Essex Art Association

established 1946

 photo by Betty Holcomb

photo by Betty Holcomb

Our Council Members


Rob DeBartolo, President


Pam Carlson, Vice President

 Bob Gantner, Treasurer

 Nancy King, Secretary



 Kay Brigante


Peggy Price

Cathy Puccio


Chip Rutan


Joanne Ryan


Administrative Director


Lesley Braren


Essex Art Association - 10 North Main Street - Essex, CT 06426
From Traditional to Cutting Edge            


We welcome you to walk through our purple door into our beautiful bright yellow building and become a part of this vital and growing community art orgainization. Join us as an artist, art supporter, lover of art.

Public always welcome to any event free of charge. 



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RENTAL SEASON –  September 18 - October 31

September 19–21     Parallel Lines – “Visual Voyages”


 A Journey of Explorations and Discoveries

 The artists of Parallel Visions invite you to join them at the Essex Art Association Sept. 19-21 where you can view journeys both grand and intimate, real and imagined. Travel to exotic locations, Connecticut’s parks and gardens, the evening’s world of shadows and into the world of 3-D reimagined images. Opening reception friday, Sept.19, 6-8pm. The  show’s hours are as follows; friday 11-8, sat. 11-6, sun. 11-5.


September 26-28      Brushstrokes – “Blurred Lines,

                                                                                     Sharp Art” 


October     4– 5        Artists with a Flair

Featuring the artwork of  Elizabeth Van Wazer, Patricia Ames,

Francine Curto, Janet Shea Rea, and Jacqueline Jones.

Hours: Saturday 10 - 6   and Sunday 10 - 5.


October    10-13     “Four Women Painting”


October   16–19      “Odyssey Painters”  Present…..




Welcome to the Essex Art Association

The Essex Art Association was established in 1946 by a group of nationally recognized avant-garde Connecticut artists who had experienced difficulty finding acceptance in the area's established art associations.

Today, the EAA continues to provide opportunities for young talent, students, amateurs, and professional artists, and a venue for displaying and selling their work. As a non-profit organization, the EAA strives to promote art appreciation and artist's recognition in the communities that we serve.

The Association's first home was a barn off the main square in Essex. Its present quarters, built circa 1837, functioned originally as a meeting house and later as the principal schoolhouse in Essex. The building still retains its historic charm and makes a wonderful setting for exhibiting fine art. Visit us today and see how the arts are flourishing in Connecticut