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Essex Art Association

The Essex Art Association
2017 Exhibition and Events Schedule

 EAA post gallery season events

Chili, Cheap & Chilly
Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10 am – 4 pm.

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The Essex Art Association once again will be hosting “Chili, Cheap & Chilly” at our art gallery in conjunction with the Essex Holiday House Tour. Chili, Cheap & Chilly is held every other year and the event is extremely well attended and tons of fun! 

Drop-off: Wednesday, December 6, from 3 -7 pm

  • There is no fee to enter your artwork
  • EAA keeps 25% of sales.
  • Your artwork MUST be priced $200 or under.
  • As in all of our exhibits no wet paintings will be allowed!
  • We will provide tags for you to fill out to attach to your work.
  • At this time you will hang your own artwork USING OUR NAILS, which we will provide. We will have a limited supply of hammers so you may want to bring your own.
  • A lot of artists participate in this event so please be considerate when hanging your artwork!

Chili, Cheap & Chilly: Saturday, December 9, from 10 am – 4 pm

Artists are asked to bring items from the list below:

  • Pot of chili, DELIVERED HOT!
  • Italian/French bread or rolls
  • Shredded cheese
  • Cider
  • Sour Cream
  • Plastic bags (in case it’s raining and people can use them to wrap up purchased artwork)

Pick-up: Saturday, December 9, from 4-5 pm

  • Unsold work must be picked up between the hours of 4 - 5 pm on the same day as Chili, Cheap & ChillyNO EXCEPTIONS!

    Remember that there is limited heat in the building so come warmly dressed and ready to have a good time!

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Artwork by Kay Brigante

 Images of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat 2017 
November 8-December 30    

A special exhibition sponsored by The Valley Railroad Company, Essex, CT
in collaboration with the Essex Art Association, featuring the work of EAA members. 

EAA member artists are exhibiting their work in the Oliver O. Jensen Gallery in the River Valley Junction building at the Valley Railroad Company in Essex, CT. Artwork represents the Essex Steam Train, the Becky Thatcher Riverboat, the locomotives, rolling stock, buildings, signage, etc. located on the EST&R properties.  
Pick-up Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017 and Tuesday January 2, 2018    12 - 4 pm


Exhibition Schedule for 2018 Season

Spring Juried Show, May 5 - 26

Elected Artist Show, June 2- 23

Summer Open Show, June 30- July 21

Summer Juried Show, July 28 - August 18

Late Summer Open Show, August 25 - September 15

EAA Rental Season Exhibitions 2018
September 19 - October 2, 2018:  Madison Art Society 
October 5 - 8, 2018:  Five Women Painting
October 12 - 15: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
October 26 - 29: Draft Horse Rescue

Previous Exhibits - Essex Art Association - 2017 Season

Dates: Monday, April 24 - Thursday, April 27, 2017
Hours: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm   
Reception and Awards: Wednesday, April 26, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

“ANYTHING YOU WANT”  Spring Juried Show 
Judged for Entries & Awards
Hours: 1-5 pm daily, except Tuesdays, May 6-27, 2017


Reception: Friday, May 5, 6-8 pm
Entry Dates: Sunday, April 30 & Monday, May 1, 2-5 pm
Pickup: Sunday, May 28 & Monday, May 29, 2-5 pm
Show Chair(s): Kay Brigante
Juror: Leila Daw

Exit Gallery Featuring: Diana Roberts Paschall,  "Sharing a View"

Click here for list of accepted artists.

UP IN THE ATTIC” — Elected Artist ShowNon–juried - Judged for awards only
Hours:1-5 pm daily, except Tuesdays, June 3 – June 24, 2017

Reception: Friday, June 2, 6-8 pm
Entry Dates: Sunday, May 28 & Monday, May 29, 2-5 pm
Pickup: Sunday, June 25 & Monday, June 26, 2-5 pm
Show Chair(s): Ann Knickerbocker
Juror: Melanie Carr
Exit Gallery Featuring: Layne,  "When The House Needs Cleaning, I Paint"

“A WALK IN THE…” — Open Show
Non–juried - Judged for awards only
Hours: 1-5 pm daily except Tuesdays, July 1 – July 22, 2017

Reception: Friday, June 30, 6-8 pm
Entry Dates: Sunday June 25 & Monday, June 26, 2-5 pm
Pickup: Sunday, July 23 & Monday, July 24, 2-5 pm
Show Chair(s): Tony Donovan
Juror: Moya Aiken
Exit Gallery Featuring: Mary Mellot, "Into the North"

“WEATHER, WHETHER” — Summer Juried Show
Judged for Entries & Awards

Hours: 1-5 pm daily except Tuesdays July 29– August 19, 2017
Reception: Friday, July 28, 6-8 pm
Entry Dates: Sunday, July 23 & Monday, July 24, 2-5 pm
Pickup: Sunday, August 20 & Monday, August 21, 2-5 pm
Show Chair: Lee Bardenheuer

Juror: Lenny Moskowitz
Exit Gallery Featuring: Pam Carlson, "Forever"

Click here for list of accepted artists and artwork

“WILD AND CRAZY” — Open Show
Non–juried — Judged for awards only


Hours: 1-5 pm daily except Tuesdays August 26 – September 16, 2017
Reception: Friday, August 25, 6-8 pm
Entry Dates: Sunday, August 20 & Monday, August 21, 2-5 pm
Pickup: Sunday, September 17 & Monday, September 18, 2-5 pm
Show Chair(s): Joanne Ryan, Ann Gantner, Nancy Gould, Mary Bell, Carol MacElwee
Juror: Eileen Eder
Exit Gallery Featuring: Ellen Gaube, "Scars, Wounds and Other Insults"

EAA Rental Season Exhibitions

October 6- 9 — "Five Women Painting", an exhibit of artwork by Pam Carlson, Rosemary Cotnoir, Cathy DeMeo, Janet Rayner and Claudia Van Nes    
Gala Opening Party Friday October 6, 5 - 8 pm
Free art demonstrations 1:00 – 4:00 pm with Janet Rayner on Saturday and 
Pam Carlson & Claudia Van Nes on Sunday.  
Exhibit Open Saturday & Sunday noon - 5 pm , Monday 11 am - 3 pm - Click for more information

October 18-23 — "Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Student Exhibition"

​October 26-29 — "Save a Horse - Buy Art"