Each week in June, July and August 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.
June 1st – 15th – Artist Judy Doyle
Judy Doyle lives in ‘The Quiet Corner’ of northeastern Connecticut. She paints in pastel and watercolor from reference photos taken while exploring outdoors on foot and bike, in kayak and car.
“I am an artist inspired especially by my native New England, as well as travels beyond. I am intrigued by the juxtaposition of architectural lines – barns, houses, sheds, boats and bridges- and the undulations of nature -paths, hills, trees, shore, clouds- and loving the light and shadow, shapes and color to be discovered everywhere in nature and in human endeavors. Painting deepens my enjoyment and appreciation of our wonderful natural world.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”-Picasso
Facebook: Judy Doyle
Member of Art Guild Northeast (formerly NECTAG), Massasoit Art Guild and the Connecticut Pastel Society.
home: 860.774.4250 / cell: 860.999.1673
June 16th – 30th – Artist 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.
July 1st – 15th – Artist Dorothy Ford-King
I have lived in Voluntown, CT most of my life. I started painting in college and studied with artist and author, Foster Caddell, for many years. He introduced me to painting in pastel and Plein Air painting and I was immediately in love with the colors and the technique used to create pastel paintings. I have shown my paintings in numerous galleries across Connecticut and Massachusetts, including The Jorgensen Gallery (UCONN), The Paul Mellon Arts Center (Choate Rosemary Hall), and the SPIROL Gallery (QVCC). I have also had one and two person shows in Galleries across Connecticut including the Lyon’s Den (Norwich, CT) and The Art Center in Southbridge, MA. I am, or have in the past, been a member of the Mystic Art Association, Art Guild Northeast, The Pastel Society of CT and the Northeastern Connecticut Arts Council.
My Plein Air Landscapes are created from various locations, including Connecticut, Cape Cod, Florida, Arizona California and Nova Scotia, Canada. My painting objective is to vividly express all the colors in nature. Traveling the country in our RV with our two Mini-Dachshunds has enabled my husband, Steve, and me to savor the beauty of forests, deserts and oceans.
Home: 860-376-2004 / Cell: 860-705-5677
July 19th – 30th – Artist Angela Kasper
Angela’s passion for Art began in childhood. Growing up in rural Simmonsville, Rhode Island, she began drawing the things that inspired her such as horses, people, and farm scenes. Her art classes at Bay View Academy continued at Salve Regina College with a major in Art. Post graduate studies continued At Rhode Island College with an emphasis in painting. These days she paints in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels. Subject matter reflects a love of the landscape, and nature. In the last fifteen years Angela has taught art therapy to adults with disabilities. She also teaches drawing and painting in group settings and private lessons. Currently she resides in the northwest corner of R.I. with husband George, and a Samoyed named Bianca.
August 2nd – 13th – 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.
August 16th – 27th – Artist Alison Ciarlante
Alison Ciarlante is a full-time artist living in Woodstock, CT. She paints on rocks and canvas using a dotilism technique and acrylic paint. She has been spreading peace rocks around the world for over 12 years. She has painted over 19,000 peace rocks and is now creating art from peace rocks.
September 1st – 30th – 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.