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ROSEMARY CONNELLY ART

Rosemary Connelly's branding, identity
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ABOUT ME

Watercolor was my first love, although I also work in acrylics, collage, and mixed media. Playful use of line and color are hallmarks of my painting style and I find joy and inspiration in historic towns, aging factories and barns, botanicals, and abstract patterns.

 

I lived in Italy with my late husband Bob, a photographer, where we fulfilled our dream, to "live cheap and make art." My memoir Two Years in Italy is available on Amazon in hardcover, paperback and eBook. Travel remains an integral part of my life and work.

My paintings been included in shows at Peninsula Gallery in Lewes, Station Gallery in Greenville, and Biggs Museum in Dover, DE. I practice and teach the art of Watercolor Journaling and Urban Sketching and have taught workshops throughout Delaware and beyond.

I studied fine art, drawing, painting and graphic design at Arizona State University and for over 20 years I worked as a professional graphic designer. I am a board member of Mispillion Art League in Milford, DE,  a member of Rehoboth Art League, a founding member of Urban Sketchers Delaware, and for five years, I was Chair for The Big Draw Festival DE, part of the world's biggest celebration of drawing presented by Mispillion Art League.

 

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"I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living."

Robert Henri

WATERCOLORS

Some with Pen and Ink

SONGBIRD SERIES

Mixed Media

ABSTRACTS

Mixed Media and Collage

PLANT SERIES

Mixed Media

URBAN SKETCHING

My Urban Sketching work is done on location with pen, ink and watercolors to capture a moment.

WATERCOLOR JOURNALING

Watercolor Journaling is akin to Urban Sketching but it doesn't have to be a location. It can be done anywhere you are and of anything you wish to draw!

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

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WORKSHOPS

Watercolors, Pen and Ink with Flowers Workshop

Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9am-3pm

Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE

To Register click here

Or call 302-227-8408

In this class we will explore creating inked lines using different techniques with pen, ink, and watercolor. For those of us who work in journals with watercolor, the inked line is spontaneous and bold, it has a presence on the page that, along with a watercolor wash, creates a finished looking representation without laboring over trying to create dimension with watercolor alone and can be very satisfying, especially for the beginner.

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Creating a Travel Journal

Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2024, 10am-3pm

Mispillion Art League, 5 N. Walnut St., Milford

To Register click here

Or call 302-430-7646 

In this 2 day workshop we'll explore all the ways to keep a travel journal that will become a treasured keepsake, regardless of your level of experience! We'll explore different ways to arrange your pages, sketching on location, drawing buildings, adding written observations and attractive headings.

 

This class is for all levels. We'll start with beginner exercises in drawing and painting and move on to using those skills to create your travel sketches. Day 2 will allow us to move outdoors and capture what we see in watercolors and words.

 

Materials list will be provided upon registration. 

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2024 SKETCHING HOLIDAY IN PROVENCE

In Provence, we will explore the places where the Impressionists painted their most iconic works. We will walk where they walked and capture our own impressions of these places. In daily lessons I will show you how to create interesting pages in your journals, how to quiet your mind and capture the sights, sounds and smells around you.  On site, I will draw along with you, demonstrating how I begin a page, what my process is. I will also work with you individually as you fill your pages with your own unique observations.

 

There is such joy in getting lost in a drawing! The world and its troubles fall away, and it is just you and your sketchbook!

May 24 to June 2, 2024
Double occupancy room : 3800 € / artist
Single occupancy room : 4800 € / artist

For an all-inclusive Art Experience in Provence:

all transportations, lodging, tickets to must-see/museums/etc., all breakfasts, lunches, diners with a chef or restaurant

What is not included : airfare and insurance. 

TWO YEARS IN ITALY

With over 60 color photographs and watercolors, this book is filled with excitement, joy, some frustrations, and a little heartache. This is the story of how my late husband Bob and I, two fifty-somethings, retired, sold our home, put our things in storage, got a visa and went to live in Italy. Available on Amazon in hardcover, paperback and eBook.

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Experience and Expertise

Solo and Joint Exhibitions
2023
• Solo Show Driven to Abstraction, Rehoboth Art League, Sept 29 - Oct 29, 2023
• Mispillion Art League member shows
2022 
• Solo Show, Nassau Valley Vineyards
• Featured Artist, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE 
2015 • Pondside Artisans with Bob Connelly, Killens Pond State Park, Frederica, DE
2013 • A Painting a Day, Acrylics & Watercolors by Rosemary Connelly, Buzz Ware Village Center, Arden, DE
2012 • From Italy with Love with Bob Connelly, Dover Art League, Dover, DE
2011 • Travel Art: Italy & Beyond with Bob Connelly, Anne Lloyd Gallery, Decatur Arts Council, Decatur, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions
2022
• Mispillion Art League Holiday Exhibit, Not so Silent Night
• Small Jewels, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE

• Mispillion Art League 19th Annual Judged Show, 1st and 2nd place, Watercolors
• April Group Show, Station Gallery, Greenville, DE
• Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE, Flowers Don't Tell…They Show! 
• Mispillion Art League, Letting in the Light 
• Mispillion Art League, 19th Annual Juried Show!

2021
• Mispillion Art League Member Shows, Milford, DE
• Mispillion Art League 18th Annual Juried Show, Milford, DE (2nd and 3rd Place, Watercolors)
• Rehoboth Art League 83rd Annual Juried Show, Rehoboth Beach, DE
• Summer Group Show, Station Gallery, Greenville, DE

2020
• Mispillion Art League Member Shows, Milford, DE
• Mispillion Art League 17th Annual Juried Show, Milford, DE (Honorable Mention)

2019 • Mispillion Art League Member Shows, Milford, DE
2017 • Mispillion Art League Member Shows, Milford, DE
2016
• Rehoboth Art League Member Show, Rehoboth Beach, DE
• Mispillion Art League Member Shows, Milford, DE,

2015
• The Summer Show, Station Gallery, Greenville, DE
• Mispillion Art League Show "A Winter's Tale, Milford, DE
• Milton Arts Guild Member Exhibit, Milton, DE

2014
• Brandywine Plein Air Competition, (juried) Winterthur, Wilmington, DE
• Mispillion Art League Fall Member Show (juried and judged), Milford, DE, (honorable mention)
• Amish Country Bike Tour Juried Exhibit, National League of American Pen Women, Dover, DE (1st Place w/c)
• Painting the Delaware History Trail, Plein Air Painters of the Mid Atlantic, The Gibby, Middletown, DE
• The Winter Group Show, Station Gallery, Greenville, DE

2013
• Brandywine Plein Air Competition, (juried), Winterthur, Wilmington, DE
• Holiday Group Show, Station Gallery Greenville, DE
• Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, Dover Art League and the Agriculture Museum, Dover, DE
• The Summer Group Show, Station Gallery, Greenville, DE

2012 
• Brandywine Plein Air Competition, Children’s Beach House, Brandywine Valley, Winterthur, Wilmington, DE
• Cypress Trees Along the Mispillion, Gallery 37, (by invitation) Milford, DE
• Holiday/December Show, Station Gallery, Greenville, DE
• Fall Juried Show, Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE (2 honorable mentions)
• The Summer Group Show, The Station Gallery, Greenville, DE
• Plein Air Coastal DE Competition, Children’s Beach House, Rehoboth Beach, DE, (honorable mention)
• Delaware Watercolor Society (juried), Rehoboth Beach Yacht Club, Rehoboth Beach, DE

 
Teaching Experience / Workshops
2023 • Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE
2022
• Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE (2 workshops) 
• Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE 
• Art League of Ocean City, Ocean City, MD 
2021 (Covid continues)
• Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE (3 workshops)
• Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE
• Delaware Art Museum

2020 (Covid year)
• Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE (3 workshops)
• Mispillion Art League, MIlford, DE (2 workshops)
• Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE

2019
• Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE (2 workshops)
• Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE (2 workshops)
• Longwood Gardens, Kennett Pike, PA
• Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

2018 (Dislocated my elbow in Portugal)
• Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE
• Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE (2 workshops) 

2017
• Bayside Institute, Fenwick Island, DE
• Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
• Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE (3 workshops)
• Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE (2 workshops

2016
• Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE
• Longwood Gardens, Kennet Pike, PA
• Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
• Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE
• Bayside Institute, Fenwick Island, DE

2015
• Bayside Institute, Fenwick Island, DE
• Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor, Milton, DE
• ArtHOPE Program, Cancer Support Community for cancer survivors, Rehoboth Beach, DE
2014
• Live Cheap and Make Art Studios, Milford, DE
• Mispillion Art League, (Spring and Fall) Milford, DE
• Gallery One, Ocean View, DE
• Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

2013
• Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor, Milton, DE
• Delaware Art Museum, (Spring and Fall) Wilmington, DE
• New York Open Center, New York, NY
• Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, Wisconsin
• Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE
• Gallery One, Ocean View, DE

2012
• Los Gatos Company, Los Gatos, CA
• Mispillion Art League, Milford, DE (2 workshops)
• Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE
• The Shah Residence, Arden, DE
• The Sheaffer Residence, Milford, DE
• Waterview Gardens, Milton, DE
• Kalypso Pottery Studio, Milford, DE
• Dover Art League, Dover, DE 
• Dolce Bakery and Cafe, Milford, DE

 
Professional Affiliations:
Mispillion Art League, Board Member; Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic; Rehoboth Art League, Urban Sketchers; Urban Sketchers Delaware, founding member.

Related Work Experience

2022 • Author and publisher of Two Years in Italy, a memoir
2019 to the present • Chair, The Big Draw Festival Delaware
2007 to the present • Owner, Live Cheap & Make Art Studios, Milford DE
2005-2007 Lived and Painted in Italy
1985-2005 Professional Graphic Designer, Phoenix, AZ


Education
1982-1985 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Graphic Design
1979-82 Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ, Fine Art, drawing, painting, graphic design

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