Deb Howland-Murray
"In this day and age of technology, people are so used to instant results that they overlook 'real' art, the talent of these artists and how they can capture the beauty and personality of their subjects without technology. These portraits are heirlooms that can be passed down from Generation to Generation. I think people forget about commissioning portraiture because they don’t have the exposure or access to Portrait Artists. It will be AE’s goal to help advocate the work of CSOPA in October through our Gallery and our clients." 
Arts Escape Executive Director, Becky Butler www.artsescape.org

Arts Escape
88 Main Street South Southbury, CT

presented by
The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists​

Event Chair: ShawnaLee Kwashnak

CSOPA Juried Portrait Exhibition and Public Events
All Ages are Welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.​
Come join us for one or more special portrait events! Registration and details below.



Calendar of Events
All located at Arts Escape except where noted.




                    August 12 Arts  Escape Fundraiser Pine Meadow Gardens This off-site garden and gala event features a portrait demonstration by ShawnaLee Kwashnak and a $500 Original Portrait Gift Certificate by CSOPA artist, Deb Howland-Murray in the silent auction. Go to ArtsEscape.org for details and to purchase tickets. Open to the public. 




                  October 1, 2 - 4 pm Opening Reception & Events
See 41 original fine art portraits and meet the artists. Refreshments, Entertaiment, Awards. Open to the public. Free. 
Special events: 
> Holiday Gift Table 
> Portrait Subjects Program 
This is YOUR chance to experience the classic art of portraiture. Model for one of our artists during the month of October and your portrait may unveiled at the closing ceremony October 28. All ages welcome. Pre-registration is FREE and gives you priority selection of an artist on October 1 to schedule your single-sitting portrait. Purchase of completed work is not required, however it is an option with prices starting at $500. For additional information and to pre-register, click this link: CALL FOR PORTRAIT SUBJECTS





                October, Portrait Artists in Residence Program
Check the ArtsEscape.org calendar to see which CSOPA artist may be working on site. Free and open the public. To be placed on the mailing list, write to info@artsescape.org




                October 5: New Britain Museum Face-to-Face Tour  -  Thursday Field Trip New Britain Museum for a special docent-lead Face-to-Face Portraits Tour. Seniors, students, and general public are invited to join members of The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. Museum entry with tour is $15. Museum Tour + Copy Session is $20. We meet at Arts Escape at 10 am to view the CSOPA portrait exhibit together or you can meet us at the museum at 11am. Pre-registration is required. For details and to register, click this link:                        Museum Tour





              October 14, Live Portrait Drawing Demo 1-4pm - 
CSOPA artist, Eddie Nino creates portrait of a  live model.   $25. Pre-registration is required. Maximum 15 people. Click this link for details: Eddie Nino Portrait Demonstration


October Adults and Seniors Portrait WorkshopDates and details to be announced. Instructor Deb Howland-Murray.
To be placed on emal list for this event, kindly write to CSocietyOPA@aol.com.





                   *October 21, Child Sketches. 10am - 1 pm Grades K - 12. $75 for 45-minute sitting includes matting. Preregistration begins in August: info@artsescape.org



October 28, Portrait Subjects Unveilings and Closing Ceremony 12-1pm - See some of the original head and shoulder portraits created for this event. Free and open to the public.









CSOPA Contacts: 
ShawnaLee Kwashnak artist@shawnalee.com 
Jeanine Careri Jackson: jacksonportaits@aol.com

Artists' Core Schedule
September 30, Saturday 1 - 3pm Receiving
[Additional receiving by appointment September  28 10am - 2pm]
October 28, Saturday Pick-Up 1-2pm
Artist Information

Cash and Gift Awards
Sign InView Entries
Susan Wakeen
October 1 - 28, 2017
Southbury Portrait Festival
Bensen at the New Britain
Gift Certificates Available

New Members Welcome!
Visitors
Call for Portrait Subjects!
SPF17ProspectusJune.pdf
SPF17ProspectusJune.pdf
Laurel Stern Boeck

Ellie Boyd

Jeanine Careri Jackson

Michel Delafontaine

Deborah Howland-Murray

ShawnaLee Kwashnak

Carol Lake

Eddie Nino 

William Rorick

Peter Seltzer

Sheryl Shakinovsky 

Nancy Stember

Cindy Wagner

Susan Wakeen

Richard White


41 Original Portraits
by 15 Selected Artists

Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures and Bas Reliefs

Susan Wakeen
Sheryl Shakinovsky
Examples by each artist above (c) - click to open. (Please do not use images without written permission. Thank you!)
Carol Lake
Laurel Stern Boeck
Deb Howland-Murray
Nancy Stember
Ellie Boyd
Eddie Nino
Eddie Nino Demonstration
ShawnaLee Kwashnak
Michel Delafontaine
Francis Philibert
Bill Rorick
Peter Seltzer
Richard White
August 12 Fundraiser
Call for Portrait Subjects Registration
Artists in Residence Program

Gallery hours 
Monday -Thursday 
10am - 4 pm

Judge for awards: Laurel Stern Boeck