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Current Shows


November 17, 2012 - January 5, 2013
Artist's Reception : Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 3-5 pm

The Silo Gallery
Hunt Hill Farm Trust
44 Upland Road, New Milford, CT

Past Workshops

Oil & Pastel Portrait Painting Classes with Joel Spector

Thursdays September 20, Sept.27, October 4, October 11
9am-12 pm at The Newtown Meetinghouse.

The objective of this class is to improve one’s painting skills by working from life
and specific techniques for painting a portrait. A variety of female/male models will be the subjects.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced students are welcome.

To participate in the classes send a check for $135 made out to SCAN, Inc., Box 41, Newtown, CT 06470.



Past Shows

May 20, 2010


Feb. 20 - March 27, 2010

Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

Gregory James Gallery
Main Street, New Milford, CT
Pastel Invitational

Feb. 5 - March 4, 2010

Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
UConn Stamford Galery
1 University Plaza, Stamford, CT
5th Biennial Fine Art Portraits Juried Exhibition:
"Faces of Winter 2010"

("Portrait of Barry" was used for the invitation, poster, catalog and all promotional material
for this show. It also won Third Place)

Dec. 20, 2009 - Jan. 3, 2010
New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT 06052
40th Annual Members Exhibition

Sept. 27- Oct. 25, 2009

The Art League of Long Island
Elizabeth Livingston Center, Dix Hills, NY
"a common thread"

Recent Awards


Dear Joel,

Congratulations! Your work Portrait of Barry won Honorable Mention in the Oil category of the Member Showcase Competition. Additionally, your work Reverie won Honorable Mention in the Pastel category.

We were very excited last year to offer multiple categories for the Members Only Competition, and in 2009, we took it further in offering a multi-category competition option by medium of choice. The number of entries was again unprecedented, and the quality of the work this year made it particularly challenging for our judge.

Included in the criteria for judging were competent drawing skills; evidence of the artist's understanding of anatomy; and whether color, where applicable, and form were used appropriately in achieving the mood, capturing the overall subject and rendering the form as the artist's intended to interpret them. After these criteria were applied, the work was reviewed for its compositional strengths, risk taking and uniqueness of overall composition. The Portrait Society?s competitions are not just about showcasing a Classical view, but instead intend to showcase a realistic artistic perspective with foundations based in tradition and the strength to find new pathways of interpretation.

We greatly appreciate you sharing your artwork with us through this competition, and I would encourage you to enter additional works in the upcoming International Portrait Competition, as well as next year?s Member Showcase Competition.

Again, congratulations and wishing you all the best in the New Year.


Christine Egnoski
Executive Director

Book Award

And Still They Bloom: A Family’s Journey of Loss and Healing

written by Amy Rovere and illustrated by Joel Spector recently received the following honors:  

A Gold Medal in the Juvenile Level 2 Books (Ages 9–12): Body, Mind & Spirit Category for the 2012 Mom’s Choice Awards

A Bronze Medal in the Mind-Body-Spirit/Self-Esteem category of the 2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards