CWA Member B. Rossitto, Oriental Poppies, Oil on  Canvas

Mission Statement

The goal of Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. is to foster and promote interest in the visual arts by women artists in Connecticut, to maintain the highest possible standards of achievement among them, to provide exhibitions, and to encourage any other activities beneficial to artistic endeavors.


Council Officers


Diane Cadrain, Carol Vinick


Kristen Walsh


Cheryl Tuttle

Membership Chair

Marcy LaBella

Committee Chairs

National Open Juried Exhibition Chair

Patricia Corbett

Program/Event Chair

Kristen Walsh

Invitational Exhibition Co-Chairs

Nancy Whitcher, Barbara Jenkins

Historical Research Committee Chair

Nancy Whitcher

Vice President Emerita

Georgia Stathoulas

Executive Council Members

Content Manager/Strategist, Web Designer

Pauletta De Lucia


Graphic Designer, President Emerita

Linda Boisvert DeStefanis

Newsletter Editor

Nancy Whitcher



Diane Cadrain

Social Media Coordinator

Janet Leombruni

Exhibition Coordinators

National and Members' Exhibition Coordinator 

Janet Leombruni


Members' Exhibition Coordinator

Janet Veneema

Location Scout

Mallorie Ostrowitz

About CWA's Council

Diane Cadrain received a J.D. degree from Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer and writer specializing in employment law topics while maintaining a life-long practice in traditional textile arts. After retiring from legal research and writing, she now works as a fiber artist full-time. Her work has garnered many awards, and she has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibits throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, and Japan. Her work, depicting the natural world and seascapes, is included in many private collections and has been featured in several publications.


Patricia Corbett received a B.A. from Immaculate Heart College and did graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. She is an award-winning painter working with oil and draws inspiration from the Impressionist school and her travels in Puerto Rico, France, and Italy. She teaches painting and drawing at her Camelot Gallery of Fine Art in Wallingford, Connecticut. Patricia is well known for her oil paintings depicting Connecticut’s iconic Merritt Parkway bridges.


Pauletta De Lucia received a B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University and studied art, design, and photography at the University of Bridgeport, where she received an A.A. She attained certification in New York University's Digital Marketing program. Her knowledge of and passion for visual design and digital marketing led her to create CWA's current website. She works in the medium of digital photography, her subjects primarily botanical, rendered in the classic black and white genre. Pauletta's work is exhibited in regional, national, and juried exhibits throughout Connecticut and New York City.

Linda Boisvert DeStefanis received a B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University. Her career as a graphic artist spanned over 30 years, and she has maintained a life-long art practice. She has a passion for photography and is an award-winning painter working primarily in oil. She has exhibited extensively throughout Connecticut and in New York. She refers to herself as a “waterscapes and more” painter working in the genre of contemporary realism. Her work graces many private collections in the United States and Puerto Rico. Linda served for three years as CWA’s President from 2017 until 2020.


Marcy LaBella studied art at Southern Connecticut State University. She is a key member of the Wesleyan Potters of Middletown. She teaches at numerous locations in Connecticut, including the Guilford Art Center, Wesleyan Potters, and is a Teaching Artist at the New Britain Museum of American Art. She works in the mediums of mixed media painting, clay, and metals. Her work in all three mediums has been included in regional and national juried shows. Marcy is represented by the Wesleyan Potters Gallery Shop and the Shop at Guilford Art Center.


Mallorie Ostrowitz

Mallorie Ostrowitz received a BA in Fine Arts from Queens College and an MFA in Painting from City University of New York. Her current medium of choice is photography and she explores multiple subjects including nature and the urban landscape in her work. She exhibits in numerous solo and group shows from New England to as far west as Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado. Her work is part of the Oppenheimer Fund permanent collection, as well the new EOS Airlines, London, England.

Georgia Stathoulas is an award-winning painter working in oil. She has exhibited extensively throughout Connecticut, where she has had numerous solo exhibits. Georgia is self-taught with a prolific body of work whose subjects include seascapes, portraits, flowers, and scenes from her native country of Greece. Her work is included in private collections in the United States and Greece. Georgia served for three years as CWA's Membership Chair from 2015 through 2018 and for two years as Vice President from 2018 until 2020.

Cheryl Tuttle

Cheryl Tuttle received a BFA in Applied Art from Charter Oak State College and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from St Joseph University. She is a Certified Art teacher for the State of Connecticut and an instructor at Wesleyan Potters, Guilford Art Center, and Durham’s Earthly Goddess Art Cooperative. Nature's plants and wildlife inspire her prolific and diverse work, utilizing a wide variety of media. Wesleyan Potters, the Guilford Art Center, and Gallery 53 feature Cheryl's acclaimed work.


Carol Vinick received an M.S.N. from Yale University and worked in public health for 35 years before retiring to pursue an art career. A self-taught artist, Carol uses fabric collage to tell stories. Included in her body of work are stories of the struggle for social justice, her family history, and the wonders of nature. She has exhibited throughout Connecticut and has work in juried exhibitions which tour nationally and internationally. Her work is featured in books, museums, galleries, and private collections.


Kristen Walsh received a B.A. from Trinity College in Connecticut. She is a textile arts instructor and an award-winning, full-time artist. Her career as an art educator has spanned twenty years, and she has had a life-long art practice. Her explorations in fiber arts, including knitting, spinning, and felting, have earned her accolades in the national fiber arts community. She exhibits her work in numerous venues throughout the United States. Kristen’s work is featured in Fiber Arts magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine.

Recent Officers and Council Members

Connecticut Women Artists wishes to thank the following former Officers and Council members for their dedication and years of service: Barbara Alex, Barbara Jenkins, Dian Kingsbury, Susan Hackett, Courtney Little, Lucia Liao, Clara Nartey, Sarah Schneiderman, Anne Sheffield, Georgia Stathoulas, Nancy Whitcher. (Former Officers Georgia Stathoulas, and Nancy Whitcher remain on the Council.)


Special thanks to those who have made outstanding contributions to CWA during their former tenure: Barbara Jenkins, Sarah Schneiderman, Dian Kingsbury, Anne Sheffield.

Archive of recent Officers and Council members