Here’s a Blog Post from January 2018:

Artist’s Note: Since establishing my new website and blogging platform in 2023, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite blog post from 2012 to October 2023 as An Encore Performance. Here’s one from January 2018.

Linda standing next to her painting titled: “On the Corner of Colorful and Creative” which won Best Landscape in the Wethersfield Academy of the Arts, Bi-Annual Exhibition and Competition.

2017 Year in Review… and what a year it was!

Before we turn the page on the calendar from January to February 2018 I can’t let another moment go by without reflecting on last year – and what a year 2017 was!

I’m first of all thankful for the wonderful opportunities to teach art in three locations – Artsplace in Cheshire, Arts Escape in Southbury and at Coachman Square a retirement community in Woodbridge. I have had the privilege of teaching students of all different ages with different backgrounds, some who have been creating art for years others who are just starting out on their journey. I’m grateful for each student in my classes.

A Year of Unexpected Surprises

As for unexpected surprises in 2017, it started with a phone call the first weekend in January when I received a message that my piece “Beach Bound” won 2nd prize in the “Favorite Places/Favorite Things” show at the Firehouse Gallery in Milford.

Original artwork by Linda S Marino, acrylics on canvas, 12 x 24″ ©2017, scene of Milford Beach, Milford, CT

Then in February my piece “Summer Day in the City” received honorable mention at the SOCCA Juried show in Southington. Along with my friend and fellow artist, Rita Paradis who won First prize for her work “Portrait of my Mom and Dad”

“Summer Day in the City” , oil, 16 x 20″, 2016, won Honorable mention at the SOCCA Exhibition

In March, “Painters in Paradise” won “Best in Show” at the 25th Anniversary Cheshire Art League Visual Arts Exhibition.

“Painters in Paradise”, oil painting, 16 x 20″, Thimble Islands, Stony Creek, Branford, CT, won Best in Show

And in October, at the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts 2017 Biennial Fine Arts Juried Competition two awards. Pictured below is “On the Corner of Colorful and Creative” a summer scene of downtown New Haven won “Best Landscape” and “Tomatoes on the Vine- Kitchen Prep” won honorable mention!! Wow- 5 awards in one year!

“On the Corner of Colorful and Creative” New Haven Downtown street scene, painting in oils, won Best Landscape – 2017 Wethersfield Academy for the Arts Biannual Fine Art Juried Show
“Tomatoes on the Vine – Kitchen Prep with Chef Dean” , oil paints, won Honorable Mention at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts 20217 Biannual Fine Art Juried Competition

I participated in 18 different shows from Litchfield to Cheshire, Branford to Southbury and a few in-between. And sold 26  of my paintings this year  – some really small, some very large pieces, a few pet portraits and a bridal bouquet commission shipped to Ontario Canada, at local shows, from my online gallery, in retail locations and at Branford Art Center. Yes – a busy and very productive year it was!

Sprinkled through out the year – Dean and I organized several “Cook and Paint Together” Events – and had a blast doing it.

I am immensely grateful for my husband, kids, family, friends, students, collectors, colleagues in my life -for their support and encouragement and most of all their friendship.
I am thankful for the gifts God had given me and I so enjoy sharing my passion for the arts, creating and teaching. 

I’m not sure what 2018 holds but I’m looking forward to develop new lesson plans for my students, put in plenty of hours at my easel, travel around to local art fairs  and out on location  painting en plein air … and quite possibly a trip overseas could be in the works! 

Thank you again for being apart of my world
​with much love and gratitude –
​Linda ​

2024 Update:

All of these award winning paintings are sold or in a private collections, however, if you are interested in prints of any one of these pieces here’s a link to my online print and gallery shop

Linda Marino’s Online Gallery – Originals and Fine Art Prints

Gallery of Fine Art Prints