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Illuminated Initials
September 3, 2011, 4:44 pm
Filed under: Archives, Community Events & Art Shows, Workshop & Classes

Illuminated Initials – November 19          9am-noon

Instructor: Bev Choltco-Devlin

Location: Hamilton Public Library, Community Room

MAD Art member $20/$25 non-member


Participants will create their own illuminated (decorated) initial letter inspired by such works as The Book of Kells, the Lindisfarne Gospel, the Book of Days and those of William Blake.  You can model your letter after the traditional forms and styles used by illuminators over the millennia or feel free to create your own expressive initial with motifs and symbols from your own life.  Fundamentals of letterform construction will be covered as a starting point.  All basic paper and supplies will be supplied but an optional materials list will be provided to registered participants. No prior lettering, drawing or calligraphic experience is needed.  This workshop is intended for teens and adults.


Bev Choltco-Devlin has studied art and printmaking at the Academy of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, CA and the Munson-Williams Proctor Institute in Utica, along with taking several classes at MAD Art, Inc.  Her professional work in calligraphy has included clients in San Francisco (The Executive Forum and other several other corporate businesses), Colgate University, and a variety of commissioned works, as well as teaching a calligraphy workshop last fall. Beverly works as the reference and electronic resources specialist for the Mid-York Library System.

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June/July 2011 Plein Aire Classes

JHS Sheep farm

Plein Aire Painting Classes

Instructor:  Joyce Halliday Smith

Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5

10am to noon

Tuition:  $100 members /$125 for non-members or $20/$25 per session

Enjoy painting outdoors on location in the Hamilton area with each session at a different site. Instructor, Joyce Halliday Smith will teach you how to quickly capture the scene. You will learn basics of composition, color theory and painting techniques. A list of materials needed and locations will be provided to registrants.

Joyce is a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where her major was fine art and her minor area of study was art history. She continued her studies and received a Masters of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University. After being a successful graphic designer and illustrator for many years, she switched careers to her first passion and is painting full time. She has been in numerous juried exhibitions and has won awards in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Joyce has taught at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, and Stockton College, Pomona, NJ. For several years, she enjoyed teaching art classes for adults and children at Jane Law’s Long Beach Island Studio and Gallery in Surf City, NJ, and later at the Wickford Art Association in Wickford, RI.

Spring 2011 Art Exhibit

spring 2011 show poster

The 2011 Spring Show features Art of Hamilton & Colgate University.

Exhibit runs April 1st till June 4th
Opening Reception is scheduled for April 8th, 6-8pm


Come Join Us!

Men’s Shopping Night – Wed, Dec. 15th
December 2, 2010, 5:01 pm
Filed under: Community Events & Art Shows, Member News

Hey guys!  It’s your night on the town!  Shop till you drop for your loved ones and yourself.  The MAD Art door will be open. Handcrafted jewelry, art, and more. Free gift wrapping, too! Gift certificates are always a good idea.

Mad Art Artist James Baumbach on exhibit in Fayetteville

The Art work of artist James Baumbach will be on display at the Fayetteville Free Library starting on December 1st through December 31st.

Come see his work and meet James at the opening Reception on December 2nd from 5-7pm


Located on 300 Orchard Street, Fayetteville, NY

For more information, Please visit their website at-

Call For Art- 5th Holiday Show & Sale


Mad Art Gallery is seeking Artists and crafters to exhibit and sell in the 5th annual Holiday Show & Sale. Looking for handmade local talented people!  We invite you to exhibit your Jewelry, pottery, paper arts, fiber arts, paintings, prints, cards, gifts, soaps, candles and more!


Accepting work at the Gallery on-

Friday, October 22nd 12-6pm

Saturday, October 23rd 10-4pm

Friday October 29th 12-4pm

Saturday, October 30th 10-4pm

Exhibit runs November 5th through January 17th

Must be a MAD Art, Inc. member to exhibit.

For more information, please email us at

EOH Galleries Three New Exhibits
Exhibit Features Local Mad Art Artist Amy Eustance
Come help us celebrate three new exciting exhibitions at the Earlville Opera House Arts Center on Saturday, September 25th -a free event !  “Nature Study” features a new installation by Kim Waale, while “Event Horizons” shows the abstract paintings of Barbara Mink, and “Figures and Energy” presents figurative pastel drawings by Amy Eustance.  These visionary artists summon us to re-imagine the natural world. The three exhibits run through November 6th.
In the East Gallery, Kim Waale’s new installation for EOH explores “how we address both our closeness to and distance from the natural world in the ways we represent nature.”  She notes:  “By reconstructing and re-imagining the natural world, I hope to create art that revives a visionary impulse and encourages one to imagine fewer barriers between nature and him/herself.” A professor of art at Cazenovia College since 1988, Kim Waale exhibits internationally while continuing to contribute to the local art scene.
In the West Gallery, Barbara Mink’s “rich, sometimes quirky abstractions combine pouring and dripping in the tradition of Jackson Pollock with brushy atmospherics that owe something to Romantic landscape painting.” (Arthur Whitman, Ithaca Times.) The artist further explains, “Ten years ago I founded an annual winter festival in Ithaca which features performers in both the arts and sciences, so I’m often thinking about creative synergies.  Last year I tried framing my work with concepts from physics and math. At first I veered strongly toward literal connections, but I soon ended up naming the works in “Event Horizons” more playfully. Rather than being intentional interpretations of the concepts, they remain strongly outside the “frame” as abstract paintings.”
In the Arts Café, Amy Eustance of Hamilton, NY exhibits her expressive figure drawings. “The human body and its relationship to its environment are sources of endless curiosity to me. My work explores the figure and energy: bodies in motion, bodies at rest, and the forces acting upon them: potential, kinetic, imaginary.”
The community is invited to attend all three shows, which open on Saturday, September 25th from 6-7:30pm. Come for the refreshments and stay for the artist talks. The exhibits run through November 6th.  The EOH galleries are open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, 12-3pm.  Visit or call (315) 691-3550 for more information.

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