Visit Laura Lyons at Craft Expo 2015


Shoreline ArtsTrail member Laura Lyons is one of 180 exhibitors at the Guilford Art Center CRAFT EXPO 2015. Be sure to visit her booth (PO3) July 17, 18, and 19.

Laura Lyons, Fiber Artist
Wildwood Farm
55 Sheep Pasture Rd, Madison
203 245-9786

The Shoreline ArtsTrail’s Open Studios Weekend is presented annually in collaboration with the Guilford Arts Center.

Suzanne Siegel’s Upcoming Workshops


One of the Shoreline ArtsTrail’s new members, Suzanne Siegel, is offering several workshops and opportunities for instruction in the coming months. Coming up in July:

Oil and Cold Wax – Abstraction, Composing Paintings with Structure

3-DAY WORKSHOP: JULY 24, 25, 26, 2015
Beach Studios, 146 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI

Join Suzanne for a lively and instructive workshop exploring ways to use the wonderful medium of cold wax with oil paint, pigment powders, oil sticks, charcoal, and other media. Through a series of exercises, you’ll experiment with tools and marks, balancing intuitive and intentional approaches with the elements of design, to compose abstract paintings with and understanding of structure. Students will be given a lot of personal attention, as you are encouraged to develop your own unique vision of abstraction, using both observed and non-objective forms. There will be slide presentations and group discussions with attention to each student’s personal journey. Limited to 10.

See her website for more information.

IMAGE: Walking Near Water, 1-15-15

Weekend Events on the Shoreline ArtsTrail


Seaside-GrandOpeningSATURDAY: Grand Opening of Seaside Home and Gifts in Stony Creek

SUNDAY: Madison Wool Celebrates 4th Anniversary

SUNDAY: Opening Reception of The Mary Paintings

Madison Wool Celebrates its 4th Anniversary


Featuring Pottery by Anita Griffith and Robert Parrott of Madison
Sunday, May 31, 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Shoreline ArtsTrail member Dayna Mankowski is celebrating the 4-Year Anniversary of her shop Madison Wool on Sunday, May 31 from 12:00PM – 5:00PM.

Joining her in the celebration are fellow SAT members Anita Griffith and Bob Parrott who will present an outdoor Trunk Show featuring their amazing pottery.

Anita and Bob wrote about the CT River Clay that is used in these pots:

About 25 years ago, Bob and Anita were visiting the Kane brickyard in Middletown, hoping to stumble onto a chance to watch a firing of the scove kiln, the intense heating of massive piles of red bricks the Kane brick factory was known to produce. The owner informed them the brick yard was closing the next day, and offered the potters all the clay from their gigantic pug mill that could be hauled away before closing time. Four van loads later, after hours of scraping and digging the clay out of the towering processing machine, they wondered, “Is this the most expensive “free” clay we’ve ever been offered?” But, they liked the idea of using the materials from such a historic place in Connecticut. The Kane bricks, once fired, had been graded by color and hardness. The clay was dug right out of the Connecticut River behind the brick yard. The potters decided this clay from the river presented an opportunity for adventure and creativity.

The clay is rugged, still filled with stones from the river and chunks of broken up fired brick. This forces the potters hands to respond to the material in a very spontaneous way, the result being pottery with a rustic flair.

It was important to try to use the clay just as it came out of the Kane clay mixer, and so no further sieving or cleaning of the clay was done in the potters’ studio. The stones, pieces of brick, and other slight imperfections in the surface of the pots are evidence of the origin of the clay.

In our kiln, firing is specially controlled to withhold some of the oxygen from the gas flames at the end of the firing, producing flashing of deep reds to gray and black, which is reminiscent of the way Kane bricks might look after the long firings at the brickyard.

Anita will be making special one of a kind yarn bowls just for us, and will have her Majolica pottery for sale as well. Bring your knitting or your spinning wheel, it is sure to be a fun day outdoors!

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, see

Opening Reception of The Mary Paintings, May 31


The Mary Paintings: Expressions of the Divine Feminine
May 31st – July 31st
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 31st, 2-4 pm
at Mercy by the Sea
,167 Neck Road, Madison

The Mary Paintings are aspects of the Divine Feminine that were conceived by Shoreline ArtsTrail member Catherine Steinberg through dreams and shamanic journey work in 2011. They were inspired by reading about Mary Magdalene and by Catherine’s work with women in psychotherapy and expressive arts. Catherine believes that the Divine Feminine is revealing Herself more and more at this time to support the evolution of consciousness and the energetic alignment of our planet so that we, both men and women, can develop to our highest potential for the greater good and live in universal harmony, peace and love.

The Marys came to Catherine robed in abstract form. Their faces are without discriminating characteristics since they are ageless, timeless, and wthout cultural definition so they are owned by no one, yet can be claimed by everyone. The mystery behind each image was revealed to Catherine as she held them in her awareness.

Catherine hopes the Marys bring in the light of the Divine Feminine as we move towards peace and harmony in our world.

Click here for more information.

(Image: She Who Enchants, by Catherine Steinberg)

Grand Opening of Seaside Home and Gifts in Stony Creek


Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Stony Creek’s newest resident — Seaside Home and Gifts — on Saturday, May 30 from 10:00AM – 8:00PM. This all-day celebration will include artist demonstrations, refreshments, special sale items, and evening entertainment provided by the Mimosa Steel Pan Duo (from 5:00PM-7:00PM). As a special gift, guests will receive a coupon worth 15% off one item the day of the event.

Seaside Home and Gifts is the brainchild of Shoreline ArtsTrail member Christine Chiocchio and Christina Herrick, who are excited to showcase the creative talents of local residents in a unique retail setting. On the shelves and artistic displays at Seaside, visitors will discover shoreline painters, jewelry makers, authors, and crafts people including ArtsTrail members Lisa Carlin, Jackie McGuire, and Jane Novick, as well as Amy Bloom, Tom Cleveland, Wendy Lewis, Robin Malvezzi, Jen Payne, Lisa Reisman, Courtney Rosenberg, and Maureen Wilkinson.

Additionally, Seaside carries products by Branford-based Herb Garden Naturals and Wild Sage Apothecary, as well as a number of specialty brand items from Chart Jewelry, Elaine Coyne, Elegant Baby, Harbor Sweets, Hudson Beach Glass, Lovell Designs, The Men’s Soap Shop, Mudpie, OKA B, Shiraleah, and Swedish Dream.

Always interested in ways they can give back to the community and the world at large, Chiocchio and Herrick have invested in a number of Fair Trade products now available at Seaside. A portion of the sales of these products will go towards helping crafts men and women profit from their skills, and earn a steady, dignified income. Some of these products include Acacia wood bowls (Philippines), Creative Women hand-woven textiles (Ethiopia), Christa Louise scarves (Mexico), and Malia Designs handbags (Cambodia).

The Grand Opening event is free and open to the public. Seaside Home and Gifts is located at 172 Thimble Islands Road in Branford. For more information, call (203) 208-4312 or visit

Photo by Mimi G. Sommer

SAT Member Laurie Flaherty at Women & Family Life Center


Join artist Laurie Flaherty, a new member of the Shoreline ArtsTrail, for the Opening Reception of her show AWAKENING on Saturday, May 16 from 4:00PM – 6:00 PM at the Women & Family Life Center’s ArtSpace, 96 Fair Street, Guilford. The show runs through July 15.

For more information about Laurie and her work, visit