Welcome to Community Arts Association - Celebrating 50 Years of Service to the Art Community

The CAA 2016/2017 season ended with the annual Members' Show at the Hawthorne Library. 42 beautiful works of art were displayed during May. The winners were as follows: Best in Show, Rolf Hellmich for his watercolor 'Old Wagon Chassis with Basket', ; Second Place to Dianne Ballesty, watercolor 'Boyles' Barn; Third Place, Debra Manders, acrylic 'Intervals; Sally Logue Award, Roberta Oliver, watercolor 'Furry Friends', pictured above; Honorable Mentions to Carol McPadden, watercolor, 'Poseys'; Terri Rosenblum, pastel, 'Baboon'; Dorrie Rifkin, watercolor 'What's the Rush?'.

CAA is a non-profit organization open to all artists and art enthusiasts. We have 100 plus members from northern New Jersey and lower New York State. The Association was incorporated in 1965 to answer to the needs of artists in Allendale and the surrounding communities. Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May at Trinity Church, 55 George St., Allendale, NJ. Meetings feature painting demonstrations by well known local artists. The Association also sponsors workshops, which are open to members and non-members. Membership dues are $35. To learn more, go the the "JOIN" page.

Our upcoming season will feature an impressive lineup of artists. A brief overview follows here. For a complete description of the programs, please go to the Calendar page.

September 12, 2017: Joan Lesikin, oils and colored pencil with focus on draped fabric with backgrounds of sky and clouds. www.Lesikin.com

October 10 2017: Anthony Miglaccio, critique of members' work. Anthony is a full time artist and his work is represented in collections internationally. http://anthonymigiaccio.com

October 23, 2017: Christina Debarry will conduct a pastel workshop stressing composition, light and shadow and color harmony. www.debarrystudioarts.com

November 14, 2017: Sarah Becktel, contemporary realism in oil paint. Sarah is an Art Educator for Strathmore Artist Paper and Gambling Artist Colors and she will talk about choosing the right products and understanding their lightfastness and characteristics. www.sarahbecktel.com

December 12, 2017: Gregory William Frux will speak about the connections between his wilderness travels and his art making. www.frux.net

January 9, 2018: David Reinfeld will give a demonstration of digitally altered photography At our meeting he will "deconstruct" images to demonstrate the complex processes involved. www.frux.net

February 13, 2018: Sharon Klass, CAA member, will will discuss cell phone photography made simple. Attention to the details of light, composition, weather and point-of-view results in photographs with painterly qualities. www.sharonlass.com

March 13, 2018: Robert Demerest's background is in medical illustration - he is also an accomplished watercolor painter. During his tenure at Columbia medical college, he met artist Jaime Wyeth and helped him increase his knowledge of anatomy. Robert will recount his experiences with the Wyeth family.

April 20, 2018: Linda Rossin is an award winning wildlife artist. She has applied her expertise in this field to the world of miniature painting. Her tiny paintings - less than 5"x5" - are more precisely painted than most artists can achieve at any scale. www.lindarossin.com

May 8, 2018: Ryan Fox has mastered a number of unusual techniques, including watercolor batik and pouring, which require preserving values and slowly building up layers to achieve darks. Ryan will demonstrate some of these techniques for us. www.rfowphoto.com

May 9, 10, 2018: Ryan Fox will conduct a 2 workshops allowing members to explore the techniques described above and many others. Members may choose one or both days depending on the subject that interests most. One day will be Watercolor Batik and the other Impressionistic Watercolor.

Monthly Artist: Debra Manders


Debra's abstract acrylic painting, 'Intervals', won Third Place in the CAA 2017 Members' Show.

View Debra Manders's page