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Recent and Upcoming Events

Check out the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.

“Happenings with Helen Moriarty” To watch art demonstrations that are presented at our meetings and other programs, tune in to the Cable channels at the times listed below. You may also watch on your computer at any time. Just follow the starred directions below. Hope you enjoy the shows!

To View Online: Some of the most recent "Happenings" may also be viewed on the website On the Home page, click on Watch - On Demand - Search - type in "Happenings" and Artist's Name – Hit Enter. You should get the Streaming show.

Meetings (check back later for updates and more links) Unless otherwise noted, all meetings and events are held at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts (formerly the Old Town Hall), 1 North Road, Chelmsford, MA at 7:00 P.M.

These programs are free of charge.

September 27, 2017
7 PM

Chelmsford Center for the Arts

Marilene Sawaf - Working with Casein

The Chelmsford Art Society is pleased to feature Marilene Sawaf who will demonstrate working with casein. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, the artist lived in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. After coming to the USA in 1980, her first paintings were inspired by her education in Interior Design and Architecture while she leaned toward enigmatic, colorful images. Presently, she lives in Hollis, NH.

Sawaf has given Demonstrations and Talks about art all over New England. Some of her presentations included many in New Hampshire, the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA and for the Chelmsford Art Society in 2005.

On her website, the artist lists countless art shows where she has shown her work since 2006. In 2006 and 2008 she received awards from the Currier Museum of Art for her figurative paintings. In 2011 she became a member of the Copley Society of Boston.

Besides her colorful website, Marilene also maintains a Blog where she posts some of her paintings and her art related news and comments.

October 25, 2017
7 PM

Chelmsford Center for the Arts

watersedgePeter Kostoulakos - Talk on Restoring Paintings

The Chelmsford Art Society is presenting Peter Kostoulakos, who will give a Talk on Restoring Paintings. He is an artist as well as a fine art paintings consultant for private and public collections from 1976 to present. His clients include museums, historical societies, as well as art societies, galleries and private collectors.

Kostoulakos’ formal education in fine arts includes study at Lesley University, The Art Institute of Boston, Northeastern University and Goddard College. He has also studied at the International Society of Appraisers.

Peter has authored many articles including Northlight Magazine, Yankee Magazine and the Lowell Sun. He is a member of the New England Conservation Association, and The Whistler House Museum of Art, as well as the Chelmsford Art Society.

Among the Honors bestowed upon the artist are Who’s Who In The East, and Artists U.S.A.

Being a Lowell resident, he takes pride in telling how he is presently working on paintings that are in the Lowell City Hall. Included in his amazing list of artists’ work that have received conservation treatment are Aldro T. Hibbard, Emile Albert Gruppe and Elizabeth Morse Walsh.

November 29, 2017
7 PM

Chelmsford Center for the Arts

watersedgePriti Lathia - Alcohol Ink Painting

The Chelmsford Art Society is presenting Priti Lathia who will be demonstrating Alcohol Ink Painting. As a professional artist and teacher, she likes to try new techniques and materials. With any media she uses, her work has a vibrant, colorful and joyous feeling. The artist loves to paint nature as well as be inspired by the places she has visited; and paints still life subjects that have inspired her.

Lathia took art lessons as a youngster but never thought of it as a career. Her turning point was taking some art classes at Middlesex Community College. Her teacher asked her to teach a class after looking at a couple of her assignments. Since then, she could see a future in art and gained confidence that she was an original and real artist.

After seeing Lathia’s work in some local art shows for the last several years, many parents brought their children to her for art lessons. She teaches art to a large number of children three days a week at St. Mark’s Church in Westford, from September to June. In addition, she offers private lessons, and teaches art in her home.

January 20, 2018
2 PM

Chelmsford Library

watersedgeThomas R. Dunlay - Oil Painting

The Chelmsford Art Society is featuring noted artist, Thomas R. Dunlay, who will demonstrate painting a landscape in oil. He was born in Weymouth, MA. His father, who was an amateur painter, introduced him to painting at an early age. Later he studied for two years at the Massachusetts College of Art. He was not satisfied with the curriculum there, so he searched for sound training. He found it with Robert Douglas Hunter in Boston and Provincetown and then at the atelier of R.H. Ives Gammell.

Dunlay studied with Gammell in Boston and in the summers in Williamstown from 1973 to 1979. He continued to study and follow in the Boston School tradition. His paintings reemphasize what he learned about value and color, putting it down and leaving it. It was important to stay on track.

Dunlay has won many awards including the Sagendorph Award from “Yankee” magazine, and two John Singleton Copley Awards from the Copley Society of Boston. He has had exhibitions at Cocker Gallery and Hammer Galleries in New York City. Dunlay’s painting subjects include landscapes, figures and still life painting.

He presently lives in Westwood, MA and summers in Nantucket where he can often be seen painting en plein air.

February 28, 2018
7 PM

Chelmsford Center for the Arts

watersedgeLeo Mancini-Hresko - Portrait Painting

The Chelmsford Art Society is pleased to present Leo Mancini-Hresko, who will demonstrate painting a portrait. Born in Boston, MA, the artist studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. After graduating, he was asked to teach there. He stayed in Italy from 2003 - 2011. There, the students even learned to make their own paint.

He currently maintains a studio at Waltham Studios in Waltham, MA, where he hosts artists who present demonstrations for free. Since these sessions are usually crowded, those who want to attend must RSVP.

Mancini-Hresko also holds workshops in his studio as well as en plein air. Recently he held a five-day landscape painting workshop in Stonington, Maine on Deer Island.

In Greece last summer, the artist painted some wonderful paintings en plein air. He enjoyed creating city-scapes in Athens. He enjoyed painting the city with and the old ruins throughout it.

Mancini-Hresko exhibits internationally from Italy, England, Ireland, and Greece to Russia. His work is in galleries mainly on the East Coast in the USA, in Boston at the Sloan Merrill Gallery to South Carolina.

March 28, 2018
7 PM

Chelmsford Center for the Arts

watersedgeWilliam Cheever Turner - A Talk About Art

William Cheever Turner will present A Talk About Art at the Chelmsford Art Society’s monthly meeting. The artist, a fine art realistic painter, is presently working at painting a series of time-worn, rusted vehicles. He renders trucks, farm equipment and cars anthropomorphically. He portrays these vehicles as they now look with broken glass and peeling paint. He feels that these discarded machines contributed to the growth of America, and he enjoys meeting people that have operated these machines.

Turner, a Milford, NH resident, has his business name, Turnwood Fine Art, listed on his website. He received his art education at several art schools including a BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, classes on Color Theory at the MFA in Boston, and Master of Visual Arts-Painting, NH Institute of Art, Manchester, NH.

The artist’s juried Art Memberships include Oil Painters of America, Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA and Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA.

His numerous exhibits include Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA, Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA, Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA, and Wren Gallery, Bethlehem, NH.

April 25, 2018
7 PM

Chelmsford Center for the Arts

watersedgeClaire Gagnon - Palette Knife Painting with Acrylic Paints

The Chelmsford Art Society is happy to have Claire Gagnon present a demonstration of Palette Knife Painting with Acrylic Paints The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7 PM, at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA.

Born and raised in Quebec, Canada, Claire reconnected with her artist roots in 1996 when she studied drawing and painting with Micheline Raymond. She graduated from her school in 1999. An artist of 40 years, Micheline founded the CreativArt Gallery and School in Montreal, Canada.

Since 2000, Gagnon has had the chance to study with several great local artists, including Don Demers, Charles Movalli, Dale Radcliff, Charles Sovek, Tom Gill, and many others. Studying with each of them broadened her skills in different ways and has kept her evolving as an artist. Already a colorist herself, she says “I have learned how to push each color further, adding more contrast and creating paintings with a deeper impact. The result is a better sense of composition and harmony.”

Presently, the artist is starting her own school where she will be teaching all levels of students from children to adults. She will teach anyone whether they are just beginners or adults who are or are not experienced. If anyone is interested, please check her school website for her class lists and times etc. and to register.



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