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Essex Art Association

EAA Council Members
Chip Rutan, President
Pam Carlson, Vice-President
Peggy Price, Secretary

Barbara Morrissey, Treasurer
Elin Dolle, Member
Bob Gantner, Member
Ellen Gaube, Member
Susan Malan, Member
Peggy Price, Member

Kay Brigante
Janet Rayner
Co-Administrative Directors

Essex Art Association exhibitions are funded with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts

Artists, it's time to get your entries ready for the Essex Art Association's Late Summer Open show!
“Wild and Crazy”

Klimt Wave 8B Tapestry by Exit Gallery Artist Ellen Gaube
"Let your imagination take charge and create art that surprises with its’ originality and style!"

Receiving Dates: Sunday, August 20 & Monday, August 21 2-5 pm
at 10 North Main Street, Essex, CT

This is the last open show of the Essex Art Association's 2017 season. The EAA welcomes all area artists to submit artwork for this show, which is juried awards only. Show juror Eileen Eder will be selecting artwork for which the EAA will be awarding $1,800 in monetary prizes, in addition to the prestigious Exit Gallery Award which offers the winning artist  a solo exhibit in the Art Association's Exit Gallery during the next gallery season.

Remember, there is an artwork entry limit of two pieces for open shows.
Also, artwork is to be dropped off  during the designated times only, when someone is there to officially receive it.   Thank you!

Show runs from August 26 to September 16, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, August 25 6-8 pm

For more information Click for prospectus
Questions? Call 860-767-8996 or email

Essex Art Association Summer Juried Show
“Weather, Whether”

Show runs through August 19, 2017
10 North Main Street, Essex, CT

Painting by Exit Gallery artist Pam Carlson
“Weather, Whether”

Weather, whether it’s sunny or cloudy, hot or cold, raining or snowing, windy or calm, there is beauty to be found. Cover your brush with your weather paint and just have fun putting it on your canvas where it will last forever….but do it quickly before it changes.

“Weather, Whether” is the second juried show of the Essex Art Association's 2017 season. Gallery visitors will delight in the variety of high quality artwork in this exhibit, which will be juried for entry and awards. Monetary prizes totaling $1900 will be awarded in addition to the prestigious Exit Gallery Award which offers the winning artist a solo exhibit in the Art Association's Exit Gallery during the next gallery season.

The exhibit’s Public Reception is Friday, July 28, 2017, 6-8 pm. The show runs July 29 - August 19, 2017. The EAA Gallery is located at 10 North Main Street, Essex, CT. Gallery hours: 1-5 pm daily, closed Tuesdays. For more information visit or call 860-767-8996.            

The exhibition juror is Lenny Moskowitz, a Connecticut landscape painter who lives in New Haven with his wife. He graduated with his B.F.A from the Philadelphia College of Art and received his M.F.A. from Michigan's Cranbrook Academy.

The Exit Gallery show, "Forever," showcases paintings by Pam Carlson. Pam was born and raised in Darien, Connecticut. She has degrees in both Fine Art and Education. Pam taught in public schools and has exhibited her artwork in many galleries and art shows up and down the east coast.

Congratulations Weather, Whether Awards Winners!

The Exit Gallery Show Award: Fred Trinkaus, Djuna
The awarded artist will have a solo exhibit next season in our Exit Gallery.
Best in Show $350: Chip Rutan, 
Mariam and Thomas
Best in Sculpture $150: Eric Hedberg, Seasons
Best in Watercolor $150: Kay Brigante, Hammonasset by the Sea
Best in Photography $100: Leonard Hellerman, Moonset
Best in Pastel $150: Beverly Schirmeier, Storm Rising
Best in Oil/Acrylic $150: Betsey Evarts, After Rain
Best Interpretation of Show Theme: $150: Denise Casey, Even Song 
Founders Award $100: Jill Vaughn, Seashells Not by the Seashore 
Founders Award $100: Jean Dalton, Earth Odyssey
Kingsbury Award $100: Sarah Gustafson, Eye of the Storm
Dock Award $100: Carol Dunn, Rainy Day Norwich, CT
Dock Award $100: Claire Crosby, Frog Pond
Dock Award $100: Pam Erikson, When Pigs Fly
Dock Award $100: LAYNE, 
Bouquet from Klimt’s Garden 

Click here for list of accepted artists and artwork