Thursday After-Hours with Martha & Maggie


Join Shoreline ArtsTrail members Martha Link Walsh and Maggie Dean for their September Thursday After Hours, MAKEUP WITHOUT CHEMICALS with Beth Records of Clippers Salon, on Thursday, September 11, beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery in Branford.

Beth Records of Clippers Salon will introduce guests to Youngblood Cosmetics, a line of mineral makeup gentle to all skin types. Learn to apply makeup to get the look you want with the help of a professional make-up artist. Bring your makeup bag to match colors and trade up!

Upcoming Thursday After Hours include Creating a Space You Love with Amy McNamara-Higgens on October 23, and Look Up! with Jen Payne on November 13.

Thursday After Hours are held at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, 188 North Main Street (Rte. 1), Branford, CT 06405. Refreshments are served. A $10 reservation is necessary as space is limited and interest is high. Please contact Martha or Maggie at 203-481-3505 for more information, or visit

Shamanic Painting Workshop with Catherine Steinberg

Shamanic Painting is a meditative approach to expressing inner images, words, emotions, and sensory experiences with paint on canvas. A shamanic journey consists of listening to a specific drumbeat for about fifteen minutes and allowing oneself to be led to a dream state, and thus experience an altered state of consciousness. We will alternate shamanic journeying and longer periods of painting impressions from your journey throughout the day. Painting from this internal perspective can be liberating and exciting. There will be time for writing and group processing of your journeys and painting. No prior experience with painting or shamanic journey work is necessary. Please contact the Mercy Center for registration

Where: Mercy Center, 167 Neck Rd., Madison, CT

When: October 4th, 2014, 10-4pm; Workshop Fee Includes Materials and Lunch: $100

Contact: Mercy Center at 203-245-0401 or for information and registration

Recommended Reading: Shamanic Journeying by Sandra Ingerman

Bring: a journal, a bandana & wear comfortable clothing

Catherine Steinberg, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner, artist, and member of the Shoreline ArtsTrail. She has been doing shamanic work and facilitating expressive arts workshops for fifteen years. For more information, visit:

Melissa Imossi in Lyme Art Association Show


Shoreline ArtsTrail member artist Melissa Imossi is participating in the Lyme Art Association’s Summer Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, August Light. The exhibit is an all-members show, with an Opening Reception on Friday, August 8 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show runs through September 19.

The gallery is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme. Click here for more information.

Shoreline ArtsTrail Members in Newport


Shoreline ArtsTrail member artists Christine Chiocchio and Maureen Wilkinson are currently showing at the Bellevue Rug and Home Gallery in Newport, Rhode Island. The gallery’s displays include beautiful ocean-themed oil and watercolor paintings as well as fine home furnishings. Click here for more information.

Annual Craft Expo – This Weekend!



Friday, Saturday, Sunday: July 18, 19, 20, 2014

Friday, 12-9 • Saturday, 10-7 • Sunday, 12-5

In celebration of its 57th year, the GUILFORD ART CENTER’s annual Craft Expo will return once again to the scenic and historic Guilford Green, celebrating the arts with its extensive array of handmade crafts by American artists. Craft Expo 2014 will be held for three days: Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20.

Craft Expo 2014 will bring more than 180 nationally-recognized craft artists to Guilford, whose exquisite-quality works help rank this event as one of the top craft shows in New England and the country. As a celebration of the arts and a signature happening for the town of Guilford and the Connecticut shoreline, Craft Expo is a must-see summer event.

Drawing an estimated 14,000 artists, collectors, and visitors from across the country, Craft Expo is known for its one-of-a-kind work of the highest quality: Ceramics, Glass, Leather, Metal, Metal Jewelry, Non-Metal Jewelry, Non-Wearable Fiber, Painting, Printmaking & Drawing, Wearable Fiber, and Wood. Items range from decorative to functional and traditional to contemporary. All work presented at Craft Expo is handmade by the artists, all of whom have been accepted in the show by a panel of professional peers, thereby ensuring only the highest quality in workmanship, design and materials.

Popular amenities for the Craft Expo visitor include a food court, craft activities for youngsters attending the show, and the chance to bid on donated craft pieces at the show’s annual silent auction. Proceeds raised through the silent auction and nominal entrance fees benefit the non-profit GUILFORD ART CENTER and its year-round calendar of gallery and school art education programs for students of all ages and skill levels.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Outer Island Art Experience



Outer Island Art Experience: A Wave of Workshops

A series of art workshops will be held on Saturday, July 19th on Outer Island. There will be 3 workshops offered, designed for teens and adults. Please register for one of the following:

  • Photography and Microscopy with Kelley Fryer, photo journalist for Shoreline Publishing, from 7 am – 9:30 am. Bring a digital camera.
  • Intro to Watercolor with Wiley Carr, Professor of Fine Arts at SCSU, from 10 am – 2:00 pm. Supplies will be provided.
  • Sketching with Mike DiGiorgio, nature artist, from 3:00 pm – 6:00pm. Bring sketch pad, 2B and 4B pencils, and binoculars would be helpful.

Registration is required for all participants online at Each registrant may register for one workshop (Photography, Watercolor or Sketching). *Space is limited.

Registration includes a $10 donation to the Friends of Outer Island to defray ferry and event costs. The Thimble Island Ferry will leave promptly from the Stony Creek Dock at 6:30 am for the Photography and Microscopy Workshop, 9:30 am for the Intro to Watercolor Workshop and 2:30 pm for the Sketching Workshop.

The Art Event will be cancelled if there is stormy weather on July 19th. Information will be posted on

The Outer Island Art Experience is sponsored by the Friends of Outer Island in partnership with the CT State University and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.