‘If you love art, make art’

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Photo by Tom Hearn


Marcy Labella, of central Connecticut, draws, paints,  works in clay, mixed media, and collage, makes jewelry, and draws with colored pencil on metal and bakes it into enamel. She teaches art to students of all ages.  She’s got 10,000-plus followers on Instagram, with the number growing day by day, and to help us artists do the same, she’s ginned up an inexpensive course in how we can do it too.

But accumulating followers aside, Marcy simply believes in the power of art-making to get us through tough times and enhance the quality of our lives.

Il Tavolo Blu won 1st place in the Connecticut Women Artiss Open National Online Juried Show.

A selection of Marcy’s other work:

Three small floral paintings, the kind Marcy mails off as gifts:

Marcy praised the fabric art of Carol Vinisk. Learn more about her by clicking on the headline below:

HERstory artist Carol Vinisk

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Great artist, bad guy: John James Audubon falls from his lofty perch

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Artist John James Audubon (1785-1851) made it his mission to completely document every bird in North America, resulting in his masterwork The Birds of America, and a conservation movement in his name was born. But this summer, the national Audubon Society revealed new information about Audubon that led to questions of whether the organization — and several birds with Audubon in their name — should be renamed. 

IIn a wide-ranging interview, Patrick Comins, executive director of the CT Audubon Society, Zooms in and talks turkey about Audubon; about new books on birds; about an upcoming Zoom series, Young, Gifted, and Wild About Birds; and about places in Connecticut well-worth a winter beach walk.

Comins’s favorite Audubon print, of a now-extinct Great Auk. It hangs in the CT Audubon Society boardroom.

The Audubon Society isn’t just for the birds. Comins effuses about this lovely butterfly, the Northern Metalmark.

Here’s how to access Young, Gifted, and Wild About Birds
Two books Comins recommends for the nature-lover on your holiday gift list.
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