Jubilee art exhibition features women artists from Wallingford
WALLINGFORD – What was initially a pen and ink sketch by a young Hannah Augusta Munson would eventually become a watercolor years later when the artist decided to revisit her subject “Center Street, Wallingford 1849” when she was in her eighties.
The Center Street painting, including the First Congregational Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, is one of 17 historic works of art to be displayed in the Wallingford 350+2 Jubilee art exhibition.
The art exhibition will take place from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on June 21 at the Wallingford Country Club as part of Jubilee Women’s Day, in honor of Wallingford women past and present today. This event is organized by Wallingford Community Women and sponsored by MidState Medical Center and Mutual Security Credit Union.
“The purpose of the art show is to provide a venue for women artists in Wallingford to display their work,” said Sally Tremaine, Treasurer of Wallingford Community Women. “And by including pieces loaned to us by the Wallingford Historical Society, we can show the new pieces as part of the rich history of women’s art in our community.” ”
In addition to the 17 historical artworks, there are 50 artworks submitted by 28 current Wallingford artists.
“The women of Wallingford are a very diverse group who show incredible creativity in many different art forms,” Tremaine said. “Most of the submissions are paintings and drawings, but we also received photographs and sculptures.”
Longtime state representative Mary Mushinsky, D-Wallingford, has two works of art featured in the show, which she did in the 1970s.
“One of the more unusual pieces is ‘Ripple’ created by Mary Mushinsky which uses leftover building materials and spray paint to capture the rippling motion of moving water,” Tremaine said.
Isabelle Champagne is a 12 year old artist who has submitted two oil paintings.
“It was my first time doing impressionist paintings,” Champagne said. “They’re a little different from my usual style and I like the way they turned out.”
This is Champagne’s first time participating in a formal art exhibition and she hopes to do more in the future.
She hopes that people who attend the show will realize “that all art is different”.
Sarah Schlick, an artist who tends to work as a painter but does all art forms, contributed a portrait titled “Izzy.”
“I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Wallingford to showcase local talent and invite the community to recognize the number of female artists creating among us,” Schlick said. “Through the show, I would like to connect with members of the community and create original works for them.”
Lee Palmieri, another performer on the show, agrees, hoping people will see the talent of the women in Wallingford.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” Palmieri said.
Only about 40 tickets remain, Tremaine said. Tickets can be purchased at 350artshow.org for $15 and include refreshments and a drink ticket.
Tremaine hopes attendees will be “amazed as (she) was by the incredible artistry that exists in Wallingford”.
“These women have very generously offered to share their art with the community,” Tremaine said. “I’m a stick-figure artist myself, but I can really appreciate the ability and vision it takes to be able to create these compelling pieces.”
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