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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.

Here is the exciting lineup of programs and workshops for the 2019/2020 season, thanks to the fine efforts of our program chair, Glenda Haas.

January 14: Frank Czelusta. Mr. Czelusta has consented to Critique our member’s work this season. Frank has studied drawing, oil and tempera painting at the National Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Student’s League, among other institutions. He has experience giving critiques at the Tuesday Painters. This will be an afternoon meeting, 2 to 4 pm.

February 11: Jamie Cassaboon. Jamie's current work is focused on still-life and wildlife art in graphite, primarily depictions of birds. His astonishingly beautiful drawings are exquisitely composed and rich with texture and detail. Jamie is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA). He is represented by the Belvoir Gallery in Millbrook, NY. His work has been included in many group shows throughout the US, and from August 13 to October 23, 2019, has work is the subject of a solo show at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference in Mahwah. The meeting will be in the afternoon from 2 to 4,

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

May 13: Lana Privatera workshop - details to follow.

Monthly Artist: Lanis Monfried

Crescents by Agnes Collis

This beautiful oil painting of a crescent moon reflecting in the deep blue sea is this month's Artist of the Month work by Agnes Collis

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