East Hartford Art League


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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)


The East Hartford Art League is happy to announce that on Sunday, January  22, there will be an art program featuring stained glass artist Lisa Hennessey.   From 2 to 4 p.m., attendees will learn first-hand how Ms. Hennessey’s love of color combines with a love of texture and light to make stained glass mosaic work that delights everyone – from youngsters to grown-ups!  This program is FREE and open to the public, held in the Fine Arts Commission Room 12 located on the lower level of the East Hartford Community Center. 

The Art League, along with the East Hartford Fine Arts Commission, is proud to sponsor Lisa Hennessey who is a regionally acclaimed artist.  Lisa once presented her “Demonstration of a Mosaic” upon a blade of a harrow.  This fun project was guaranteed to delight the young at heart as we watched for ourselves how art can grow from simple objects when combined with imagination and technique.  This month’s presentation will feature Lisa as she designs and implements a real stained glass window into an old window frame.

Ms. Hennessey runs a successful working studio located in Putnam CT, where her mosaic work brings her happiness and a strong sense of self that helps keep her “centered” as a mother of four children.  Says Lisa, “Indulging my creative side is how I  share, socialize, relax, express, and fill any need at any given time.”  Ms. Hennessey was a financial lending specialist for 22 years before she opened her studio in Putnam.  Out of all of those who attend, who knows, maybe the inner artist in one of you will be the next to open a successful workshop!

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


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

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

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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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