The 2009 Annual Visual Arts Exhibition by Cheshire Art League presented an opportunity for me to fulfill a new role I had with the organization. I was accepted onto the Board of Directors at the Cheshire Art League with the assignment to improve the league’s online presence. This included a complete redesign of the league’s website. I attended most functions and recorded the events to collect material for web page entries. 17 league events were documented between 2009 and 2011, starting with this 2009 annual exhibition.
(Note: I resigned from this assignment in 2011 to pursue my online frame business Painting Frames Plus; unfortunately, the new web designer for the Cheshire Art League did not upload the events I recorded. I will try to re-post them on this site as time permits. The below pictures are just a sampling from this exhibit.)
Event Literature – Annual Visual Arts Exhibition
Receiving and Hanging – Annual Visual Arts Exhibition
Opening Reception and Award Ceremony – Annual Visual Arts Exhibition
I didn’t know it then, but Christine Ivers would become my sponsor for membership in the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Christine’s specialty is working with pastels, and is an excellent artist. I first met Christine at this Annual Visual Arts Exhibition by Cheshire Art League.
About the Judge – Annual Visual Arts Exhibition
Power Boothe, Dean of the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, is a recognized abstract painter. He has had twenty solo exhibitions in New York. His work is represented in many public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. Boothe has designed sets for Obie Award-winning productions, collaborated as a visual artist with choreographers and musicians, and has received numerous NEA Inter-Arts grants. In 1975 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship for painting, and in 1985, a Guggenheim Fellowship for painting.1, 2
Image of Power Boothe from hartford.edu ~ 2014
Bio. information for Power Boothe from the exhibition brochure
The jury accepted three of my paintings into the Spring Painting and Sculpture Exhibit by Lyme Art Association.
Opening Reception (3-6-2009) – Spring Painting and Sculpture Exhibit
The opening reception was held on March 6, 2009, between 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This time, my wife, Jennifer, my two children, Joshua and Danielle, and my mother, Lynn Ambrosini, attended the reception with me. Thus it was a family night out.
Later, I took some pictures from the reception, and as expected, there was quite a crowd at a Lyme Art Gallery event. In addition to talking with several other artists participating in the exhibition, I introduced myself to Diane Aeschliman. Diane is one of the elected Lyme Gallery artists. Jennifer and I liked one of the landscape paintings by Diane that was in the exhibit.
The Spring Painting and Sculpture Exhibit by Lyme Art Association was another excellent exhibition. Also, I am thankful my family enjoys attending these art exhibitions with me; they become excellent family outings.
About the Judges – Spring Painting and Sculpture Exhibit
Del [-Bourree Bach] is a signature member of many professional arts organizations, including the American Society of Marine Artists, Artists for Conservation, Society of Animal Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, American Artists Professional League (Fellow), Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists, The Copley Society of Boston, Providence Art Club and the Salmagundi Club of New York… He is one of nine artists nationwide to be named to the PaintAmerica Masters Circle… 1, 2
[Terry Oakes Bourret] is an elected member of various art associations, including the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (NYC), New Haven Paint & Clay Club, Lyme Art Association, Connecticut Women Artists, Clinton Art Society, and Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. This Fall, she will be featured in the anthology “100 Artists Of New England” compiled by prominent author E. Ashley Rooney… 3
Catherine M. Elliott is a contemporary artist whose work evocates the American Impressionism painting style. “My paintings are primarily of atmospheric and light conditions portraying the subject’s quality. I try to capture the true grace and elegance of the remaining countryside of New England… 4, 5
An impressionist oil painter living and painting along the New England coast, Kim Muller-Thym is drawn to shoreline scenes significantly as they are affected by weather, time of day, and seasons. Being a farm girl, she also loves the countryside, sheep, and barns… 6
Image of Del Del-Bourree Bach from the Salmagundian Blog ~ April 2013
Bio “snippet” for Del Del-Bourree Bach from www.natureartists.com ~ April 2014
Image and Bio “snippet” for Terry Oakes Bourret from www.artmajeur.com ~ 2014
Image of Catherine Elliott from www.ct.com ~ 2014
Bio “snippet” for Catherine Elliott from www.catherinemelliott.com ~ 2014
Image and Bio “snippet” for Kim Muller-Thym from www.kimmuller-thym.com ~ 2014
Things keep getting better for me with my art. For example, I was selected to be a featured artist for the 17th Annual Associate Artist Exhibit by Lyme Art Association. WOW!!! (You can read the press release.)
The 17th Annual Associate Artist Exhibit was held on January 16, 2009, at the Lyme Art Gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. I was privileged to have four of my paintings accepted into the exhibition, which will run from January 16 through February 28.
Event Literature – 17th Annual Associate Artist Exhibit
Opening Reception (1-16-2008) – 17th Annual Associate Artist Exhibit
A lovely group of patrons attended the reception, in addition to plenty of food and drinks on the serving table. Also, my father, John O’Keefe Sr, and youngest brother Joe O’Keefe, attended the reception along with my wife, Jennifer, and our two children. Overall, we had a good time meeting people and viewing the exhibit. Additionally, I introduced myself to one of the elected artists, Richard Nazzaro. I had seen Mr. Nazzaro at other Lyme Gallery events, but I never had the opportunity to meet and introduce myself to him.
I had a chance to meet the Lyme Gallery Sales Manager Joy Hanes. She gave me some wonderful compliments about my paintings and said she is particularly fond of my latest work titled “Big Cork Tree.”
Reconnecting with Dianne Gorrick – Opening Reception
Before the evening ended, I was pleasantly surprised to meet Dianne Gorrick and her husband at the opening. Dianne was the juror for the first art competition I entered as an emerging artist. (2008 Annual Visual Arts Exhibit by The Cheshire Art League.) Dianne remembered me and my two paintings from that competition. Dianne and I are both associate artists with the Lyme Art Association, and we each had several pieces accepted into the exhibit. We walked around showing our paintings to each other while discussing various painting techniques. Dianne shared some tips for achieving smooth lines on tree branches, which I’m working to improve in my newer paintings. Dianne had high compliments on my color pallet. It was very encouraging to talk with Dianne again and participate in the 17th Annual Associate Artist Exhibit by Lyme Art Association.
Event Literature – About the Judge
Associate Artist at the Lyme Art Gallery 1
Associate Artist at the Lyme Art Gallery 2
Maryanne Rupp is a Killingworth pastel and oil artist who has won numerous art awards and has displayed her work throughout New England. She is a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Lyme Art Association, the Madison Art Society, and the Clinton Art Society. Her work is in private collections throughout the Northeast, and she has studied pastel with Joanne Ballinger at the Lyme Art Association for the past seven years. She has taken numerous workshops with renowned local artists such as Karen Winslow, Diane Aeschliman, Jack Broderick, Hollis Dunlap, and Lou Bonamarte. She believes that producing art is the artist’s ability to find beauty in ordinary objects. 3, 4
Associate Artist at the Lyme Art Gallery
Image of Phil Cutting from www.thetimesgroup.com ~ Community section ~ July 17, 2009.
Image of Bob Gregg from the fall 2008 newsletter the Lyme Art Association printed.
Bio information on Maryanne Rubb taken from Clinton Art Society website: Artist of the Month article ~ June 2008.
Image of Maryanne Rupp from Madison Art Society ~ March 2008.
Things keep getting better for me with my art. The following press release about me was released before the Lyme Art Association 17th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition: “John O’Keefe Jr. is Featured Artist at Lyme Art Gallery.” WOW!!!
Featured Artist at Lyme Art Gallery – Press Release
LYME ART ASSOCIATION, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, 06371
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Publicity Contact: Susan Cornell Phone: [removed] Email: [removed]
Image Attached: John O’Keefe, Big Cork Tree, Oil, 8″ x 10″
LAA’s Feature Artist, John O’Keefe
Landscape oil painting specialist John O’Keefe is Lyme Art Association’s feature artist. O’Keefe is showing at LAA’s current exhibition, the 17th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition, on view through February 28.
O’Keefe has loved viewing and creating art for as long as he can remember. “Growing up, I was always drawing with pencils, colored pencils, watercolors, and I tried just about everything I could get my hands on,” he said. He received formal art training during his primary school years and placed within the top five at a state-level student art competition. He studied watercolor painting privately with Connecticut artist Cathy Singer and received training at the Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, all before graduating high school.
O’Keefe’s love for art led him to seek a career in mechanical drafting. As new technologies emerged, he advanced from manual drafting to more sophisticated 3D CAD modeling systems, project management, and new product development. The work was very technical, but an artistic element was also involved in the design and documentation.
He pursued musical arts and ran a small recording studio out of his home while playing guitar in a few bands.
Currently, O’Keefe is leading a video game project to develop a sophisticated DC-9-41 cockpit add-on package for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This project focused on the Scandinavian Airline Service (SAS) DC-9 airplane OY-KGR.
More recently, his wife Jennifer rekindled his zeal for drawing and painting. “It was her encouragement and support that motivated me to take up oil painting as a full-time artist in 2007, and now we are working together to promote my paintings,” he said.
Their daughter’s health problems were also significant in his becoming a full-time artist. Danielle O’Keefe suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as Epidermolysis Bullosa, which affects the skin and surface areas of the body. Like her father, Danielle has loved painting, drawing, and creating art since she was a little child.
O’Keefe specializes in Landscape Oil Painting in style similar to the famous Hudson River School and Victorian-era artists. He sells original works and a variety of high-quality pigment print reproductions.
“I love the early American painters from the Hudson River School and Victorian era. Most of my landscape oil paintings are directed toward the styles of those early artists. I hope to one day produce comparable works to such masters of landscape as Asher B. Durand, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and John Kennsett,” said the artist. “My paintings have been displayed at prestigious exhibitions at the Lyme Art Gallery and Mystic Arts Center in Connecticut. I have won awards, and the future only seems brighter as I work to promote my art,” he added.
Big Cork Tree Painting
O’Keefe’s Big Cork Tree is on view at the Lyme Art Association’s current show, the 17th Annual Artist Exhibition. The painting started as a tree study as he has been working to improve his skills in painting trees in preparation for some larger paintings in the works. “The sky, as with most of my skies, is painted from photographs my wife Jennifer takes. We may drive to look for beautiful skies and local landscape scenery to photograph. An old Victorian engraving of a cork tree inspired the tree itself. The land and distant hills are done to capture an African landscape,” he explains.
“Some other details on the painting are that it’s mounted on medium textured canvas and I used Winsor & Newton ‘Artist Oil Colors.’ Also, as with most of my paintings, they are only complete once I get the ok from Jennifer. She has an excellent eye for spotting something that looks off or is missing,” he says, adding, “We hang my works that are in process in our living room. Sometimes after a few days or weeks, we decide a particular painting needs something more added, so it goes back on the easel for some touch-up work. I like being surrounded by reproductions of my previous works to gauge my progress as a landscape painter. Most original works are for sale.”
Lyme Art Gallery – About Lyme Art Association
LAA is located at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme. Admission is free, with contributions greatly appreciated. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm. For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802.
Founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists, the Lyme Art Association continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members, inviting artists, and offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within a historic district. Admission is free, with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm. For more information on the exhibition
I made this trip with my family to the Hudson River School by New Britain Museum of American Art. I wanted to study some Hudson River School paintings in the museum’s permanent collection. Below are a series of photographs I captured showing various closeup details for several oil paintings. The closeup details are very informative, and by studying them, a person can start to appreciate and understand how the painting layers were constructed. The colors in these photographs are not modified from my digital camera, they may not represent the colors of the paintings hanging in the museum, but they are relatively close.
Hudson River School – “The Boating Party” by George Wellington Waters
Hudson River School – “Sunday Morning” by Asher Brown Durand
Hudson River School – “Scene Near Fishkill Hudson River” by Paul Weber
Hudson River School – “Ipwich Marshes” by Martin Johnson Heade
Hudson River School – “West Rock, New Haven” by Frederic Edwin Church
Hudson River School – “The Wilds of Lake Superior” by Thomas Moran
Hudson River School – “Midwinter Moonlight” by Francois Gignoux
Concluding Thoughts – Hudson River School by New Britain Museum of American Art
What a great exhibit of the Hudson River School by New Britain Museum of American Art. Seeing close-up of how master painters from history did their work is invaluable. In person, you can see each brush stroke, tell what the artist deliberately intended in one area, and see where some overpainting happened in another. Overpainting indicates the artists changed something they didn’t feel was right the first time they put down the paint. This visit was an education.