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Dale Najarian



Dale Najarian has always been interested in art and very passionate about having art in her everyday life. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Dale worked for over ten years as a Graphic Designer and Art Director at various Advertising Agencies in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York City.

Dale began painting in watercolor in 1998 and over the years experimented with acrylics and is currently painting in oils. She moved to Westport with her husband and daughters in 2000. Dale is a Board Member of the Westport Arts Center and an active member in the Westport Artist Collective and The Art Alliance of Fairfield County. She continues to paint in her studio and enters her work in curated and juried shows. Dale strives to be active in the community and explore her own artistic abilities. 


Artist Statement

I feel very privileged to be able to paint and show my work. Art is my passion and a huge part of my everyday life. My work is a colorful translation of everyday scenes and objects. I often work from life or in my studio using photography as a general guide. Once I get the feel for the painting I abandon the actual image and create from within to develop a recognizable yet simplistic painting the viewer can identify with.


Mary Ann Neilson



Mary Ann Neilson specializes in both private and corporate Fine Art commissions. With a BFA from Syracuse University she began working as a Corporate Graphic Designer. Entranced by watercolor, she began a 30-year career as a fine artist. Before moving to Connecticut with her family, she taught Botanical Illustration at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for nine years. She has travelled to paint from Canada to Argentina, Britain to Greece and in China.

Mary Ann is listed in ‘Who’s Who in American Art’. Her work has been exhibited at the Newark and NY State Museums, The Salmagundi Cub, American Watercolor Society, Cornell Library, and many Watercolor Society Annual juried exhibitions. She has been published in Splash 6 (best of watercolor), Graphis International, Society of Illustrators Annual and the American Society of Botanical Illustrators (cover). Her work in public collections includes Vanderbilt University, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NYC Hospitals Corp and Northwestern University.

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Artist Statement

At first blush, watercolor is considered a forthright, sketching medium. However, I have chosen it for the finished artistic expression and archival results. Therefore, I am constantly exploring, stretching its limits and breaking down the conventions to shape a chosen subject.   

The theory of plein-air is at the heart of my approach, whether it be in foreign cities or a garden. Working in ‘life’ is both exciting and at times frustrating, as I am always discovering the unplanned path. I have painted on location from Canada to Argentina, Britain to Greece, and across the US to the Orient. I also work in my studio, for the quiet and because this allows me to put myself entirely to the environment of painting.

Watercolor is not a mistress, … but a collaborator in my artistic journey. Working in other mediums can be invigorating, however, I often feel as though I am cheating on a life partner.


Melissa Newman



Melissa creates and sells ceramic and porcelain sculpture. Two of her pieces were featured in the 2012 Hamptons Show House, and she has participated in shows at Silvermine Artists Guild and Westport Arts Center. Following a brief but successful career singing jingles, Melissa continues to perform at the Blue Lemon in Westport, Connecticut with guitarist Tony Lombardozzi and bassist Phil Bowler. She lives in Westport with her husband and two sons. 


Artist Statement

My work explores the sadness and frustration surrounding our stewardship of the planet. I experience a great sense of loss in our evolutionary journey away from nature, and am fascinated by the ways in which it tries to reclaim us. This is, I feel, what the work is trying to help me express, and I thank it for leading me every day.


As the Cheshire Cat said to Alice "By the By, What became of the baby". To me, that’s the real question...


Judy Yeager Noel



Her love of the arts began as a child in the Fairfield School System, attending local schools: Lincoln, Fairfield Woods, Andrew Warde, and Bassick. She went on to major in art at Laselle College and continued to study art at Silvermine, University of Bridgeport, and Interior Design and Real Estate at Fairfield U while studying business at Katherine Gibbs.  She is an active member of several area art councils, The American Marine Art Association and a juried member of the Rowayton Art Center. Judy’s artwork has been shown in galleries and juried shows in Conn., Florida and N.H. Judy founded the Black Rock Art Guild where many talented area artists gather monthly. BRAG now has a sub group of readers, poets and performers.  She has organized and produced many area Art shows and receptions at the Harborview Market's gallery wall, the Framemakers, the Nest, Pious Bird, Captains Cove, the Fairfield University Book Store, the University of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Art Trail.  She arranged and co-chaired shows in a gallery setting at Burroughs Community Center, Rainbow Springs Country Club and the Rowayton Art Center. She loves to paint with oils; her favorites are seascapes, sky, mountains and boats.

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