Wanted: Artwork & Artists for Annual Spring Fest
by Holly Reed
It is officially three weeks away from the annual “Spring Art Fest” to be held in East Hartford on Saturday May 13. The East Hartford Art League and the East Hartford Fine Arts Commission are honored to once again collaborate on this annual event that showcases regional and local artists.
Held on the Town Green next to the Community Center on Chapman Street, festivities kick off at 9:30 a.m. with the arrival of the artists and their families as they register and set up. “We have a lot of fun at this event each year,” said Holly Reed, Art League member. “People are strolling about, greeting each other and chatting about the art – then the EHHS musician arrives and suddenly we are in the middle of a beautiful park with music playing and birds singing, it is awesome!”
Excitement continues to build as the judge arrives and begins to tour the Art Show. There are usually over 100 paintings and photographs entered in this event. Registration is only $20 to enter and you may display up to 10 pieces.
View a list of the awards/prizes.
“It is not about who wins, never-the-less everyone shares the excitement at this point, as this year’s Purchase Award Winner will be chosen soon!” explained Mary Guasta, who is a past winner of the Purchase Award (2014). A few facts about the Purchase Award include: must be suitable for hanging in the Town Library; purchase price not more than $900.
The Art League has over fifty-five paintings and drawings, one from each year since 1958, hanging in the Town Library and this is something all of us are very proud of. Terrye Blackstone, one of the Art League founders and a member of the Fine Arts Commission, donates the “Blackstone Best in Show” award every year ($300. amount) and that prize is also much sought after by our artists.
So be sure to come out and join us on the Town Green the Saturday before Mother’s Day, and help us celebrate art in our town!
For more information about the East Hartford Art League, please contact Holly Reed @860- 528-2210
March 5 Art League Presentation Featured 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.
||“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)
"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
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.