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Raksha Soni

After 20 years of diligent work as a software Engineer for Siebel Systems and Oracle, Raksha Soni began an epic second act: to follow her true calling for Art. She studied fine arts while she was in school and college. She founded Brush & Paisley in 2017, to bring her art to new audiences.

As an artist she is prolific and has had over a dozen exhibitions where she has showcased her signature style; from intricate Indian folk art to lush, opulent landscapes that capture the nostalgia and emotion of the nature. Along with furthering her own journey as an artist, she teaches young kids and adults helping them express and harness their creativity and find their artistic voice. She primarily works with oils, acrylics and watercolors.

Her artwork has received numerous awards, and has been displayed at various charities in both India and the US. In her own words: “Art is a foundational part of my life, and I try to spend my free time experimenting with it. I express my gratitude, emotions, and admiration for nature and Mother Earth through color. My inspiration comes from the many sources: places I travel to, nature, architecture, culture and the people around me. The creative process gives me tremendous joy, satisfaction, and a sense of great accomplishment, and I hope this beautiful journey of self-discovery continues forever.”

Website: http://www.brushandpaisley.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brushandpaisley
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brushandpaisley/
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Priti Lathia Demonstration on April 28th 2021

Priti Lathia will be our feature artist in the month of April. Her demonstration will cover “Techniques to Start a Daily Journal Practice to Generate New Ideas for your Art”. This will be a mixed media workshop for approximately 1 hour.
Priti will demonstrate lots of techniques and explain why daily journaling is so important. Here are some of her thoughts.

  • Regular sketching improves drawing skills and makes you more mindful and improves focus.
  • Journaling gives you a place to explore ideas and promotes self-discovery so that your art is a more authentic version of you. It is a place to improve imagination and connect with your creative self.
  • Travel journals are a record of your time away from home. It is also a place to explore new color combinations.
  • Journaling is not expensive and it is very forgiving, so the rule is simple – draw anything that inspires you daily for one month.

This presentation will be LiveStream live that night at 7 PM. It will also be available on YouTube for future viewing.

Link: https://youtu.be/IPSluwvbMc

 

 

 

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Priti Lathia

Priti claims “the magic happens from the moment I begin drawing, and I find myself driven to paint. It is deeply gratifying. This love of the painting process has me looking for cutting-edge techniques, it allows me to tackle a subject in unique and interesting ways, from which the the viewer can find something to relate to.”

She began as a realistic, watercolor painter, over the years became more impressionistic, and now finds herself moving towards abstract and semi-abstract mixed media work.  She works with several media but primarily in acrylics, watercolors, and oils. Using different media and the way she uses colors in both realistic and abstract paintings has contributed to her style.
Today, she offers high-quality fine art instruction to adults and older children that teaches students how to “see and read” paintings. She teaches in a group and private lessons.

Contact: lathia.p@gmail.com 978 303 7701
Blog: http://priti-fine-art.blogspot.com/

Facebook page – Priti-Lathia-Fine- Art.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paintalongNE/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Priti-Lathia-Fine-Art/140395842665988

Fine Art America: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/priti-lathia.html
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/priti_fine_art/

Gallery Representation:
The Brush Art Gallery, Loading Dock Gallery, Arts League of Lowell Gallery & Floral Arts Gallery

Membership:

New England Watercolor Society, Andover Artist Guild, Art Institute Group of Merrimack Valley, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, Chelmsford Art Society, Chelmsford, MA, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA, Western Ave Studios, Lowell, MA

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Mary Anne Pellegrini

Starting with my childhood crayons in Chelmsford, I’ve always loved color and creating art.  Now an acrylic artist with a love of all creatures (except spiders), I primarily create large realistic detailed images of the endangered cats of the jungle.
My art captures the beauty, grace and strength of these creatures and promotes the awareness that they, like so many other resources of our fragile world, are at serious risk of not being here for the next generation.  A portion of all sales is donated to National Geographic Big Cats Initiative.

With my Studio East in Chelmsford and Studio West in the Berkshires, I’m never without paint on my brush (and usually on my clothes).    Self-taught; my gratitude goes to the almost unlimited resources in books and online videos, as well as encouragement of family and gentle critique from professional artists.  Thanks for sharing my art journey.

Website:  JungleCatArt.com
Facebook : Find me at @JungleCatArtist
Email:  MaryAnne@JungleCatArt.com
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Nita Casey

Born and raised in France, Nita attended the famed Ecole des Beaux Arts in Orleans, France and the Ecole de Dessin in Paris. She has lived in Italy, Germany and Panama. Now she has lived in New England for over 25 years and devotes her life to painting and running “The Gingerbread Gallery” where she works and lives in Pepperell, MA. The prolific artist paints in many different media and loves them all. She primarily works in oils, pastels and watercolors for her own pleasure, as well as for commissions, and illustrations. After thirty years of private classes, she stopped teaching last year. Now, she enjoys her students’ accomplishments in the arts.

Nita has sold many of her paintings around the world. She maintains a studio at Western Avenue Studios where one can visit the artist and see some of her beautiful work at Open House the first Saturday of every month.

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Shirley Lavoie Memorial Scholarship 2021

The Chelmsford Art Society yearly offers a Shirley Lavoie Memorial Scholarship to a deserving graduating high school senior.

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has indicated a desire to further their education in Fine Arts/Visual Arts. Visual Arts include architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, sculpture, photography, video production, etc.

Please see details at https://chelmsfordartsociety.com/cas-scholarship-application/

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Mary Rose O’Connell Demo March 20th

March 20, 2021, Saturday, at 3 PM Join Mary Rose O’Connell for her oil demonstration. Here is the link that will be live on March 20th:
https://youtu.be/sRJJ5jDBiik

Mary Rose O’Connell, is primarily an oil painter with concentrations in portrait, still life, marine and plein air painting.  Her paintings and commission are often done from life and may also be done from field studies and photographs when desired.

Her work shows the benefit of a strong grounding in draftsmanship and design. This style of painting is done in natural light and is influenced by the beautiful colors of the impressionists.

http://Vineyard Sketch @ www.OConnellFineArt.com

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N. E. Watercolor Society’s Members Exhibit

Three CAS members have paintings in the New England Watercolor Society’s Associate Members Exhibit: Esther Donlon, Priti Lathia, and Nan Quintin. Paintings will be on exhibit in the Plymouth Center for the Arts Gallery in Plymouth MA. The exhibit will also be online.

https://www.newenglandwatercolorsociety.org

Dates: March 5 – April 28, 2021.
Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth, MA 02360. Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12-4pm.

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Susan Clare – CAS UK watercolor demo

Another great demo from our sister Art Society in the UK. This one is by Susan Clare, who is riding out the COVID lock-down from her studio in Jamaica. In this demo she walks us through doing a Lion Fish in watercolors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw4Xhuhgiu0…

Susan Clare’s Artist page on Patreon
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Don Ouellette — Artist for February 24th Demonstration

Don Ouellette, award winning landscape painter is our February presenter. He enjoys capturing the vanishing New England scene, trying to preserve the emotional response of those places that hold special meaning to the artist. He is a resident of Massachusetts who works in oil and watercolor.

Don began his study of watercolor painting with his father, Art, in 1975. He also studied with Jack Flynn A.W.S. Carlton Plummer A.W.S., Murray Wentworth N.A., Guy Dampier and David Lowrey. Don is a member of the Lowell Art Association, Whistler House Museum of Art.  His work can be found in many corporate and private collections, including Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, the City of Lowell, Lowell Community Health Center and Enterprise Bank.

Here is the link to the Live Stream that will be live on the 24th : https://youtu.be/ZpzCgL4MOpE