Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists Portrait Exhibition September 1-30, 2005
ONLINE PORTRAIT GALLERY
Bill has been president of the Board of Education and the Parks and Recreation Commission. As a young man, he was the president of the Jaycees and a few years later of Big Brothers. Recently, he has been president of the Newtown Lions Club. For many years, he has been a Hospice Table Sponsor. He has done much pro-bono work for various groups in the town including Nunnawaulk Meadows, our senior ousing, of which he was a founding member and of the C. H. Booth Library.
ABOUT MR. DAVIDSON
Lee was selected in 1972 as Newtown's first Park and Rec Director. He obtained a Masters in Leisure Services from SCSU. In 1977 he earned the "Outstanding Young Man of Newtown." He was later dubbed "The Clown Prince of Recreation" for dressing in costume for various town events and parades. He pioneered numerous programs including: Little Racers, Charlie Brown Baseball, Softball Leagues, and Senior Citizen Program. He helped build the second town park. He served on the Parks and Recs Commssion and, in 1986, married his second wife. He is survived by two children. Lee died 11 days after being diagnosed with acute lukemia.
This page was last updated: April 23, 2007
ABOUT MS. JW
Occupation: Director of Library
Years in Newtown: 30
Janet has served as the Director of the C.H. Booth Library for 24 years. She has been a co-chair of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting for 20 years. Janet is a co-chair of this year's Tercentennial Celebrations. She is a member if the Board of Chamber of Commerce. She has been married for 38 years with two daughters and five grandchildren.
ABOUT MR. CRUSON
Occupation: Town Historian, Teacher, Author.
Mr. Cruson teaches anthropology and local history at Barlow High School. He has written extensively on the history and the prehistoric finds in of the towns of Central Fairfield County.
He is an expert in rural slavery, vintage photography, early architecture and road-building, and early cemeteries. Publications to his credit include: The Prehistory of Fairfield County, Newtown's Slaves, and most recently, the Images of America series.
ABOUT MS. WASSERMAN
Occupation: State Representative
Years in Newtown: 40+
Education: Sarah Lawrence University: BA ; Columbia University: M.P.H.
Occupation: Legislator, former director of health for the town of New Fairfield, retired captain in the US Army (WAC)
Public Service: Former member of the Newtown Legislative Council; appointee of the King’s Mark Resource, Conservation, and Development Project; former member of the Fairfield Council Soil and Water Conservation District; former member of Newtown Conservation Commission; and much more!
Legislative Service: State House of Representatives 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001,2003
ABOUT MR. JH
Years in Newtown: 40+
Chairman, Family Counseling Center, Board of Directors 2003-2005;Director Family Counseling Center, Newtown 2000-2005;
Trustee, CH Booth Library, Newtown, Past President 2000-2003, Past Vice President, Past Treasurer;Newtown Chamber of Commerce, Director and Secretary, Past Vice President, Past Treasurer;Trustee, Corporator and Secretary Newtown Savings Bank, Retired Senior Executive Vice President
Housing Opportunities Team of the United Way of Northern Fairfield County, Member Newtown Local Housing Partnership, Co-Chairman Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, and MUCH MORE!
1982-Present; Trustee, Union Savings Bank, Danbury CT. Currently serving as Chairman of the Board 1999-Present; Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council;President for 2 years of Danbury Downtown Council; Past member Board of Directors, Danbury Chamber of Commerce;Chairman of Board of Trustees, Union Savings Bank, Newtown; Plus numerous Civic Activities including Booth Library Board of Trustees.
ABOUT MS. STURDEVANT
Years in Newtown: 33
Brief biography: Member, Secretary Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers(elected)
Former President, Republican Women’s Club Former Chairman, GOP 5th District
Former President, Newtown Scholarship Association
Former President, Newtown Business and Professional Women; Former Secretary, CT Business and Professional Women; Co-Chairman, Newtown Labor Day Parade and Newtown Summer Festival
Former Administrative Secretary, Newtown Legislative Council; Woman of the Year, Newtown Business and Professional Women
Volunteer to: Cancer Assoc., Heart Assoc., Hospice
Numerous other civic groups and activities.
Mary E. Hawley
ABOUT MS HAWLEY
Date of Birth: 1857 to 1930
Newtown is the beneficiary of this prominent historic personality, who had as her maternal grandfather Judge William Edmund for whom the town hall is named. She had a quiet young life because Mary Hawley was kept close to her mother. Her brief marriage ended in divorce, and upon returning from Europe, and losing her father shortly thereafter, she became a recluse. She began 9 years of substantive wealth disbursement beginning with a new high school in 1921 (now Mary Hawley School) and ended with the building of Edmund Town Hall which unfortunately she did not see completed. Among her many gifts to the town were buildings, one of which is the library. She left a magnificent legacy to our town.
ABOUT MR. Treadwell
Mr. Treadwell taught Sunday School, serving in the Sandy Hook School PTA, heading the finance committee of the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and from 1959 to 1962 serving on the Newtown Park and Recreation Commission. He was an organizer and past president of the Newtown Young Republican
Club, a member of the executive Board of the State Federation of Young Republicans, an alternate to the GOP state convention, and twice a delegate after his election as First Selectman. He is remembered for an exceptional career serving Newtown.
Mr. Treadwell died in a tragic fire at his home in 1979. Mr. T's daughter writes from Alaska, "Paula, I am practically in tears that 33 years after my father’s
passing that he is being remembered this way. Thank you all so much."
ABOUT MS. MS
Years in Newtown: 30+
President-PTA Elementary and Middle Schools; Established and Chaired First Elementary School Library, First Summer Enrichment Programs in Art and Music; First President, Newtown PTA Council; Established Children’s Theatre Program;
Chaired Committee to build a new Newtown High School;
Chaired Newtown Scholarship Ball; Directed initial Newtown PTA Adult Education Program; Helped Create SCAN-Society of Creative Arts of Newtown;
Only Newtowner to Serve As Connecticut State PTA; President and National VP-Newtown Visiting Nurse Assoc; Chairman-Children’s Adventure Center; Organizer Newtown Business and Professional Women’s Club; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Fairfield Hills Hospital; Chairman Danbury Youth Services;Chairman Republican Town Committee; Registered Parliamentarial; Elected Town Clerk Notary;State Representative-Elected Five Terms 106th District; Author Legislature to Save the Newtown Flagpole; Vice Chair-State Commission on National Bi-Centennial; Vice-Chair Newtown Tercentennial; Author of 4 books including “Color Me Newtown” and “Color Me Connecticut”
Active Portrait Painter.
ABOUT MR. ROSENTHAL
Years in Newtown: 40+
Jack R had 5 consecutive terms as First Selectman of Newtown. He coached and played for the Newtown Baseball Club for 12 years. A long–term firefighter, he served as president of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Company, as well as on Charter Revisions commissions. He was the moderator of town meetings, selectman and member of the Board of Finance, an active member of the Democratic Town Committee from 1967 to 1975, as well as delegate to numerous conventions.
Portrait paintings have been posted below as they were completed.
Come see the the originals! The exhibition will remain on view through the end of September. For details and directions, go to:
Distinguished residents of Newtown, CT have graciously volunteered to "Pose for Posterity" as part of the town's Tercentennial Celebrations. Their inspiring stories follow below.
Jeanine Jackson, CSOPA Founder and Co-Chair
Alain Picard CSOPA Member and Faces of Newtown 2005 Co-Chair
Paula Stephan, Booth Library Board of Trustees
ABOUT MR. ROSENTHAL
Years in Newtown: 52
Mr. Herbert Rosenthal has been Newtown’s Selectman since 1997. Previous to his election, he served on the Board of Education for 13 years and as its Chairman for 3 years. Among other roles of leadership in town, he was Chaiman of Housantoic Valley Economic Development , the Treasurer of the Housantic Valley Council of Elected Officials, President of the Conn. Conference of Municipalities and a member of the Board of the Council of Small Towns.
Additionally, he was on the CT Council Of Municipalities Smart Growth Task Force and the Chairman of the CT Council of Municipalities Tax Reform Task Force. Herb, a former Naval Officer, is a Vietnam Veteran, and a Newtown resident for 52 Years.
by David Luchak
by Joseph Sundwall
CLICK on paintings below to view enlargements. All works are copyrighted (c) 2005 by the individual artists and may not be reproduced in any form with out written permission. Paintings have been posted in random order as received.