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Essex Art Association

EAA Council Members
Chip Rutan, President
Pam Carlson, Vice-President
Peggy Price, Secretary

Barbara Morrissey, Treasurer
Elin Dolle, Member
Bob Gantner, Member
Ellen Gaube, Member
Susan Malan, Member
Peggy Price, Member

Kay Brigante
Janet Rayner
Co-Administrative Directors


Essex Art Association exhibitions are funded with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts

 EAA post gallery season:

Chili, Cheap & Chilly
Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10 am – 4 pm.

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The Essex Art Association once again will be hosting “Chili, Cheap & Chilly” at our art gallery in conjunction with the Essex Holiday House Tour. Chili, Cheap & Chilly is held every other year and the event is extremely well attended and tons of fun! 

Drop-off: Wednesday, December 6, from 3 -7 pm

  • There is no fee to enter your artwork
  • EAA keeps 25% of sales.
  • Your artwork MUST be priced $200 or under.
  • As in all of our exhibits no wet paintings will be allowed!
  • We will provide tags for you to fill out to attach to your work.
  • At this time you will hang your own artwork USING OUR NAILS, which we will provide. We will have a limited supply of hammers so you may want to bring your own.
  • A lot of artists participate in this event so please be considerate when hanging your artwork!

Chili, Cheap & Chilly: Saturday, December 9, from 10 am – 4 pm

Artists are asked to bring items from the list below:

  • Pot of chili, DELIVERED HOT!
  • Italian/French bread or rolls
  • Shredded cheese
  • Cider
  • Sour Cream
  • Plastic bags (in case it’s raining and people can use them to wrap up purchased artwork)

Pick-up: Saturday, December 9, from 4-5 pm

  • Unsold work must be picked up between the hours of 4 - 5 pm on the same day as Chili, Cheap & ChillyNO EXCEPTIONS!

    Remember that there is limited heat in the building so come warmly dressed and ready to have a good time!

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Artwork by Kay Brigante

 Images of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat 2017 
November 8-December 30    

A special exhibition sponsored by The Valley Railroad Company, Essex, CT
in collaboration with the Essex Art Association, featuring the work of EAA members. 

EAA member artists are exhibiting their work in the Oliver O. Jensen Gallery in the River Valley Junction building at the Valley Railroad Company in Essex, CT. Artwork represents the Essex Steam Train, the Becky Thatcher Riverboat, the locomotives, rolling stock, buildings, signage, etc. located on the EST&R properties.  
Pick-up Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017 and Tuesday January 2, 2018    12 - 4 pm


Essex Art Association Exit Gallery space renamed
in honor of Bob Gantner.

Bob Gantner has been a driving force behind the Essex Art Association.  He has worn many hats during his approximately 20 years on the EAA Council, including: council member, vice president, president, treasurer, and most importantly, friend and mentor to everyone who has followed in his footprints.

In honor of Bob's dedicated and caring service to the Essex Art Association, we are extremely happy to announce that the Exit Gallery has been renamed to the Gantner Gallery


Thank you Bob for all you've done.