Library features display by northeast Connecticut artists

By Merja H. Lehtinen - ReminderNews
Thompson - posted Wed., Nov. 9, 2011
Laura Lehto in front of her series of works depicting birds. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.
Laura Lehto in front of her series of works depicting birds. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.

About 50 artists from the northeast corner of Connecticut are displaying their fine works of art now at the Thompson Public Library and Community Center on Riverside Road, just off of Route 12. The exhibit, “Art in Winter,” put on by the Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild, opened with a reception on Nov. 7.

With outstanding works such as “First Snow” and “Blue Bird in Snow,” by the young Laura Lehto, who recently graduated with a fine arts degree from Central Connecticut State University, to more seasoned senior artists, there was a range of beauty and detailed representational art, from oil paintings of birds to winter scenes in watercolor. Lehto attributed her success to her mother encouraging her to draw at an early age.

But no matter the artist's age, they seemed as though each one had been painting and drawing since a very early age. Rebecca Montgomery said she started drawing in the eighth grade.

Gloria McCulloch's “Mountain Tranquility” and “Winter Scape,” as well as Mary Hall's “Snowtime” and “Roseland Cottage” depicted different places and scenes familiar to locals.

The Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild has 52 active members who are showing their recent works at the library's gallery. Gloria McCulloch's oil painting called “Sailor Boy,” an 18” by 23” canvas, was one of the few works not for sale, but the audience was enchanted none the less. Other scenes depicted New England farms and barns in winter, birds eating from a tree trunk, and flowers of all types and seasons. Prices ranged from $35 to $1,000 for original works by regional artists who live and work locally within the northeast corner of Connecticut.

The audience was engaged in conversations with the artists who mingled freely among the works, people and ample buffet of wine and cheese and other finger food set out as part of the reception.
The exhibit will continue through Dec. 16.

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