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November & December 2017 are being dedicated to Commissioned Portraiture for the holidays!  Email today to have your pet’s portrait done to honor the love of your pet!  Limited # of bookings available.  Thanks!

See below for recent events that have already taken place! Many are ones that I participate in annually such as Whiskers or DAWS annual fundraisers.

October 2017 Portrait Show at Arts Escape

~ featuring CSOPA artists

Portrait show on view throughout October at ArtsEscape in Southbury CT.
Sign up for Eddie Nino’s Portrait Demonstration on 10/14 from 1-4pm
Sign up for having a child sketched for $75 on 10/21; sittings are 45 minutes.
Closing Reception and unveiling ceremony 10/28  12-1pm

Honorable Mention! @ SPF17:

October 2017  Portraits of Children and Adults

Terryville Public Library

Gunthers with Grandchildren extra contrast“Tender Moments, a collection of Portraits of Children and Adults” and a collection of handwoven Grapevine Bowls and Baskets will be on view at the Terryville Public Library for the month of October 2017. Each portrait will have a little story for library patrons to discover and read. ShawnaLee hopes to involve the community in a greater awareness of the art of portraiture.

The Grapevine Bowls will be featured in the glass display cases.

The Terryville Library is a public library serving the Town of Plymouth, which includes the villages of Terryville and Pequabuck. The beginning of the Terryville Library dates back to 1839, during the Presidency of Martin Van Buren, when thirty citizens of the Town of Plymouth organized a private subscription library. The
Vision of the Terryville Public Library is to significantly improve the lives of our community.

Anyone driving through the area will notice the gorgeous stone houses, church, and round porches scattered among the farmhouses of this historic town.

The Mission of the Terryville Library is to be a dynamic hub supporting the process of learning through knowledge, conversation and community. The library has a long list of values!

Library Hours

Monday – Wednesday, 10:00 – 8:00, Thursday, 10:00 – 6:00, Friday and Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00. Closed Saturdays July – Labor Day. Sunday- CLOSED.

Blessing of the Animals @ St. Georges Episcopal Church in Middlebury CT

Rain or Shine: Saturday, October 7th 2017 from 10-2. Animals of all kinds & sizes will be blessed!

Get 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. Located at Tucker hill rd., Middlebury, CT
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


Richter Association for the Arts Annual Juried Art Show

Oct. 7 – Opening Reception of the Annual Juried Art Show. 2- 5 p.m. Awards ceremony to be held at 3pm. Light refreshments and live music are hallmarks of every warm Richter Openings!

Saturday, Oct. 7 from 2-5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 8 from 2-5 p.m. (Concert at 3 p.m.)

Sunday, Oct. 15 from 2 – 5 p.m. Celebrate Richter Open House

Portraits by ShawnaLee will have 2 pieces in this show: A published illustration “Reaching for Carrots” and Front Cover Illustration “Halflinger with red ribbon”. New this year is the entry of an art student of ShawnaLee’s for the student division with “Purple Crab”.

Since its inception in 1971, the Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts has hosted some of the most interesting events of the Danbury area cultural scene. These include lawn arts festivals, lectures, ethnic performances, and both classical and popular musical presentations. Each autumn, area artists exhibit their works in Richter’s most prestigious event, the Annual Juried Art Show, to compete for large cash prizes.

Our programs are supported by grants from the Danbury Cultural Commission, corporate and individual sponsorships, audience admissions, and members’ dues.


October 15th  Whiskers Pet Rescue Annual Fundraiser


ShawnaLee will be demonstrating pet portraiture during Whisker’s Annual Benefit Dinner to be held at the Wyndham Hotel off exit 16 in Southbury CT on October 15th 2017.

There will be a buffet, power station DJ, raffle, and silent auction and more surprises for guests!
Special guests at the event will include Scot Haney from WFSP TV channel 3 and Attorney Thom Page who is an animal advocate.

Tickets are available through Whiskers for $40/person before September first, and $45 after 9/1/17. Large groups may reserve a table of 10. 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.



Instructors Art Show at ArtsEscape in Southbury CT

ShawnaLee, a new instructor at Arts Escape, will have 4 to 5 pieces in their upcoming instructors Art Show.  ShawnaLee has been instructing Drawing Basics, Youth Art Camp, Youth Portrait Workshops and has been invited to participate as one of two instructors on an upcoming year long book project that Arts Escape plans to launch in January.

True to ArtsEscape’s mission, ShawnaLee’s instructional approach is gentle and highly effective for bringing her students to the next level of accomplishment and self discovery through art. She brings a lifetime of devotion to the arts and provides demonstrated examples while showing connections to Art History.

“Arts Escape provides Arts and Cultural Enrichment and Educational programs and workshops for adults. Its mission is to use the Arts proactively to prevent the social isolation that often accompanies aging and can lead to physical, mental, and emotional deterioration and a decreased quality of life. Arts Escape provides individuals the opportunity to learn and create in the arts which has shown to improve problem solving, increase self-esteem, and build interpersonal skills.”

“Arts Escape – where creativity and learning never get old!”