“Making Films on a Micro Budget” by Jim Higgins


The Chelmsford Art Society is presenting a unique program, “Making Films on a Micro Budget” on Saturday January 21 at 2pm at the Chelmsford Public Library. Jim Higgins’ presentation “Making Films on a Micro Budget” is aimed at indie filmmakers with an alternative vision of the world. Because these films are out of mainstream, they are often difficult to finance. But don’t let that stand in your way. We’ll talk about inventive ways to make your vision become reality. Jim’s background began in photography and graphic design and later with in Ireland ( Then in 1983, with design partner
Joan Ross, he was commissioned to document the influx of Southeast Asian refugees in Massachusetts. This resulted in two books, Southeast Asians: A New Beginning in Lowell and Fractured Identites: Cambodia’s Children of War. It also resulted in a life long friendship with Tim Thou, founder of the Angkor Dance Troupe. In 2006, members of the Troupe joined Jim in a new endeavor, Flying Orb Productions, and we began producing alternative films and theater performances.


Maryanne Peterson

Maryanne Peterson, a Westford resident, is an artist continually exploring various mediums, usually in acrylics, gouache, oil pastel and marker. She also applies printmaking and collage in her art. “I haven’t established a particular style or genre; I just let the medium take me on a journey. I also enjoy working digitally as the options are endless, and there’s no hesitation to change or modify.”

As a public school art teacher for two decades, she employed this method to engage students whose ages ranged from preschool to middle school.

Maryanne holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and a Masters Degree in Studio Teaching from Boston University. Her early career began in visual merchandising for the Jordan Marsh Company, as well as a freelance artist who painted murals, faux finishes and custom furniture for private and commercial commissions. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows in Cohasset, MA.


CAS Annual Members Winter Show 2022 Video


For your viewing pleasure a video produced by  T.C. Christiano. Where he discussed the Annual Winter Members Show with the co-presidents of the CAS Barbara Ludinsky and Elaine M Seidel. It  describes every one of the 54 pieces in the new Chelmsford Art Society (CAS) Show at the Chelmsford Library. This show will be up at the Library until January 27th. The link for this video is set forth below:


Jim Ricca

Jim Ricca is happy to be back painting after a 30-year hiatus! I have worked and taught digitally for several years but it just never matched the satisfaction of sloshing wet paint around!



Annual Members Winter Art Show Registration

Our two Summer show got rave reviews, how will we make our Winter Show glow? Members, we can’t wait to see what you enter!

Submission Information: 
Online entry required

  • Artwork submissions are limited to 2 artworks per artist in the following media: Oil/acrylic, Water Media under Glass / Alcohol Ink, Pastel/Drawing, Mixed Media, Photography/Digital Arts, 3D (Sculpture, Metal, Glass)
  • Artwork must have been completed in the past 4 years
  • Artwork not exhibited in previous CAS shows
  • Maximum dimension 44″ in any direction
  • Subject matter suitable for general patrons & children
  • Works on paper must be framed and covered with glass or Plexiglas. Frames must be in good condition. 
  • Entries must be dry, properly prepared for exhibition and properly wired for hanging. The wire and eye screws must not show when the artwork is hung. 
  • Gallery wrapped canvas does not require framing

CAS receives a 25% commission on all sales.

CAS will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any art work from any cause. Submitting work will imply agreement on the part of the artist with this condition.

1. Check your membership status:

Chelmsford Art Society Active Membership 2022-2023

To Renew or Join Us!

2. Enter Art Information

Please enter your information in the on-line application form below and click the SUBMIT button. A box should appear on your screen that says: “Thank you for taking the time to fill out this online form. Your response has been recorded.”

If you click “submit” and you have missed any REQUIRED info, a colored box will appear on your screen highlighting the information you need to fill in. Complete those fields and click the submit button again.

*Please proofread your information carefully*
Labels will be printed exactly (including upper/lower case) from this entry form. All communication will be done via e-mail, so make sure to provide an e-mail address that you check frequently.

For more information, or to volunteer to help with the show, email us at with the Subject Line: Annual Members Winter Show

Deadline for Online Entry:
Wednesday, November 30th 11:00 pm

Register Your Artwork

Drop Off: Chelmsford Adam’s Library
Monday December 5th  5:30 pm  – 8:00 pm

Volunteers who can stay and help hang the show will be greatly appreciated!

Pick up: Saturday, January 28th, 2023 from  2 – 4:00 pm

This presentation of the Chelmsford Art Society is supported in part by a grant from the Chelmsford Cultural Council, local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.






Debra Ciccone-O’Connell

Debra Ciccone-O’Connell is a visual storyteller, painter, illustrator and art educator who spent much of her early life living in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire. In the fall of 2007 she moved to Chelmsford where she now resides with her husband and two children. In her work she uses soft pastel, acrylic paint, foam plate printing, cut paper collage and a wide variety of other drawing and sculptural media. She holds a BFA degree in studio and M.A.T. in Art Education respectively from Plymouth State University in N.H.

During her professional career she has had much of her work exhibited in solo, juried and group shows. Her paintings are held in private and public collections throughout New England as well as in other areas of the United States. In addition to her studio work she has also taught art to children and young adults in both public and private school settings as well as in her own studio for over 16 years.

“As an artist my work continues to evolve as I explore variations in portraiture, landscape, abstract painting and mixed media sculpture. In my process I use color, gesture, representational imagery, abstraction and movement in ways that are both intuitive and intentional. This allows me the freedom to speak freely in a language that does not need words in order to communicate ideas and experiences that are both personal and meaningful to me at any given time and place..”

For more information about my work please visit:
Facebook: @debraoconnellstudio
Instagram: @oconnell.debra


Nancy Lesofsky Demonstration Nov 9th

 Nancy Lesofsky at the CCA café at 7 PM on Nov 9th, 2022
Nancy took Classical painting lessons began at 9 years of age. Her teacher Madame Thellen of Lowell Massachusetts. Studied age nine until age twelve.   She has had art shows at the Whistler House Museum in Lowell Massachusetts, through a juried selection. The museum is internationally recognized She has owned an art gallery on M Street in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC.
Recently awarded a medal in the very prestigious Art – Sciences – Lettres in Paris France.

In addition to her career as an artist, Nancy has been an award-winning International Interior Designer for 54 years and was selected to the prestigious Boston Junior League designers. She was also recently honored with a bronze medal from the International French Order of Arts-Sciences-Lattres in Paris, France. In October of 1992, she appeared for an interview on Channel 7News with journalist Sara Edwards as one of the top female entrepreneurs in the country.

Visit Nancy at her Western Avenue Studio #213 in Lowell MA
or contact her at the following:


Patricia Nolan-Brown
October 12, 2022

The Chelmsford Art Society is inviting Art Lovers and Artists to see Patricia Nolan-Brown’s demonstration. This meeting is open to the public, so come to the CCA on October 12, 2022  at 7 PM.

Patricia Nolan-Brown aka “Troods”
Patricia has been an artist since childhood with a need to create things. She studied painting and design at Framingham State University where she received a B.A. in art. She paint daily in her studio #493 at Western Avenue Studios & Lofts in Lowell, MA. Her paintings are collected internationally and one was chosen to be part of the permanent collection & museum 2021 at Chateau Orqueveux, France.
She has used her creative brain daily to launch many inventions build businesses, publish a book about the creative process, called Idea to Invention— and raise her 3 daughters. She is inspired to interpret and paint things she loves such as travel, nature, and  all things quirky. She work (mostly) with oils in an expressive impasto style.

See more of her work at the following:

Visit her at Western Ave Studios And Loft  – Studio # 493

Here is the link to the Live Stream video:



Nan Quintin’s Solo Exhibition


Nan Quintin currently has a solo exhibit at the Emerson Hospital in Concord MA, in their “Main Street” gallery, which is the main hallway in the main building. The exhibit runs from Sept. 19 to Nov. 18, 2022. No invitations are needed – just walk in at any time to enjoy her paintings!

In addition, one of Nan’s paintings has been juried into the North East Watercolor Society’s International Exhibit in Kent CT, to be held October 9-30. This painting, “Shelved”, depicts an old Jeep truck that is in storage and is being used as shelving for all sorts of thing.

“Falling Apart” has been juried into the New England Watercolor Society’s North American National Exhibition, which will be held in Plymouth MA, Nov. 2 to Dec. 3, 2022.


Judith-Grace Miller

My love of art began as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil. As a child, I always had a paintbrush and sketchbook in hand and during my teen years, saved for college by painting the storefront windows downtown in my hometown of Hudson, Massachusetts for the holidays each year. I received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Graphic Design and worked as a designer for several Boston area advertising and design firms and educational publishing houses.

An observer of nature and people, my oil and gouache paintings are a translation of my feelings and experiences, carefully placed on canvas. My work awakens the senses, and tells the story of joyful moments in time, and invites my audience to join me in my world and respond to these experiences. My love of the beach and my time spent kayaking, cycling, hiking, and camping throughout New England inspires my work. I am especially intrigued by the colors of natural sunlight bouncing off a white building. The kaleidoscope of color that appears within light and shadow continues to amaze me and plays a crucial role in my work. I am in constant awe of all the beauty nature offers and I enjoy traveling to different destinations throughout New England with my painting gear to paint.

My work has been included in the Places I Remember en Plein Air Show at the Bolton Library, the Winter Member Show at the Chelmsford Art Society, the Postcard show at Concord Art, and Nature’s Kaleidoscope exhibit with the Newburyport Art Association.

Judith-Grace Miller

Instagram: @judymillerartist