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

 John Berube


 Kay Brigante


Peggy Price


Joanne Ryan


Judith Saunders


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. 


OPEN SHOW “BOLD COLORS”      Non –juried - Judged for awards only

Exit Gallery Featuring: Mary Fussell “Big Pink”

RECEPTION: Friday, June 27     6-8 pm

Open 1-5 pm daily except Tuesdays June 28 – July 19

Entry Dates: Sunday & Monday, June 22 & 23    2-5 pm

Pickup: Sunday & Monday, July 20 & 21     2-5 pm

SHOW CHAIRS: Joanne Ryan, Anne Gantner, Mary Bell, Nancy Gould, Carol MacElwee

The Essex Art Association, a non-profit seasonal gallery,  announces a new show “Bold Colors”,  Opening Reception June 27, 2014 from 6-8 pm public welcome. This is an open show and features the artwork of any artist over the age of 18 who wishes to submit work. Artists from all around Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York are represented. The ”Bold Colors” theme makes for an exciting show of stimulating artwork. The show runs June 28 to July 19, 2014  Open daily 1-5pm, except Tuesdays, Free Admission, Public Welcome.

In the Exit Gallery is the art of Mary Fussell “Big Pink”

Mary Fussell’s new series of nudes are an intense, playful, and confident exploration of the feminine psyche. The women invite us into a dream landscape full of the exuberance of youth with its physical energy, connection, and abundance. These woman are not asking the viewer to observe them passively as much as they invite the viewer to step into the frame and celebrate with them. 

These women refuse to mask their feelings or compromise the fullness of their experience. It is an exuberant stance and shows us the range women have to make connection. It is up to the viewer to match the energy of the women and look back directly.

These works are done with acrylic, house paint and charcoal.


 “Less is More”   Summer Juried Show 2014

“Less is More”  Haike. One color next to another/ a word/ a sound/

A line.  When the least number of elements tell the entire story…….

           Opening Reception                   Open

Friday July 25,  2014             July 26. through August 16, 2014

               6 – 8 pm                            1 – 5 pm, except Tuesdays

 Receiving Dates: Sunday & Monday   July 20  & July 21, 2014  2-5 pm

 Pickup Dates:      Sunday & Monday    August 17 & 18, 2014  2-5 pm

 Show Chair: Bette Ellsworth

 Juror: Dolph LeMoultEducationUniversity of Cincinnati &

CincinnatiAcademy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts & Arts

Students League in NYC. He has done commercial and fine artist

And is a  writer. Most recently he is doing contemporary and

Abstract works. He is at ease in many mediums.


EAA Best interpretation of “Less Is More” Theme  $300                               

EAA    $250               EAA   $225                       EAA $200

EAA $175                   EAA $150

Founders  $300     

Dock  $300        

The “Exit” Gallery Solo Show Award:  For the artist “We’d like to see more of



Essex Art Association is having its last juried show of the season “Less is More”. This is open to all artists over 18. Out of over 200 entries 80 will be chosen.  It’s interesting and exciting to see how the theme will be interpreted by the artists.      


Featured in the Exit Gallery will be Chip Rutan “The Reader”  The solo show in the Exit Gallery will feature black and white photography by Old Saybrook resident and Essex native, Chip Rutan. The Reader is the result of a six-month collaboration with a homeless woman living in New York City. Books and journals comprise the majority of her belongings, all housed in her suitcase. Her sixteen journals chronicle her time spent in New York since 2006. Chip is in the MFA in Visual Art program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He previously studied graphic design and art history at the University of Bridgeport, and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and business administration, respectively.


The Essex Art Association is a non-profit seasonal gallery established in 1946 and serving the community with art from traditional to cutting edge. Housed in a historic yellow building with a purple door that welcomes all to enter free and share the creativity of its artists.  Opening reception is on July 25, 2014 from 6-8 pm, public welcome. This show will run from July 26. to August 16, 2014 open1-5 every day except Tuesdays.  For further information visit the website Free admission.





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