East Hartford Art League


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Attention area artists of all skill levels!  Sunday October 1 from 2 to 4 p.m., the East Hartford Art League sponsors a fabulous presentation by featured area artist Ms. Luciana Heineman.

An experienced painter and art teacher, Ms. Heineman has received numerous prestigious awards throughout her career.  Her works of art are on display in permanent collections, among them Aetna Life Insurance, Hartford Insurance Company, the Town of Windsor, and the Town of East Hartford CT.  Ms. Heineman is often selected to judge regional art exhibits as well as scholastic art contests. 

Ms. Heineman will demonstrate a variety of techniques as she paints for us during this two hour presentation. She has made it her lifelong endeavor and passion to teach art.  Many of her students attend successful demonstrations and workshops for Art Clubs and civic organizations throughout the region.

Then on Sunday October 15, the East Hartford Art League and the East Hartford Fine Arts Commission are honored to announce that regionally famed artist Diana Lyn Cote will demonstrate her unique painting styles using oil sticks to capture natural sunlight and nature. Diana’s paintings are everyone’s favorite subjects!  Held in the Fine Arts Room at the East Hartford Community Center at 2 p.m., this wonderful opportunity is free and open to the public. 

Ms. Cote has been exhibiting her art for nearly two decades, and has a diverse following of private and corporate collectors.  She is well known for her inventive expressionistic styles and use of light. As she paints, Diana layers each color using the oil sticks to weave a tapestry of colors and light in nature that, when completed, is so lifelike as to resemble a photograph. Diana will also show various works of art that have identified her as a most unique and popular artist.

Diana says this about her talents, “Understanding the colors that make up the subtle or dramatic effects of light, and applying them in a way that is unique, is a focus of my journey as an artist. Each minute of the day may change the quality of the light on a subject or scene.” You may find additional information about Diana Lyn Cote at her website, www.dianalyncote.com.

The East Hartford Art League provides enrichment in the arts for our community through various programs held throughout the year. Be sure to mark your calendars for these unique artist demonstrations, you will be happy that you did!

Featured Video

Additional Videos

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“The Art of Storytelling”, January 2005 with Dr. Spencer Shaw, at the 5 year anniversary celebration for Hog River Journal Magazine (now called Connecticut Explored)
Stained Glass Art Video

"Stained Glass Art"
by Lisa Hennessy



Past News

2017 Spring Art Fest Winners

The East Hartford Art League, established in 1958, is one of the oldest art leagues in America.  Thanks to the foresight and planning of the Art League’s founders, 58 original artworks hang on the Raymond Library walls, all of them “Purchase Award” winners from the annual Spring Art Fest shows.

Saturday, May 13, more than twenty artists convened to participate in the annual Spring Art Fest sponsored by the East Hartford Fine Arts Commission and the East Hartford Art League. This year’s judge was Ms. Rae Robinson who resides in Southington CT. Ms. Robinson is a graduate of the former Art School of Fashion and Design in Hartford as well as Fine Arts at CCSU and Paier Art School of Hamden CT. 

“I feel that my early life in New York was the impetus that now influences my work, as well as faith in my inner spirit and voice,” says Rae. “I believe that everyone is creative if they take the time to discover availabilities to express themselves.”  Ms. Robinson goes on to explain how she mentors and teaches artists in her career, both adults and children.  It is well known that qualities children learn from art include creativity, confidence, perseverance, focus, problem solving, accountability and dedication.

This year, regional artist Neil LeFebvre swept everyone away with his delightful rendition of a ferris wheel entitled “Wonder Wheel at Coney Island”.  A large oil painting done in the retro-Americana style, it is the winner of this year’s Purchase Award.  Please plan to stop by the Raymond Library to view this new painting.  
The Mayor’s Award was presented to Ms. Danguole Bagdonaile for her oil painting entitled “Barnyard”, another beautiful painting that captures the allure of country life on the farm. 

The “Blackstone Best in Show Award” went to Brenda Lyons for her painting entitled “Erase”, which depicted a beautiful hawk partially erased to symbolize environmental dangers to hawks and other raptors.  Ms. Terrye Blackstone presented this award, thanking all the artists who do so much for the town of East Hartford through their hard work and enthusiasm as they participate with the Art League.  Brenda Lyons works to rehabilitate injured raptors and birds of prey, and her beautiful paintings reflect her knowledge of each species.
Congratulations to all of the artists and winners! Our thanks also to the staff at Raymond Library, and to Gabriel Zaikarite from EHHS who was our featured pianist during the Art Show. Thank you also to the East Hartford Fine Arts Commission for  their dedication.

Click here to view the complete list of winners.

For more information about the East Hartford Art League, please contact Holly Reed @860- 528-2210

View the full East Hartford Art League
& Fine Arts Commission Presentation


View More Videos


Click Here for the video


“The Art of Storytelling”, January 2005 with Dr. Spencer Shaw, at the 5 year anniversary celebration for Hog River Journal Magazine (now called Connecticut Explored)
Stained Glass Art Video

"Stained Glass Art"
by Lisa Hennessy


"A Story of Everlasting Creativity" by Holly Reed - featuring artist Butch Wandy.

"Art is Jane Bradley's 'endless study'" by Holly Reed

"Painting Brings Her Happiness" by Holly Reed - feturing artist Mary S. Guasta

Walk in the Woods

"Walk in Woods" by Holly Reed - featuring artist Marilyn Pet.

"What is Art?" by Holly Reed - featuring artist Steven Strange.

"EH Artist has 'Precision Vision'" by Holly Reed


Our Mission

The East Hartford Art League was established in November 1958 to promote interest in all phases of creative art and to encourage the activities of artists and art-loving people in the Community.


History / About Us

It was back in 1958 that a group of art lovers here in East Hartford first started to think about forming a town-wide Art League.  In September 1958, an art lesson was planned with local artist Mr. Charles Stepule, who had agreed to instruct an oil painting class if more than 10 people showed up.  Unfortunately the attendance was disappointing with only Raymond and Elva Kiely, Mrs. William Sydenham, Mrs. Alfred Fish, Mrs. Raymond Smaglia, Miss Jeneave Nichols and Mrs. Louis Newmann attending.

However, Raymond and Elva Kiely would not give up the idea of forming an art organization to help teach art, hold organized art demonstrations for town residents along with instruction, and display local residents’ artwork.  The story is that Raymond and Elva Kiely went back to Mr. Charles Stepule to ask him if he could contact any of his students and ask them to help form an Art League for the Town of East Hartford.  Well, Charles Stepule did just that.  By the time they had finished telling everyone what they were doing, they successfully formed a group of people including some from adult education, some of Charles’ art students and the schools as well.

Sure enough, this entire group of people met in the North End Community Building.  With advice on procedure from Mr. Nicholas Foran of the East Hartford Parks and Recreation Dept., along with Elva Kiely as acting Chair, this first group of East Hartford art lovers proceeded to establish an art organization in East Hartford.  At that first meeting, officers were chosen and installed, and Mr. Foran announced that the Parks & Recreation Dept. would help sponsor the organization.

Since that time so long ago many town residents have participated in the art demonstrations made possible through the East Hartford Art League.  Most recently, art lovers have enjoyed presentations from Mr. Jeff Feldmann, photographer and naturalist; Mr. Neil LeFebvre, a modern painter from around the region; Ms. Charlotte Turner, a local artist who works with pastels; and renowned artist and instructor Luciana Heineman.


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