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

The Mary Paintings: Expressions of the Divine Feminine by Catherine Steinberg


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)

Shamanic Painting Workshop

with Shoreline ArtsTrail Artist 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: June 13th, 2015, 10-4pm;
Cost: $125, includes Materials and Lunch
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 and artist. She has been doing shamanic work and facilitating expressive arts workshops for fifteen years. For more information, see:

SAT Member Laurie Douglas at the Greene Gallery


Be sure to stop by the Greene Art Gallery this weekend for the Opening Reception of Face, Figure and Form, 
a group show of paintings and sculptures by area artists including Shoreline ArtsTrail member Laurie Douglas.

The reception is Saturday, April 4, 3:00 – 6:00 pm and all are welcome. The Greene Art Gallery is located at 29 Whitfield Street, Guilford, (203) 453.4162.

Artist’s Reception for SAT Member Steve Plaziak


Join Shoreline ArtsTrail member Steve Plaziak for an Artist’s Reception on Sunday, March 29 from 2-4 p.m. at Friends and Company in Madison. Steve’s work includes contemporary Connecticut shoreline landscapes and original New England watercolor paintings, charcoal drawings, pen and ink, oils, and pastels — many of which can be seen at Friends until the end of April. Friends and Company, a Shoreline ArtsTrail sponsor, is located at 11 Boston Post Road, Madison.

Call to Artists: Shoreline ArtsTrail 2015


The Shoreline ArtsTrail announces its 14th annual Open Studios Weekend on November 21 and 22, 2015. Approximately 40 member 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 feature article on our blog, state-wide publicity via print and online media, brochure/maps for personal use, and year-round marketing, networking and social media opportunities.

Application fee: $10. Deadline for application: March 13, 2015. Dues: $275 and all members must join the Guilford Art Center for $35.

Click here to apply now!