Hamden Art League to Host Deborah Quinn-Munson at February Meeting

At the February 14th meeting of the Hamden Art League renown artist Deborah Quinn-Munson will present "Pastels and Watercolor - 80/20 Composition Is Everything". Ms. Quinn-Munson will give a short presentation of her 80/20 concept which breaks the painting process down and illustrates the importance of designing with shape, value and color. She will follow with 'an instant demo' of a watercolor underpainting to which she will then apply pastel to enhance the color, value and selected details of her composition.

"Within the natural elements of water and sky I find nearly everything I need to compose and create paintings filled with reflection, movement, color, depth, light and atmosphere. This inspiration, along with a desire to keep my message simple and clear, result in paintings of the world that feel peaceful and beautiful."

Living along the New England coastline most of her life, the sea and shore have served as the visual sources for most of Ms. Quinn-Munson's oil and pastel paintings. Her work is known for its strong composition and energetic paint application combined with peaceful and serene views of the water and shoreline. A number of her paintings are now a part of the Healing Art Program at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital where close to 700 specially selected pieces of original art by local artists help offer patients and their families inspiration and comfort.

The Artist's Magazine featured Quinn-Munson's paintings in its March, 2011 cover article. Deborah is the winner of numerous awards and distinctions from the many juried shows she has entered, and her work is in both private and corporate collections, including many hospitals, throughout the country. She is an elected Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, the Salmagundi Club in NYC and the Copley Society of Art in Boston. She earned her BFA from the University of New Hampshire and an MALS from Wesleyan University. Ms. Quinn-Munson also studied at the Lyme Academy of Art and the deCordova Museum School. She has worked as a commercial artist, potter, photographer and teacher. She currently paints at the Quinn-Munson Studio in Chester, CT and is represented locally by Susan Powell Fine Art in Madison, CT.

The Hamden Art League meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in the Social Hall of the Miller Memorial Library Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Aveue, Hamden. Refreshments and socializing begin at 7:00 pm, followed by a brief business meeting at 7:15 and the artist's program at 7:30 pm. The evening 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.