Thursday, October 2, 2014

Susan Grisell Demo October 26th

Susan Grisell painting en plein air at Topsmead in Litchfield CT.
On October 26, Susan Grisell will give a painting demonstration at 2:00 p.m.  Susan Grisell is a native New Milfordite and is hugely popluar with artists and patron alike. Her life-long interest and career has been painting. She has won numerous first place awards from a variety of organizations and shows her work throughout the United States. Her recent travels to Europe increased her popularity among artists there. Her demonstration will be in oils and a dialog with the audience is encouraged. This event is FREE, sponsored by New Milford Commission on the Arts and Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio. The demo will be held in Gallery 25, at 25 Church Street in New Milford, CT. No reservations needed.  Seating is on a first come basis.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sculpting the Human Head--Merklein Demo 9/28

Sculpting the Human Head, a Demonstration by Bill Merklein
Sunday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio
25 Church Street, New Milford, CT 06776

Bill Merklein's demonstration for Gallery 25 will be a water based clay portrait stressing easy to remember forms basic to the human head. Bill sculpted nearly 70 of the GI JOE action figures that Hasbro produced in the 1980's. As a master sculptor, he has worked on projects ranging from GI JOE, Star Wars, Visionaries and Mighty Max, to sculpting the VISA dove hologram that has appeared on tens of millions of credit cards. He invites a dialogue with his audience while sculpting. This event is sponsored by New Milford Commission on the Arts and Gallery 25 and is FREE to the public. Seating is limited on a first come basis.

Contact: Gallery 25 860-355-6009 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Random Acts of Creativity

Original, one-of-a-kind artwork is being offered for free in over a dozen towns 
in Western Connecticut, to raise public awareness of local artistic talent, 
courtesy of Fine Line Art Gallery in Woodbury, 
and Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio on New Milford. 

Two co-op art galleries in Western Connecticut are cooperating with each other to create a new public outreach event this fall: “Random Acts of Creativity.” The talented artists from both galleries have created over 200 original, one-of-a-kind works of art and are distributing them ‘randomly’ throughout their communities, including: Bantam, Bethel, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Danbury, Naugatuck, New Milford, Roxbury, Sherman, Southbury, Waterbury, Wolcott, and Woodbury. The artists encourage the public to be on the lookout for these diminutive pieces of artwork, wrapped in cellophane and offered for free.

Random Acts of Creativity will be appearing at local shops, libraries, hair salons, restaurants, etc., to raise the public’s awareness of the artistic excellence right in their home towns, and to encourage art lovers to shop locally. These galleries exhibit and sell original paintings, archival photographs, prints, pottery, one-of-a-kind jewelry, stained and fused glasswork, and a variety of other unique artistic creations by award-winning, regional artists and artisans.

Fine Line Art Gallery, a cooperative venture consisting of 15 carefully juried artists and artisans, has been in existence for over two decades, with the goal of celebrating and encouraging the work of the many talented artists in the area. Prices are reasonable, and on any business day, an artist is on site to discuss the artwork, the different media exhibited at the gallery, and the creative process. It is located at 319 Main Street South in Woodbury. For more information, please visit the Fine Line Art Gallery’s website at, or telephone the gallery (203-266-0110) during its regular business hours, Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm and by appointment. Admission is free. Ample parking is available.

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is a co-op style gallery exhibiting some of the best local fine art and artisan creations. The gallery is staffed by member artists and is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts. In addition to exhibits, the gallery offers a variety of art-related educational programs, including classes, workshops, and critiques. This new hub of creativity located in the heart of New Milford Village is just off Main Street at 25 Church Street. New business hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 PM; and by appointment. Admission is free. Ample parking is available. For additional information please call 860-355-6009.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Gallery 25 Hosts Fall Show September 19-November 8

"Red in the Shed" oil painting by Ellie Boyd of Southbury,
Plein Air 9" by 12"

Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio will host its Fall Art Show, September 19th through November 8th, with an opening reception from 4-6 PM on Saturday, September 20th. The most recent creations of award-winning regional artists and artisans will be on exhibit.
Archival photograph by Bantam photographer Judith Secco, 
"Two Pears in Antique Bowl"

Artwork includes original oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel paintings, as well as archival photography, sculpture, art glass, pottery, and jewelry. Prices range widely and many items are ideal for one-of-a-kind gifts. 

Acrylic painting by New Milford artist Lorraine Ryan, 
"Egret in the Sun"
In addition, art classes will continue at the gallery.  The instructors are talented artists who are eager to share and inspire creativity. Bethel painter Adele Moros has been invited back to teach watercolor painting Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30, September 19 to October 24. Various watercolor techniques, value and color temperature will be covered with a strong emphasis on composition and mood. Classes will run for 6 weeks at a cost of $150. Interested participants should contact Adele Moros at 203-744-7690 or at 

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is a co-op style gallery exhibiting some of the best local fine art and artisan creations.  The gallery is staffed by member artists and is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts.  This new, spacious center of creativity is located in the heart of New Milford village, just off Main Street at 25 Church Street.  New hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 PM; and by appointment.  Admission is free.  Ample parking is available. For additional information please call 860-355-6009.  For information about the gallery’s educational programs, please visit the gallery 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Beyond Belief--Book Reading by Newtown Author in New Milford CT 8/24/14

Author, C. J. Golden of Newtown, CT

Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio will host a book reading by Newtown author CJ Golden at 2PM on August 24. Ms. Golden will read from her latest book, Reflections From Beyond: Sharing a Message of Hope, Peace and Kindness (Eronel Publishing, Feb 2014; $8.95), and lead a discussion on the topic. 

This inspiring book is about the life and near-death experience of Tracy LaCroix, a Virginia man who had no perceptible heartbeat for 1½ hours before regaining consciousness, spiritually renewed and fortified with a life-affirming message. Mr. LaCroix’s amazing journey imparts the peace and beauty that lie just beyond this physical plane – regardless of one’s religion or personal spiritual beliefs. 

Ms. Golden is an inspirational speaker and writer who has authored other works, such as Tao of the Defiant Woman and Tao-Girls Rule!. She is donating $1.00/book from the sale of Reflections from Beyond to the Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families (a program of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut). This organization was specifically chosen by Golden and LaCroix because of its effective role in assisting the grieving families and the community of Newtown and surrounding areas. 

At her book reading, Ms. Golden will discuss some of the most compelling aspects of Mr. LaCroix’s experiences. Admission for the event is free, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio, which is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts, is located at 25 Church Street in New Milford. 860-355-6009. Gallery business hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM; Sunday, noon to 4PM; and by appointment. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Artwalk New Milford Saturday August 2

New Milford Gallery 25 Artists Sweep Juried Prizes at Show

A number of Gallery 25 artists participated in the 18th annual New Milford Outdoor Art Festival sponsored this year by the New Milford Historical Society was held on Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and June 16th on the Village Green and experienced the joy of juried awards and solid sales. The fine art show attracts artists from all over New England and beyond. Testimony to its success is the extremely high rate of returning artists every year. The art show is a major fund raiser for the historical society. The historical society is a non-profit organization which maintains a public museum, and offers educational and cultural activities encouraging an appreciation of art, history and music.
Susan Grisell wins best overall booth with accompanying prize of $1,000.
Richard Stalter wins for oil.
Diane Dubreuil wins for watercolor. 

Judy Secco poses with her red ribbon for photography.