Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy New Year Everyone!
 "Queen Anne's Lace," 6" x 6", Oil on Panel, Bridget Grady

The first week of 2013 is looking to be pretty exciting! 
I just got notification that my painting, "Queen Anne's Lace" was selected for the Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Center's international competition, "High" (Realism's Realism). 
I'm honored to be one of 24 artists selected to exhibit out of 649 entries from across the U.S. and beyond. 
The show will be opening January 25th at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. So if you are in town, (Cincinnati that is!), check it out!  
Many thanks to Jason Franz and  the staff of Manifest for creating such a great contemporary art venue!

 I also have an exhibition of my "Wetlands"  paintings at the Atrium Gallery at the Warner Theater in Torrington, Connecticut this month. Concurrently, I have some works based on our local farms on view in Artwell's "Living Room" gallery, also in Torrington.Many thanks to Michael Yurgules and Sue Berg of Artwell Inc."for all of their hardwork!!


We have lots of things going on at the studios this month and are busy finalizing plans for February and beyond. 

Artist Marc Chabot will be giving a lecture on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at 1pm at the studios. 

Marc Chabot is an artist and 19th & 20th century American drawing and print scholar and collector. He is also one of the exhibiting artists, along with Caroline Harman of Newtown, represented in the "Drawing Conversations," show.
Mr. Chabot will be  talking about his own process, technique and approach to drawing, the sources of his inspiration, and the place of drawing in his life. Along with the drawings he has in the show, he will bring sketchbooks and pieces not included the exhibition, as well as examples of drawings by other artists from his own personal collection, and explain how they relate to his work.

"Drawing Conversations: An Exhibition of Drawing by Caroline Harman and Marc Chabot," will be on view until the end of January. The  gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 12PM- 5PM and by appointment. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

JFoster Music will be hosting another increasingly popular "Sketch Jam" on Sunday January 13th, from 3PM-5PM. The public is invited to come and listen to live music and sketch the musicians or whatever else they are inspired to create. This month's guest musician is Bradley Costello of the Jimmy Jack band(our former neighbors and snow survivalists in the building.) Bradley will be playing acoustically for this gig. This event is free, family friendly, and open to the public. As always cookies and coffee will be on hand!

I will offering a new day time class "Drawing for Pleasure.". This  4 week class is open to adults wishing to explore  a variety approaches  improving one's skills and experience the stress relieving aspects of drawing. Tuition is 75.00. Some materials will be provided.

Returning by popular demand to the Blue Horse Arts Studio will be Newtown Glass Artist Heidrun Morgan. Heiu will be offering a workshop " Introduction to Stained Glass." The course will be held on Saturday, January 19th, from 10AM- 1PM. The tuition is 65.00  which includes all materials. There are just a couple of slots left!

Jay Foster will be hosting a "Introduction to Blogging" workshop on Saturday, January 26th from 10AM- 12PM. Participants will learn how to set up their own blog during the class. Tuition is $65.00. Spaces are limited in this course so sign up early.

 Sam D' Ambruoso will be holding a Monday night painting class that will be a combination of Still Life and Portrait for more info on this please contact Sam at 203-758-9660.

Blue Horse Arts and JFoster Music Studios are located at 250 Porter Street, Watertown CT. For more information  please email info@bluehorsearts.com or info@jfostermusic.com, or call 860-417-3243.


  1. Love the blog and all the news! Congratulations Bridget on your achievements - well deserved!


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