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International Women’s Day Art Reception

March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Join us for a showing of artistry and piano by Greg Gaylord



Diane Szymaszek

She is a retired teacher having taught in the Meriden school system for 37 years. Most of those years were spent teaching art in the high school but for five years she was a fifth grade classroom teacher. Those five years were probably the most transforming years of her life. When she retired in 2011, she was finally able to find the time to create her own art. Much of her art is influenced by the work of Joanna Macy, an amazing 89 year old environmental activist. She likes to create art that has a message, often about the environment or women’s issues. Her favorite media is collage and acrylic but she likes to dabble in all sorts of art and crafts She is active in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden especially in social justice issues, particularly immigration, anti-racism,
and environmental causes. Occasionally she teaches at Gallery 53 in Meriden.

Carole Dubiell

She has been drawing since she was about four years old. She has been creating fine art (mostly painting) since the 1960’s. She has a Bachelors and a Masters in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She has 3 daughters, 5 grandsons, and 3 granddaughters. 2 of whom grow flowers + veggies. She supported Bernie Sanders and is glad that he is running again. She’s made more than 10,000 pins for peace and social justice. Her most recent art has been a response to Trump’s presidency. She would call my paintings political folk art at this time.

Michele Girgenti

Michele Girgenti is 36 years old, and she is a Middletown resident. She loves creating art using many different mediums such as acrylic paint, colored gel pen, black pen, colored sharpie, and colored pencil. During her childhood and well into her adult years, she struggled with expressing herself creatively. She really enjoyed drawing but she was completely terrified of sharing her work for fear of being judged or ridiculed. Even though it has taken her many years, she has finally found the courage to be able to share this part of herself with the world, and it feels so liberating. If she had to share one life lesson it would be to never let fear stand in your way of accomplishing your goals and dreams. Be fearless, be courageous, be proud of who you are and share your talents with the world!

Jenavieve Hawks

Art has always been Jenavieve’s passion and she has been creating it her whole life. She learned to draw before speaking and can always be found doodling on something. Art has been her way to cope, celebrate, and transform all that life has offered her…. including the seemingly ‘negative’ events. Creative expression has taught her that even the greatest pain can transformed into the most beautiful work of art.

Pam Hartz Miller

Pam has always been interested in the visual arts – creating artwork in pen and ink, colored pencils and pastels as well as doing calligraphy. She was a graphic designer for many years and expresses herself through her artwork. In 2014 she discovered Zentangle, a relaxing method of drawing, beautiful, repetitive patterns and is often described as a meditational art form. It appealed to her sense of design and graphics and she became a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and teaches classes in her home and other venues.

Maria Louise

Maria felt a calling for design as a young child. In an attempt to weave her passions together while making a difference globally, she embarked on the journey of her life’s work. Seeking to learn from the greatest examples of design throughout history, she was instinctively drawn to biomimicry and learning design from nature. She has now embraced being an artist and fuses her love of design with skills of creating tangible work. She continues to undergo critical transformation thanks to her soul’s passion and love of hip hop culture as well as continued inspiration from the world and people around her.

Writing, drawing, painting, fashion and graphic design, poetry, and lyricism have always been an outlet for her creativity as well as freestyle song and rap

Kathryn Mancarella

Kathryn Mancarella is a native of Middletown, CT. She discovered her love for art at the age of about 9. Drawing with pencil was her medium of choice then. She has since used anything you can imagine to create things. She loves to use chalk because of its soft lines and she likes pencil for that reason too because you can smudge it. She’s also worked with acrylics, Sharpie markers, and has done metalsmithing in jewelry making, wire wrapping and beading. Her favorite of all is to create art using things from nature such as sticks, feathers, pinecones, rocks, broken glass, drift wood, potpourri and even the lint from her dryer. If she see’s something shining as she is walking, she will pick it up possibly and use it on a piece. She likes to use the shiny stuff in window designs like antique silverware, glass, shells and things she picks up from HomeDepo (little copper pieces) and she finds neat things at tag sales.

Kathryn is currently creating her art as a means of growing and recovering after the experiences she had in dealing with and getting out of an abusive relationship with her former partner.


March 10, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT