Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate

The Ashford Arts Council and the Town of Ashford have proclaimed Anthony Paticchio as our town Poet Laureate.  Ashford now joins a group of more than 30 towns in Connecticut to have a Poet Laureate. In celebration we plan to honor Tony’s appointment with a virtual party on Zoom with poetry by Tony, virtual toasts, and then an Open Mic for town well-wishers to read their own poems. March 21st  4:00 – 5:30
Please email Christine Acebo to register for this event and get the Zoom link. Event is FREE to attend.

Sharon Punty

Sharon Punty

I started my career at Parish Hill Junior/Senior High School in Chaplin, Connecticut.  As an public school art teacher, I taught students appreciation of masters’ artwork and of contemporary art.  I encouraged all students to work to their best and to enjoy the process of creating art.  After having my first child, I ran a family daycare home.  I began teaching art in Manchester in 2000 and retired in 2017.   Since then, I have been re-discovering my artistic passions, like as pottery, painting, and mixed media.  I still love the art of teaching, most recently through zoom lessons.
Contact Information:  sharonpunty@gmail.com

Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers has been working with the Encaustic process since 2008 after viewing this unusual process at a gallery in Charleston, SC. Switching over her studio was a bit challenging as Encaustic painting requires good ventilation, heated pallets to melt the painting medium and torches to fuse the work.
The painting medium she uses is made from refined beeswax and colored pigments. Linda also applies shellac mixed with pigments to create lacy intricate patterns that look organic when burned off. The entire process requires a controlled burn method to achieve fine detail and translucency. Most of Linda’s work reflects her love of nature including landscapes from her travels around the world and botanicals of all sorts. Recent work also includes portraitures using the Encaustic method often with paper collage additions. All work is available, contact her here.

Kathleen Lepak

Kathleen Lepak

Our fine art calligrapher Kathleen Lepak does beautiful custom work and logos for your business so keep her in mind!
One piece shown here was inspired by a dear relative, an immigrant who came from Ireland to America.
Kathy has several lines of art related products available for purchase and happily takes commissions for art and calligraphy. 860-742-1547

You can see more of her work by going to www.kathleenlepak.com.

Christine Acebo

Christine Acebo

I am a recently retired research scientist and lifelong photographer.  Both my science and my photography required me to develop and hone my abilities to observe, be it patterns of behavior, patterns of light and darkness, the detail of a caterpillar’s skin, or the stretch of a mountain range below storm clouds. Both have also enabled me to visit that special place where the intensity of focus puts me squarely in the present moment and utterly involved with the object of that focus.  I gravitate towards deep, rich, old-world colors and light, and I aim for “painterly” images.

Three of my photos were licensed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for use in an Ad campaign in 2011.  I have exhibited in juried shows at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the Fairfield Museum and History Center, Arts Center East in Vernon, and others.

Although my goals are not primarily commercial, I am willing to consider requests for professionally printed and mounted images. 

My photography is showcased on my personal website:  https://www.christineacebo.com/

I can be contacted by email:  ChristineAcebo@gmail.com

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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