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Picture Perfect Weather Welcomes Plein Air Artists



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It was picture perfect weather for artists looking to create picture perfect art outdoors.

Members of The Connecticut Plein Air Painting Society (CPAPS) spent some very productive time in Newtown last weekend, offering an exhibition of works many had started during a visit two months earlier.

The exhibition, “Capturing Connecticut’s Beauty,” was on view during the afternoons of Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19. CPAPS member artists also created new works while on location, bringing the mission of their organization to life for those who visited the art show and sale.

The visit was the second this year by the statewide group. The first was in April, for a paint-out. While seeking locations to paint that chilly morning, Budd House co-owner Shane Miller reportedly approached the artists and invited them to use the barn she and her husband, George, had completely renovated a few years ago. The artists accepted the invitation of the Millers, and returned last weekend with new works and works-in-progress.

By 3 pm Friday afternoon, CPAPS members had fanned out on the property, setting up easels, chairs, and umbrellas. Some, like Tony D’Amico, not only took advantage of the beautifully renovated barn to show off works, but also spread some pieces out on the ground near their temporary work spaces.

Having consulted with their hosts, CPAPS had decided that 15% of any sale prices from the weekend will benefit Newtown Forest Association.

Linda Marino, president of CPAPS, told The Newtown Bee on June 21 that sales last weekend resulted in a $115 donation to NFA.

Marino, of Branford, was joined by 14 artists, including Chuck Fulkerson of Newtown. Also part of the two-day event were Elizabeth Agresta of Cos Cob; Doug Andersen, Simsbury; Ellie Boyd and Lorraine Chapin, both of Southbury; Tony D’Amico, Fairfield; Diane Dubreuil, New Milford; John Forgione, Easton; Mark LaRiviere, Riverside; Ival Kovner, Bethel; Mo Myra, New Britain; Jen O’Brien, New Fairfield; Karen Ponelli, Milford; and Jane Zisk, Newington.


Associate Editor Shannon Hicks can be reached at shannon@thebee.com.

Ellie Boyd (left) and Diane Dubreuil were part of a group of artists participating in a paint-out/art show and sale last weekend at The Budd House. —Bee Photos, Hicks
CPAPS President Linda Marino and Newtown resident and CPAPS member Chuck Fulkerson enjoy some shade inside the Budd House barn, Friday afternoon. Behind them, one of the afternoon’s visitors looks at some of the art being exhibited. —Bee Photos, Hicks
Tony D’Amico adds a bit of oil paint to a board he had started working on less than an hour earlier, last Friday afternoon in front of the Budd House. Artists worked at the locations of their choice at the historic Main Street property on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Former stables served as exhibition spaces for “Capturing Connecticut’s Beauty,” presented inside the renovated barn behind the Budd House on Main Street. In the easternmost stall, shown here, paintings by Linda Marino and Jennifer O’Brien were featured.
Among the works included in last weekend’s CPAPS exhibition at the Budd House Barn was this painting by John Forgione. The oil on canvas, titled “Curtiss House,” was begun during a visit to Newtown in April. The finished painting includes Budd House co-owner Shane Miller walking toward her home.
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