Essex Art Association

established 1946

 photo by Betty Holcomb

photo by Betty Holcomb

Our Council Members


Rob DeBartolo, President


Pam Carlson, Vice President

 Bob Gantner, Treasurer

 Nancy King, Secretary

 John Berube


 Kay Brigante


Peggy Price


Joanne Ryan


Judith Saunders


Administrative Director


Lesley Braren


Essex Art Association - 10 North Main Street - Essex, CT 06426
From Traditional to Cutting Edge            


We welcome you to walk through our purple door into our beautiful bright yellow building and become a part of this vital and growing community art orgainization. Join us as an artist, art supporter, lover of art.

Public always welcome to any event free of charge. 



 “Less is More”   Summer Juried Show 2014

“Less is More”  Haike. One color next to another/ a word/ a sound/

A line.  When the least number of elements tell the entire story…….

           Opening Reception                   Open

Friday July 25,  2014             July 26. through August 16, 2014

               6 – 8 pm                            1 – 5 pm, except Tuesdays

Essex Art Association is having its last juried show of the season “Less is More”. This is open to all artists over 18. Out of over 200 entries 80 will be chosen.  It’s interesting and exciting to see how the theme will be interpreted by the artists.      

 Featured in the Exit Gallery will be Chip Rutan “The Reader”  The solo show in the Exit Gallery will feature black and white photography by Old Saybrook resident and Essex native, Chip Rutan. The Reader is the result of a six-month collaboration with a homeless woman living in New York City. Books and journals comprise the majority of her belongings, all housed in her suitcase. Her sixteen journals chronicle her time spent in New York since 2006. Chip is in the MFA in Visual Art program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He previously studied graphic design and art history at the University of Bridgeport, and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and business administration, respectively.

 The Essex Art Association is a non-profit seasonal gallery established in 1946 and serving the community with art from traditional to cutting edge. Housed in a historic yellow building with a purple door that welcomes all to enter free and share the creativity of its artists.  Opening reception is on July 25, 2014 from 6-8 pm, public welcome. This show will run from July 26. to August 16, 2014 open1-5 every day except Tuesdays.  For further information visit the website Free admission.



 "Earth Wind & Fire”  

The Essex Art Association announces the last show of the season Opening Reception August 22, 2014 from 6-8 pm public welcome. This is an open show and features the artwork of any artist over the age of 18 who wishes to submit work. Open daily 1-5pm, except Tuesdays, August 23th. to September 13th.,2014. Essex Art Association is a seasonal gallery and after this last show members will be renting the gallery through October for their own group shows.


In the Exit Gallery is the art of Dan Nichols “My Travels”  

Dan was drawing from a very young age. Crayola crayons were then his favorite medium. As a teenager he started doing watercolor,  His father taught him perspective. He attended the freshman foundation year at RISD, and also attended the Paier School of Art, working both with the strict realistic discipline of Ken Davies, as well as John Massimino's freer, more abstract approach.

Today, Dan prefers switching from one medium to the other, and has used oils, pastels, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and oil sticks -- or soft oil pastels in big sticks. Dan paints a number of subjects -- with landscapers his favorite subject -- but one subject that is unique is antique cars. He knows them well and will also do a commission of anyone’s antique or vintage vehicle. He loves all media and he also likes to mix them up. He’s very creative in that respect. He’s taken Canson, or printing paper, shellacked over it and then painted in oils on it. He’s gessoed over a discarded water color and then used oil paint over it

Dan is also a member of CPAPS, and Maple & Main Gallery.


Check out our Member Group Rentals

RENTAL SEASON –  September 18 - October 31

September 19–21     Parallel Lines – “Visual Voyage”

September 26-28      Brushstrokes – “Blurred Lines,

                                                                                     Sharp Art”                       

October     4– 5        Francine & Friends -“Plein Air Poetry”

October    10-13     “Four Women Painting”

October   16–19      “Odyssey Painters”  Present…..




Welcome to the Essex Art Association

The Essex Art Association was established in 1946 by a group of nationally recognized avant-garde Connecticut artists who had experienced difficulty finding acceptance in the area's established art associations.

Today, the EAA continues to provide opportunities for young talent, students, amateurs, and professional artists, and a venue for displaying and selling their work. As a non-profit organization, the EAA strives to promote art appreciation and artist's recognition in the communities that we serve.

The Association's first home was a barn off the main square in Essex. Its present quarters, built circa 1837, functioned originally as a meeting house and later as the principal schoolhouse in Essex. The building still retains its historic charm and makes a wonderful setting for exhibiting fine art. Visit us today and see how the arts are flourishing in Connecticut