Newington Art League
679 Willard Ave.
Newington, CT 06111

email: for information call:
(860) 666-5026 Pat Tanger - Co-president or (860) 666-1144 Mike Hornyak - Co-president

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Jane Zisk to give demo and critique

The general membership meeting of the Newington Art League will be held on Wednesday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center on Cedar Street. After a brief business meeting, the demonstrator will be Jane Zisk. Ms Zisk will give a demonstration on landscape painting and then offer critiques of attendees’ artwork. (Each attendees may bring one or two pieces of artwork for critique.) Meetings are free and open to the public.

Jane Zisk is the Founder of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. She established the group in 1995 to promote fellowship among artists and to use the group format as a marketing tool. While painting at Weir Farm in the early 1990′s, Jane was inspired by the American artists who were painting in Cos Cob, Branchville and Old Lyme in the late 1800′s and decided to carry on the plein air tradition made popular by J.Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, and others. At present her group has over 80 members and has been active in raising money to save Connecticut Farm Land for the past four years, has an upcoming event sponsored by the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Nation and a September 2005 show at the Connecticut River Museum. Articles about the group have appeared in the Sunday New York Times, Northeast Magazine, American Artist Magazine and an upcoming article in Plein Air Magazine.

Jane has been an artist for over 30 years; although she paints landscape in the plein air tradition she also does a series of nature inspired abstract work. All art whether it is representational or abstract is a spiritual path to Ms. Zisk. Having overcome a chronic illness Jane sees her art as a healing experience.

Portrait Drawing Using Charcoal with Debbie Sigmon

The April 2014 general membership meeting of the Newington Art League will be held on Wednesday April 9th 6:30 p.m. at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center on Cedar Street.  After a brief business meeting, the demonstrator will be Debby Sigmon.  Ms. Sigmon has a B.S. in Art Education and has studied at Wesleyan and Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. She has taught drawing and painting for many years.  For our demonstration, her topic will be “portrait drawing using charcoal”.  Meetings are free and open to the public.

Spring Members Art Show

The Newington Art League, Inc will have a Spring Members Art Show in the Newington Town Hall lobby from April 17 through May 17. Members can submit two works no larger than 20″ x 30″ (including the frame) for $10 per entry on Wednesday April 16th from 12 – 2 pm. The show will open on Wednesday, April 23rd at 6 pm and will include a bake sale fundraiser on both April 23rd and April 24th. Members are asked to bake and to please bring a list of the ingredients for those with food allergies.

The show will be judged by Ms. Chris Webster, current President of Gallery 53 in Meriden.

Fundraiser at Bertucci's April 30th

The Newington Art League, Inc will be passing out flyers to our April 30th fundraiser at Bertucci’s during our bake sale events at  the Town Wide Art Show in theNewington Town Hall lobby at 6 pm  on April 23rd and 24th. The funds raised will go to the general fund to support the mission of the Newington Art League.


To increase interest in the visual arts by providing stimulating demonstrations and exhibitions.

To advance the visual arts while fostering a community spirit by participation in community events.

To facilitate practice of the visual arts by artists of all levels of ability and interest by providing a creative venue for artists.

Support the visual arts and enjoysome great food at Bertucci’s on April 30th.


Bob Englehart to Demo at March Meeting

The March 2014 general membership meeting of the Newington Art League will be held on Wednesday March 12th6:30 p.m. at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center on Cedar Street.  After a brief business meeting, the demonstrator will be Bob Englehart.  Meetings are free and open to the public.

Bob Englehart is the editorial cartoonist for the Hartford Courant.  In 1980 Mr. Englehart joined the Hartford Courant as the newspaper’s first full-time editorial cartoonist.  He has won awards from the Overseas Press Club and was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1979.

Judy Tourangeau Caricature Demo

Following our member’s business meeting at 6:30 on Wednesday November 13, 2013 in the Ceramics Room of the Newington Senior and Disabled Center (120 Cedar St. in Newington),  there will be a demonstration by caricature artist Judy Tourangeau. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Judy Tourangeau, owner of JT Art & Design, has over two decades of diverse graphic design & art direction experience as an employee of marketing firms and printing & creative companies, and today supplements her business with a design position at a local hospital.

Her many years of experience with these companies provided her invaluable knowledge of traditional aspects of design, and methods of print production and printing processes. She holds a BFA in Graphic Communications from Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut.

Also a gifted artist, Judy creates illustration and draws portraits and gift or live caricatures for business, school, non-profit and private customers.

 Because of Judy’s natural talent for portraiture, she has developed a uniquecaricature style, in essence creating “Portraicatures”, with large heads and small bodies or head shots if preferred (but decidedly different than the over-exaggerated style that may be unkind or grossly inaccurate in portraying a person’s distinctive features). She strives to capture her subjects in a flattering way!

Bob Noreika Demo

Following our regular member’s business meeting in the Newington Senior and Disabled Center at 120 Cedar St in Newington, on Wednesday October 9, 2013 there will be a demonstration by artist and illustrator Bob Noreika. The meetings begin at 6:30 and are usually concluded by 7 pm. Bob’s demos are always fun and informative. He works in both watercolor and acrylic in a very loose style.

You can see more about Bob at his website:

No Workshop Labor Day

There will not be a members painting workshop on Monday morning as it falls on Labor Day.

Rob Debartolo to Demonstrate Minimalist Pastel

Rob DeBartolo

Rob DeBartolo will be demonstrating his minimalist pastel techniques on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 in the Ceramics Room of the Newington Senior and Disabled Center at 120 Cedar St, Newington, CT 06111.

Rob DeBartolo – a self taught artist – has lived and worked as a printer in Connecticut for over 40 years. His experience in operating a small print shop led him to explore his deep connection to color ad its limitless possibilities. This passion with color and his knowledge and use of inks led to experimenting with monotypes, studying monotype techniques in New Haven, CT for over 15 years, and the creation of a new technique using diluted inks. This method requires the ability to “pour” inks on paper to create landscapes and flowers. Rob is also an accomplished artist using pastel, acrylics and collage. He owns and operates a gallery on the shoreline in Essex, CT where he shows art by local artists on a regular basis, as well as his own work. His works have been shown throughout New England and are in private collections.

You can check out his work on his website  at

2013 Members Show

April 2013 Members Show

Opening night of Spring Art Show in Town Hall Lobby.

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