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February Art League Presentation Features Jim Brunelle Teaching Pottery

The East Hartford Art League is honored to announce that on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m., Mr. Jim Brunelle will demonstrate the art of pottery.  Jim will talk about how he first started with this unusual artistic talent, and will explain some of his techniques. Pottery is fun, both with the potter’s wheel or without, so stop by and learn about clay, pottery, and design on February’s final Sunday.

This presentation will take place in the Fine Arts Room located on the lower level of the East Hartford Community Center. The presentation is free and is open to the public, as well as East Hartford Art League members.

The East Hartford Art League provides enrichment in the arts for our community through various programs held throughout the year.

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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”

View more past art programs...

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



"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 - featuring 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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