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The CAA 2019 - 2020 season will begin with the September 10 meeting at the Trinity Church, 55 George St., Allendale, NJ. Meetings are from 7:30 to 9:00 pm with the exception of the January and February meetings, which will be held from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.

We regret that due to the spread of the Corona virus, CAA's 2019/2020 season has come to an end as of March 16. We enjoyed the talk and demo by Michael McFadden, but all other meetings, trips and our annual art show have been cancelled. We look forward to better days ahead.

March 10: Michael McFadden. Michael is a painter, sculptor, and woodworker as well as many additional creative media. His painting and drawings charm with a sense of naivete and whimsy, but the simple shapes and bright colors belie the intricacy of his work. Michael starts out planning his paintings using pencil, ink and watercolor on rice paper fragments to build a vocabulary of marks and shapes. These fragments are then used to create larger compositions in casein or oil paint. Mr. McFadden has a great deal of teaching experience under his belt as well, having taught private, high school and undergraduate students. Michael attended a CAA meeting last season, when he provided excellent technical support for his wife, illustrator Doris Ettlinger. www.mcfad.com

April 14: Eugene Lagana: You are going to love Mr. Lagana’s artwork! He is an excellent photographer with many skill sets and a wide range of subjects. But he truly excels at macro photography – extreme close-ups of (usually) small subjects. He has taken this interest a step further with a series of staged miniature scenes which he calls “Small Surrealism.” You will call them clever, delightful, and funny. He says he loves watching people’s reactions the first time they see his work. Eugene has shared his knowledge at local workshops aimed at helping participants to get the most from the photographic gear they currently own, including cell phones. www.eugenelagana.com

May 12: Lana Privatera. Lana Privatera is known for her luminous watercolors full of rich detail. She feels a special connection to history, and often depicts historical buildings or arrangements of treasured antiques. Lana is originally from Spain, where she studied Fashion Design and Art History. Her highly realistic watercolor paintings have been accepted and exhibited in numerous competitions, often winning top awards, so it is surprising to learn that her watercolor skills are largely self-taught. Now she passes on her acquired knowledge as an art educator She is currently an instructor at the Wallkill River School of Art and conducts Realistic Watercolor workshops in the USA and internationally. You can preview her excellent and straightforward teaching methods on her website, which features several step-by-step demonstrations. www.watercolorsbylana.com

Lana will be the judge for our 2020 Members Show, to be held at the Hawthorne Library, receiving day May 2, Reception, May 16 and take down May 30.

Monthly Artist: Rolf Helmich

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Rolf Helmich is a charter member of CAA and he has charmed us with his watercolors for years.

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