(Red Dahlia, Oil Melissa Imossi, Madison Resident)
Two Madison Art Society members will be displaying award winning art at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT in January and February, 2019. The exhibit can be seen during regular business hours.
Melissa Imossi, a Madison resident, is an award-winning contemporary realist painter. Having acquired a passion for nature and ways of capturing its beauty she is known for her close up studies where she examines the graphic quality of a single subject.
Her unique style has been honored through years of study and discipline. Melissa studied at The Art Students League, New York City, NY and then Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy where afterwards she won “First Place” in The Artist Magazine’s 2005 student competition and also in 2006 was “Finalist” in the magazine’s Annual Competition competing against 10,000 entries.
Her awards include “Award of Merit” from Joan Young curator of the Guggenheim Museum in 2010 and “Best In Show” in the American Art Awards, juried by 25 of the leading galleries in the U.S. In 2014 she was awarded the “Williams Prize for Drawing Award “ and then in 2018 the “Graphic Arts Award” at the “Academic Association 68th Annual National Exhibit.”
She is an elected artist at the Madison Art Society and the Lyme Art Association. Her website address: melissaimossi.com
Maryanne Rupp, a Killingworth resident, will also be displaying her work at the Madison Town Hall. She paints and exhibits along the greater shoreline of Connecticut. Pastel is her primary medium. Maryanne has taken classes at Lyme Art Association and workshops taught by Joann Ballinger her principal teacher and mentor, Lou Bonamarte, Richard McKinley, Chris Ivers and other nationally known pastel artists.
She holds membership in the Essex Art Association and the Academic Artist's Association with Elected Artist status in the Madison Art Society, the Clinton Art Society and the Lyme Art Association. Maryanne also holds Signature Membership in the Connecticut Pastel Society and has been chosen to exhibit in various juried shows. Maryanne has won two major pastel awards from Academic Artists and two "Best of Show in Connecticut" at the Pastel Society's Member Exhibition.
A palette ornament she painted a few years ago graces the Florence Griswold Christmas tree.
Maryanne's paintings are representational and capture a certain quality of light affect that transforms an often mundane subject or landscape to a thing of beauty.