Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern Connecticut

Welcome to the 2022 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 2022 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.

Lynita Shimizu

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Woodblock Prints

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Shimizu Woodcuts

Lynita Shimizu

The materials and tools to make a woodblock print originate from the hands of skilled artisans. From beautiful paper made in the mountains of Japan, to the bamboo sheath wrapped around my hand-held printing disk, this form of printmaking, mokuhanga (woodprint), never feels far from nature, my muse.The division of space and abstract qualities of traditional Japanese woodcuts attract me. When planning my own prints, I work to simplify what I’m seeing or feeling. To move from the inspiration of the sketch to the mechanics of the print requires thoughtful organization of color and space. The image is broken apart; different colors are carved from separate blocks of wood. Only after just the right amount of pigment, water, and rice starch have been brushed across the wood, and the layers of color have been pressed into the paper, does the image come together again. Every time the paper is lifted from the final block, it feels like magic.Although my subject matter varies, my goal remains to create images with strength, spirit, and clarity. In a world full of challenges, the process of creating a woodblock print provides a peaceful and safe haven. I am so grateful to be a woodblock printmaker and hope some of the joy it brings me, touches others.

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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Ceramic

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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 have travelled all over the world finding stimulation for my creativity.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.

Gretchen Geromin and Lauren Merlo

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Wood

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Willow Tree Pottery

Gretchen Geromin and 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 “blank” cutting board (my canvas), I look it over carefully letting the character and grain of the wood speak to me and help me decide what and where to put my artwork. After I have done a simple pencil sketch on the board, I work on it with my woodburning, bringing in all the details. It’s all in how I handle the tool – be it angle, pressure, or strokes – that creates different effects.

Debra Gag

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Oil Painter

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Windowhaven Studio

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 itself

Barbara Timberman

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Watercolor painting/ Bookbinding

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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.

Kathleen Lepak

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Calligraphy, Watercolor & Gouache Illustration, Pen and Ink ration

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Barbara Timberman Watercolor Paintings

Kathleen Lepak

When I was in Kindergarten, my teacher yelled at me for coloring outside the lines. Now I make my own lines. Sometimes I color inside, sometimes I don’t.I am a calligrapher, illustrator, and graphic designer and have been creating art for as long as I can remember -- at least since kindergarten, despite the opinions of my teacher at the time.A freelance job at a local university hospital many years ago offered me the opportunity to try my “hand” at the art of the calligrapher. Putting pen and ink to paper is magic to me. I love the feel of the paper, the fluid rhythm as the ink glides onto the surface. Time disappears . . . focus is crystal clear . . . the magic of the scribes of centuries past is brought to life. Since the beginning of time, man has been striving to make his words or symbols look beautiful as well as communicate concepts and ideas.Combining calligraphic hands with artwork to visually enhance the chosen words is a passion of mine. Words and letters become explosions of color in my mind - language is at once, brilliantly alive to the eye as well as the mind.

Shauna Shane

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Painting, Garden Art, Sculpture

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FentonRiver Studio

Shauna Shane

I am an artist. My life is dedicated to creativity— sometimes a bit of beauty, sometimes whimsy. I live and work in an old button factory located next to the FentonRiver in the quaint, historical neighborhood on Gurleyville Road. My cottage garden boasts a dozen sculptures and brightly colored cast cement leaves and flowers discovered in an exuberant display of crazy color including peonies, Iris, and poppies.Inside my studio, (an old button factory,) I present more than 100 paintings in oil, pastel, and watercolor. My subject matter includes landscape, still life, figures and animal subjects,All in all, my garden and studio offer a crazy, creative environment that gives visitors a window into my artistic vision.

Mary Noonan

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oils, watercolor, encaustic

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Flying Dragon Farm Studio

Mary Noonan

My garden is full of life and you are invited to come visit. The garden comes into the studio with colors and shapes that I want to share with you in paintings and garden whimsies.

Janet Dauphin

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Glass

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Khuyay Farm

Janet Dauphin

Glass is neither a liquid nor a solid. Instead, it is an 'amorphous solid'--somewhere between those two states. And, when conditions are right, pieces of glass can be fused together to create exciting new forms. I first became enamored with glass as a young child, working next to my mother in her stained-glass studio. I learned to cut, grind, and piece together glass; skills which came in handy when, as an adult, I began to experiment with fusing glass using an old pottery kiln. A few years later I purchased a dedicated fusing kiln and am always honing my talents. No two pieces of glass are alike, and I study it before I put it in place. Magic happens inside the kiln. Colors change, shapes shift, and new artwork is born!

Nora Lili Charters

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Photography

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Khuyay Farm

Nora Lili Charters

Photography is one of the biggest joys of my life and I love sharing that joy with others.

Kim Bova

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Photography

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Kim Bova Photography

Kim Bova

I create photographs of the natural world around me including florals, landscapes, still life and places I have traveled. Currently, I offer mix of traditional prints on paper and other substrates, plus, handmade one-of-a-kind gicleé ink-transfer prints.. I also print to surfaces such as wood, metal, glass and paper. Come join me in my indoor studio and outdoor garden with naturalized landscaping, herbs and veggies, flowering shrubs and raspberries - where birds, butterflies and humans can grab a quick snack!

Scott Rhoades

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Acrylic Paint

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Scott Rhoades Studio

Scott Rhoades

I work in acrylic paint in my studio and the works are predominantly representational in style. I work from photographs of images based on my experiences and travel such as the wilderness, weathered barns, historic buildings and other subjects. When I paint I feel connected to the subject matter as if I am revisiting and that inspires me to look closely at places of interest wherever I go. I also enjoy accepting commissioned work.

John C. Starinovich

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Wall hung sculpted mirrored tree holes with adornments.

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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 template included. My work has been described as whimsical to avante garde. A friend said, “I'm amazed with what you can do with a piece of rotten wood.”

Nancy Bunnell

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Pastel/ Acrylic Painter

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NC Bunnell Studio

Nancy 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 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.

Midge Makuch

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Beads, Stones, and wire.

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NC Bunnell Studio

Midge Makuch

I am compelled to work with beads and wire. The possibilities are unlimited. I produce designs and have created a unique collection of colorful and pleasing pieces. My goal has been to make a variety of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and much more. No two pieces are alike.I love learning new techniques using elastic, string, and wire. I do kumihimo, French and Viking knitting, wire wrapping and wire weaving.My passion for these media began over 14 years ago. My studio is small but overflowing with my work. I love sharing this passion for working with colors, shapes, and techniques with others.

Aline Hoffman

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Gourd Art, Birch Paintings, Pyrography

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NC Bunnell Studio

Aline Hoffman

Gourd Art/Birch Paintings/Pyrography:For the past five decades I have been referring to my artwork as Emotional Realism.Inspired by nature, I love the challenge of bringing life and dimensionality to my artwork which includes leaf paintings, landscapes, animals, birds and fish. Often there is an Oriental flare to my work, a result of painting in the style of Chinese brush for over twenty years.My process, no matter the medium, involves the ‘magic’ of lines that define shapes and details as I construct the three-dimensionality that is a defining characteristic of my two-dimensional artistry. My painted gourds, primary medium since April 2019, are unique in the world of gourd art. In my shop I use miniature power tools to create the intricate cutting on many of my gourds and pyrography pieces.I never use patterns and rarely pre-sketch unless I am doing intricate cutting of gourds or wood.

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