Manchester Art Association show on display at Town Hall

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Wed., Aug. 21, 2013
This watercolor was created by Jeff Blazejovsky. It is currently on display at M
This watercolor was created by Jeff Blazejovsky. It is currently on display at Manchester Town Hall along with work by eight other Manchester Art Association artists. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Nine artists - all members of the Manchester Art Association - are all presently displaying their works in watercolor at Manchester Town Hall. The exhibit will be open until the end of September.

The Manchester Art Association exhibits its members work on a year-round basis at Town Hall, switching out the pieces about every two months.

“Because of space limitations, we limit these shows to two pieces per artist,” said Carolyn Gimbrone, the art association president. For the association of about 80 members, this system works and brings exposure within the community. “Not all the members work in all the mediums,” said Gimbrone. “These shows are a way of spotlighting individual artists.”

The show at Town Hall is just one of many opportunities that Manchester Art Association members have to display their works. They also show their pieces at Catherine’s Hair Salon, Manchester Memorial Hospital, an annual arts and crafts show in Center Park, and at the South Windsor Public Library.

“We currently have just over 80 members,” said Eric Vogel. “We have been growing pretty rapidly in the past few years. We were in decline for a while, but, we have had sort of a change in management,” he said.

The works presently on display at Town Hall are all watercolors – some are landscapes and others are more unique watercolor subjects, like an elderly woman and some colorful glass bottles.

The Manchester Art Association meets regularly starting in September. During October and November, the Town Hall display will feature photography. December’s showcase will be a variety of media. The nine artists who have work presently displayed are Geri Knafel, who is the chair of the show, Penny Brandt, Emilie Beckwith, Jeff Blazejovsky, Judy Burnham, Carolyn Emerson, Natasha Piendel, Betty Rousseau and Robin Simpson.

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