Brother & Sisters Concert Celebrates Strong, Courageous Women


As part of the ongoing exhibit MYTH REDRAWN: Strong, Courageous Women, SAT member B. Joan Hickey and Mercy by the Sea are pleased to present a special concert by Brothers & Sisters, with Angela Clemmons, director of the popular “Shoreline Soul” Community Choral Gospel concerts. The concert will be held on Sunday, October 4 from 3:00 – 4:30PM at Mercy by the Sea, with a gallery viewing from 2:00-3:00PM.

Brothers & Sisters is a gospel group featuring Michael Brown, Angela Clemmons, Janice Dempsey and Wanda Houston, four life-long friends with solo music careers who came together to form this dynamic musical family. Between them they have performed with well-known musicians such as Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Daryl Hall, Freddie Jackson and Melba Moore. Their film and theatrical productions, Broadway and abroad, include Streetcar Named Desire, Menopause the Musical, Romance and Cigarettes, and The Rascals: Once Upon A Dream.

The concert is part of MYTH REDRAWN: Strong, Courageous Women, an exhibit by Guilford artist B. Joan Hickey. On view through November 12, the show includes a thought-provoking collection of 25 mixed media collages narrating the challenges and successes of women through the ages.

The Brothers & Sisters concert is free and open to the public, and includes an ongoing silent auction, the proceeds of which will benefit Mercy by the Sea.

Mercy by the Sea is located at 167 Neck Road in Madison, Connecticut. The Gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00AM – 4:30PM. For details, visit or call (203) 245-0401. For more about Joan Hickey, visit To contact Joan directly call (203) 458-1963 or

(Photo by Danny Pickering)

“Art in the Hallway” Features SAT Artist Laurie Douglas




Laurie Douglas

September 21 – October 29, 2015
300 George Street (Café George) • New Haven
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

IMAGE: Flutter, Laurie Douglas. Encaustic and mixed media on wood panel, 12” x 12”

MYTH REDRAWN: Strong, Courageous Women


Shoreline ArtsTrail member B. Joan Hickey presents MYTH REDRAWN: Strong, Courageous Women, a thought-provoking collection of 25 mixed media collages narrating the challenges and successes of women through the ages, on view from September 27 through November 12 in the Mary C. Daly, RSM Gallery, at Mercy by the Sea, Madison, Connecticut. An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, September 27, from 4:00 – 6:00PM. The event is free and open to the public, and includes a silent auction, the proceeds of which will benefit Mercy by the Sea.

The MYTH REDRAWN exhibit focuses on the major discrepancies between a woman’s life as honestly documented by her and the vogue of cultural attitudes throughout history. Hickey’s years of focused reading, study of the collective experience of woman, and travel to many cultures around the world have reduced the isolation of personal experience for her, and inspired her to create this series of mixed media collages. ‘Intruder objects’ like photographs, clippings, articles, and her own spontaneous watercolors document the anonymous work of women from five historical periods: Prehistory, Antiquity, Medieval, Renaissance and Modern. Collectively, the collection elevates the contributions of women to the level of icons or prayer figures—celebrating the sacred in the daily lives of women and depicting their strength, courage, intuition, and collaboration.

A number of events are planned in conjunction with the MYTH REDRAWN exhibit including:

Sunday, October 4
Brother & Sisters Concert

Enjoy a concert with “Brother & Sisters,” with Angela Clemmons, director of
 the popular “Shoreline Soul” Community Choral Gospel workshops and concerts, from 3:00 -
4:30PM, with a gallery viewing from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

Saturday, October 10
Collage Workshop with B. Joan Hickey

“Your Memories Preserved: Mixed Media Collage,” workshop from 9:30AM – 3:30PM. Register through Mercy by the Sea,

Thursday, October 15
Women’s Evening at the Gallery

Cocktails & Gallery Viewing, 5:00 – 7:00PM

Thursday, October 29
Teen Girl’s Night Out

Refreshments & Gallery Viewing, 4:00 – 6:00PM

Thursday, November 5
Closing Reception

Reception and Gallery Viewing, 5:00 – 7:00PM. Includes Silent Auction results.

Hickey is a Connecticut landscape painter, a member of the Guilford Art League, and a founding member of the Shoreline ArtsTrail. She is the founding director of a public (CREC) and private collaborative, Center for Creative Youth, a pre-college program for developing artistically talented youth at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Joan studied Spanish and Art at the University of Massachusetts, the University of New Mexico, and in Mexico City. She taught with the International Schools Services in Colombia, South America and in Milan, Italy. She received her M.A. From Fairfield University, with Administration Certification from the University of Bridgeport and an M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University in 1996.

The collage series of icons, “Strong Courageous Women,” began as an interdisciplinary thesis in Art History in 1994. Since then, selected pieces of the series have been exhibited at Zilka Gallery, Wesleyan University; Unitarian Society of New Haven; Hartford College for Women; Prague Conservatory, Czech Republic; the Guilford Free Library, and the Guilford Art Center. The entire collection is being featured in the 2015 Mercy By the Sea exhibit.

The Mary C. Daly, RSM Gallery at Mercy by the Sea is located at 167 Neck Road in Madison, Connecticut. The Gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00AM – 4:30PM. For details, visit or call (203) 245-0401.

For more about Joan Hickey, visit To contact Joan directly call (203) 458-1963,

SAT Member Anne Coffey in “Explorations, Near and Far” at the Willoughby Wallace Library


Alexandra Sellon and Shoreline ArtsTrail member Anne Coffey will host an Artists’ Reception on Sunday, October 11 from 4:00-6:00 p.m to launch the show “Explorations, Near and Far” at the Willoughby Wallace Library in Branford.

The show runs from October 4 – October 28, 2015 in the Keyes Gallery. The Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library is located at146 Thimble Islands Road in Stony Creek, CT. For more information, contact Anne Coffey (203) 488-4576.

SAT Artist featured in September ART-NIGHT*


Clippers Long Hill presents a special September ART-NIGHT* on Thursday, September 10 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. This creative event will feature Shoreline ArtsTrail member Terry Bogan. Free and open to the public, the evening also includes makeup by Youngblood Mineral Makeup, a trunk show by Luckey Redo, wine and light refreshments.

Clippers Long Hill is a boutique hair salon located in Guilford’s Long Hill Village. Owned by Beth Records, the popular salon relocated in November after a successful 24 years in Branford, and offers state-of-the-art hair care services for men and women, as well as an exclusive line of Youngblood Mineral Makeup.

The September ART-NIGHT* is the second in a series of art-inspired events that will feature local artists, craftspeople, and businesses—highlighting the many creative talents of the Connecticut shoreline.

Clippers Long Hill is located at 40 Long Hill Road, Guilford. Salon hours are: Monday 9-5, Wednesday through Friday 9-5, Saturdays 9-2, Closed Tuesday. For more information about ART-NIGHT* or to schedule an appointment, please call 203.488.1416, or email

Pine Orchard Chapel Exhibit


Come see Shoreline ArtsTrail members Terry Bogan, Maggie Dean, and Martha Link Walsh this weekend at the

Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August from 2-5PM
Opening Reception: Friday, August 28, 5-7PM

at the Pine Orchard Union Chapel
25 Chapel Drive, Branford

The event is presented by Branford Arts and Culture Alliance, a community-based group that was created to promote the arts, to enhance our town’s cultural environment and its awareness of the arts, and to provide a stage for artists to show the public what they are creating. Fine art and photography, music and performance art and 3D art will now have a variety of places to exhibit.

Other participating artists include Susan Bender, Terry Bogan, Sunni and Richard Cretella, Silvia Drewery, Sharon Hart, Lois Lehr, Laura Kaiser, Pat Kaplan, Jane Novick, and Jean Polka.

To find out more about BACA, visit their Facebook page, or contact Frank Carrano or Richard Blacher.

Shoreline ArtsTrail: It’s Handmade! It’s Art! It’s Local!


The Shoreline ArtsTrail is pleased to announce the launch of its 14th season! Each November, artists from Branford, Guilford and Madison work together to present a two-day Open Studios event the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year, on November 21 and 22, you’ll find 39 artists along the trail, including new members Laurie Flaherty (Guilford), Megan Mangum (Branford), Linda McCarthy (Branford), and Suzanne Siegel (Guilford).

Returning to the ArtsTrail are artists Terry Bogan, Richard Carleton, Lisa Carlin, Christine Chiocchio, Alice Chittenden, Anne Coffey, Jayne Crowley, Margaret B. Dean, Laurie Douglas, Eileen Eder, Susan Gillie, Carol Grave, Anita K. Griffith, Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, B. Joan Hickey, Sharon Hosley, Phyllis Lynch, Laura C. Lyons, Dayna Mankowski, Molly S. McDonald, Jackie McGuire, Jane Strauss Novick, Estelle Nussbaum, Robert Parrott, Steve Plaziak, Leslie Prodis, Pat Rist, Barbara Shulman-Kirwin, Marjorie Sopkin, Sandra Spahr, Catherine Steinberg, G. Scott Tabar, Martha Link Walsh, Sid Werthan, and Diane Wright.

The Shoreline Arts Trail is presented in collaboration with Guilford Art Center, and is sponsored in part by Zip06, Flutterby, Friends & Company Restaurant, Greene Art Gallery, Home Restaurant, Luckey Redo LLC, Madison Wool, Mix Design Store, Tidewater Inn, Tommy Sullivan’s Cafe, Wall Street Gallery, and Words by Jen.

The Shoreline ArtsTrail was started in 2002 by a small group of shoreline artists. Their intent was to create an annual open studios event to allow local residents and weekend visitors to interact with artists and experience the creative process first-hand. Three years later, grants from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and from the towns of Branford, Guilford and Madison, dramatically accelerated the project. The number of artists almost doubled, as did the types of media, which now includes jewelry, sculpture, fiber, paint, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles. The combined efforts of all parties led to the ArtsTrail receiving the Compass Award for Excellence in Partnership in 2007 from the Greater New Haven Visitors’ Bureau.

During Open Studios Weekend, the colorful “Open Studio” signs point to all of these artists and studios. For specific locations and details, copies of the Shoreline ArtsTrail map will be available in September at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery (Branford), Madison Wool (Madison), and The Guilford Art Center, as well as libraries, town halls, visitors’ centers and members’ studios. Contact Martha Link Walsh at (203) 481-3505 or visit, and its Facebook page, for more information.

Photo by Shoreline ArtsTrail member Christine Chiocchio.