Mark your calendars for the second Sherman Artists Open Studio Saturday and Sunday, December 3 & 4, from 10 am to 4 pm. Twelve local Sherman artists are participating in this year’s Open Studio event. Some artists will be in their studios, others at the Sherman Town Hall and the Sherman Senior Center. The show is a great variety of painters, photographers, mixed media, jewelry, fused glass, and fabric artists who will show their artwork and explain the processes. The Sherman Library will host a show with a sample from each participating artist held from November 18 through to January 4, 2023, with an opening reception on Friday, November 18, from 6 to 8 pm. For more information, click here to our brochure.
2022 Participating Artists
Linda Hubbard – Photographer
“I love to capture the beauty, peace, and serenity of nature.” Her photographs bring back memories of a favorite place or a time of joy and happiness. They take you to places that you would like to be, a season that warms you, or a peaceful setting that soothes your soul. There will be framed and matted photographs, cards, and magnets for your holiday shopping at the Open Studio.
Kenny Litwack – Fused Glass Artist
Kenny Litwack began glass fusing in 2004 under the tutelage of renowned artist Dorothy Hafner, having also studied with Renee Culler and Emma Varga at the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. Initially creating landscapes, he currently works primarily as a portrait artist. He has won awards in exhibitions at the glass studio URBAN GLASS for his pixilated work entitled DIANE and the Art Room Contemporary Gallery for his landscape Blue Sky.
Muriel Stockdale – Multi-disciplined Artist & Writer
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After a career in theatre, TV, and film as a costume designer, Muriel Stockdale is now a multi-disciplined artist and writer. Visit 24 Skyline Drive in Candlewood Lake Estates, Phone: (646) 522-3819 to see her diversity-themed US Flag series, oil portraits, and pick up a copy of her science fiction novel, Gabriel Born.
Virginia Niles Schaffer – Watercolor Artist
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Virginia is a self-taught watercolor artist beginning in 2006. The late Florence Froeder, a watercolor artist, taught Virginia the basics of watercolor. Virginia is inspired by the beauty and splendor of the surrounding countryside, triggering her artistic juices throughout her painting career. Her watercolors have been sold throughout the US and are in East and West coast homes. Virginia is a member of the Kent Art Association.
MaryJane Magoon – Watercolor Artist
Mary Jane Magoon grew up in the upper peninsula of Michigan. After residing in different areas of the Midwest, she settled in Connecticut. She is an Interior Designer and is a certified color consultant with a passion for color. Watercolor is her choice of medium. “I am inspired by the transparency and natural flow of the watercolor paint. Mary Jane is a member of Gallery 25, Society of Creative Arts, New England Watercolor Society, Northeast Watercolor Society, and Kent Art Association.
Popup Studios – Sherman Town Hall & Senior Center
At the Sherman Town Hall
Carolyn Cohen – Abstract Painter
Carolyn Cohen 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 own 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.
Annie McAward – Painter
Annie was born in Brooklyn, NY, grew up on Long Island, and has lived in Connecticut with her family for over thirty years. With a constant desire to grow since she began painting, Annie advanced her skill set through education workshops, classes, & research. Her style and approach constantly evolve, creating a solid range of excitement and energy in her work. She paints primarily oil on canvas.
Annie interprets a moment in time, with light being the subject of her paintings. The viewer is drawn in with a sense of place and peace. If asked, she will explain that her inspiration is formed by experiences in nature- walks in the woods, the beach, the sky, ever-changing light and color, and the observation of human emotion. Ann says, “There is beauty in the mundane because everything can be a painting. My hands are anxious to articulate the incredible beauty that my senses are taking in. When a viewer interacts with my painting through the mystery of brushstrokes while exploring the light, the experience of sharing becomes complete.” Her work is available and or featured at The Hunt, Merwinsville Fine Arts Shows, Washington Arts Association, Great Hollow Artist Invitational, Sherman Library Association, The Artful Mix, Kent Library, Silvermine Arts Center, Minor Memorial Library, Circle of Influence, Wooster Hollow Café, Marty’s Café and Gallery.
Sylvia’s studio currently features a wall covered in collages and another with oil and acrylic paintings in progress. She begins with sketches that lead to a series of paintings where realistic elements transform into abstractions. Her goal is to convey an object’s essence and emotional response. Sylvia founded and chaired the Fine Arts Department at Canterbury School in New Milford where she also taught for over 20 years. She has been painting since the age of 5. Visit her website at www.sylvia-hierro.com.
At the Sherman Senior Center
Mae Maimone – Textile Artist (Bag Designer)
Mae Maimone is the designer of a line of “Poppins Bags” handmade quilted bags that are great for overnight or weekend getaways, knitting and craft projects, or whatever suits your fancy. Mae creates three different sizes and includes several pockets that can hold a tablet, phone, sunglasses, books, and pack with clothes and stuff! All are one of a kind; an equestrian line is also available, among others.
Renee Collins – Jewelry Artist
Renee K Collins has been an artist for over 40 years – starting as an acrylic painter and then developing her skills into a jewelry designer. Renee uses only natural stones and high-quality elements, emphasizing sterling silver, leather, pave diamonds, pearls, pyrite, and other precious stones. No two pieces are alike. Her artwork has been shown in the Gold Mountain Gallery, Sea Salt Boutique, Sewall’s Point, and J Seitz.
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 having more time to explore new mediums and focus on her art.
Cynthia O’Connor – Photographer
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Cynthia has been a professional photographer since 2005. Her work has included weddings, events, and portraiture but is now primarily landscape, cityscapes, and wildlife. Her two safaris in Africa to document the elephants and their plight and to raise money and awareness to save them have been her most fulfilling work. She is also committed to sharing what captures her eye around the country wherever her travels take her.