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



 Kay Brigante


Peggy Price

Cathy Puccio


Chip Rutan


Joanne Ryan


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. 



 "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 Voyages”




 A Journey of Explorations and Discoveries


The artists of Parallel Visions invite you to join them at the Essex Art Association Sept. 19-21 where you can view journeys both grand and intimate, real and imagined. Travel to exotic locations, Connecticut’s parks and gardens, the evening’s world of shadows and into the world of 3-D reimagined images. Opening reception friday, Sept.19, 6-8pm. The  show’s hours are as follows; friday 11-8, sat. 11-6, sun. 11-5.


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