Each month a local artist will be displaying their artwork in the front windows of our Putnam office. We are thrilled to showcase these artists and hope that you will stop by to see their work. If you are interested in purchasing any of the displayed artwork, please contact the artist directly.
January – Artist Elaine Turner
February – Artist Julie Caprera
I call my painting style, “happy art” because art makes me happy, and I want it to make others happy also. I work in oil and acrylic. My 3 distinct styles are American Impressionism, Whimsical (“Cheery Chicks”), and Abstract. All focus on color, and making people smile!
While there had always been an interest in art since childhood, there hadn’t been opportunity. Pragmatism would win out, so I got my RN and became a critical care nurse never knowing the field of graphic design existed until post college I had a room mate who was a graphic designer. Attempts to take art lessons proved unworkable when I had young children. Children grow, and I decided to take art lessons along side my youngest as a teen. I was hooked! Eventually, I had the opportunity to spend time under David and Pamela Lussier who helped me understand color theory and values. Now color could come to life!
March – Artist Frietha Lawrence
The journey into a second career began when Frietha retired after 40 years as an RN. Having drawn and painted since childhood she was ready to make the dream of becoming an artist a reality.
Frietha attended Eastern Connecticut State University and earned a BA degree in studio art. “Count It All Joy” studio was opened shortly after on their Ashford farm property. She is certified to teach the Zentangle drawing method. Her award winning Zentangle picture was featured at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury , Connecticut. She participated in “Artist Open Studio” for many years and has exhibited in numerous art shows all over Connecticut. Frietha has done after school art projects at elementary schools for a number of years.
Frietha enjoys working especially with pen and ink. She also does work on oil, colored pencil, and watercolor. There are patterns and colors and images in the world all around us. Pleasure comes in recognizing these elements and interpreting them onto paper and canvas. Inspirations come from nature, farms, animals and gardens. The glory of God is exhibited in all of creation.
She enjoys doing all kinds of craft projects with her grandchildren. One of her young granddaughters nicknamed her “Gramma Rosie”. This is what the grandchildren and great grandchildren now call her.
Praise God for His many blessings.
September – Artist Deb Messier
October – Artists Syl & Paula Pauley
Paula Pauley, Master of Art, Vermont College, resides in beautiful Northeast Connecticut where she draws inspiration for art that takes many forms from a variety of sources. Working as a professional art teacher for thirty-four years, Paula has developed numerous successful approaches to both art and teaching that inspire both her students and herself. “Art and learning are a never ending process. I find that art allows me the freedom of expression that transcends culture and time. It is my philosophy that life is not copied in art but, rather, reflected. My intention is for you to feel a connection not merely visual in nature, but emotional as well.” Because my work as an art instructor requires me to work in a variety of media I advocate diversity of both media and artistic expression in my work as a professional artist. To this end, I enjoy creating art in a variety of media. I work with clay, which I view as a new surface for painting. Presently, I am working with acrylic paint and mixed media, as well as oil and water-soluble oils.
Education: University of Connecticut, Goddard College, RISD and Vermont College
Teaching: Griswold High School (Ret.), Nichols College (Ret.), Studio 68, Picket Valley Studio and numerous workshops—West Hartford Art League, De Cordova Museum and Guilford Handcrafts Center.
Artistic Areas of Interest: All things cat, ceramic sculpture, mixed media painting, watercolor, oils and acrylics.
November – Artist Jeff Payette
After 20 years as a Connecticut State Trooper, with the last 11 years of my career spent processing, documenting and photographing primarily homicides, I am now able to document the world in a different way. My experiences have given me the ability to see things a little differently; focusing on detail, while being able to appreciate simple things and the peaceful calm of interesting landscapes, wildlife, and architecture. My wife Rebecca’s passion for Birding is contagious and has led to an almost daily search for unusual, or interesting feathered friends while hiking our dog (Kota) in the forests of Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island. My goal is to express what I see in the world around me onto print in a way which captures that very moment which grabbed my attention. My focus is primarily the many Wildlife Management Areas and State Forests of my backyard of Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island, with occasional adventures to other far away lands to include Cape May New Jersey, Nevada, Alaska, Ireland, Spain, France, Switzerland, and Iceland among others. Hopefully, seeing some of my images will inspire you to go outside, explore, and support your local parks and forests while appreciating the landscapes and wildlife you may have never known were around you.
December – Artist Karen McFarlin