Welcome to Community Arts Association - Celebrating 50 Years of Service to the Art Community

Susan Saponara, Botanical Artist and teacher, will be our October presenter. Susan approaches her botanical drawings with a certain reverence for the beauty, graceful rhythm and detail in each subject. She will be speaking about and sharing a power point presentation on the American Society of Botanical Artists and The NYBG certificate programs in Botanical Art. The beautiful Oak Leaf Hydrangea, above, is an example of her work.

We are preparing for another exciting season at CAA. Here is a quick look at the programs and workshops we will present during the 2016/17 season. For more details, go to the Calendar Page.

September 13, 2016 - Harry Martin will show examples of his underwater photography and discuss his methods. He will also give advice on self-promotion of art. www.harrymartinunderwater.com

October 11, 2016 - Susan Sapanara will lecture on the history of botanical art, illustrated with samples of her work. https://ssapanara.com

November 8, 2016 - Ellen Hopkins Fountain will give a watercolor demo and show how she uses color as an abstract element in her vivid landscapes. www.EllenHopkinsFountain.com

December 13, 2016 - Holiday Party. Joan Quinn will give a lecture on the Impressionists.

January 10, 2017 - David Reinfeld will demonstrate his procedures for making digitally altered photos.

February 7, 2017 - Tom Valenti will critique members' work.

March 14, 2017 - Sarah Becktel will demonstrate Classical Realism in Oil paint and will discuss light fastness of art materials.

April 11, 2017 - Elizabeth Allison will demonstrate expressive watercolor methods.

May 9, 2017 - Arlene Steinberg will demonstrate the art of colored pencil painting using Icarus Board.

Other programs and workshops:

October 6, 2016 - Harvey and Dot proprietor Barbara DeGraw will discuss art reproduction techniques. The program will be held at Harvey and Dot in Westwood NJ.

October 18, 2016 - Evening Workshop with Susan Sapanara, Introduction to Botanical Illustration in Watercolor. 7 to 10 pm at Trinity Church.

March 15, 2017 - Tom Valenti - Workshop on the five color approach to color mixing for oil and acrylic painters. 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Trinity Church.

April 12, 2017 - Workshop with Elizabeth Allison on Expressive Watercolor - a process controlled and spontaneous at the same time. 9:30 to 3:30 at Trinity Church.

May 9 and 10, 2017 - Arlene Steinburg, Colored Pencil Painting. Arlene will provide Icarus Board, which allows waxed-based binders in the pencils to soften and blend. This two-day workshop will teach students to take colored pencil to new levels.

CAA is a non-profit organization open to all artists and art enthusiasts. We have 100 plus members from northern New Jersey and lower New York State. The Association was incorporated in 1965 to answer to the needs of artists in Allendale and the surrounding communities. Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May at Trinity Church, 55 George St., Allendale, NJ. Meetings feature painting demonstrations by well known local artists. The Association also sponsors workshops, which are open to members and non-members. To learn more, go the the "JOIN" page.

Monthly Artist: Lanis Monfried


Lanis is a botanical artist who likes to make watercolor portraits of subjects from her own large garden. This fuchsia is one of the many plants in her collection.

View Lanis Monfried's page