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Essex Art Association

Essex Art Association 2019 Jurors

Wilson Harding Lawrence - Summer Open Show “Becoming”  May 4 - 25, 2019 
Reception: Friday, May 3, 6-8 pm 


Ink on paper is a good starting point for mark making on a plane, but drawing in three-dimensional space requires new materials and a new visual vocabulary. My pieces begin with the most familiar flat surfaces, the wall and the floor. On these planes I draw, dig into, and build out of, with a wide range of materials from traditional fine art to the industrial.


Working with these materials, I try to create tension between geometric constructions and free form gestural marks, both formally and in our lives. Shifting planes in space act as different perspectives. Changing and/or challenging the viewer’s perceptions and perspectives is a constant pursuit. As we know everything changes but change remains.


Wilson Harding Lawrence


Born in London in 1984, Lawrence has been studying fine arts since his youth, with his first Solo Exhibition in 1997. He obtained his undergraduate degree in 2006 at Hampshire College and received his M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010.  Currently Lawrence is working as Gallery Manager at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and is working and living as an artist, in Mystic CT where he resides.


Lawrence’s body of work has been displayed throughout New England; from SoHo NYC to deCodova museum in Massachusetts.  It has been featured in variety of media outlets including Art Forum, the Boston globe, and National Public Radio.

Jan Ayer Cushing - Elected Artist Show  June 1 - 22, 2019 
Reception: Friday, May 31, 6-8 pm

Exhibiton juror Jan Ayer Cushing is currently the Co-Owner of The Barn for Artist Youth in Niantic CT. BAY is a private art studio that provides weekly art lessons for K-12 art students, focusing on painting, drawing and sculpture. Jan is also the former owner of Fresh Ayer Gallery, Old Lyme, CT. She has represented both professional fine artists as well as commercial artists. Jan is known for her curation abilities and her eye to recognize strong artistic pieces. Jan has been hired by companies to oversee and hang their collections and also gallery shows.

Jan is an Alumni of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts focusing on sculpture and art history.

Fethi Meghelli - Summer Open Show “Out My Window”  June 29 – July 20, 2019 
Reception: Friday, June 28, 6-8 pm 


Artist Statement

Immigration scenes. Musicians. A glass of mint tea. Women with long dresses. Bare feet. An airplane in flames. The taste of ashes. Boats in the ocean. Earth and sky. Clouds and mountains. Flowering trees. Solitude. Young brides. A burning heart. Houses. The remains of ancient civilizations. Space and time. A crowd of characters. Political and social contradictions. Tragedies and hopes. Dreams and realities. Emotions, intuitions and perceptions.

These are the elements that inspire, shape and guide my artistic work. 

Anne Doris-Eisner - Summer Juried Show “Converge”  July 27 – August 17, 2019 
Reception: Friday, July 26, 6-8 pm 


Anne Doris-Eisner is a painter whose works have been exhibited in many solo, group and juried shows in Connecticut and around the country.  In recent years Anne has exhibited, among other venues, at: the Curtis Gallery of the New Canaan Library; the Providence Art Club (Providence, RI, First Prize); the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, First Street Gallery, Kraft Center for Jewish Life at Columbia University, all in New York; the New Britain Museum of American Art, Housatonic Museum of Art, Westport Arts Center and Mystic Arts Center, all in Connecticut; Drawing Rooms Gallery (NJ), the Beverly Arts Center of Chicago (IL), American Jewish University (CA), The Women’s Museum (TX), the Rubin-Frankel Gallery (MA), and the Verum Ultimum Art Gallery (OR. 

Anne works almost exclusively on paper because of the immediacy and physicality of mark-making on that medium.  Anne enjoys working with large sheets and most often uses non-traditional tools found in nature, such as feather, twig and bone, to capture the resilience and transformative beauty of the natural world and its expression of our capacity for resilience, defiance and renewal.

Anne studied art at the University of Miami and earned a B.A. and M.A. in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University.  Anne was a distinguished art educator for many years, including winning the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award, presented by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation; the University of Connecticut Alumni Association High School Teaching Award for Exemplary Dedication to the Field of Education; and the Amity Regional District’s Teacher of the Year Award.

Anne’s continued study of art has led her to two residencies at the Atlin Art Centre, in far northern British Columbia, and two residencies at the renowned Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.  Anne is a past president of the Women’s Caucus for Art, CT and has for many years been the on the Board and Secretary of the venerable New Haven Paint and Clay Club.

Corina Alvarezdelugo - Late Summer Open Show “The Space Between”  August 24 - September 14, 2019 
Reception: Friday, August 23, 6-8 pm 

Venezuelan-American artist, Corina S. Alvarezdelugo was born in Valencia, Venezuela. She studied at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, had formal art training with Venezuelan painter and sculptor Luis Alvarez de Lugo, and earned a BFA with Honors and Distinction from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven while raising her three children. She is currently a low-residency MFA grad school student at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Working with different materials and techniques in mixed media painting and sculpture, her work has been shown in galleries and museums in South America, the Caribbean, and in the USA, including the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City. She has won awards from major organizations in Connecticut and New York, as well as an Artist-in residency at the Vermont Studio Center with a Merit-based Grant. She's been featured on Spotlight on the Arts on the TV Magazine, All Things Connecticut on CPTV (Connecticut Public Television). Her work is in private collections worldwide.