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



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








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 demonstrate hows to draw the portrait. Topics of discussion will be light, likeness, basic portrait sequence, among others. The demo's information will be as valuable to draftsmen as well as painters of all mediums. $25. Pre-registration is required. Maximum 15 people. Click this link for details: Eddie Nino Portrait Demonstration








October Adults and Seniors Portrait Workshop
Dates 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, Closing Ceremony Portrait Subjects Unveilings 
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 jacksonportraits@aol.com

ARTS ESCAPE Contact: info@artsescape.org

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!
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 - 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
ShawnaLee Kwashnak
Michel Delafontaine
Francis Philibert
Bill Rorick
Peter Seltzer
Richard White
Artists in Residence Program

Gallery hours 
Mon -Thurs
10am - 4 pm

Judge for awards: Laurel Stern Boeck
Susan Wakeen
Register Now for your Favorite Portrait Events!
Bill Rorick