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David Leffel and Sherri McGraw Judge
2008 Summer Exhibition
at Lyme Art Association

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Lyme Art Association
Lyme Art Gallery,
Old Lyme, Connecticut


The opening reception was excellent. It was held at the Lyme Art Gallery on the 27th of June, 2008 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Unfortunately, it was so packed (over 200 guests in attendance) that I did not take any photographs. However, Jennifer and I had the opportunity to meet and talk with David Leffel and his wife Sherri McGraw. We discussed the piece that they accepted into the exhibition.

The Field's Edge
"The Field's Edge" by John O'Keefe Jr.

"Excellent graphics ...love the contrast between light and dark ...I can tell you this, that piece was unanimously accepted." ~ David Leffel

I met Graham Scott, Photographer and Advertising Director for the 'The Art Guide'. Graham was the one who directed me to the Lyme Art Association after viewing my work several weeks ago. His compliments and encouragement lead me to join the association as an Associate Member. After talking with him about my painting that was accepted, he introduced Jennifer and me to Diane Aeschliman (Elected Member and Member of Board of Directors). We met Anna Grenier, Managing Director of the Lyme Art Gallery, and after offering me congratulations on being excepted into the exhibition she said, "this was a tough show to get into... out of more than 200submitted paintings only 60 were accepted." We also met Barbara Lussier (Elected Member and Vice President of the Board of Directors).

Later we had an opportunity to meet 'Smiling' Don. He was a nice older gentleman who has modeled for artists in the past. We had a nice conversation about our previous careers (before art), and he wished us success on this adventure.

Lastly we met the Director of Sculpture for the Hudson Valley Art Association. We discussed the steps required for becoming an elected member, he plans to send information that will help to get me started on that process.

Overall the evening was very exciting and fun. I received many commendations on my work and people said they are looking forward to seeing more of me and my paintings.


David Leffel publicity photograph
David Leffel

David A. Leffel is an internationally recognized as a "20th Century Old Master" an honor that very few living American artists achieve. If we travel back to the 17th century Dutch Masters; most notably Rembrandt who casts a powerful shadow on Leffel's work, not only the shades of history but the artist's immediacy that awakens us to his brilliance. Leffel is said to be a true master of chiaroscuro, not only with his shadow and light but with brilliant visual concepts. David Leffel is highly sought after not only as an artist but highly respected as an "Artist who Teaches." Lyme Art Association is proud to welcome Mr. Leffel. 1, 2

Sherri McGraw publicity photograph
Sherri McGraw

Sherri McGraw is a highly accomplished artist, who firmly believes in developing as an artist by means of observation. She doesn't encourage any mechanical means such as measuring systems to provide the artists to capture a likeness or the essence of an object, the artist must observe through visual relationship for creative expression. Ms. McGraw was born in Wichita, Kansas and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma. She is considered a highly accomplished painter and master draughtsman. Her serious art studies took place at the famous Art Students League in N.Y.C. this after five years of college. She is also a practitioner of Chiaroscuro "way of seeing." She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is the author of "The Language of Drawing from an Artist viewpoint." The Lyme Art Association welcomes Sherri McGraw. 3, 4

  1. Image of David Leffel from www.oldmastersmaroger.com
  2. Bio information for David Leffel as printed on Lyme Art Associations '2008 Summer Exhibit' event brochure.
  3. Image of Sherri McGraw from www.oldmastersmaroger.com
  4. Bio information for Sherri McGraw as printed on Lyme Art Associations '2008 Summer Exhibit' event brochure.
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     John specializes in landscape oil painting done in a style similar to the famous Hudson River School and Victorian era artists. He also specializes in reproduction painting frames, framing supplies and Giclee prints of his landscape paintings.
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