Category Archives: Members

Bender Eleanor B

Ellie Bender a native of Meriden, Connecticut was professionally trained at he art School of Fashion in Hartford, CT and Studied oil and watercolor painting at the Haartford Art School. She Studied Pastels with Claudia Post, Alan Flattmann and Elizabeth Mowry. People are the essential element in her work as she creates settings to develop and enhance each subject.

“Contemporary Realism” seems to best describe her style of painting which entails applying pastel in a layered technique creating intense color and strong contrasts while reflecting her love of fabrics and texture. She has won many awards both national and regional; conducted workshops and demonstrations, taught classes for children and adults; and is a member of many art organizations. She has exhibited in galleries in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.

Commissioned portraits are her specialty, photographing her subjects in an appropriate setting, developing an excellent likeness while bringing a painting to a professional finish.

Ellie’s portfolio also includes landscapes, animals and still life.

Artist’s Awards
Meriden Arts and Crafts
Connecticut Pastel society
Cheshire Art League
Mt. Carmel Art Association
Clinton Art Society
Madison Art society
The American
Artists Professional League
Salmagundi club, New York city
Kent Art Association
Classic arts of Milford
Scan of Newtown
Art Guild of Middletown
Southington Art League
Watertown Art League
Academic Artist

Please contact Ellie Bender (203) 237-5224 if you would like more information about any of the works depicted in her website gallery, or if you are interested in commissioning a painting.

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Joann Ballinger

Joann Ballinger is an award winning Signature member of The Pastel Society of America and a Signature member of The American Society of Marine Artists as well as the Connecticut Pastel Society. She has been featured in many national and local magazines.

She exhibits in the Lily Pad Gallery of Watch Hill. R.I., The Maritime Gallery of Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Ct., and The Sylvan Gallery of Wiscasset, Maine. Her work is in corporate and private collections around the world.

Besides painting freely and for commissions, Joann has been teaching for over twenty years.

Please email Joann Ballinger if you would like more information about any of the works depicted in this website gallery.


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Joe Baker

Primarily a plein air landscape painter, Joe Baker works in oils and pastels with occasional pieces in watercolors, acrylics, conte, charcoal and sculpture. Recent paintings exhibited include subjects from the Berkshires and other sections of New England, the Adirondacks, and travels to Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico and Arizona. Joe is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) in addtion to CPS.

Joe’s vocation is computer programming. While he has retired from writing custom software and websites, he developed and continues to run the art exhibition entry system ShowSubmit (  Prior to this career, he was for many years an instrument-maker. His violins, violas da gamba, and hardanger fiddles are owned and played by musicians on three continents, as well as being included in university and museum collections. He has a BA in biology from Princeton University and worked for five years as a cowboy in Wyoming before moving to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts in 1974. In addition to computer work and painting, he maintains his family farmstead and has worked as a contradance musician and caller for more than 40 years. Joe is on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS); he created the IAPS website and convention registration system and serves as IT Chair.

Please email Joe Baker if you would like more information about any of the works depicted in this website gallery.


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Jean Louis

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