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A note from the MAA Board
The MAA 2020 - 2021 year has been interesting! Sadly, we have been unable to have our typical fundraiser events. Workshops, which normally help MAA out financially, have just about broke even and we lightened our scholarships considerably this year. Also, we have new fees related to online payments and proposed space rental. As such, we hope you'll understand that the Board has voted to increase membership dues from $30 to $35 per individual member and $40 to $45 for family memberships as we have not had an increase in over 10 years. If ANY member finds that this is a hardship, please let a Board member know as we can, confidentially, assist through our membership scholarship program. The increase in dues begins June 1, 2021 for the 2021 - 2022 year. Thanks for your continued understanding.
Art Jeopardy
This was invented in 1841 by American artist John G Rand. It allowed painters the freedom to take their painting outdoors and capture the light. Scroll down to see the answer (or question!). 
Next meeting is Wednesday, May 19

MAA Zoom meeting, May 19, 7 - 9 pm

Peter Millet - History through Art at the Cheney Homestead. 
Learn how artwork at the Cheney Homestead is being used to teach complex historical concepts while highlighting our connection to significant early American people and events. You will be introduced to artist brothers John & Seth Cheney, born at the Homestead, and Russell Cheney who often painted the Homestead.

We will also explore what motivates creative people and how our own works are a point-in-time record of historical images, thoughts and feelings.
Pete Millett has studied and practiced craftsmanship for over 40 years, volunteering at such places as Hancock Shaker Village. He serves on the Board of the Manchester Historical Society and directs the Cheney Homestead Museum and its Cheney Homestead Arts program. 
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.
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 and Judith Goldstein had artwork accepted into the Academic Artists Association 71st Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism. Because of the pandemic, the show will be virtual. Shown left is Jeff's watercolor, Fire in the Envelope.

View the online gallery here.

Arts Center East is offering Clay Hand Building
In-person class instructed by MAA member Sharon Kehmna

Dates: June 2–July 7
Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $241/$219.40 for ACE Members
Register online or email

Get in touch with your creative self through the fun and tactile experience of working in clay. In this class, you will learn about the unique properties of clay and how to make hand built, functional stoneware dishes, platters, etc. that you can use at home. Your pottery will make great gifts, too! Beginners welcome!


Saturday, June 12, 2021, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
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.

Plein aire event at Valley Falls Farm in Vernon
Sponsored by Friends of Valley Falls, Artists Day at Valley Falls will be held on August 22nd.
You are invited to paint at the farm, between 9 am and 3 pm. The public is invited to stroll about the farm and view your works between noon and 3 pm. There will be limited display space in the red barn for art work you might like to sell. A box lunch for artists will be offered if Covid rules will allow. It's a day of art, music and history on a summer afternoon! Soft background music will be played by local musicians. History tours will be given of the premises. 

If you would like to participate as one of our guest artists for the day, email or call 860-875-4623 anytime! In the meantime, for photos of previous events, see our website

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.

Art Between the Pages

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

Last summer, James Payne launched his series Great Art Explained in Fifteen Minutes, “a brilliant new addition to YouTube art history channels,” Forbes enthused — “entertaining and informative short films [that] present a fresh look at familiar artworks.” For example, there’s much more to Mark Rothko than his tragic death at 66. We learn of his love for Mozart, a composer who was “always smiling through his tears,” the painter said. Click here to see the videos.

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

What are paint tubes? Before paint tubes were invented, oil paint was either made for use or could be stored in pig’s bladder. Pierre Auguste Renoir said “without colors in tubes there would be no Cezanne no Monet no Pissarro and no Impressionism".

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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