The Franklin Art Association was established in 1971 to provide a forum for the promotion of visual arts; for the preservation of the finest artistic traditions by means of exhibiting works, conducting classes, lectures, and sponsoring other activities favorable to artistic expression and to provide friendly exchanges among painters, photographers and those interested in the fine arts.
Regular monthly meetings are held at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St., a large building located diagonally across from the town common and across from St. Mary’s Church (directions), from 6:30-9:00 p.m. with a business meeting starting at 6:45, the first Wednesday of each month, September through June. Meetings are free and open to the public. Subscribe to our RSS Feed to keep up with news and events or follow us on Facebook!
March Guest Artist: Jeanne Rosier Smith
The March 2nd meeting will feature a demonstration by Jeanne Rosier Smith.
Jeanne Rosier Smith grew up painting, but first discovered pastel when a box of Nupastels arrived in the mail from an uncle in Massachusetts, 20 years ago. “You might enjoy these,” he said. He had no idea. She studied art at Georgetown University and later at the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey. After earning a Ph.D. in English and teaching college English for ten years, she made the switch to full time professional art in 2000. She now maintains a Pastel Studio school, teaches around the country, and is represented by several East Coast galleries. Her subjects are diverse: landscape, portrait, food, and the sea.
Smith is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the American Society of Marine Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Her work has garnered top awards, including the including first place in this year’s landscape competition in Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition. Her work has appeared in International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, and The Pastel Journal, and she is a regular contributing writer for the Pastel Journal. Her paintings are in collections on five continents.
Smith is a popular demonstrator and teacher: her Sudbury pastel studio offers weekly classes and weekend workshops. Upcoming workshops are scheduled for New Mexico, Florida, North and South Carolina, Cape Cod, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, California, plus the Amalfi Coast.
Spotlight Artist: Robin Wessman
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