East Hartford Art League



Past Art Programs


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.


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.


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

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