ACEO results for Abstract Challenge are up.

The results from the March Making Art Monthly challenge are up. Thanks go out to Mark Hannon, Valerie Riveras-Rhodes, Karen Keane, Elizabeth Howard, Melissa A Benson, Marianne Schmidt, and Willie Scaife for taking up the challenge!

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Congratulations Paige!

Paige Mamone Sketchbook Celebrate Art Lordship
4th grader Paige Mamone poses with the sketchbook. From left, PTA board members Cyndi Casinelli, Brooke Trasy, Prinicipal Kate Murphy, CAGCT president Mark Hannon, teacher Jenny Cooper, and PTA president Joanna Haddad.

On May 28th the Coastal Arts Guild of CT is partnering with Stratford’s Lordship Elementary School to host a daylong art field day called “Celebrate! Art” for the 270 students.

Students will get the chance to wear paint clothes and go hands-on with paint, fiber, masks and more, along with enjoying drumming and dance sessions.

To help get the kids in the mood, Lordship art teacher Jenny Cooper invited students to submit designs for mini sketchpads that will be given to the students the day of the event (provided kindly by Sketch for Schools).

Mrs. Cooper said the choice was difficult but she selected 4th grader Paige Mamone’s design for the front of the sketchbook.

When we visited the school and showed Paige the book, her reaction was priceless!

Thanks to all of the artists who are setting aside time for this great day. We are all looking forward to it!

Click here to take a closer look at Paige’s work!


Coastal Arts Guild has New Logo!

Congratulations, Lisa Romano!
The Coastal Arts Guild of CT logo (formerly Stratford Arts Guild)

Congratulations to Lisa Romano, Stratford, the winner of our logo contest!

Lisa did a beautiful job and worked diligently with Mark and the board to create a final version of the logo for the Coastal Arts Guild of CT.

Lisa Romano and the board of the Coastal Arts Guild at the holiday party
Board members Melissa Benson, Elizabeth Howard, Mark Hannon and Anne Mulligan stand with logo designer Lisa Roman (center) at the Holiday Party, where the new logo was unveiled.
About Lisa Romano

By day, Lisa Romano works in marketing and events for United Illuminating.

Like so many craftspeople and artists, however, Romano paints and creates around her full-time work life.

“I have been painting for years,” she said. “I do watercolors and acrylics. But I am self-taught. I am not a professional artist. I was involved with Firehouse Gallery in Milford and I’ve had paintings hung there. But I prefer to make paintings for gifts.”

Originally, from Norwalk, Romano has lived in Connecticut her whole life. She married her best friend 28 years ago, and has two children: a son in the Navy and a daughter who is a senior in college.

“I’ve always worked full-time, except for a few years when I worked from home,” she said. “Now that the kids are grown, you know how it is. I am getting some of my time back to do the things I’ve always enjoyed.”

Lisa Romano - Ocean Breeze
Ocean Breeze by Lisa Romano
Romano considers herself a “hobbyist” more than an artist, but says she looks forward to retirement, when she can full engage in her creative work.

“I don’t see us retiring here in Connecticut, though that is still a ways off,” she said. “We travelled in the Southwest United States recently and I found it really inspiring. l I love Georgia O’Keefe. I would love to retire someplace that inspires me and get fully involved in art community. When I have the free time.”

 Thank you, Lisa!