2023 ArtFest – June 23-25 at the Jewish Community Center (JCC)
ArtFest is an in-person juried art show held at the JCC.
Join us and invite others to the ArtFest and meet wonderfully talented artists. The opening reception is Friday, June 23, 2023, from 6 to 8 pm, and the show continues on June 24 and 25 from 10 to 4 pm at the JCC, 9 Route 39 S, Sherman, CT 06784.
Opening Reception, Friday, June 23, from 6 to 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25, from 10 to 4 pm
Beth has been a New Fairfield resident for over 30 years. With a lifelong passion for art, she has painted in her spare time and has been a student of Anda Styler for many years. With her recent retirement, she enjoys more time exploring new mediums and focusing on her art.
Christy is a professional photographer specializing in family portraits and nature. She discovered a passion for acrylic pour painting and experiments with new techniques. Her love of photography was born from her passion for nature and the peace it brings. She created the Cards for a Cause project featuring her Progression of a Peony series. Cards can be purchased at the Sherman IGA. She is a member of The Great Hollow Photographers Club and the Sherman Artists Association.
Carolyn is an abstract painter, happily painting and experimenting away in Sherman, Florida, and Cape Cod studios. She is a member of Gallery 25 in New Milford and the Kent Art Association. Carolyn uses mixed media in her paintings and combines collage, printing from her hand-carved blocks, and various textures to achieve a deeper, more layered effect. She also enjoys painting over previous work, so many pieces have been reincarnations.
Kelly is primarily an expressionistic watercolor and mixed media artist in Putnam County, NY, inspired by nature and the watercolor medium. Becoming an artist in order to develop an ability to counter a need for control, she allows her work to come to life with its own voice and gives herself the opportunity to create freely in her own nature with few constraints. Her works have been exhibited in LAND Gallery, Emerge Gallery, Putnam Arts Council, and many local establishments. Learn more online at kellyedwardsart.com
Steve Habersang // Design & Illustration
Steve Habersang is a pen and ink artist located in New Fairfield. His detailed drawings done in the stippling technique are a mix of fantasy and realism, focusing on nature, animals, and portraits. Influences include artists such as Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, Norman Rockwell, Lee Conklin, and Shel Silverstein. He is also inspired by street and skate art, tattoo culture, comic books, album covers, beer labels, and pop surrealism. When not putting pen to paper, he has over 20 years of experience in the graphic design field, currently serving as Creative Director for Taylor Design in Stamford.
Ted is a long-time resident of Sherman who occasionally paints watercolors as gifts for family and friends. He is also the author of Step Forward America! and Bachelors of Citizenship which address universal national service for which he is a passionate advocate.
My small business is called After Hour Creations. I specialize in hand-making dessert-inspired candles and wax melts and a new line of masculine scented candles for men I’m calling Mandles. All of my candles are scented with natural, non-toxic fragrances and made with soy blend wax which is safe and non-toxic when burning, as well as 100% cotton wicks. Each candle is hand decorated and ranges from $20-$25 depending on the design and is approximately 10oz.
Linda is a fine art photographer native of New England who lived in the Hudson River Valley for many years. “I love to capture nature’s beauty and include an element of architecture that states how humans and nature interrelate”. Hubbard currently lives in Sherman, where she curates the art shows at the Sherman Library and the Great Hollow Photographers Club Art Shows. She also co-chairs the Sherman Artists Association. Her photographs can be purchased through her website: LindaTHubbard.com or the LAND Gallery in Pawling, NY. Her photo cards are available at the Old Store in Sherman, CT. The photographs are available framed and/or matted in various sizes and as photo cards.
Simone is an American artist born and raised in New York City. Influenced by her Jamaican culture and her life abroad in Moscow, Russia. Her extensive travels throughout Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and Australia has only broadened her vision. Journeying through Spain’s Prado museum to St. Petersburg‘s Hermitage Museum to Sydney’s Opera House, Simone Jeffries continues to exhibit a keen eye for color, culture, and visual aesthetic. Formally trained at the Rhode Island School of design, her work has been showcased in the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado. She currently resides in Sherman, Connecticut, and is a member of the Sherman Artists Association.
Jill is a Potter with a private studio in Sherman, CT. She designs unique, one-of-a-kind wheel-thrown and embellished wares. Her pieces reflect her previous careers as an Interior Designer, Chef, and Caterer. Her pottery is predominantly stoneware and functional for serving and tabletop decor. Jill has taken classes at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO, at Arrowmont Art Center in Tennessee, and at the JCC in Manhattan since 2004. She has learned from workshops with Randy Johnston, Jan McKeechie, Lorna Meaden, and Pete Pinell. Her work entails both throwing and hand-building, slab work, and piping as well as the use of underglaze and overglaze transfers and various methods of adding texture to her designs. Her pieces can be seen locally in upcoming exhibits and sales at the White Silo Winery in December 2022, the Sherman Library in October 2022, and local coffee shop Sacred Grounds.
Cathlee Kessman has lived in the Pawling, NY area all her life. She moved to Sherman 5 years ago and resides on Squantz Pond. In that time, she has taken countless abstract photographs of the lake and nature in the surrounding area. Her photographs are full of color and hidden images. Cathlee also makes handcrafted beaded jewelry and has recently branched out into silversmithing. She is a member of the Sherman Artist Association.
Charlene is a local Sherman resident, exploring painting in watercolors and occasionally creating pencil drawings for family and friends. In her artistic journey, inspiration and techniques from YouTube artists tutorials have helped her focus on developing her own art style. She is looking forward to retirement and spending more time crafting her artistic skills.
Kenny is a glass artist. To create his work, he primarily uses the technique known as glass fusing, which involves cutting cold pieces of glass and then firing the work in a kiln at temperatures up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. His work consists mainly of abstract landscapes and portraits. At the glass studio URBAN GLASS, he has won awards for his pixilated work entitled DIANE and the ART ROOM CONTEMPORARY GALLERY for his landscape BLUE SKY. His work has been exhibited and sold at various venues, including the Collectors’ 2016 Gala & Auction, sponsored by Urban Glass.
Susan is a Professor Emerita Baruch College, CUNY, an avid recreational photographer with an emphasis on nature photography.
Patti Maher is a watercolor artist currently working with a minimalist feel. She is attempting to convey feelings, emotions, and qualities in her work. Her simple, fluid lines and limited palette exude peace and tranquility. Patti lives in Waterbury, CT. For over 30 years, she has owned Fine Lines, offering a line of notecards that can be found at www.FineLinesCards.com.
Christina creates highly detailed drawings of nature, wildlife, and pets. She uses various media, including but not limited to graphite, colored pencils, pastels, charcoal, and watercolor. Christina loves to capture all the tiny details that make an image unique. She creates drawings, cards, mugs, prints, and commissioned art. Visit her online shop.
After retiring from a career in interior design and missing the creative process, I started painting, fulfilling my need. In addition to painting, I started clay sculpting and collage at the Venice Art Center in Venice, Florida. When I returned to CT started painting with Alex Shundi at Arts on the Lake in Putnam County, NY. Belonging to both organizations as well as the Sherman Artists Association, I split my time between Florida for several months and Sherman, CT, where I’ve resided for almost 50 years.
Acrylic abstracts, handpainted pendants, and small bags and purses. My abstracts are mostly done with paint pouring. With the paint skins, I make pendants. I like to have a broad range of prices from $10 pendants to bags from $15 to paintings from $50.
Liz Rosiello is a fine artist who has always challenged herself to express her vision in many types of mediums, such as drawing, etchings, printmaking, fabric arts, acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting. Her favorite chosen medium to create is primarily Watercolors and Oil Painting. Liz is captivated by the intrinsic beauty of nature, inspired by nature’s colors, textures, shapes, and nuances. These elements are apparent in her botanical watercolors of flowers and her atmospheric landscapes.
Liz is a New Milford resident who grew up in Long Island, NY. She has just started to show her artwork locally. Her prints and note cards are found at The Compass Rose Collection in New Milford and The Cottage at Main in Newtown.
As a Watercolor Artist since 2006 and living in this magnificent countryside, The land provokes me to paint what surrounds me, which is exquisite and healing. I use Fabriani cold-pressed watercolor paper and mostly.
Holbein paints but always tries new ones. Enjoying new paths into contemporary watercolors. Art is a lifeline to good health for me
Denise is a local Sherman resident painting in acrylics snapshot details of everyday life. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ― Edgar Degas. Denise is a member of the Kent Artist Association and Sherman Artists Association and has sold many works in various shows and galleries.
I do fine art photography, where I edit my photos using textures, layers and composites of more than one photograph. All my materials in both printing and framing are archival. All work is done in-house. My frames are handmade by my husband. I also have a small line of notecards. Prices range from a $6.00 notecard to a $700 photo, with many prices in between.
Muriel Stockdale – Multi-disciplined Artist & Writer
Instagram: @murielanyc, Twitter: @Murielepluribus, FB: Muriel Stockdale
Since 2003 Muriel has continually created additions to her culturally celebrative art series of USA flags. The diverse people who coexist in this great country inspire the project, which is entitled E PLURIBUS. She has recently launched a clothing line available at ShopEpluribus.com created in partnership with friends David and Malena Belafonte of PinkPirate Agency. In addition, Muriel’s artistic focus on the project has shifted to portraits of people close to her, celebrating their cultural heritage. Learn more about E Pluribus Portraits.