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  • Mixed Bag exhibit open!
  • NEW Photography workshop with Tom Ouellette (online payments now available)
Art Jeopardy
This artist was one of the most influential drawing instructors of the 20th century. Some of his students included Norman Rockwell, Andrew Loomis, Robert Beverly Hale, and Frank Reilly. His sketches are famous in a book "Drawing from Life”. He made his drawings with charcoal on the end of a long pointer stick drawing over his head so his students could see. Scroll down to see the answer (or question!). 
Next meeting is Wednesday, April 21

MAA Zoom meeting, April 21, 7 - 9 pm

Jan McCollum's dioramas - an amazing tour of a unique art form.
Years ago, ​Jan McCollum helped a friend build a dollhouse, and his passion for creating small scale pieces began. He became fascinated with the never‑ending possibilities. Jan has combined this interest in dioramas (miniature scale three-dimensional models) and his love for railroads (both replicas and the real ones!). With this, Jan created a number of train and railroad themed dioramas. He has built models for collectors, enthusiasts and hobbyists – especially railroad bridges. Jan was commissioned to build some model bridges for the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg for a large diorama.
He has probably made at least 50 original models and countless kits over 30 years. During the meeting, we will see several of Jan’s creations including a 1/4" scale diorama of Mansfield Depot set in the 1950's - where he grew up. Be sure to tune in to this fascinating demonstration!
Here's the link to join the meeting:
If the link above does not work, use the Zoom website:
When asked, enter 
Meeting ID: 891 4724 3730
Passcode: 169888

Monthly Zoom membership meetings are not recorded, as the artist’s demonstration is their proprietary property and is subject to copyright. Please remember, views and opinions expressed by demo and workshop artists are theirs and not necessarily those of Manchester Art Association.
Open Studio Wednesday, April 21
Our monthly Open Studio. Join us April 21 from 11 am to noon

"Zoom" in for an Open Studio with Manchester Art Association on Wednesday, February 24 from 11 am to noon. That's right, join us online to meet, greet, and share with other artists. Show us what pieces you're working on, get advice, or just grab a cup of coffee and tune in. It will be nice to catch up.

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Or, go to
and input the following:
Meeting ID: 889 3532 0270
Passcode: 673850
Check out our exhibit, MIXED BAG. See the list of winners! Just cllck the image below. 

Photography with Tom Ouellette 
Valley Falls Farm in Vernon CT
Saturday, June 5 (rain date June 12)
2 pm - 5 pm
$25 (limited to 15 people)

Learn composition, camera techniques (including phone cameras), and more. 
This is a field trip. Participants should be prepared to walk around the farm property.

Click here for all the details and to register. Any questions, email Emilie
MAA Member news
Email us so we can share where you are showing your art! See more member news.

Jeff Blazejovsky's watercolor, Fire in the Envelope, was accepted into the Academic Artists Association 71st Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism. Because of the pandemic, the show will be virtual.

View the online gallery here.


Every two years the Perennial Planters of Manchester conducts Manchester's premier garden tour — Through the Garden Gate. Proceeds from the tour help the group maintain public gardens and to contribute to garden related local and national charities and scholarships.

This year's tour will feature six local private gardens. The gardens vary every two years and those who attend the tour benefit from the diverse and creative efforts of local gardeners. See all the details here.

Do you have art supplies you would like to sell (or give away)?

Send in a one-line description, and give an email where someone can contact you for more information. You may also attach a flyer with more information or send an image.
Jerry Madara has two 200 ml tubes (about 6 oz) of Windsor Newton yellow ochre water based oil paint sent to him by mistake. Jerry's Artarama said he can keep it to donate to artists. If anyone wants one or both tubes they are welcome to them. Email Jerry if you're interested.

Art Between the Pages

Do you have a favorite art-related book or resource? Send us your recommendation!

This video lecture will delve into Surrealism, the art movement from the 1920-50s that took its inspiration from dreams and the subconscious. Understand the historical contexts of the movement, and examine art from a variety of artists across the globe, focusing on Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim, Remedios Varo, Man Ray, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst.  Click here to view the film.

And the answer, or question, to Art Jeopardy is:

Who is George Bridgman?

You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again.
You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life. 
~ Joan Miro

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