CWA Member Grace Scharr McEnaney, Autumn, Watercolor
A Timeless 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.
Strong Council Leadership
Diane Cadrain, Carol Vinick
Lakshmi S. Nair
National Open Juried Exhibition Chair & Publicist 2022
Committee Chair Assistants
Exhibition Chair Assistants
Design and Communications
Web Designer, Content Manager/Strategist
Pauletta De Lucia
Graphic Designer, Print Publications; President Emerita
Linda Boisvert DeStefanis
Newsletter Editor; Historical Research Chair
Thank you to the following CWA members*: Ellen Gordon, Social Media Coordinator; Christine Acebo, Assistant to CWA's Website Designer; and Cynthia Cooper, Assistant Program Chair, Members' Show Chair.
Accomplished Council Members
Dina Belyayeva received a Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics from the University of Florida and an M.B.A from the University of Hartford. She worked in insurance primarily in strategy and innovation roles and as an advisor for technology startups. In 2017 she returned to painting and drawing using the foundation laid during her early fine arts training in Russia. Her works are primarily representative, and the subjects include portraiture, landscapes, still life, and abstract. Her paintings are exhibited locally and nationally and are included in private collections across the U.S. and abroad. A new Council member, Dina is the 2021 National Open Juried Exhibition Chair.
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. Diane served as CWA's Secretary before serving as co-President since 2020.
Patricia Corbett received a B.A. from Immaculate Heart College and did graduate studies at the Universities of California, Los Angeles, and 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. She is well-known for her oil paintings depicting Connecticut's iconic Merritt Parkway bridges. Patricia was the Exhibition Chair for CWA's 2021 National Open Juried Exhibition and is now serving as Advisor.
Pauletta De Lucia received a B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University. She studied art, design, and photography at the University of Bridgeport, where she received an A.A., and she attained certification in New York University's Digital Marketing program. She is the principal of De Lucia Creative, LLC, a web design and consulting enterprise. Her medium of choice is digital photography, her subjects primarily botanical, rendered in the classic black and white genre. She exhibits her well-received work in regional and national juried exhibits throughout Connecticut and New York City. Pauletta has served as CWA's Web Designer and Content Manager/Strategist since 2018.
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. She served for three years as CWA’s President from 2017 until 2020. Linda now serves as Graphic Designer for print publications.
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. Marcy served as Membership Chair from 2019 until 2021 and is now serving as Advisor.
Lakshmi S. Nair Received a Masters degree from Kerala University, India and a Ph.D from SCTIMST, India. She is a self-taught artist who works in acrylic. Her subjects include portraits and explorations of motion. She worked with various artists in the United States, including Claire Fish at the Farmington Valley Arts Center of Connecticut. She is Professor of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic surgery at the University of Connecticut. Laskshmi serves as CWA's Secretary.
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. Mallorie is serving as Location Scout for exhibition venues.
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. Cheryl currently serves as Treasurer.
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 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. Carol has served as co-President since 2020.
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. Kristen served as CWA's Secretary from 2018 through 2020 and is now serving as Program Chair.
Acknowledgment of Recent Officers and Council Members
Thank you to the following recent, former Council members for their dedication and years of service: Barbara Jenkins, Dian Kingsbury, Anne Sheffield, Sarah Schneiderman, Georgia Stathoulas, and Janet Veenema. Connecticut Women Artists also wishes to thank all of the former Officers and Council members for helping to fulfill the organization's goals and mission statement.
* Not specifically serving as a Council Member