Hamden Art League to host Grace Mehan DeVito at November 8th meeting

Oils Portraits - Achieving Sensitivity

Artist Grace Mehan DeVito will give a demonstration of her approach to painting a portrait in oils using her classical realist skills and imbuing her love of light and form into her work, to give a 'voice' to her subjects. Ms. DeVito, whose life's work includes portraiture, figures and still lifes, "has a deep appreciation for the insight, power and humanity of the representational realist's approach to painting. Composition, the disposition of light and color, and the handling of space are all paramount in her effort to capture the essential dignity and emotional truth of her subjects. Her goal is to engender a relationship between the viewer and the subject, to give a voice to the often overlooked, whether they may be living or inanimate."

A native of Connecticut, Grace studied at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, majoring in Illustration. After a decade of working for clients, including the United Nations, SONY and Pepsico, Ms. DeVito left the commercial art world to pursue fine art. She studied with Laurel Stern Boeck from 2000 - 2004, and later in workshops with Sarah Lamb, Jeremy Lipking, Michael Klein, Casey Bough and Michael Shane Neal. Her work has been featured in The American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, American Artist Magazine and the Society of Illustrators Annual, among others. Her portraits and still lifes can be found in corporate and private collections across the United States including the University of North Carolina, The Reynolds Corporation, The United Nations, and Case Western Reserve Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Grace has won numerous awards and honors from the Society of Portrait Artists Annual Members Only Show and Members Only Competition, the David Leffel Award for Excellence In Painting, the Golden Addy Award and the Silver Medal Society of Illustrators Annual Show. Grace exhibits in, and is represented by, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT, Anderson Fine Art, St. Simon's Island, GA, Portraits Incorporated in Birmingham, AL and NYC, Portraits North, Lexington, MA, Portraits South, Raleigh, NC, Haynes Gallery, Nashville TN, Lori Polson Portrait Assoc., NJ, and the Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL. Ms. DeVito currently lives in Stamford, CT where she also has her studio.

The Hamden Art League meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the Social Hall of the Miller Library Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. Refreshments and socializing begin at 7:00 pm, followed by a brief business meeting at 7:15 pm and Ms. DeVito's presentation/demonstration at 7:30 pm. The whole program is free and open to the public. If the library is closed due to inclement weather the meeting will be cancelled.

Miller Library Social Rm, 2901 Dixwell Ave, Hamden CT

The Hamden Art League meets the second Tuesday of the month.