NECTAG Guild News,

Next Meeting: 
Thursday,  September 1, 2016
6:30 PM at the Audubon.

ANNOUNCING! The First NECTAG Open, Juried Art Show!
For artist entry information click here

October 17 - November 16, 2016
The Spirol Gallery
Quinebaug Valley Community College
742 Upper Maple Street • Danielson, CT

made possible by grants from:


Connecticut Audubon Society Show
August 27 - September 30
Reception, Sunday, August 28, 2-4 pm

Drop Off Date & Time: Friday, August 26, 2016, 1:30-3:30
Hang Date & Time: Friday, August 26, 3:00-5:00
Strike/Pick up Date & Time: Friday, September 30, 2:00-4:00


Beware of Art Scams. There are lots of emails being sent to artists. The e-mail says they are interested in your art and before you know it you have given them money or free art. 

Merrill Gonzalves would like to give away this chest. The hinged back
opens to reveal several sturdy shelves, used to store art paper, etc.. It is very heavy.


LaGrua Exhibit Dates

Tuesday, November 1st drop off day
Friday November 4th, opening reception
Monday, January 2nd strike day


Academic Artists Association Show at Art Center East

Lori's award winning painting

Congratulations! To NECTAG members Lori Smolin and Bonnie Massey! Both had paintings accepted into the Academic Artists Association 66th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism. This is a national juried show.  At the opening reception held on Sunday, May 1st Lori Smolin was awarded the Mary Bryan Memorial Award for Watercolors (a $500 award) for her watercolor titled Zebra Lookouts.  

The show is at the Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM until May 20th

The show includes works in graphic arts, pastel, sculpture, oil/acrylic, and watercolor. 

There are some truly amazing works of art on display - come and see!

2016 Vanilla Bean Exhibit - May 2016! Open for the month of May. Stop by & have a look.


It's Member Renewal Time!
please use these forms for the 2016 Guild Year


Congratulations to member, Nancy Dougherty! 

In the 2015 Tolland County Art Association open show, Nancy won First Prize in the Watercolor cateogry for her "Just Sunnin' Myself" and the Mildred Connors Award in the Judges Choice category for her watercolor, "Magpie on the Chimney."

The show runs for the month of September, 2015.


Congratulations! to member, Frietha Lawrence for her 4th place award in the juried show "Art of Experience" in Southbury, CT


September - Audubon Center
Day Rd, Pomfret

Opening Reception - Sunday, August 30, 2-4PM

For a poster to download and print, click here.

NECTAG Guild News


June 27-28 - Taylor Brooke Winery
Our May Exhibit


Vanilla Bean Exhibit month of April 2015







A fiber art exhibit by NECTAG members Melanie Johnston and Joan Blade Johnson at the Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities
111 Main St, Southbridge, MA March 28 - April 26.


Happy 2015

Happy 2015!

NECTAG is on winter break until March.

Our next meeting is

March 5, 2015 
6:30PM - Program: Joyce Larson, Ukrainian Easter Eggs
7:30 PM Business Meeting

Please remember to send in your membership forms to join or renew. 

It's An Eclectic World! - Art Exhibit

Now Showing - "It's an Eclectic World!"

Where: 7 Putnam Place (on the Green) Brooklyn, CT

When: November 15 and 16th 11AM – 4 PM, November 22 and 23 11AM- 3PM,
November 29 and 30th 11AM-3PM

The art looks amazing in this beautiful, historic home setting. The exhibit includes pastel, oil, watercolor, collage, mixed media, fiber art and even painted chairs.


Congratulations to NECTAG members
Lori Smolin, Nancy Dougherty and Bonnie Massey!


First Place                 Lori Smolin   Two  Zebras
Second Place            Nancy Dougherty,   Old  Trunk
Honorable Mention    Lori Smolin,     Arbor  Low  B&B
Honorable Mention    Bonnie Massey,     Heading  South     (oil)


Lori with her two winners!

click here for the complete list of winners


Next Membership Meeting Thursday, November 6, 6:30 PM

at the Audubon Center in Pomfret

6:30  Business Meeting & Member Art Swap!
Bring art supplies in good condition that you would like to trade, sell or give away.
Also bring a little snack to share if you are so inclined. 

Check out the Member Trading page for lots of great books for sale and a large art bin. _________________________

Brooklyn Exhibit Prospectus


Membership Renewal or New - 2015
PDF form
WORD form




Next Membership Meeting - November 7, 6:30 PM
Audubon Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259 
1. Business Meeting 
At this meeting, members are encouraged to bring in art supplies & equipment in good condition. These items may be priced & sold, swapped or given away. Refreshments will be served. This is sure to be a fun event!


Exhibit at the Windham Theatre Guild/Burton Leavitt Theatre

779 Main Street, Willimantic, CT
Deadline Date for Entry: October 15, 2013
The show will run from Oct 29 through November 17
NECTAG Memebers, click below for the prospectus/entry form

Naturally Art Festival!

On Saturday, September 14, the Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild sponsored a unique outdoor event at the Connecticut Audubon Grassland Bird Conservation Center in Pomfret.  This first Naturally Art! Festival focused upon the many arts and activities that either use natural materials or are inspired by nature.

The Plein Aire workshop participants, led by Amy Bartlett Wright, had a brisk day to paint the spectacular views around the center.  Children had great fun creating fairy houses in the woods with Judy Doyle and family. Other engaging activities were making dream catchers with Judy Busse, pastels in the garden with Sherise Abbate Witkowski. The little ones especially enjoyed coloring with Diane Allen,  paper butterflies with Tracey Ferguson, nature rubbings with Karen Reid, and face painting by Becky Montgomery. 

Many adults tried their hand at flower pounding with Melanie Johnston and Joan Blade Johnson, and enjoyed demonstrations on felting, basketry, and an owl pinecone creation by Nancy Dougherty. Maura Robie led a family nature walk on the sanctuary.  Children and their parents worked on a garden loom with Linda Rhynard and, by the end of the day had created a beautiful weaving composed of grasses and seasonal flowers.  Throughout the day, everyone enjoyed the wonderful music provided by the trio of Mack Johnston, John Johnson and Lyn Gagne, as well as, young keyboardist Dan Dennis. 

by Cheryl Ray

Next Membership Meeting - October 3, at 6:30 PM

Audubon Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259 
Business Meeting 
Program:  Life on the Ledger - How to make your art add up. Accounting for artists
presented by Richard Streitfeld, CPA



This exciting Art event will be held on Saturday, September 14 at the Audubon Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259 

Hosted by Northeastern Connecticut Artist Guild (NECTAG) 
proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret. 

This will be a fun filled day with demonstrations, performances, workshops and more all having connections to art and nature. CLICK HERE FOR A BROCHURE WITH REGISTRATION FORM



at the CT Audubon Center218 Day Rd,  Pomfret Center, CT 06259
(860) 928-4948

The show will run for the month of September 

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday September 8, 2-4 PM


Exhibit at the Windham Theatre Guild/Burton Leavitt Theatre

779 Main Street, Willimantic, CT
Deadline Date for Entry: October 15, 2013
The show will run from Oct 29 through November 17
NECTAG Memebers, click below for the prospectus/entry form

Guild Members Exhibit

February 2-28
Reception February 2, 1-3 p.m.
The Sunshine Shop
925 Upper Maple Street
Dayville, CT 06241
See Forms page for prospectus and labels

Watercolor Workshop
with Wendy Soneson

May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Killingly Public Library Community Room, 25 Westcott Road,
Danielson CT 06239

Coordinator: Judy Doyle