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Essex Art Association

Essex Art Association Exhibition Jurors are carefully chosen for each exhibit. 

Essex Art Association 2018 Jurors


Dorie Petrochko  Summer Juried Show “VERB”  July 28 – August 18, 2018


 Dorie Petrochko is an accomplished painter and illustrator who has taught art for three decades. Her interest in traveling and painting birds is a lifelong passion. She currently lectures and teaches natural science illustration at the Yale Peabody Museum, where she is a senior instructor of the Scientific Illustration Certificate Program at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, CT.

Dorie is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Don Eckelberry Fellowship Award for Wildlife Painting from The Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences and the Julia and David White Artist Fellowship in Costa Rica. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, in the Art of the Animal Kingdom at the Bennington Gallery in Vermont, Focus on Nature at the State Museum of Albany, All Things Birds and Beautiful, Orcas Island, WA to benefit bird conservation, and the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, PA. Her avian illustrations have appeared in many publications such as the CT Ornithological Association, New Haven Magazine, CT DEEP, and Project Limulus. Dorie is currently membership chairman of the NY chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

Ava Orphanoudakis Late Summer Open Show “ODD PERSPECTIVE”  August 25 - September 15, 2018

Ava Orphanoudakis’ love for nature and her deep respect and concern for the environment are the major driving forces of her life's work in both Greece and the United States.

Her painting process is a mixed media approach and she often uses a fragmented composition to express a variety of environmental themes. Taking ecology and music as her models, her intention is not to isolate the parts from the whole, but rather to differentiate and diversify the compositions to give a greater emphasis to the harmonious rhythmic patterns that unify the space-parts to whole, whole to parts.
She has exhibited in numerous solo and selected group exhibitions in Europe and the United States and is a member of The Visual Arts Association of Heraklion, Crete, Greece, NAUTE- New Artists Travelling in Europe, The New Haven Paint and Clay Club and The Guilford Art League. Ava’s paintings can be found in public and private collections in the Middle East, Europe and the USA.

Previous Exhibits - Essex Art Association 2018 Jurors

Current Show Juror Bill Colrus Spring Juried Show "Journeys" May 5-26, 2018


BILL COLRUS, a longtime illustrator, cartoonist, and graphic designer, now retired, was known for his versatility and fondness for trying new approaches.  After retiring from the commercial art world and turning his hand to fine art, the same passion for exploration prevailed.  “Not the greatest idea if you’re trying to make a name for yourself as a painter”, acknowledges Colrus.  “But I could never and still can’t, resist the urge to let my imagination roam freely and beyond my comfort zone.

During his many years in illustration and design, he also taught for 33 years, adjunct faculty, at the Paier College of Art.  After a brief, very brief, retirement, Colrus decided to return to teaching, independent of the college where he would have free reign to implement strictly his own philosophy and perspectives.  “Encouraging aspiring artists to explore and discover more about themselves through their art is one of my strongest recommendations”, says Colrus.  “The art student and the person are one in the same – inseparable.  Teach one and you teach the other.  Those parts of us honed for art making purposes are no less relevant in our daily lives.” 

Though a latecomer to fine art, Colrus’ work – originals and prints – already hang on many walls, here and outside the area.  Coming with his newfound pursuit have been many awards, including best in shows.

  Breana Ferrara Juror Elected Artist Show June 2 – 23, 2018


BREANA FERRARA is a sculptor and metalsmith from Fitchburg, MA. A recent college graduate, she earned her BFA in Fine Arts 3D/Metalsmithing from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2017 with academic honors, and has gone on to work as studio assistants to various renowned metalsmiths local to the Boston area. Breana teaches classes and works in the small metals studio at MassArt, while maintaining her own studio practice in her home. She has recently exhibited her senior thesis work at the Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery in Waltham, MA, and is getting ready to exhibit new work at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA this fall. In her body of work Breana uses traditional metalsmithing and fibers techniques often mixed with new processes and materials to create sculpture that almost always is meant to interact with the human body in some way. She examines themes in her work such as shame, trauma, sexuality, and memory to tell her story in a deeply personal way, while still relating to the experiences of others on an emotional and visceral level.

Douglas Deveny Summer Open Show "Brilliant" June 30 - July 21, 2018


I like to explore complexity in simplicity, by use of texture and color.  I love texture and I love to create it.  I am intrigued by the beauty of deteriorated surfaces, happenstance and patina.  I see grace and nostalgia in their simplicity and visual history.  This sensitivity allows me to approach my work with an uninhibited perspective on aesthetics, using color and visual texture as my primary subjects.

Aside from a current landscape series that I've been experimenting with, my art is nonobjective, regardless of the names given to the finished pieces.  Each painting takes me on its own journey in which I intuitively listen and respond, incorporating a variety of techniques and countless layers of acrylic and mixed media, with a constant accumulation and reduction of materials, until each piece finds its own end.

I am a native of Connecticut, currently residing in Essex.  I have attended The Art Institute of Atlanta and Savannah College of Art and Design before completing college as an adult, receiving my B.S. in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University – Summa Cum Laude.  Despite my formal training, I am primarily self-taught in regard to abstract design and in the creation of my own experimental painting techniques and methods.  I am presently being mentored bySuzanne Siegel of Guilford, CT.

My art is in private collections across the United States.