

Annual International Children’s Art Exhibition

The 48th Annual International Children’s Art Exhibition is now being displayed at the Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, Connecticut. There were 200 winning entries, coming from all over the Unites States.  In order to participate, the students had to be residing in the United States and must have been between the ages of 3 and 15 on January 1, 2018.  All artwork was required to be presented by the students’ teachers.  Entries in this display include two dimensional drawings, paintings, collages, or woodcut print designs. Sculpture is not included.  There was no theme specified, leaving artwork up to each student’s imagination and suitable for display.

Please visit the Arts Center to enjoy this wonderful exhibit.  The Arts Center will be open Sept. 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25 between 1:00pm and 4:00pm each weekend.