Post Road Art Center Newsletter
February 25, 2013

Billi and Norman

Billi is hanging out with her new friend Norman....

Norman is a rescue dog looking for a furever home.  Shoot us an email if you are interested. Billi loves him :)

This Week
Up- Coming Shows
Framing Facts
Art Supply News
Facebook Fan Page
Winners Circle
Community News
Quick Links
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Art Classes
Kids Classes

 with Sandra St. Amour, for grades 1-3
Started-join in there is still room.
Next Session starts March 29th
 with Sandra St. Amour, for grades 4-6
Begins March 28th
with Helen Downey for grades 5-8 
Begins March 25th
with Helen Downey for grades 5-8 
Begins March 27th
with Nancy Opp 
grades 3-5
Begins March 26th
with Helen Downey Grades 4-6
Begins March 25th
with Sandra St. Amour grades 5-8 
Need more students
Step by Step with Nancy Opp 
Begins March 28th
with Susan Alatalo
 Grades 5-8
Has started but there is still room to sign up!
Next Session begins March 29th-Fridays
Workshop with 
Susan Alatalo 
Grades 1-3  
Begins March 25th
With Susan Alatalo
Grades 6-8
Begins March 26th

Adult Classes
 Learn to See, So You Can Draw for Adults, with Helen Downey- Monday's
Begins March 25th

with Sandra St. Amore Wed and Friday's
Begins March 27th &29th 

 Beverly Rinck - Tuesday night
Next Session starts
March 26th
 Saturday (Day)
next session starts March 30th.

with Anne Hunter - Wednesday's (eve)
Next Session starts March 6th
With Bob Collins - 
Starts Feb 11th
Room for more students
drop in any time
with Sandra St. Amour - Friday's (Day)
Begins March 29th

with Susan Alatalo - 
Tuesday's 1:30-3:30
Begins March 26th

with Susan Alatalo -  Friday (Eve)
Going on now-You can drop in and try it.
Next Session begins March 29th

Pastel Painting with Dave Kaphammer - Monday Evening 
Begins Feb. 18th-Room for more students

Autumn Colors
Please pick up your work from previous group shows. 



February- "It's In the Bag! 2013"

In the gallery through February 28


March- Open Show


April- Flower Show


May- Abstract Show


June-Teacher/Student Show and Open House


August- Landscape/Seascape





    The Drop-Off for the "Open Show 2013" is going on now!  You have until Thursday night, February 28th, at 7 p.m. to enter the show.  David Glaser, Exhibition Assistant, Corporate Program at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum will be the judge.  Get your Rules and Registration form here!


    We have WINNERS!  We have counted the votes and tallied the "Likes" for the It's in the Bag! Show, and posted the winners on our website and fanpage.

Check out our Winners Circle below to see if you won the Raffle.
 If you haven't had a chance to see the show "It's in the Bag!

2013", it will be in the gallery until Wednesday


    I have posted the classes that are beginning in March on our website and google calendar
.  Let me know if I can help you pick out the right class for you.  Shoot me an email if you have questions.


     We have amazing easels in stock at 30% off.
Check out the rest of our specials on the new Sale Flier.


     Check out our new Framing Facts and Art Supply News section below.


  Be sure to scroll through the entire email to find the community news section below, where we post upcoming classes, community art shows and services. To list your event here, send me an email with "for the newsletter" in the subject line.   


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Up-Coming Shows


"Figure/Portrait 2013" -Artists please pick up unsold works!


"It's in the Bag! 2013" In our gallery through February 28th.


March 2013- Open Show- Registration Form


April 2013- Flower Show-Registration Form


May 2013- Abstract Show


June 2013- Teacher/Student Show/Open House


August 2013- Landscape/Seascape show 


September 2013- Animal Show


Framing Facts
Did you know that.....  The paper that we attach to the back of frames is called a dust cover.  It doesn't just look nice, it keeps out the dust and bugs. The screw eyes or d-rings should be attached approximately a third of the way from the top and the wire should create and arc that comes about 2" from the top of the frame.  This allows the picture to tip slightly forward allowing air to circulate around the piece.  The Bumpons on the bottom also help with this.  This creates less chance of foxing(mold growth) and it also puts the least amount of stress on the frame.  Back of a frame

Art Supply News
Walnut OilM. Graham oil paint is made with walnut oil.  (the following information is from the M. Graham website) 
M. Graham chooses to build their oil color with this oil because its unique refractive index and non-yellowing nature produces color that is more naturally alive and brilliant. In addition walnut oil allows them to increase the amount of pigment in each color, resulting in extraordinary richness, color saturation, brilliance and tinting strength. 

To avoid solvents while cleaning, use Walnut Oil in place of turpentine or odorless mineral spirit. Walnut Oil removes color from brushes and tools as effectively as solvent. Walnut Oil is a natural vegetable oil that does not evaporate or remove essential oils from the brush.

To clean brushes while painting, keep two jars (one "dirty" and one "clean") filled with Walnut Oil - a small piece of screening can be kept in the jar bottom to facilitate removal of color from the brush. As it becomes necessary to clean, dip your brush into the first jar of oil rubbing to dislodge any color and wipe the oil from the brush on the inside lip of the jar. Repeat a few times then dip the brush into the second jar to remove any remaining color. A final wipe on the inside jar lip to remove any leftover oil completes the process.

Reminder:  Immediately after use, dispose of contaminated waste in a sealed, water filled metal container. If improperly discarded rags, steel wool or other waste may spontaneously combust when combined with vegetable drying oils and artists' products made with them.

Post Road Art Center Facebook Page- Become a fan!

     As some of you know, I have set up a Fan Page for Post Road Art Center on Facebook.  I have used it to help promote the shows and events.  If you see an event and you "like" it, then that simple click can help us promote the show and create a bigger audience! 

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Winners Circle
We have had some unprecedented voting!  We counted twice, we couldn't believe it.  We had a tie for 1st and a tie for 3rd.... so we are splitting the 1st and 2nd prizes and the 3rd and 4th prizes!  We did have a clear winner on Facebook though!
The two first and second place winners are:
Leslii Stevens
 The Journey by  Leslii Stevens, still available for purchase
 Eileen Bailey  Her Magic Eyes by  Eileen Bailey, still available for purchase,       $265


The Two Third and Fourth place winners are:  Shimmering Dusk by Cynthia Lincoln Andrews, still available for purchase  $125  Pardon Me, Sir by Erika Bissonnette, This piece has been SOLD  


Congratulations to Erika for also winning the Facebook Fan Page prize, receiving 125 votes as of last Thursday evening!  Go Erika!


The Voter Raffle $25 gift certificate goes to Anna Clement!  Congratulations Anna, stop in some time soon to pick up or spend your $25 prize!  Thanks for voting everyone.

Community News


We recommend "Pink Catahoula"
for superior Giclee and Fine Art Printing. If you need printing call Roberta at 978-549-5449.


Art Therapy:
Art Therapist, Elisa Sweig is offering individual and group art therapy sessions in her Marlborough studio. Elisa is an Art Therapist with over 25 years of experience. Art Therapy uses the process of making art to build self-esteem, identify and express emotions, and learn how to cope with the challenges of everyday life. Art Therapy offers opportunities for people who prefer alternatives to traditional kinds of talk therapy, or can be used in combination with traditional counseling. Contact her directly at 774-571-1897 or .


BlueSkies Studios, 43 Broad Street, Hudson, an open art studio located in the Mill Building in Hudson, has room for an additional artist to rent space. Contact Doreen Howes for more information. Website


 Calls to artists:


Gardner Area League of Artists 


2013 Spring Art Show with Live Music!  March 22-24, 2013 at the Gardner PACC
171 Kendall Pond Rd W, Gardner, MA 01440

Entry Deadline: February 15

Judges include Greg Heins & Karen Haas

from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Opening Reception March 22, 6-9:30 pm (Art Awards at 7 pm) 

For more info & entry form




Artists showing elsewhere....

Randi Isaacson, Liz Harrison, Sue Carlin, and Ed Roche are showing at the Main Street Cafe in downtown Marlborough.


Joanne Holtje has two mixed media pieces that have been accepted into Members Juried II at the Concord Art Association .  Opening reception is Sunday, February 17th 2-4 p.m. This exhibit showcases works of photography,
drawing, mixed media,crafts, and graphics.  

Jurors: Kathy Halamka and Natacha Sochat 


Three paintings by Joanne Holtje have selected for inclusion to the 2013 Massachusetts Artists Biennial at the Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA by juror Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.  
Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 2 - 4 pm.  

Show runs from March 9, 2013 to April 13th.


If you have something you would like listed here please email me at and put "for the newsletter" in the subject line.


Thanks for being part of the Post Road Art Center community,

Randi, Liz, Ruth, and Sue!

Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, Ma. 01752