Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern Connecticut

Welcome to the 2021 Virtual Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern Connecticut!


Each section of this virtual tour covers a single artist, including a slideshow with samples of their work and voiceovers by John C. Starinovich or Shuana Shane, two of our participating artists. Once each section is finished, you can use the up and down arrows to go back and look at the slideshow images, or you can click "Next Artist" to move on with the show. You can also use the right and left arrows to switch back and forth between artists.

Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern Connecticut

Welcome to the 2021 Virtual Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern Connecticut!


Each section of this virtual tour covers a single artist, including a slideshow with samples of their work and voiceovers by John C. Starinovich or Shuana Shane, two of our participating artists. Once each section is finished, you can use the up and down arrows to go back and look at the slideshow images, or you can click "Next Artist" to move on with the show. You can also use the right and left arrows to switch back and forth between artists.

Barbara Timberman

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Watercolor paintings; Handmade blank books

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Barbara Timberman Watercolor Paintings

Barbara Timberman

The subject matter of my paintings developed from an early interest in botany and a later interest in gardening. The close observation of plant structure and form is always the starting point for my drawings although I frequently partner the plant subjects with complex and beautiful man- made objects. My paintings rely on the relationships between colors. I begin building my composition with the initial color of my subject and work to create a color chord that ties the work together. I find that watercolor allows me to layer and intensify color while enjoying interplay between splashy spontaneity and tight control. Time is an element in the slow pleasure of working out a complex visual puzzle. My goal is to direct the viewer’s attention to the tangled, intertwining beauty of the material world.

Richard White

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Painting, Drawing and Photography

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Barbara Timberman Watercolor Paintings

Richard White

I am an award winning figurative painter and illustrator in Coventry, CT. Retired from a varied career that, in addition to painting, drawing and teaching, has included photography, graphic design, and administration. Current work reflects solid roots in classical figuration and portraiture with strong character development and expressive, painterly execution.

Shauna Shane

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Painting, Sculpture

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FentonRiver Studio

Shauna Shane

My work is informed by years of painting from life, academic training, and the ability to communicate my connection to my subject. My goal: to share my love of the natural world with others through color, light and energy.I believe one’s artistic journey is like a learning to play a musical instrument; taking much practice to master. What people call talent is better described as the passion that results in the commitment to the skill and practice required to observe and interpret the subject. My own artistic life is dedicated to achieving the skill, knowledge, and nuance that makes communication through a simple, well-placed brush stroke as beautiful and descriptive as the perfect phrase in a poem.

Mary Noonan

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Oils, watercolor, encaustic

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Flying Dragon Farm Studio

Mary Noonan

As an artist I take time to look and look and look again. Sometimes it's hard to be patient so a quick impression is presented. Sometimes I'm stubborn and I'll paint and paint and paint again until the painting is good. In the studio is where I take what I've learned and discover how much I don't know. In the world is where the I get inspired and bring that inspiration from the world through myself and into view for you.I live in a place where the colors of nature surround me. The sounds and smells of nature are present. I want to share the whole with you. Welcome.

John C. Starinovich

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Tree hole Sculpture and carvings

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Holes in the Woods

John C. Starinovich

My medium is tree holes from downed trees. I made the first mirrored wall hung sculpture in 2005. Hand and power tools are used to compliment the natural pieces. Adornments are used to enhance the interest of the piece. The custom mirror adds function and creates an interior world to explore. A lengthy controlled decay process aids in debarking and saves the beautiful cambium layer. Spalting also occurs during this process which adds lines and color variation seasoning halts decay. No stain is used. Finish is flat lacquer and /or 2P10 glue. Stamped with date and makers mark. Mirror templet included. My work has been described as whimsical to avant garde. A friend said “I'm amazed with what you can do with a piece of rotten wood.”

Janet Dauphin

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Fused glass

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Khuyay Farm

Janet Dauphin

My name is Janet Dauphin and I am a Connecticut native living in mansfield center. I am a second generation farmer, and a glass artist! I raise alpacas and chickens. My glass work is inspired by the beauty of my day to day farming experience and the inspiring nature I see on walks through Mansfield Hollow state park.

Nora Charters

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Photography

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Khuyay Farm

Nora Charters

I grew up in the Storrs Mansfield area. After getting a bfa in photography from nyu in 1994, I spent over a decade working in fashion advertising in nyc. Upon returning home to Connecticut last year, I have been turning her camera to the trees and rivers and other markers of the local landscape.

Kim Bova

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Photography

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Kim Bova Photography

Kim Bova

I am a photographer creating images of the natural world around me - florals, still life, landscapes and city-scapes. Currently, I am creating handmade, one-of-a-kind prints using gicleé ink transferred to paper and other surfaces. Enjoy my photography in a peaceful garden which combines naturalized landscaping, herbs and veggies, flowering shrubs and raspberries - where birds, butterflies and humans can grab a quick snack!

Nancy Allyson Cooke Bunnell

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Pastel and Acrylic Paint

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NC Bunnell Studio

Nancy Allyson Cooke Bunnell

Painting is my unique relationship with the creative process. My process begins with rigidity and control of the medium. My analytical, left brain is making the painting decisions. At this point we’re a team. I initiate those rigid exacting lines to make everything fit perfectly and neatly into a rectangular shape. My paintings hover between the manageable and unrestrained place with ample space for creativity and order.At a particular point my right hemisphere takes hold of my hand. And then an intuitive, unrestrained, inspirational, a controlled out-of-control place takes hold. The lines, shapes, textures of the innovative ‘righter’ brain dance on the page, a symphony within the silence. The brush, the pastels move sideways, then flat, sharp edged, then a curved, pushing, pulling, rolling. The paint drips and is possibly smeared or erased. The colors speak loudly boldly or serenely subdued. I am called to supper. My brain snaps out of this place of play and wonder. I tape my 24”x 36” canvas on my refrigerator and eat my meal.Thanks to a deep spirituality and my determined commitment to allow my right hemisphere to paint, my skills and my work are always transforming. Both my extensive art training through three universities and personal mentors and the honor of teaching adults and also children have built and reinforced my skills. I am grateful for the opportunity to have exhibited work in so many shows and galleries. My paintings have been purchased by many art supporters, and many awards have been bestowed. The awards are only a recognition, a small statement of a job well done, but are a culmination of years of a humble recognition of where this creative gift began and of my cheering squad of family, friends and art enthusiast.

Aline Hoffman

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Pyrography and Paint

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NC Bunnell Studio

Aline Hoffman

Emotional Realism:My work has always been inspired by nature. When creating creatures of fur, feathers, and fins, I begin with the eyes to capture the essence/soul. My training in the art of Chinese brush shows up in my landscapes, especially in my newer painted gourds.No matter what medium I’m working in, my process involves the ‘magic’ of lines that define shapes and details. This is especially apparent in my pen & ink drawings and pyrographic (wood-burned) works as I construct the three-dimensionality that is a defining characteristic of my artistry.Since September 2020 I have had to stop burning due to a recently diagnosed lung condition, however, not to be thwarted, I am finding new ways to continue my gourd art; painting.

Scott Rhoades

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Acrylic Paint

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Scott Rhoades Studio

Scott Rhoades

I was born in Houlton, Maine in 1951 and grew up in Coventry, Connecticut. When I was a junior in college I took my first art class and was hooked on artistic processes and made several paintings. After graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1973 I earned my Master’s degree in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University. In 1975 I began a 35 year art education career in Coventry.I embraced teaching and worked with over six thousand students in grades K-8. I also coached girls sports, taught a class in Developmental Stages of Child Art at Eastern and was a high school baseball umpire. My work with children was published in several magazines and my school mural program was nationally recognized as over two hundred students signed their names to painted works on school walls. Over four hundred students had drawings published in the Chronicle, a Willimantic newspaper.I also presented workshops on child art at national, state and local venues. I was a grade level coordinator, related arts team leader, and mentor teacher team leader. I designed and produced thirty school yearbooks.As I approached retirement, I felt compelled to build an art studio in my back yard so that I could resume painting works of art. I have had several one man shows and my work has won many awards and has appeared in national publications.I have two daughters, Andrea and Summer, and four grandchildren and live in Storrs, Connecticut with my wife Ellie.Artist StatementI paint from photographs in my studio and my works are predominantly representational in style. I photograph images that attract me. Weathered barns, local historic homesteads, and nature and the wilderness hold an interest for me.When I paint I feel connected to the subject matter as if I am revisiting and that inspires me to look closely at places in my travels.

Marylin Makuch

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Beads, wire and more.

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TBG at Dragonfly Studio

Marylin Makuch

I am compelled to work with my hands and with my chosen materials. I work with variations of beads and wire to produce designs to create a distinctive collection of colorful and pleasing pieces. I choose to celebrate design beauty and various processes to create unique necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and much more. I continued to explore new techniques utilizing materials such as elastic, string, and wire. I am exploring various methods to fabricate designs using these processes: Kumihimo, French and Viking knitting, wire wrapping, and weaving.Over 14 years ago my creative journey with this incredibly versatile media began. My studio is small but absolutely overflowing with so many unique creations. My business is open to the public every weekend. I love sharing my passion with others. My years of teaching in the public school augment my ability to teach others the craft through workshops and private lessons. I truly feel that above all, my art is my special link to meet and develop relationships.

Suzy Staubach

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Pottery

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Willow Tree Pottery

Suzy Staubach

Pottery, books and gardens - these are the things I love to make and share. My pottery is inspired by French, English and early American country pottery. It is sturdy enough for everyday use but, I hope, elegant enough for special occasions. Use one of my bowls to mix cookie dough, bake custard, or serve your guests a fancy sauce. I throw on a kick wheel, similar to the wheels potters have used for thousands of years, and do some hand building. I fire in a homemade Roman arch downdraft gas kiln.Garden history, and gardens as a place to wander and linger, intrigue me. I like reading about gardens and writing about them. In my books I share what I have learned about both gardens and ceramics. Indeed, sharing is the part I enjoy most.

Barbara Katz

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Ceramics and Encaustic Collage

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Willow Tree Pottery

Barbara Katz

I live in the woods in northeastern Connecticut where I create in a large, light, beautiful studio. I travel as frequently as possible to Europe and other more exotic places both for pleasure and inspiration. In the past few years I have found Thailand, Ethiopia, Iran, Outer Mongolia, Tunisia, India, Russia and the Silk Road through China and Central Asia to be wonderful sources of stimulation.I am a sculptor and potter working with clay. I create simple forms based on, and evocative of, ancient rituals, artifacts and shamanic figures. When I discover forms in clay I am conscious of the continuity with other artists as they have created objects for thousands of years using the same methods of shaping and processing this most elemental material available.Then…when I first encountered encaustic painting - probably the Fayum portraits - I was intrigued by the tactile sensual appearance and also charmed by this long history of artistic expression. And so I began a new pursuit with this challenging medium - and it continues - seeking to balance my creativity between mud and wax.

Gretchen Geromin & Lauren Merlo

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Wood

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Willow Tree Pottery

Gretchen Geromin & Lauren Merlo

Lauren Merlo: Our cutting boards are made from cherry. This wood is from local trees that have come down. I have them milled into boards and air dried. I then rip the boards into strips, stand them on edge, and creatively glue them back together. Then, I sand and edge them, making satiny smooth boards of various sizes.Gretchen Geromin: When I get each

Debra Gag

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Oil Painting

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Windowhaven

Debra Gag

My name is Debra GagI am an artistI look out and drink with my eyesColor, shape, form, movementI remember how it all makes me feel.I lay out my paletteand mix my color pilesI pick up my brushAll my studying, observing, livinghas led me to this momentI let go, and the picture seems to paint itselfAnd my gardens attract bees and are a place of refugeColor, shape, form, movement, inspirationCome and sit in a wicker chairEnjoy, Relax

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Walk in my perennial garden to see Rose Campion with its brilliant magenta hue and silvery leaves.

Thank you for joining us for the 2021 Virtual Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern Connecticut!