Thursday After-Hours with Martha & Maggie Presents: Macrobiotics and Good Health


Join Shoreline ArtsTrail members Martha Link Walsh and Maggie Dean for the first of their 2014 Thursday After Hours, MACROBIOTICS AND GOOD HEALTH with Bill Klar on Thursday, April 10 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery in Branford.

Bill Klar’s career began as a gourmet chef creating French cuisine at five star restaurants. After a cancer diagnosis and his discovery of the importance of whole foods, his passion is now teaching the healing effects of food to promote good health. A graduate of the Kushi Institute Center of Natural Healing, he will present to us a comprehensive and effective approach to good health through a natural and holistic system that encompasses the relations and effects of diet, lifestyle and the environment.

Upcoming Thursday After Hours include The Secret to Amazing Dishes with the Old Quarry Olive Oil Company on May 15, Put Yourself at the Top of the List! with motivational speaker Colleen McDonald on June 26, and Creating a Space You Love with Amy McNamara-Higgens on October 23.

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

“Silent Poem, Spoken Light” With Works by Sarah Beth Goncarova and SAT Member Maureen M. Squires


“Painting is a silent poem, poetry is spoken painting.” — Plutarch

The Kehler Liddell Gallery is pleased to present “Silent Poem, Spoken Light” with work by Sarah Beth Goncarova and Shoreline ArtsTrail member Maureen M. Squires on view March 20 – April 20, 2014. An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, March 23, 3:00 – 6:00pm. On April 5 from 3:00 – 5:00pm, there will be a poetry reading and artist-led discussion with poet Judith Vollmer, Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, featuring poems from her newest work The Water Books. Both events are free and open to the public.

The exhibition “Silent Poem, Spoken Light,” explores one of the most integral yet continuously perplexing questions of the art-making practice; how does one create work that is highly communicative yet largely unspoken? Artists Maureen M. Squires and Sarah Beth Goncarova examine this concept through calligraphy, poetry, painting and installation. Through using vastly different media, both artists look to natural forms as metaphor and message, drawing parallels between inner and outer landscapes.

Painter and calligrapher Maureen M. Squires interprets the words of writers and poets through paint and ink. Through the use of color, illustration, illumination, alphabet and gesture, she both abstracts and clarifies the meaning of the words. Movement and gesture are key components of Squires’ practice, making work that is at the same time bold and subtle, beautiful and evocative.

Like Squires’ luscious calligraphic works, the installations of Sarah Beth Goncarova tease metaphor from imagery of the natural world. Using intricate combinations of sewing and circuitry, Goncarova creates otherworldly illusions of seemingly natural phenomena. The fragile branches of her piece The Cherry Tree beckon the viewer in—Goncarova’s own invitation to the viewer to become part of the work itself. Only when the viewer enters the tree crown does the tree surprisingly awaken. In her piece The Web, women quietly weave at an ancient loom, creating a magnificent web out of spider silk and dew drops. In both pieces, we are drawn into another world, that entirely of Goncarova’s own making.

Squires’ background in Fine Arts began formally at Seton Hill University, where she majored in painting and where she first studied calligraphy. This took her to Carnegie Mellon University where she studied Advanced Calligraphy for two years with noted calligrapher and type-designer Arnold Bank. Over the years, Squires has studied with many notable lettering artists, but studying with Bank was a turning point in her approach to the alphabet and painting. Since then, Squires’ work has become an exploration of letters and words through paint, interpreting the words of favorite poets with abstract forms and graceful brushwork. Her tools range from traditional steel nibs, to brushes to reeds to bamboo. Her preferred media are ink, gouache, Japanese watercolors and acrylics.

Goncarova earned degrees in sculpture and architecture at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Maryland, and has worked for the theater as costumer, puppetmaker and scenic designer. Her art practice has evolved to include such varied media as painting, textiles, light, dance, sound and animatronics. To date she is a finalist for the 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship for installation/performance.

Squires and Goncarova offer visually and conceptually compelling work in “Silent Poem, Spoken Light,” rewarding the curious and even quickening the pulse.

Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am – 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Click here for more information.

SAT Members Dayna Mankowski and Laura Lyons Present A Natural Dye Weekend with Kathy Hattori


April 5-6, 2014, 10 AM TO 5 PM each day. (Days can be taken separately, although day 2 builds upon day 1) $150.00 per person per day (includes materials fee and light lunch). Wildwood Farm Studio, 55 Sheep Pasture Rd., Madison, CT 06443. $50.00 deposit holds your space. Limit = 15 students. Call Madison Wool to register: (203) 245-5921. Email: Dayna @

Saturday, April 5th
Gathering Color: Natural Dye Materials on Yarn and Fibers

Join us for a journey into natural dyeing using both the classical historical dyes and some surprising new ones. We will work with the ancient raw dyestuffs such as cochineal, madder roots, walnut hulls and weld flowers and learn the secrets to obtaining the best color through chopping, simmering and carefully extracting natural dye tinctures. As an added bonus, we will journey outdoors to gather dyestuffs from the local landscape to add to our palette. Participants will create their colors on yarns provided by Madison Wool. Everyone is welcome to bring a small amount of mordanted yarn, fiber or fabric to throw into the baths after we are finished dyeing our class yarn.

Each participant will take away enough naturally dyed yarn for a small project plus a folio of information on the dyes, extraction techniques, history and sustainability. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and dress to be outdoors for a period of time.

Sunday, April 6th
Indigo Shindig: Learn the Mystery and Dance of Indigo Blue

This class is dedicated to the most mysterious and fascinating natural dyes: indigo. From the palest sky blue to an inky blue black, the color is enchanting and we will unlock the secrets to a successful indigo vat. Working together, we will build and balance an indigo vat using organic natural indigo and a simple lime and fructose sugar combination. Participants will learn to observe the changes in the vat as it comes into balance. Once the vat is ready, participants will dip yarns that were dyed the previous day into this vat and create beautiful overdyed colors and rich blue shades. Everyone is welcome to bring a small amount of yarn, fiber or fabrics and continue dipping after the class yarns are completed. Each participant will take away enough naturally dyed yarn for a small project plus a folio of information with indigo recipes, hints and tips, history and sustainability. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and dress to be outdoors for a period of time.

Kathy Hattori is the founder and President of Botanical Colors and markets natural dyes and pigments to crafters, artisans and commercial clients. Kathy has been involved with textiles since 1982, where she learned to natural dye in Santa Cruz. Kathy has studied with renowned natural dye teachers in the US and Europe including Michel Garcia, Denise Lambert and John Marshall. She teaches and lectures about natural dyes and has written articles for the Turkey Red Journal and is sought after as a speaker about the sustainable use of natural dyes in global textile production.

Steve Plaziak Show at Friends and Company


Paintings by Shoreline ArtsTrail member Steve Plaziak will be on display at Friends and Company during the month of March. An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, March 9 from 2:00 – 4:00pm.

Friends and Company is located at 11 Boston Post Road in Madison, CT.

To see more of Steve’s work, visit his website.

Image: 12×16 watercolor on hot pressed arches, West River North Guilford

2014 Shoreline ArtsTrail Call for Artists


The Shoreline ArtsTrail announces its 13th annual Open Studios Weekend on November 22 and 23, 2014. Approximately 40 members artists who live and work in Branford, Guilford, and Madison show and sell their work during the weekend from 10 am to 4 pm. Artists with media such as pottery, stained and fused glass, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, weaving, prints, photography, textiles, quilts, paper and wood are invited to apply to this event. Member artists are asked to demonstrate, answer questions and open their studios for the entire weekend to the public. During the Open Studios Weekend, the distinctive yellow “Open Studio” signs are placed to point visitors in the right direction. The Shoreline ArtsTrail is an artist-run organization and all members are required to volunteer.
BENEFITS: inclusion on ArtsTrail map and website (, a blog profile, state-wide publicity via print and online media, brochure/maps for personal use, and year-round marketing and networking opportunities with local artists.
Application fee: $10. Deadline for application: March 21, 2014. Dues: $275 and all members must join the Guilford Art Center for $35. Download an application now. For more information, please contact Barbara at or 203-453-3111.

Shamanic Painting Workshop

With Shoreline ArtsTrail Member Catherine Steinberg
Wildwood Farm, Madison, CT

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 respond to this email if you are interested.

Where: Wildwood Farm, 55, Sheep Pasture Rd., Madison, CT

When: March 22nd or April 26th 2014, 10-4pm;

Workshop Fee: $120, includes materials

Contact: Catherine Steinberg, 203-453-5091 for information and registration

Recommended Reading: Shamanic Journeying by Sandra Ingerman

Bring: lunch, a journal, a bandana & wear comfortable clothing

Catherine Steinberg, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and artist. She has been doing shamanic work and facilitating expressive arts workshops for fifteen years.