East Hartford Art League


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March 5 Art League Presentation Features Artist Luciana Heineman

The East Hartford Art League is honored to announce that on Sunday, March 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., artist Luciana Heineman will demonstrate how to improve your painting skills with  techniques perfected over a lifetime of experience as one of Connecticut’s foremost artists.

An experienced painter and art teacher, Ms. Heineman has received numerous prestigious awards throughout her career. Her works of art are on display in permanent collections, among them Aetna Life Insurance, Hartford Insurance Company, the Town of Windsor and the Town of East Hartford. Because of her high standard of talent, Ms. Heineman is often selected to judge regional art exhibits as well as scholastic art contests.

Please join us on Sunday March 5 as Luciana will paint a scenic landscape during this presentation. She has made it her lifelong passion to teach art.  Many of her students remain active in the artistic community and attend these successful demonstrations.

This art presentation is FREE and open to the public. The East Hartford Art League provides enrichment in the arts for our community through various programs held throughout the year. Click here for the flyer.

SAVE THE DATE: Spring Art Fest, May 13 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

At the Alumni Green Town Park by the Community Center. $20 per artist to register – registration begins at 9:30 am. Click here for the flyer.

Click Here for the video “The Art of Storytelling”, January 2005 with Dr. Spencer Shaw, at the 5 year anniversary celebration for Hog River Journal Magazine (now called Connecticut Explored)


"A Story of Everlasting Creativity" by Holly Reed - featuring artist Butch Wandy.

"Art is Jane Bradley's 'endless study'" by Holly Reed

"Painting Brings Her Happiness" by Holly Reed - feturing artist Mary S. Guasta

Walk in the Woods

"Walk in Woods" by Holly Reed - featuring artist Marilyn Pet.

"What is Art?" by Holly Reed - featuring artist Steven Strange.

"EH Artist has 'Precision Vision'" by Holly Reed


Our Mission

The East Hartford Art League was established in November 1958 to promote interest in all phases of creative art and to encourage the activities of artists and art-loving people in the Community.


History / About Us

It was back in 1958 that a group of art lovers here in East Hartford first started to think about forming a town-wide Art League.  In September 1958, an art lesson was planned with local artist Mr. Charles Stepule, who had agreed to instruct an oil painting class if more than 10 people showed up.  Unfortunately the attendance was disappointing with only Raymond and Elva Kiely, Mrs. William Sydenham, Mrs. Alfred Fish, Mrs. Raymond Smaglia, Miss Jeneave Nichols and Mrs. Louis Newmann attending.

However, Raymond and Elva Kiely would not give up the idea of forming an art organization to help teach art, hold organized art demonstrations for town residents along with instruction, and display local residents’ artwork.  The story is that Raymond and Elva Kiely went back to Mr. Charles Stepule to ask him if he could contact any of his students and ask them to help form an Art League for the Town of East Hartford.  Well, Charles Stepule did just that.  By the time they had finished telling everyone what they were doing, they successfully formed a group of people including some from adult education, some of Charles’ art students and the schools as well.

Sure enough, this entire group of people met in the North End Community Building.  With advice on procedure from Mr. Nicholas Foran of the East Hartford Parks and Recreation Dept., along with Elva Kiely as acting Chair, this first group of East Hartford art lovers proceeded to establish an art organization in East Hartford.  At that first meeting, officers were chosen and installed, and Mr. Foran announced that the Parks & Recreation Dept. would help sponsor the organization.

Since that time so long ago many town residents have participated in the art demonstrations made possible through the East Hartford Art League.  Most recently, art lovers have enjoyed presentations from Mr. Jeff Feldmann, photographer and naturalist; Mr. Neil LeFebvre, a modern painter from around the region; Ms. Charlotte Turner, a local artist who works with pastels; and renowned artist and instructor Luciana Heineman.


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