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.