Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern Connecticut

Welcome to the 2024 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 2023 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.

Jane Rackliffe

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Fused Glass

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Jane Rackliffe Fused Glass

Jane Rackliffe

Hidden in the woods, you will find my“ secret garden”, a favorite destination to children and their parents in our neighborhood on Lake Chaffee. Before you reach the garden, you will travel past several raised vegetable and herb gardens and my greenhouse shed, which displays my fuse glass artwork in the summer. The main garden features paths and boardwalks over a brook, a large collection of labeled miniature, and a variety of other shade plants and several raised beds created from recycled daybeds. Hand made stepping stones, a totem pole, and other surprises can be found throughout the garden.My passions are working with glass and gardening and I got the chance to do both with gusto when I retired from teaching almost ten years ago. Fused glass allows me to play with color, form, and light, while continuing to challenge me to experiment with different techniques. Typically, each piece is hand cut, layered and fired in a kiln for a day. Many of my pieces require several firings to achieve the outcome I want.The garden has been an ongoing project for years. I have been clearing land and planting and Dan has been building boardwalks as I go. We have added a display shed for artwork and a greenhouse shed near the garden. Finding more varieties of plants that do well in the shade of the woods is an ongoing process. My two passions are intertwined- frequently I find inspiration for my artwork in the garden.

Dan Rackliffe

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Pottery

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Jane Rackliffe Fused Glass

Dan Rackliffe

Working with my hands has always been the most satisfying experience for me. When I discovered pottery, over ten years ago, I dove in. Now, most of my days are spent either in my garage studio or teaching newbies in our winter community in Florida. I blend my own glazes and especially love my signature blue color. Functional pieces I make include platters, casseroles, mugs, large serving bowls and more. They could be yours, if my wife doesn’t claim them first.

Suzy Staubach

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Pottery

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Willow Tree Pottery

Suzy Staubach

I am inspired by the country pottery of ancient Korea, early America and 18th and 19th century England and France. Like so many potters before me, I throw on a simple kick wheel and make my own glazes from feldspars, clays and sand. I once fire my pots in a tightly packed gas kiln which I built. My pots - rolled rim mixing bowls, oval bakers, covered dishes, platters and whimsical pieces for the garden - are meant to be used and enjoyed. They are quiet pots that I offer as a bit of calm in these stressful times. In addition to getting my hands in clay, I write about pottery and gardens. Recently, my book Clay (yes, I wrote the book on clay!) was reissued by Brandies University Press. Timber Press published my A Garden Miscellany. I hope that my pottery, books and gardens give others as much pleasure as they give me.

Barbara Katz

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Ceramics

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Willow Tree Pottery

Barbara Katz

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.

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

Barbara Timberman

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Watercolor

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Barbara L Timberman

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.

Aline Hoffman

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Forest Delights, Gourd Sculpture, Pyrography, Painting

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Maple Brook Studio

Aline Hoffman

A warm invitation to come enjoy my outdoor sculptures: clay, stone, metal; front yard Labyrinth; quiet reading nook behind my house; backyard ‘emerging’ Sanctuary Garden surrounded by woods, no visible neighbors, a stone bench to relax. This garden is certain to mature beautifully. My hope is that this emerging garden will inspire you.Indoors: an abundance of media in my studio: what I call Emotional Realism. A life-long artist, I have a habit of reinventing myself: pen & ink, pastel, oil, Chinese brush, pyrography, unique gourd art and gourd/polymer clay Forest Delights series (Autumn/Spring). Nature is my inspiration. I’m incorporating tree bark, moss and lichen into my works; some with leaves cut from gourds, some with polymer clay leaves.

Elizabeth Lindorff

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Pottery

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Maple Brook Studio

Elizabeth Lindorff

I am constantly surprised when I write about my experiences with clay. I’ve thrown pots for 20 + years still consider myself an explorer of the art.My workshop is a haven where I can be as creative, meditative or even lazy as I need to be. It’s a deeply appreciated opportunity to produce work that I can share with others.

Shauna Shane

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Oil, W/C, Pastel, Acrylic and Sculpture

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FentonRiver Studio

Shauna Shane

I am an artist. My life is dedicated to creativity— emphasizing beauty, spiced with whimsy. I live and work in an old button factory located next to the Fenton River in the quaint, historical neighborhood of Gurleyville. My cottage garden boasts a dozen sculptures and brightly colored cast cement leaves surrounded by an exuberant display of colorful blooms including peonies, iris, and poppies.Inside my studio (an old button factory), I present more than 150 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 unique, creative environment that gives visitors a window into my artistic vision.

mary noonan

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oil, watercolor, encaustic, graphite, collage

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Flying Dragon Farm Studio

mary noonan

I have an eclectic portfolio with a variety of styles and subjects. Each piece reflects a relationship to the people and nature around me.

Leanne Peters

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Graphite, Digital, Oil Paint

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Flying Dragon Farm Studio

Leanne Peters

Leanne enjoyed drawing often as a young child and was encouraged to expand on her artwork. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a BA with honors along with the Class Portfolio Award in Medical Illustration. This field of study helped develop her skills with detailed work. Her artwork is a combination of graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, oil paint, and now digital.Using an intuitive as well as a classical approach to each work, Leanne calls her offerings “Nature Art” because along with the obvious meaning, she is also thinking about the nature of beings as she works. This is the magic and energy behind the art. It is created as a place of calm, good energy, and balance for the spirit. Animals are often a subject in her work because they embody an essence that one can be inspired by and learn from.

Elizabeth Clark

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Jewelry and other things, metals, wood, stone, beads, resin, silver, bronze, glass

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Flying Dragon Farm Studio

Elizabeth Clark

I create jewelry and other crafts with many different materials. I enjoy nature and love to garden. I have several different kinds of gardens including a moss and miniatures garden. I like to work with different types of wood and metals. I use natural elements in my art, either directly or symbolized. I think my work is crafted seriously but with a touch of whimsy

Janet Dauphin

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Fused Glass

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Khuyay Farm

Janet Dauphin

I’ve been fusing glass for five years and I’m still mesmerized by glass and the changes that happen in the kiln. I’m constantly learning exciting new techniques! Last year I started an enchanting shade garden, as well as a native plant garden. Come visit and you might have a chance to give some treats to my six alpacas. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in my expansive backyard!

Nora Lili Charters

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Photography

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Khuyay Farm

Nora Lili Charters

Greetings! My name is Nora Charters I am an award winning local photographer with a degree in photo from NYU. A native of Mansfield CT I grew up with the beauty of nature which still inspires my work. I currently shoot trucks and yoga teachers for fun. I love to take portraits as well and am available for hire for headshots and other photo work you may need. I will be showing paper and canvas prints and small photo gifts.

Michelle Allison

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metal sculpture

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Michelle Metal Art

Michelle Allison

I am currently working in metal, primarily cold rolled carbon steel bar and plate. My most recent work (after a 55 year career working in wood) is a series of fabricated (bent and welded) vessels, scaled up to serve as outdoor sculptures. I continue to explore the possibilities of the vessel form, now utilizing the unique capabilities of metal. Constructed of ribs and rings these works feature a large amount of negative space; thus they appear light and opened up. The viewer has easy access to the vessel’s interior space resulting in an experience of both interior and exterior geometry. Continuing my interest in employing a visually bold color palette, these pieces are finished with a modern automotive three part “Hot Rod” paint system. Other work employs a more traditional; rust patina, sometime using recycled materials and components.

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.  After graduating from ECSU and CCSU I began a 35 year art education career in Coventry in 1975.  I embraced teaching and worked with over 6000 students in grades K-8. My work with children was published in several magazines. Over four hundred students had drawings published in the Chronicle, a local newspaper.  I presented workshops on child art at national, state and local venues and was a grade level coordinator, related arts team leader, and mentor teacher team leader.  I designed and produced 30 school yearbooks.    As I approached retirement in 2010, I felt compelled to build an art studio in my back yard so that I could resume painting works of art.  My paintings have been sold throughout the United States and in countries worldwide. I have won numerous art awards and my paintings have appeared in national and international publications.I live in Storrs, Connecticut with my wife Ellie.

John C. Starinovich

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Wall hung sculpted mirrored tree holes with adornments and sculpted tree sections.

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Holes in the Woods

John C. Starinovich

My medium is treeholes 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.”

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