My Art Year in Review 2017

My Art Year in Review 2017
Polly Castor 2017 Art year in Review

Confidence (pastel) by Polly Castor

Since my art scene is galloping away with itself, I thought I would harness as a new blog feature a yearly retrospective of my shows and work as a way to keep tabs on it all.

It has been a busy year, with 36 main works painted, two one woman shows, 18 total shows (7 of which were juried for admission), and three awards. I took three classes– with Eric Chamberlain, Claire DeJardins, and Deb Quinn-Munson– not including pottery studio time. Additionally, I had a very positive portfolio review with Sandra Burshell of the American Pastel Society, and was featured in the Connecticut Pastel Society Newsletter. I sold a lot of sgraffito pottery by commission this past year, and I started giving talks on abstraction to groups, which I will continue in the New Year.

Here are links to this past year:

Polly Castor’s Shows, Talks, and Awards in 2017:

Madison Art Society Members Show

Connecticut Pastel Society Show (received Merit (cash) Award) 

Guilford Arts Society Collage Show

Ridgefield Guild of Artists Members Show

One Woman Show (at the Bethel Library)

Powerpoint Talk on Abstraction to the Guilford Arts League

Madison Art Society Juried Show (became an “elected member”)

Essex Art Association Juried Show

New Pond Farm Invitational Art Show

Endworks Out of Darkness Juried Show

Essex Art Association Members Show

One Woman Show (at the Essex Library)

Essex Art Association Juried Show

“Wild and Crazy” Show

Guilford Arts League Juried Show

Ridgefield Guild of Artist’s Juried Show (honorable mention)

Artist’s Walk and Talk (on YouTube)

Renaissance in Pastel National Juried Show (received Allied Artists cash award)

13th Annual Festive Home Show

Artwork by Polly Castor done in 2017:

Festooned (monoprint collage)

Fingerprint of destiny (monoprint collage)

Alliance (monoprint collage)

The Golden Hour (monoprint collage)

Seven Truths (pastel)

Sgraffito Ceramics

Confidence (pastel)

From Violence to Hope (pastel)

Doo Wop (monprint collage)

House by the Bay (pastel)

Reaching for the Light (pastel)

Sgraffito Ceramics

Crown of Petals (large monoprint collage)

Youth Symphony (large monoprint collage)

Light in the Heights (monoprint collage)

Qi (monoprint collage)

Deep Shade in the Sunken Garden (plein air pastel)

Spring Tree at New Pond Farm (plein air pastel)

To the Left of the Entrance at New Pond Farm (pastel)

Rhododendrons in the Sunken Garden (pastel)

Sgraffito Ceramics

Quarry on the First Day of Summer (plein air oil)

Sgraffito Ceramics

Artist Journal Pages

July (pastel)

Walking in the Light (pastel)

Amaranth in the Gardens at Hollandia (pastel)

Sgraffito Pottery

Down the Road from Oz (acrylic)

Leaning Tree at Camp Newfound (plein air acrylic)

Overcoming Subtleties (acrylic)

Thrown from on High (acrylic)

LA Highways (acrylic)

In Reserve (acrylic)

Psyche (pastel)

Voltage (pastel)

Psalm 91 (oil)

On the Way to Church (pastel)

Simpaug Pond in October (pastel)

Artist Journal Pages

Chambers of the Heart (acrylic)

Chords (pastel)

Overgrown (monoprint collage)

Sgraffito Pottery

In addition to giving talks on abstraction next year and making sgraffito pottery for sale, I am scheduled to teach two ongoing art classes to homeschoolers, and already have two one woman shows scheduled for 2018: one starting next week in Byrds Books independent bookstore in Bethel, CT (for small works), and a large show of 80 works next October in a gallery in Southington, CT.

Thanks for being with me as this continues to unfold!

Polly Castor 2017 Art year in Review

On the Way to Church (pastel) by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Anita 6 years ago

    I think you’re a one woman wonder! I marvel at how you find time for painting, pottery, reading interesting books, and your work as a practitioner. Makes me see I have no excuse not to get more done in a day. Thank you for your daily sharings.

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      Polly Castor 6 years ago

      God is infinite and we all reflect that! Life is not about time; it is about Love.

  2. Cheryl 6 years ago

    I second Anita’s comment. You are amazing. I so admire you and your interesting pursuits.

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