Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Feed the Hungry! November 30, 2010

Interfaith Social Services as of today raised $1,000,000 for the FEED THE HUNGRY campaign. They have provided almost 1/2 million pounds of food to help people in need of assistance. I was a tiny part in that number by doing a portrait demo to show people what they were bidding for in a live auction for one of my portraits.
Judy Manning brought her beautiful goddaughter Katie to sit while I painted her in front of the huge crowd at Lombardos in Randolph.
We must give thanks to all the angels who worked so hard to so much for the needy!
Interfaith Social Services 105 Adams Street Quincy, MA 02169 Phone: 617-773-6203 Fax: 617-472-7987Email: info@interfaithsocialservices.org

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Presentation of a Commemorative Portrait of the Honorable David G. Nagle First Justice of the Brockton District Court

The Honorable Judge David G. Nagle

The Judge Nagle Portrait Committee and the Plymouth County Bar Association recently presented a Commemorative Portrait in honor of his long career as First Justice of the Brockton District Court by Dianne Panarelli Miller.

Kevin P. Creedon, Clerk-Magistrate was the Master of Ceremonies. The Honorable Paul C. Dawley, the Honorable Lynda M. Connolly, Jack M. Atwood, Esquire, Kevin Reddington, Esquire, and Judge Nagle's son David G. Nagle Jr, Esquire were speakers at this memorable event.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Moonlight and Miracles 2010

Friday October 22 the Marriot Hotel in Quincy hosted it's annual fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Jen Kelly brought a few artists together to donate their work. Bonnie Hobbs, Diane Scott, Pam Copeman, Kelly and myself had work there. My paintings brought in $1000! This is a really fancy affair with many celebraties showing up. It is always so much fun! The Sultans of Swing were on hand to keep everyone on the dance floor.

The Festival of the Arts at the La Salette Shrine

During the weekend of September 26, 2010 Dianne joined 12 noted artists to begin a 3 day art filled weekend at the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, Ma.
The artists John Caggiano, T.A. Charron, Robert Duffy, Paul Goodnow, Mike Graves, Barbara Lussier, Christopher Magadini, Margaret McWethy, Tony Nyzio, Catherine Raynes, and Eric Tobin and myself began with a beautiful exhibition of our work. During the 3 days we all were found on the grounds painting in this beautiful and spiritual place.
Each day, a few of the artist took turns presenting a 2 hour demo. I painted Father Pat, a well known singing priest who has a few albums out. If you go to www.http://aacs15.com/?q=node%2F2114%2Fplay, you can see my demo as well as the others.
After painting in the demo, I was asked by some of the people there to paint their portraits. I gladly agreed and did 5 more paintings that day!!!
It is our hope that we will continue this new tradition each year and will attract more and more art lovers each year. T. A. Charron worked really hard to make this a success!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My painting "Blue" was accepted to the National Art Encounter in Naples, Fl. I was really excited to have my painting accepted to a National show, but to have a life drawing was even better. They are my favorite subjects to paint, but I don't have many places that like to show them.
My happiness was multiplied when my friend Christine said she had a house there and invited me to stay during the show. We planned on doing many paintings while there.
We flew down on short notice without any problems and landed in very hot conditions. The heat effected our entire trip making it almost impossible to paint outdoors for long.
I managed to get in 5 paintings in 6 days. Quite a feat in 95 degree weather with almost 80% humidity!!!!
I did get many beautiful photos in and hope to get a large painting from it. I was forced to actually relax for most of the week which I realized that I really needed, especially before all my classes start the next week.
We flew home with no problems or delays finishing a really wonderful week in a very beautiful land!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New York, New York!

My good friend Sandra treated me to a first class visit to New York's wonders.
Following a first class seat on the Acela, we arrived at the Carlyle Hotel around 11am, where JFK and Jackie O stayed and one of the last places where there are elevator operators still in service, only to whisk off to the Spanish Historical Society to view the magical murals of Sorolla. If you have never seen these murals, you must! They are spectacular! In one of the murals, I found a girl in the painting that could be Kacie. I was blown away by how much it looks exactly like her.
From there we visited the Frisk Museum. If I wasn't intoxicated enough from the murals, then the Vermeers and Titans I saw at this beautiful mansion completed the high. This wonderful man collected so many masterpieces for his home and generously left them for the rest of the world to see. What a day.
We reluctantly left to return to our beautiful hotel and had dinner in their 5 star restaurant. I started with a lobster bisque and had the best sirloin steak of my life with truffle potatoes and spinach. Aaahh.
The next day, we headed to the Met and spent 11 hours of heaven there. If you have never been there, you know that we didn't see everything that day. We enjoyed lunch and another wonderful dinner inside the museum. Seeing everything after dark was a magical experience. My favorite place was the Visual Storage area where you could see the master pieces up close behind glass. Sargents and Winslows and Hassams oh my!!!! You can imagine how tired we were when we got back!
Saturday we headed back to the Met. It was much more crowded that day. We left there to go to the Guggenheim. We both felt nauseous from the spiraling room and slanted floors. We didn't stay there long. I appreciated some of the work there, but I don't think I will go back there!
We then went into the Whitney, but was not impressed with the work there so moved onto the Carnegie home which houses a design museum. It had a green exhibit there. Not much art, but very interesting.
We were not looking forward to our 4 hour trip home, but managed to have a really fun ride home.
It is not a trip I will soon forget!!!

Nahant Historical Society's Garden Party

Dianne was invited to this special event to raise funds for the Nahant Historical Society on July 25, 2010. Norman Laliberte was an exceptional host and donated his own special pieces.
Many wonderful artists including my good friend Carolyn Jundzilo, Tom Sutherland, Bill Cloutman and many others were asked to come and paint the beautiful landscapes that Nahant has to offer. Their names will be added to the Historical Society's roaster of impressive artists that have painted in this beautiful town.

Although it was an incredibly hot day, many paintings were sold making this a very successful event.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Happenings

Today my friend Jen Kelly joined me to bring paintings to the Rockport Art Association. We then visited John Caggiano in his studio and enjoyed looking at all of his great work. After a fantastic lunch of fresh fish, I gave Jen a tour of all my old haunts when I lived in Gloucester including Lane's Cove and Annisqaum. We ended up at the North Shore Art Association and did a painting there after being inspired by the wonderful work hanging there. Afterwards we headed to Bass Rocks and got a nice sunset scene in joined by John after he got all of his other work done. The weather was stunning and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. We were just gettting into our paintings when Ed Begley Jr walked up to us and started chatting. He was a really nice guy and seeing a celebrity was just the icing on the cake of a really great day!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

South Street Gallery Portrait Event

We had another great showing at the South Street Gallery's Portrait Event. I had many willing models to paint through out the day.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I have been busy doing demos at many art associations. I just love doing them and give out lots of information during them. I love meeting new people and love to be put on the spot! The following photos are from Plymouth, Lexington, Weymouth, Canton, and Abington.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New England Arts for Animals

March 18th was the opening for the New England Arts for Animals exhibit of paintings of animals juried in to this show housed next to the Cold Water Creek in the Derby Shops in Hingham. People may come in and vote for their favorite paintings till the end of the month and the popular votes will appear in a calendar to raise money for this group. The opening was well attended and the guests enjoyed a harpist and a beautiful array of food. A raffle for gifts could also be bid on. It was a wonderful time given by hosts Jill and Don.

I will let you know if any of my pieces were chosen. It is a tough choice with many wonderful paintings and photos to choose from!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

High Street Antiques

I just reconnected with an old friend from high school who just took over an quaint antique store in Ipswich not too far from the famous Clam Box restaurant. My friend Donato and his wife are hoping to continue the high traffic and thought that adding my artwork to his shop would help that happen.
I thought that the paintings looked great where he hung them and he assured me that he has many "new" antique gems that he will be displaying along with them. I can't wait to see the room when it is finished. I am sure with his enthusiasm and taste, it will be a success! He almost sold one piece the very same hour we hung it! Wish us both luck!!!
High Street Antiques, 15 High Street, Ipswich, Ma