East Hartford Art League


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Congratulations to all the artists who participated! There were over 100 paintings on display during this year’s annual Spring Art Fest. Check out photos of some of the art on display

Purchase Award - Fine Arts Commission
Awarded to Diana Lynn Cote for Oil Painting, “Lion Cub”

Mayor’s Award - $100 value
Awarded to Susan Bellafleur for hand-made quilt, “Yo-Yo Quilt”

Blackstone Best in Show Award - $200 value
Awarded to Diana Lyn Cote for Oil Painting, “Iris by the Pond”

Reed Family Award - $100 value
Awarded to Steven Strange for Acrylic Painting, “Aranjuez”

Wandy Family Award - $100 value
Awarded to Marilyn Pet for Oil Painting, “Douglas & Justine”

Discount Trophy Award -  Desk Clock, $35 value First Prize – originality
Awarded to Neil LeFebvre for Acrylic Design, “Double Bubble”

Anderson’s Jewelry Award – Desk Clock, $35 value
Awarded to Keishi Pet for Bonsai arrangement, “Growing Things”

Art League Award –   $50 Gift Card
First Prize – use of color
Awarded to Layne Marholin for Oil Painting, “Umbrella Patio”

Art League Award –   $50 Gift Card
First Prize – composition
Awarded to Danielle Bagdoniate for Oil Painting, “Calila”

Art League Award –   $25 Gift Card
First Prize – photography or alternate media
Awarded to Lidya Petrus for Photograph, “The Path”

Art League Award –   $25 Gift Card
First Prize – new artist
Awarded to Jane Maciel for Oil Painting, “Throw Me A Lifeline”

Art League Award –   $50 Gift Card
First Prize – landscape art
Awarded to Mary Guasta for Acrylic Painting, “Elizabeth Park”

Recent News


The East Hartford Art League, in conjunction with the East Hartford Commission on Culture and Fine Arts, held a presentation on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., with Glastonbury artist Ed Hicks who presented an illustrated lecture about eight great artists who are legendary figures in the art world and who influenced the culture of their time: Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, James Whistler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent VanGogh, Pablo Picasso, and Henri de Tolouce –Latrec. View the flyer for this event. 

This program was a conversation style program featuring these eight artists, their works, words and style. Explains Mr. Hicks, who is an accomplished artist regionally and has shown his artwork in many towns around CT,“You might know something about these artists, but when you understand more about their lives, you will better understand their art.”

Ed Hicks is an artist who creates compelling imagery from scenes through his use of color and design. A graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Mr. Hicks worked as an art director in Hartford for close to a decade before devoting full time to his artwork.

Featured Video

Additional Videos

Luciana Heinemann - March 2011

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“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)
Stained Glass Art Video

"Stained Glass Art"
by Lisa Hennessy



Past News


The East Hartford Art League, in conjunction with the East Hartford Commission on Culture and Fine Arts, is honored to announce that on Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m., artist Bill Dougal will demonstrate how to be a successful illustrator, including drawing cartoons and caricatures. Held at the East Hartford Senior Center @ 70 Canterbury Lane, this art presentation is FREE and open to the public. Please contact Susan Lather @ 860-895-1517 if you plan on attending.

Mr. Dougal has worked in many mediums and styles and has over 36 years of experience as a professional artist.  His specialties are illustration, cartooning, caricature and graphic design. His illustrations have been used for publication in “The Glastonbury Book” and “Hartford Magazine”. Advertising clients include The Computer Tamers and Savings Institute.

Mr. Dougal has illustrated  many  books and will be happy to answer questions on his work.  He has worked as art director for ad agencies, and draws caricatures for clients like Aetna and the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Bill has taught illustration at Manchester Community College, and Eastconn’s arts magnet school.  He holds a BFA from The Hartford Art School.  Samples of his work can be seen at www.DougalArt.com.

This fun presentation is guaranteed to delight the young at heart as we see for ourselves how to get started with our own drawings and how to successfully illustrate!  The East Hartford Art League provides enrichment in the arts for our community through various programs held throughout the year.

2017 Spring Art Fest Winners

The East Hartford Art League, established in 1958, is one of the oldest art leagues in America.  Thanks to the foresight and planning of the Art League’s founders, 58 original artworks hang on the Raymond Library walls, all of them “Purchase Award” winners from the annual Spring Art Fest shows.

Saturday, May 13, more than twenty artists convened to participate in the annual Spring Art Fest sponsored by the East Hartford Fine Arts Commission and the East Hartford Art League. This year’s judge was Ms. Rae Robinson who resides in Southington CT. Ms. Robinson is a graduate of the former Art School of Fashion and Design in Hartford as well as Fine Arts at CCSU and Paier Art School of Hamden CT. 

“I feel that my early life in New York was the impetus that now influences my work, as well as faith in my inner spirit and voice,” says Rae. “I believe that everyone is creative if they take the time to discover availabilities to express themselves.”  Ms. Robinson goes on to explain how she mentors and teaches artists in her career, both adults and children.  It is well known that qualities children learn from art include creativity, confidence, perseverance, focus, problem solving, accountability and dedication.

This year, regional artist Neil LeFebvre swept everyone away with his delightful rendition of a ferris wheel entitled “Wonder Wheel at Coney Island”.  A large oil painting done in the retro-Americana style, it is the winner of this year’s Purchase Award.  Please plan to stop by the Raymond Library to view this new painting.  
The Mayor’s Award was presented to Ms. Danguole Bagdonaile for her oil painting entitled “Barnyard”, another beautiful painting that captures the allure of country life on the farm. 

The “Blackstone Best in Show Award” went to Brenda Lyons for her painting entitled “Erase”, which depicted a beautiful hawk partially erased to symbolize environmental dangers to hawks and other raptors.  Ms. Terrye Blackstone presented this award, thanking all the artists who do so much for the town of East Hartford through their hard work and enthusiasm as they participate with the Art League.  Brenda Lyons works to rehabilitate injured raptors and birds of prey, and her beautiful paintings reflect her knowledge of each species.
Congratulations to all of the artists and winners! Our thanks also to the staff at Raymond Library, and to Gabriel Zaikarite from EHHS who was our featured pianist during the Art Show. Thank you also to the East Hartford Fine Arts Commission for  their dedication.

Click here to view the complete list of winners.

For more information about the East Hartford Art League, please contact Holly Reed @860- 528-2210

View the full East Hartford Art League
& Fine Arts Commission Presentation


"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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