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“Is this Sarah James Eddy? after Thomas Eakins”

Classic Portraiture in a Digital Age including works by ShawnaLee
Open, Juried, Fine Art Portrait Exhibition and Special Events
41 Portrait Artists, 60+ Original Works of Art?
presented by
The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
and The Greenwich Arts Council
299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830 .
P 203.862.6750 F 203.862.6753
Grand Opening Sunday January 13
Meet the Masters Gallery Walk 2-2:30
Reception & Live Demo by Grace DeVito 2:30 – 4pm
Special guest model: Marcia O’Kane, President and CEO of The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
Jazz pianist Roni GZB, Jr.
Free and Open to the Public (Snow date January 20)



Hope’s Vision – Evan Elliott; Charcoal

Despite ubiquitous digital photography and selfies, the demand for the work of classically trained portrait artists is increasing. This curated exhibition by The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and The Greenwich Arts Council demonstrates why portraiture remains a popular genre. With a large selection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures, this exhibition reveals the variety of styles, media, and approaches conveyed by the contemporary portrait artist.” csopa




Oil Painting from life of Thomas Kwashnak gaming. This will be on display to showcase the difference between a snapshot photo and a painted portrait. ©ShawnaLeeKwashnak 2018













Sketch of a child by ©ShawnaLee Kwashnak

January 26, 2-3:30 – Children’s Portrait Workshop 

at The Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Avenue.
 The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and Greenwich Arts Council present a unique opportunity for youth ages 8-18 to learn and experience the art of portraiture. Young people are invited to attend a free workshop to be held on Saturday, January 26th from 2-3:30 at the GAC. (Snow date February 2. 3:30-5. Please check back here for updates.)
 This workshop will be co-taught by portrait artists Deborah Howland-Murray and ShawnaLee Kwashnak. Lessons cover proportions along with valuable insider tips for observing and sketching the portrait.
 Participants are asked to bring with them an 8 x 10 black and white photograph head shot of themselves. $5 materials fee and pre-registration are required to secure limited space (20 max). Click link below to sign up.



“In loving memory of Eric Sebastian Marsden” in Charcoal by ©ShawnaLee Kwashnak 2018

Washington Arts Association Members Show

OPENING RECEPTION & AWARDS: Saturday, January 26 4 – 6 pm

Show is open from January 26 – March 2, 2019

Each year, the Washington Art Association & Gallery exhibits the works of its current members.

ShawnaLee Kwashnak, a returning member, will be showing her Charcoal Portrait of “In loving memory: Eric Sebastian Marsden”.

WAA Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 2pm (May – September)
Closed on Mondays all year

“The portrait “In loving memory of Eric Sebastian Marsden” was another response to my call for subjects this past Spring. Pat Marsden, the Mother of Eric, became aware of my work through a talented young artist, Maddie Blais, who studied in my teen art class. Pat asked if I would consider drawing her late child. This was an exceptional challenge as Eric passed away as a young child and the only references of him were small and out of focus. Of even greater challenge, there were only a few fading photographs spanning his precious young years – showing his visage at different stages of development. I wondered to myself if I could find Eric with my charcoals…. After working closely with the family they shared that the finished portrait of Eric captured him perfectly and has brought peace and closure for them. The response was overwhelming and deeply moving. They are thrilled with the happy and joyful expression caught with charcoals– something that all of their old photographs combined were never able to provide. This portrait brought to my attention that it is often unimaginable what a single work of art could mean to another.” ShawnaLee


An Oil Painting of Susie created during the 2018 Night of Caring.

Hidden Acres Night of Caring ~ Mark your calendar for next year’s September event!










Charcoal portrait demonstration

Fall for Animals Ball
September 29th 2018Danbury Animal Welfare Society ~ held at The Amber Room ColonnadeHonoring Diana S. Urban, CT State Representative (, and a state and national leader in protecting and advocating for animals in needAnd celebrating a year of making a difference in the lives of animals in need
Cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by dinner, live auction, music and portrait demonstration by ShawnaLee Kwashnak.Please join us at the ball!
Purchase tickets at $150 per person or $1,350 per table of 10, or consider a Sponsorship that includes ticketsSupport the Ball as a Sponsor or Advertiser: Click to view sponsorship and advertising options.
Donate a Live or Silent Auction item: Click here for our printable auction donation formSupport DAWS with your donation: Donate online at known as the Making a Difference Ball, this event is our largest fundraiser of the year. While the date and name have changed, the glitz, glamour, and giving remain the same.Every year, Portraits by ShawnaLee has supported DAWS through her artwork. Attend the DAWS Balll and bid on your winning custom pet portrait!The Amber Room Colonnade
1 Stacey Road
Danbury, CT 06811 United States + Google Map
http://www.daws.orgShawnaLee Pet Portrait
Preserve your pet’s adorable face in a stunning piece of artwork by acclaimed artist ShawnaLee Kwashnak. A beautiful and customized portrait by ShawnaLee is sure to capture the unique bond between you and your pet, and be a focal point in your home.Last year’s demonstration was of a dog named: “Dozer” It was donated to the honoree of the evening, Lynne Person!


A 4×4″ Oil Painting of Lenny. Order your painting at the Blessing and it will be ready for Christmas!

Blessing of the AnimalsSaturday October 6th 2018St Georges Episcopal Church ~ Tucker hill rd., Middlebury, CTGet your pet Blessed by Pastor Andy and visit Portraits by ShawnaLee during the St. George’s Episcopal Church’s Annual Celebration and Blessing of Animals.This year’s event will be Saturday October 6, 2018 from 10-1 (best to double check hours – it has gone anywhere from 1-2pm in the past).Photography towards your pet’s portrait by ShawnaLee will be complimentary during the event.Have your pet hand sketched by Middlebury Artist, ShawnaLee, and a donation for every sketch rendered will be donated to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society & St. Georges.The event will feature Blessings for all animals, pet trainers and groomers, as well as local rescue organizations, pet artists, including Portraits by ShawnaLee, collectibles and homemade food for sale. New this year will be pets for adoption from a few organizations.For information about getting your pet sketched, call or email ShawnaLee (203) 598-0065 or visit FaceBook: “Portraits by ShawnaLee”For more information about the Blessing of the Animals, call St. George’s (203)-758-9864



A Page to Color by ©ShawnaLee to be handed out during Catherine’s Butterfly Party!

Catherine’s Butterfly Party!Typically the first or second Saturday in June from 12-4pm Fairfield Hills Campus Newtown CTYou’re Invited!Portraits by ShawnaLee has been invited to participate in the 4th annual “Catherine’s Butterfly Party” hosted by the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown Ct. (2018)
Catherine’s Butterfly Party will be Saturday, June 9th 2018 from 12-4pm at the Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown CT and will benefit the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.The event is FREE for your family in honor of Catherine’s Birthday! There will be animals to adopt, games, crafts, face-painting, hand selected vendors, such as:
Portraits by ShawnaLee, who will be offering: Pet Portrait demonstrations, free pages to color, art lesson tips, and free photography towards your pets portrait during the event!ShawnaLee Kwashnak is a portrait artist specializing in pet and child portraiture, a member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, SCAN and Richter Association and is a DAWS Partner and supporter of Whiskers Pet Rescue. Her sensitive nature goes hand in hand with her heartwarming portraits of children and pets.Catherine’s Butterfly Party is a free community event, raising awareness of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. It is a fun family festival with a dog, cat and bunny adoption event.Earlier events featured rescue agencies, including DAWS & ASPCA, animal education exhibits by Horizon Wings, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, Animal Embassy, K-9 Demonstrations by Trooper PJ Conway and his dog “Jackie”, opening ceremony by the Second Governors Horse Guard, Southbury Audubon exhibit on pollinators and native plants, acoustic music, face painting, games, vendors, including Portraits by ShawnaLee, crafts and food trucks.In 2015 & 2016 this event boasted 2,000 attendees. This years goal is to exceed 30 adoptions and bring more than 2500 guests.It was an extraordinary and most memorable event in honor of Catherine who’s love for animals and all of God’s creatures was endless.The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary™ was born from Catherine’s inherent love of all animals – a passion that grew, as she did, into the beautiful girl whose memory we now honor.
Catherine’s life was taken at the age of six at Sandy Hook Elementary but her legacy of kindness will live on, improving the lives of countless abused, abandoned and neglected animals.Every year for her birthday, Catherine would ask her parents for an “All the Animals animal party.” Catherine’s Butterfly Party, hosted annually on or around Catherine’s birthday is Matt and Jenny’s answer to Catherine’s birthday wish.Please come attend this lovely event in honor of Catherine’s Birthday!  your support helps the very animals and creatures that Catherine so loved.For more information, or to become a sponsor, please visit:


October  Whiskers Pet Rescue Annual FundraiserShawnaLee has been demonstrating pet portraiture during Whiskers Pet Rescues annual dinner typically held in October for several years now. This year, ShawnaLee is sadly unable to make the event.  Her work may be on display anyway.  Watch for special offers!
There will be a buffet, power station DJ, raffle, and silent auction and more surprises for guests!Tickets are available through Whiskers: or 203 586-1666 .Last years event was a sell out and ShawnaLee demonstrated an oil painting of Sophie. She will have a table and Sophie’s finished painting will be on display and available for purchase. 10% of any sales from the night will be donated to Whiskers Pet Rescue.

Hope’s Vision – Evan Elliott; Charcoal