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Kurt Weiser

Kurt A. Weiser is a relatively new artist who focuses on telling a story and perhaps even creating a mood in his landscapes. He is drawn to the beauty of nature.

When Kurt graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991 with a degree in Landscape Architecture, he worked, as an architect for 7 years before it became clear “corporate America” was not for him. It wasn’t until he got married and was lucky enough to become a “stay at home” dad that he found the true inspiration to create his current works.

He holds an Associate Membership in the Pastel Society of America, a Signature Membership in the Connecticut Pastel Society, an Active Membership in the Degas Society, and Artist Memberships in the North River Arts Society, the Pastel Painter’s Society of Cape Cod, and the International Association of Pastel Societies.

Email: kurt@kweiser.com
Website: http://kweiser.com

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Most Recent Awards:

2010 7th Biennial International Visual Arts Center Show-Punta Gorda, Florida
International Juried Exhibition- “Antiguan Beach” and “Ocean Star” -Finalists for Jury of Selection.

2009 15th Annual International Association of Pastel Societies Brea Gallery Show
International Juried Exhibition- “The Pines” and “Climbing Vine” -Finalists for Jury of Selection. Kurt A. Weiser received 1 IAPS Master Circle* point bringing his total Master Circle* points to 3.

2009 Richeson 75:Pastel 2010 Art Competition
International Juried Art Exhibit- “Morning Stretch”, “March Into Spring” and “Guatemala Market” received a Meritorious Entry Award and will be included in The 2010 Richeson 75: Pastel 2010 Art Competition booklet.

2009 UpStreamPeople.com 11th Painting, Drawing, Photography & Print Competition
Juried Online International Art Exhibition in all mediums-“2 Main Street”, “Antiguan Beach”, “Big Sky”, “Queen’s Meadow”, and “The Pines”- Finalists for the exhibition.

2009 North River Art Society Calendar Competition-Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts
Juried Art Exhibition in all mediums- “Winter Calm”-Finalist for Jury of Selection.

2009 Plymouth Guild 42nd Annual Show, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Juried Art Exhibition in all mediums- “Local Jamaica”-Finalist for Jury of Selection.

2009 Richeson 75: Landscape, Seascape & Architectural Art Competition
International Juried Exhibition in all mediums- “Water’s Edge”- Finalist for Jury of Selection and will be on exhibit at the Richeson Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin.

“Big Sky” and “Antiguan Beach” received a Meritorious Entry Award and will be included in The 2009 Richeson 75: Landscape, Seascape & Architectural Art Competition booklet, but not exhibited in the gallery show.

2009 14th Annual International Association of Pastel Societies Web Show
International Juried Exhibition- “Big Sky”-Finalist for Jury of Selection. Kurt A. Weiser received 1 IAPS Master Circle* point bringing his total Master Circle* points to 2.

2009 Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Exhibition- Portland, New Hampshire
“It’s Pastel” 2009- “The Beach”-Finalist for Jury of Selection.

2009 Connecticut Pastel Society 16th Annual National Juried Exhibition
“Renaissance In Pastel” 2009- “Queen’s Meadow”-Finalist for Jury of Selection.

2009 The Artist’s Magazine 26th Annual Competition
International Juried Exhibition in all mediums- “Queen’s Meadow” was selected as a finalist in the Landscape/Interior category and will show in the December 2009 issue.

2009 13th Annual International Association of Pastel Societies Competition
International Juried Exhibition shown at the Ventana Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico in conjunction with the 2009 International Association of Pastel Societies Convention- Kurt A. Weiser received 1 IAPS Master Circle* point with “Queen’s Meadow” as a finalist.

2009 23rd Annual Northwest Pastel Society Competition-Tacoma, Washington
International Juried Exhibition- “Queen’s Meadow” and “Antiguan Beach” -Finalists “Queen’s Meadow” was the winner of the President’s Award of Excellence and shown at the prestigious American Art Company Gallery, Tacoma, WA.

2009 10th Annual Pastel Painters of Maine Competition- Saco, Maine
International Juried Exhibition- “Endless Road” -Finalist for Jury of Selection.

2009 Projekt30 National Juried Art Competition- New York, New York
2009 March Exhibit /All Mediums- Winners: “Reflection”, “2 Main Street”, “Work Horse”, “June Apricots” and “Rose Dew 2”, “A Stone For Dee Dee”, “Morning Mist”, “Autumn Warmth”, “Summer Rain”

2009 2nd Annual Scituate Art Association Competition- Scituate, Massachusetts
Arts Alive! Juried Show- “The Beach” and “Queen’s Meadow” -Finalist for Jury of Selection.

2008 11th Annual Hull Lifesaving Museum Art Competition- Hull, Massachusetts
Juried Exhibition- “Sunset At Low Tide” and “Coastal Winter”-Finalists for Jury of Selection.

2008 North River Art Society Calendar Competition-Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts
2010 North River Art Society Calendar- “The Beach” – Winner to represent the month of July

Karen Suponski

Karen Suponski graduated from the School of the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA, where she studied under Sante Graziani and Leon Hovsepian, concentrating on drawing still lifes and life study in charcoal, silverpoint, graphite, and colored pencil. She is fascinated with dramatic lighting and reflections.

Recent exhibitions include:

Pastel Painters of Maine Annual Exhibition, Kennebunk, ME
Connecticut Pastel Society Members Show, Meriden, CT
Connecticut Women Artists Annual Exhibition, New Haven, CT
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, Mystic, CT
Academic Artists Association Annual Exhibition, Springfield, MA
Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance Show, Waterbury, CT
Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibit, National Arts Club, NYC
Salmagundi Club Annual Open Exhibition, NYC
Kent Art Association President’s Show, Kent, CT

Email: ksup@cox.net
Website: http://www.karensuponskiart.com

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Jeanne Rosier Smith

Jeanne Rosier Smith grew up in Maryland, and has been a painter since she can remember. After earning a Ph.D. in English and teaching college English for ten years, Jeanne began painting and teaching pastels fulltime in 2000. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Connecticut Pastel Society, and she’s also an artist member of the Copley Society of Boston, Academic Artists, and the Salmagundi Club of New York. Her work has appeared in International Artist Magazine (Oct 2012).

She has exhibited nationally at the Pastel Society of America, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club and American Artist Professional League shows, among others, and has won numerous awards, including the Prix de Pastel at the 2012 IAPS Brea Gallery Competition, and a 2011 Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Pastel. Her paintings are in collections from Seattle, Washington to Monte Carlo to New Zealand. She is represented by the Sosebee Gallery on Nantucket, Powers Gallery of Acton MA , Eventide Gallery of Essex, MA and by Francesca Anderson Fine Art/Portraits North of Lexington, MA.

Jeanne is a popular demonstrator and teacher as well: her Sudbury MA pastel studio offers weekly classes and weekend workshops. In 2012 she is teaching workshops on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Concord, and Essex, MA, and for Terry Ludwig Studios in Colorado. 2013 Workshops are planned for Naples, FL, Denver, CO, Oceania Cruise lines, and Provence, France.

Email: jeanne@jeannesmithart.com
Website: http://www.jeannesmithart.com

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Linda Sheppard

“Most of these works tell stories about people and places. My desire is to capture the subject’s inner spirit. If I achieve that, you may see into that spirit, too, and may find something of yourself as well.”
– Linda Sheppard, fine artist

Linda Sheppard is an experienced professional artist, art instructor in portrait and figure painting, and public speaker on the integration of her art life and her faith walk. She was director and art teacher of her own “after school” art school for young people, first grade through high school. She has taught art workshops for art groups and has held numerous solo shows throughout the United States. She now focuses on portrait commissions and painting people who inspire her with the good they do with their lives. Currently, she is mentoring students one at a time, to help them paint more intuitively.

She has received an award from the National Endowment of the Arts for her creative teaching.

For the past four years Linda taught private lessons in portrait and figure drawing in pastels to a home schooled student . The 18 year old student recently was awarded a scholarship to the 2013 Portrait Society of America Conference in Atlanta.

Email: shepstudio@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.lsheppardart.com/

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Claudia Seymour

“My paintings are a personal expression of my lifelong fascination with the visual effects of color, as revealed by the play of light across an array of objects. My goal as a traditional representational painter is to attempt to portray the limitless beauty of color, not only in every object itself but also in the light-filled interaction between objects, their shadows and highlights, and the space in which they exist”.
-Claudia

Pastel is a wonderful medium for the exploration of the power and beauty of light. Being a realist painter, I find that pastel’s incredible variety of effects allows me to use luminous color to create a painted impression that conveys my own emotional reaction to the still life at hand. I work only from life and try to create settings that are tranquil and timeless, using translucent light and evocative arrangements of antiques, natural objects, fabrics, flowers and plants, and other materials.”
-Claudia

Claudia Seymour began to study art with a drawing course for “the absolute and utter beginner” in 1996 and picked up her first pastels a year later. Although trained in literature and criticism and having worked throughout her life as an editor, painting has become both her passion and her second career. Currently she works principally in still life in pastel and oil, and she has studied at the Silvermine Art School in Connecticut, the Cape Cod School of Art, and the Art Students League in New York. She has been fortunate to study with several distinguished pastellists, including Richard Pionk, Christina Debarry, and Diana Willis, as well as the gifted oil painter, Eleanor Moore.

Claudia entered her first juried show in 1998 and won her first award later that year. She has now been included in over 60 juried exhibitions and won numerous prizes and awards, including first-place and best-in-show awards in both regional and national venues. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod; is a Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, an Artist Member (in oil and pastel) of The Pen and Brush in New York, an Elected Artist of the Kent Art Association; and serves on the Board of Allied Artists of America. Other memberships include the American Artists Professional League, Academic Artists Association, and Associated Pastellists on the Web. A representative list of juried shows includes those of the organizations listed above, as well as the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Hudson Valley Art Association, International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Pastel Societies of New Mexico and North Florida.

Email: ClaudiaSeymour@aol.com
Website: http://claudiaseymour.com

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Donna Rossetti-Bailey

Donna Rossetti-Bailey
Pastel Landscape Artist

DLRB@comcast.net
www.DonnaRossetti-Bailey.com
CPS, PPSCC, PPoM,
American Artists Professional League,
PSA Juried Associate,
Academic Artist

Pastel landscape artist Donna Rossetti-Bailey of Marshfield, has been teaching since she graduated from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts in 1974, over 41 years ago. She taught in the award winning art program of the Rockland Public Schools for twenty-three years, before she started teaching pastel painting and drawing classes to adults at North River Arts Association, South Shore Art Center and other local arts organizations. She also instructs workshops at the national, regional and local levels. She has won numerous national awards for her soft pastel paintings and is a member of several local and national art associations, including holding signature memberships. Donna received her Masters Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies in June 2015.

Selected Awards:
2016 – First Prize in Pastel, “Tree Line at Sunset, South Shore Art Center, 61st Art Festival, Cohasset, MA
2016 – Thrid Prize in Pastel, “River Memory Scituate Art Association 2016 Juried Show, Scituate, MA
2016 – Honorable Mention Award, “Late March Sky, Duxbury Art Association 2016 Winter Juried Show, DAC Museum, Duxbury, MA
2016 – Award for Technique and Skill, The Last Hurrah, American Artists Professional League Online Theme Show
2015 – Masters Circle Award, International Association of Pastel Societies

Email: donna@donnarossetti-bailey.com
Website: http://donnarossetti-bailey.com

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Elizabeth Rhoades

Elizabeth Rhoades is an award winning and highly recognized Connecticut artist whose pastel paintings are characterized by their vibrant color and sensitivity to the natural forms and light in the landscape. There is an emotional quality to her work that brings peace and tranquility to the viewer. Her portrayal of momentary passages of sunlight and shadow allow the viewer to experience the simple beauty of common places that would otherwise be easily overlooked.

Elizabeth’s recent awards include the Medal of Honor Plus for a Pastel in the American Artists Professional League, as well as awards in exhibitions of Academic Artists, Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, CPS, and more. She is a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, the President and Elected Artist Member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, an Elected Artist in the Rockport Art Association and Museum, an Elected Artist of the Lyme Art Association, an Elected Artist of the Academic Artists Association, an Elected Artist in the American Artists Professional League, as well as the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the Pastel Society of New Mexico, the Pastel Society of America, and the American Impressionist Society. Elizabeth has also been juried into many highly competitive Plein Air Competitions, including Plein Air Easton, Paint Annapolis, and Finger Lakes Plein Air. Elizabeth Rhoades has painted professionally since 1973. Her individually commissioned pieces hang in private collections from Alaska to Maine, as well as in corporate collections. In addition to painting, Elizabeth had been an elementary art educator for thirty-five years. She taught art in the towns of Avon, Durham, Coventry, and Enfield, CT. Through her professional education career, she has shared her skills and knowledge of art to generations of students, from very young and old.

Email: erfineart@yahoo.com
Website: http://elizabethrhoadesfineart.com

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Deborah Quinn Munson

Evoking memories, the paintings of Deborah Quinn-Munson bring us to serene and restful places with distant horizons and peaceful surroundings. Loving bold color and energetic brush strokes, Quinn-Munson explores the contrast between nature’s strength and its more gentle side. “Capturing a scene’s quiet beauty disturbed only by a breeze or a few clouds contrasts with the spirited making of a painting.”

Quinn-Munson earned master pastelist designation in the International Association of Pastel Societies. She is also a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Copley Society of Art, Oil Painters of America and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. After attending De Cordova Museum School, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Arts and Liberal Studies at Wesleyan University, and attended Lyme Academy of Art.

Email: deb@quinnmunson.com
Website: http://www.quinnmunson.com

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Bonnie Potter

Bonnie Potter is an award winning painter who shows extensively across New England. Once a native of Maine, she currently resides in Meriden, maintaining her northern summer retreat. The influence off Maine’s natural beauty prevails strongly in many of Ms Potter’s paintings; her love of art and nature combine to create a diversity of harmonious settings that provide a resting place for the viewer.
“My passion for painting has brought me great joy and fulfillment. As I have extended my boundaries of knowledge and skill in the arts I have found a deep sense of fulfillment. I take great pride in my accomplishments and pleasure in bringing beauty to the canvas.

I have done extensive studies under the guidance of Bruce Raven and attended Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.
Many of my paintings hang in private collections from New Jersey to Maine as well as the commissioned works I have painted for clients.
My subject matter covers a broad spectrum including landscapes, still life and portraits.”

“I have competed in local and national shows. On the local level I have won numerous awards including Best in oils as well as Pastel awards. On the national level I have won in pastels and have hung in galleries throughout Connecticut.

Currently, I sit on the board of the Connecticut Pastel Society, belong to many art groups and am a member of the Arts and Crafts of Meriden.”
Bonnie Potter

Email: bbpotter@msn.com

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Claudia Post

As an artist, emotional empathy with people is the essence of my work. In my portraits, I portray not only a physical likeness but the human spirit. Whether working in rich oil or vibrant pastel it is always a quest to capture the unique beauty I see in everyone and everything.”

Claudia Post has been working as a professional fine artist for over 40 years. She studied at the New York Phoenix School of Design in NYC, The Art Center College of Art in Los Angeles, CA, studied with master artist Daniel Greene in an atelier environment, studied with artists: Albert Handell, Richard Clive, Herman Marguiles, and Frank Covino.

Among the professional elected memberships Claudia belongs to are –
New York: Pastel Society of America as a Signature Member, American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Society.
Massachusetts: Rockport Art Association, Academic Artists Association, and North Shore Art Association.
Connecticut: Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Lyme Art Association, Elected Member, Connecticut Pastel Society, Connecticut Women Artists, and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club.

Claudia Post is married to Daryl Hinkson and lives in the quaint village of Chester, Ct. in close vicinity to the area of the Old Lyme Art Colony. Claudia has been exhibiting with the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT in various juried exhibitions as well as regional and national shows.

Email: claudiapost1@hotmail.com
Website: http://claudiapost.com/

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Painting commissions include:
Creation of an original work for the Florida Special Olympics 2007
Yale University, Dean of the School of Nursing
New Britain Memorial Hospital, the Founder
Portrait of Mrs. Josianne Fleming, First Lady of Saint Martin, FWI and prominent educator on the island of St. Maarten, NA
Two large commissioned custom murals for law offices of Hitt, Sachner and Coleman, Cheshire, CT.
Portrait of Dr. Claude Wathey, prominent politician and historical figure on the island of St. Maarten, NA.
Hundreds of individual, family and animal portraits during the last 40 yrs.

Claudia has been faculty member of the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. She has arranged and directed the first art workshop program for the Anguilla International Arts Festival, Anguilla BWI as well as participated/demonstrated in the festival as a celebrated artist. She has conducted workshops and private classes in art instruction throughout her lifetime, conducted a two week art workshop for Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT, was an Artist in Residence in St. Maarten, Na for gifted children and teachers, was an Artist in Residence for the Connecticut Public Schools, Teacher of Portrait Painting at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, CT., received a grant from the Commission for the Arts in Hartford, CT for Director of Art Instruction Program and has been Juror of Selection and Awards for local, regional, national, and international competitions.