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.

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)