Daniela de Sousa

Daniela de Sousa

Daniela de Sousa is a visual artist and educator. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts with concentration in Sculpture from ECSU and a master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Florida. Daniela’s teaching experience began when she was a teenager, teaching guitar and music appreciation. She became a certified art teacher in 2013 and dedicated a number of years working as a k-12 art teacher in the public school system and as an art instructor at a private Montessori school. Daniela currently works as an adjunct Instructor in the Sculpture Department at ECSU. She is also responsible for developing and implementing a variety of programs and projects related to Spiral Arts Studio mission, to provide arts education and studio space to a diverse demographic.  

As an artist, Daniela has works with a variety of media, but she loves clay and specializes in ceramics. In her words:

“My work leans towards the reflective and introspective. I strive to capture the complexities of the human condition and its vulnerability, the private worlds in which we can begin to rediscover a sense of dignity and reverence for life. I look for the balance between freedom and control, space and form, light and obscurity, opposed concepts that, once achieved, invigorates and dignifies”

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Artisans at Middle River

Artisans at Middle River

60 Main Street, Stafford Springs, Connecticut 06076
Dot Drobney, owner of Artisans at Middle River has awesome craftsman’s work in her Gallery! PrimeChime windchimes creates amazing chimes/mobiles out of upcycled metal and glass parts…real works of art! She also has jewelry made from many different media, paintings, textiles, ceramics and other unique handcrafts.

Dot does all types of photograpy portrait sessions – family, children, pets, senior high school, corporate, fashion – as well as product shoots, nature, travel, landscapes, macros, and small events. Stop by to see the canvas mounted portraits on display to see what Dot does.

Her mini-studio is located within Artisans at Middle River, a new fine art gallery and gift destination at 60 Main Street, in Stafford Springs. Artisans at Middle River offers gift cards, both traditional and e-cards, curb-side pickups, local deliveries or mailing small items when feasible…so people are able to shop. Contact business owner Dot Drobney via email.

Maggie Kendis

Maggie Kendis

Maggie Kendis
860 423-0337
mkendis@hotmail.com

Animals are a big part of my life and focus on my prints, because they are all around me.
Whether it’s my dogs, cats, horsies, birds, my friends are now asking for pet portraits of their pets. I have also translated those pets into personal pins, pendants, and earrings. Also, since my teens, when I lived in Mexico and was mesmerized by their art, the retablos, the carvings, the colors, and the joy. I am bringing that influence into my work now, creating a combination of my prints incorporated into the Mexican retablos (originally devotional paintings of saints, and made thanking a sacred person for their protection). These are cut out panels I make, pasting my prints onto them, and then embellished with acrylics.
My prices vary from framed prints between $20 for mini prints, to $60 and up for commissions.

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Deb Gag

DEB GAG

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AAC member and former Chair, Ashford CT native Debra Gag is inspired by nature to be a painter. She has exhibited watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings for three decades and her paintings are in private collections all across the country. Debra retired from a public school art teacher career (33 years), followed by 3 years teaching painting to children-adults at Arts Center East. In addition, Debra has led critiques for art guilds, has juried art shows, and offered paint events and workshops with a local gallery. Debra has been a part of the Northeast CT Open Studios Tour since 2014, showing at the Old Warrenville Post Office with 4 other artists.

Contact Deb.

Listen to Debra Gag speak about her work on Windham Arts Radio

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Sharon Punty

Sharon Punty

Sharon is offering art classes remotely using Zoom! She is a certified art teacher (retired) with 30+ years experience working with children from preschool through high school. She also enjoys working with adults. Her specialties are painting and ceramics, although she enjoys creating in a variety of media. Her proposals are flexible and could be tweaked in a variety of ways (hours, number of classes, age groups, etc.) depending on community needs.
She can be reached by email.
Paintings by Sharon shown here are 9×12 acrylics

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Charles McCaughtry

Charles McCaughtry

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Award winning watercolorist Charles McCaughtry is from Ashford, CT. His paintings show incredible skill and sensitivity. Charles often hosts open studio visits for the public but will schedule private showings as well.

This large peaceful scene painted was painted with soft colors and great skill using watercolors by Charles McCaughtry, this week’s featured artist, and it is available.
Evening Beach 21×29” ( 28×36 framed) $ 2200.

Charles is responsible for helping in the reintroduction of trout to our Connecticut rivers and. streams. An avid fisherman and environmentalist, Charles has a masterful way of capturing these magnificent creatures in his watercolor paintings as well as his hook!
Charles is a self employed artist. Let’s support our local artists!
Mayfly Hatch 9×13” ( 16×20 framed) $ 600.

Charles loves to go out rowing and fishing. So paintings like this come from a deep and centered place.
Evening Reflections 13×21” ( 20×28 framed) $1100.

His paintings show incredible skill and sensitivity. Charles often hosts open studio visits for the public but will schedule private showings as well.
Swamp Brook 9×13” ( 16×20 framed ) $ 600.

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Patti Argoff

Patti Argoff

With 39 published children’s books to her credit, Patti Argoff is an illustrator specializing in whimsical animals, family situations, and light-hearted realism for children. Her work has been published in children’s books, workbooks, board games, teacher and parent resource books, and children’s magazines. More info on her website.

Four Seasons: From a school workbook by Pearson Educational Publishers. $200.00

Colonial Dance: AppleSeeds Magazine from a story about life in Colonial America.  $200.00

Mourning Doves: From the book When the World Was Quiet,  written by Phyllis Nutkis, 2004, Hachai Publishing. Watercolors on paper. $200.00

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Anna Harding

Anna Harding

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Anna Harding’s work transcends ordinary stained glass to become treasured keepsakes. She originates from Cape Cod, and the sea is occasionally still a theme in her artwork; incorporating shells with crystals and charms into her glass boxes, wall hangings, sun catchers and wedding invitation boxes. Over the years she has enjoyed working in a variety of media such as painting and painting restoration, ceramics, glass, jewelry design, graphic design and website design. She has a BFA in art education and has held certifications in picture framing, IT and teaching.
All items include free shipping. People can either contact her through Facebook or order on Etsy. She will also do custom colors and custom designs.

Pressed Flower Suncatcher $10
A pretty suncatcher with real pressed flowers! These make a great little gift for Mom, a friend or anyone needed a little pick me up during these times!

Little Box for MOM $32
This pretty ring box features real pressed flowers on top. It’s the perfect keepsake for your mother to use as a ring box on her desk, bureau, nightstand or near the bathroom or kitchen sink.

Wedding/Bat Mitzvah/Special Occasion boxes
Custom made with your invitation between glass. A keepsake that will last forever. More info on her blog.

Steampunk small wall hanging $18 ea.
Handmade with gorgeous stained glass and charms, it will add a magical touch to your window, wall or wherever you’d like.

Dragonfly Box, $32
This small 3″across x2″deep x2″high features a pretty dragonfly with AB crystal eyes. Can be made in any color you choose!

Victorian Wall Hanging
Based on a vintage design, this wall hanging will look lovely in a window.

Waterhouse NK $38
This very romantic pendant was created using an image by John Waterhouse called Flora and the Zephyrs. The metal is a lead free pewter, done in the Tiffany stained glass method with the addition of stamping into molten solder. It’s a fun technique to do and makes a great conversation piece! The bail is stamped metal copper. The solder is then finished with a coppery/brass patina. Pendant is 1″wide x 2″ high.

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