Special Events

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Calling All Artists

Juried Open Show Show at Gallery 25 
Cash prizes totaling $1500.00!!
Best in show: $500 Best Printmaking/Graphic: $200
Best Oil/Acrylic: $200 Best Watermedia: $200
Best pastel/Mixed Media $200;  
Best Artisan Collection/3D piece: $200
Show Dates:  Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Sunday, October 28, 2018 
Receiving:  Monday, October 1, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:30 pm.
Non-selected work pickup:  Tues. October 2, 5 - 7 pm; Wed. October 3,  8:30 -12 noon.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5, 2018 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm 
with awards given at 6:00 pm.
Pick up of work:  Sunday, October 28, 2018 after 3:00 pm.

Prospectus for juried show available during regular gallery hours at:  
Gallery 25, 11 Railroad Street, New Milford

Email requests for a prospectus may be sent to:


This is an event for plein air artists, and designed to especially encourage water media artists who wish to paint out. Artists who have not registered by June 7, may still participate. Please e-mail Diane or stop by Gallery 25 (opens at noon) for a schedule and special information.

Monotype Demonstration with Roberta Shea 

Local artist Roberta Shea will conduct a Monotype Demonstration for Gallery 25 in New Milford on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 7 – 9 p.m.  Open to artists and the public, the artist will explore the magic of monotype, a one-of-a kind printing process. Her program is designed demystify the printmaking process of monotype, to free painters from artistic blocks, and to encourage exploration of the printing process. 
Roberta Shea is a former art teacher and painter/printmaker who exhibits locally and in New Hampshire.  She received her degree in art education from Southern Connecticut State University and taught art at Masuk High School in Monroe. She also attended the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven and studied printmaking with Anna Audette, Washington Arts Association with Anthony Kirk, Woodstock College of Art, and at Yale University.  She is currently a docent at the New Britain Museum of American Art and an exhibiting member of Gallery 25 in New Milford.   Her residencies include Cill Rialaig Arts Center in County Kerry, Ireland and artist-in-residence at the Durham Public Library in New Hampshire. 

The May 3 program is free, and seating is on a first come basis.

Gallery 25 Hosts “Wood Into Art” Program

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is excited to welcome three accomplished artists for this very special program on Saturday, April 14th from 2 pm to 4 pm.  The afternoon presentation will include demonstrations by Gallery 25 member artists, Linda McMillan and Sergio Villaschi, and special guest artist, Al Silverstri.

The much anticipated presentation “Turning Wood, From Logs to Bowls and Vases” will be given by Mr. Villaschi and it will explore his process of how he hand turns local woods into beautiful and functional pieces of art.  

Ms. McMillan and Mr. Silverstri will both be conducting various types of wood carving demonstrations using multiple tools and different types of wood throughout the afternoon.  

Light refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come basis.

"The Painterly Portrait" with Alain J Picard

Gallery 25 is please to offer a special evening program with Alain J Picard. Alain is an award winning artist, instructor, author and speaker. His acclaimed pastel and oil paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, China and the UK and has been featured in many publications.

Working from the live model, Alain J Picard will demonstrate a painterly approach to the portrait in pastel. This demonstration will include an explanation of pastel portrait techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships and selecting skin tones, developing a painterly style, and harnessing the power of strong design. Alain will also discuss the importance of lighting and posing the model.

This program will be offered on Thursday, March 15 from 7 - 9 pm. It is a FREE program, and seating is on a first come basis.


Bowls for Hunger

Gallery 25 shouts out a big thank you to artist-member Paula Marian, who threw and prepped about 70 bowls for our artists and guests to decorate and offer for sale. The sale is a fundraiser for Loaves and Fishes, our local soup kitchen. This event was great fun and a chance for many to try their painting and design skills on potters. All of the bowls came out great!!
Bowls will be offered for sale and filled at the Empty Bowl Dinner (fundraiser) at St. John's Church on March 24 at 4:30-7:30 pm. Cost to buy a filled bowl at the door is $20. Tickets will be available in advance.

Photos include special guests and others who joined us. Thank you!!


New Milford Art Walk 2017

Gallery 25 is pleased to be handing out maps for the Art Walk on August 12! The CT Clay Artists have joined the gallery artists for a special exhibition this month and many will be in the gallery on Saturday. The gallery will open at noon.

 Please join us from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for a special wine and cheese reception!  

Stop By and See Our New Digs!!!

Please visit us at our new location 11 Railroad Street, New Milford, CT 06776!!  Programs and Events are being planned. Among the programs for 2017, we expect to participate in the New Milford Art Walk on August 12, 2017. Plans are underway now. A website is being set up through which artists may register to participate.


Honoring These Sacred Shards, 
an ART Talk with Bryn Gillette

Please join us in the gallery for this special free event on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 pm. Bryn will share his journey which lead to the creation of these magnificent works of art. We are very honored to bring these works to the New Milford community art audience.

The Art Talk is free, but seating is limited, on a first come basis. Light refreshments will be offered following the event.


Get Your Map and Get Walking!!!

New Milford Art Walk 2016, Saturday, August 27 from 1 - 6 pm, rain or shine.

 Free maps on the day of the event available at Gallery 25, 25 Church Street, New Milford. 

For more information visit:http://newmilfordartwalk.wix.com/event 
or search on facebook “New Milford Art Walk”


“It’s so Dutch!” 

It’s a comment heard more than once from patrons viewing the impressive works of Bridgewater artist Tina Underwood. Elaborating on that theme and speaking about her work, Tina will give an Art Talk on June 25 at 3:00 pm in the studio at Gallery 25.
Recognizing she has an affinity for the painters of the seventeenth century Dutch golden age, Tina has studied the handling of light in those paintings and used it as inspiration for her work.  “As I study the works of that era, I have a feeling of coming home. This is what my work is meant to be.”

Currently the ‘Featured Artist’ at Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio, an impressive selection of oil paintings by Tina Underwood is currently on exhibit in Gallery 25, located at 25 Church Street in New Milford. The gallery will host a reception on Saturday, June 25, from 4-7 pm following Tina’s presentation.

“It’s so Dutch!” continues on exhibition until August 1.


Abby Lane Appearing at Gallery 25, New Milford

Adding to the festivities during the gallery reception on May 21, a selection of music will be performed during the reception by “Abby Lane” of Gaylordsville. Abby attends New Milford High School and has been working on her first record album. Her performance genres range from Christian and Country to Pop and a little Jazz. Abby has performed locally at Dagwoods Restaurant with singer, song writer, and guitarist John Alper. The duo performs monthly as a praise band at the New Milford Walnut Hill campus.


Weir’d You Go?

Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 pm

Artist Angi Shearstone’s favorite quote is “A painting is never finished, it simply stops in interesting places…” by Paul Gardner. Easy to understand why. Angi’s art career has lingered in some interesting places and is clearly transitioning to new endeavors. 

Ms. Shearstone is an award-winning professional artist with an MFA in comics, a small herd of cats, strong geek tendencies and a great love for ska-core. In addition to creating and selling fine art, Angi has worked in children's books and comics as an illustrator and writer, and is currently working on a series of novels. She just completed an Artist-in-Residency program with Weir Farm National Historic Site (https://www.nps.gov/wefa/getinvolved/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence-program.htm) for February 2016. 

While on site, Angi took the time to further develop her approach to traditional Chinese brush painting techniques and subject matter. Her interest in Chinese aesthetics began in 2003, and her residency provided time to experiment with toned and marbled backgrounds, as well as with different surfaces.

As with any creative endeavor, keeping her work plan flexible opened the doors to the unexpected. Within the inspired historical setting and former home of Impressionist painter J. Alden Weir, Angi couldn’t resist the urge to return to large oil painting, after many years away from it. From the first few strokes she fell in love with oils again, and started a new series allowing the spirit and soul of Weir Farm influence her hand. These landscapes constitute the  first of many more to come in the months ahead.

On Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 pm, Gallery 25 will host a free Art Talk entitled “Weir’d You Go?” by Ms. Shearstone. The artist will highlight her accomplishments during her month long residency at Weir Farm and her talk coincides with an exhibit of her works in Gallery 25. Reception following to meet Ms. Shearstone and introduce the newest exhibition of works by gallery members. 

“Untitled Plum Blossom” by Angi Shearstone is one of several original Chinese brush paintings accomplished during her month long art residency at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Her works are on exhibit at Gallery 25 in New Milford from April 27 to June 12.  On May 21 at 2:00 pm, Gallery 25 will host a free Art Talk given by Ms. Shearstone during which she will speak about her experience as a resident artist and the works on display in the gallery. Limited seating on a first come basis.


  Gallery 25 Announces Show  “Where is My Mind”

Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 pm

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio will host a free Art Talk “Where is My Mind” on Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 pm. The program will feature emerging artist Kayla Ek of Oxford. Her presentation will highlight her unique acrylic portraits portraying a peculiar imagination where emotive facial expressions and surrealism collide. At the age of thirteen and under the teachings of Tracy Cox, Kayla's first art showcase was with the Silo Hill Farm Gallery in Kent, CT. She pursued an early career in graphic design by obtaining certification under the instruction of Todd Mclarty & Jennifer Trinx of Henry Abbott Technical High School. Kayla has taken part in “Paint the People”, hosted by the Village Center for the Arts, New Milford, CT and the New Milford Outdoor Arts Festival, and has won numerous awards for excellence including the 2014 Connecticut Association of School’s Outstanding Arts Award. She is continuing her education in Studio Arts at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT.  In 2015, Kayla began a new wave of artistic freedom and comfort using her own imagination exploring lyrical illuminations of recent r & b music and visual interpretations of conversations with her peers. Featuring astronauts, drips and bubbles, her urban portraits express a love for things that leave a ‘strange’ impression!  “Where is My Mind” will be displayed with Gallery 25 in New Milford, CT from March 11, 2016 to April 24, 2016.

“March Madness”, a new exhibit by Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio’s member artists will also begin March 11 and continue through April 24, 2016.  Information on programs and classes offered through the gallery is available at the gallery and on its website at:

Following the Art Talk by Kayla Ek on March 19 at 2:00 pm, a reception for both shows will be held in the gallery from 4 to 6 pm.

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio, 25 Church Street, New Milford, CT is overseen by New Milford Commission on the Arts. The gallery is a cooperative all fine art venue featuring works by regional artists. The gallery is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 5:00 pm or by appointment.  Area artists interested in juried membership participation with the gallery are invited to stop by or e-mail inquiries to: newmilartscomm@gmail.com

 Winter Show Featured Artist:
Lorraine Ryan
Jan. 31st - March 6th, 2016
Artist's statement:
 Some people are simply driven to draw and paint what they see around them. I am one of them. I began as a small child and have been an artist all my life. I am an honors graduate of the Parsons School of Design, and have studied fine arts at the Art Students League of New York.

I have had a number of one woman shows in New York and Connecticut, and have received awards in juried exhibitions. Over the years, my fine art paintings have been collected in the U.S. and U.K., and reproduced as posters and greeting cards sold worldwide. Some of my paintings are now reproduced in Iris Giclee, limited edition prints. In 2005, I was honored to be juried into the prestigious Mystic Seaport’s 26th Annual International Art Exhibition, with my painting “It’s A Keeper.”  I am often commissioned for portraits of people and houses.

My watercolors and acrylics range from large complex still life subjects -to landscapes -to lush florals -to coastal seascapes. My current focus is Connecticut farms and barns, hoping to raise awareness of their unfortunate and rapid disappearance. I have never indulged in abstract intellectual notions of art, but rather I have merely tried to capture the things I enjoy observing while, hopefully, sharing these observations with others.

                                                              Lorraine Ryan

Gallery Art Talk
by guest artist
Karen Arp- Sandel 
 Sunday, October 25th at 2:00
free and open to the public! 

Karen is a visual artist and inspirational art educator, known throughout the Berkshires for her fresh, playful approach to mixed media creativity. With a background in education and graphic design, Karen’s presentation is designed to ignite creative thinking. She specializes in collage, artist books and watercolors and will include examples in her presentation. She is the 
co-founder of FeMail and engages in a worldwide network with mail artists. Karen’s is active in local and international outreach programs like Kripalu YIS and IS183 LtA. Her work is included with traveling art exhibitions by ABAD Australia and the International Sketch Book Project. Karen thrives on the creative nourishment of her artistic immersion experiences in the Penland School of Crafts (NC) community and artist residencies. Her passion is to illuminate the transformational power of living a creative life and sharing her experiences with others.

On November 7, Karen Arp-Sandel will return to New Milford to present a workshop in Gallery 25 on her "Coll age-a-Day" technique. In this all-day workshop, students will have an opportunity to view several of Karen’s hand-made journals, view techniques for journal making, and craft hand-made art journals. A fee will be charged for this all day program.


Meet Author Noah Charney
Sunday, June 7, 2015  from 2 - 4 pm

What fascinates people about art forgery? Art forgery involves incredible talent, treachery and detection, forensic science and a measure of mysticism. In his new release, The Art of Forgery, Charney reveals the motivations and psychological profiles of the artists and criminals who have faked great works of art, and in doing so, conned the public and art establishment alike. For this special Gallery 25 presentation, Charney will share with us some of the intriguing facts that led him to publish this recent book.

Following his presentation, copies of his book The Art of Forgery will be available for purchase and a portion of each sale will benefit Gallery 25. He will also be available to sign purchased copies. 

Seating is limited on first come basis. We suggest you e-mail the gallery if you are interested in buying a book.

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