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Essex Art Association

established 1946

EAA Council Members
Rob DeBartolo, President
Pam Carlson, Vice-President
Nancy King, Secretary
Bob Gantner, Treasurer
Barbara Morrissey, Member

Peggy Price, Member
Cathy Puccio, Member
Chip Rutan, Member
Joanne Ryan, Member

Kay Brigante
Anne Coffey
Co-Administrative Directors



New Information Regarding the "Train Show" — See Below!

"Memories" — Open Through September 12

176 artworks have been submitted to "Memories" — the last exhibition of the EAA season. The exhibition is an "open show," meaning that it will be judged for awards only. 

This exhibition is an unusually eclectic mix! The exhibition runs through September 12 so be sure to stop by.

Another Opportunity for EAA Artist Members!

The Connecticut Marine Heritage Festival, an annual "tall ship" event, will be held in New London September 9-12. They are looking for artists who would like to exhibit during the festival. There is no charge to artists to exhibit; there is no commission; no booth fee. Set up your 10'x10' tent, display your art, collect money from your sales. If you don't have a tent but are interested, you can rent a tent from the festival organizers for $50.

If you want to participate, you must email BEFORE September 1. If you'd like to do it but want to share space, email us at and we'll put you in touch with other EAA artists who are looking for tent partners.

 "Memories" on has a nice article about our upcoming exhibition, "Memories," as well as a good writeup about our Exit Gallery artist, Jill Beecher Matthew. Click on the link below and take a look:

Valley News

Get Ready for the Train Show!!

Call to artists — The "Train Show" will be held again this year during the months of November and December. Participating artists are asked to submit artwork of anything related to the Essex Valley Railroad...the trains, parts of trains, the surrounding buildings, train tracks, special events involving the Valley Railroad trains. New info — artwork entered into previous Train Shows may, once again, be submitted to this year's Train Show. It's all good! Your artwork will look wonderful, displayed in the newly renovated space at the railroad station. Plan ahead regarding your submission. Details regarding entry dates, etc will be published as soon as they are finalized. In addition to info here on the website, emails will be sent to all those on our email list.

Thanks for Your Kind Words —

Several times over the summer someone who has either visited the gallery or has gallery sat has taken the time to thank us for the changes in the gallery. "It's so inviting." "I love the flowers." "The openings are such fun!" "I appreciated having the various magazines to pour through as I gallery sat last week." "The new wall covering really made a difference." "The new radio/cd player is wonderful." All statements that we've heard in the last month.

We are so happy that the changes in the gallery have been noticed and that it has made a difference to your experience at the gallery. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us. Stop by the gallery soon!