At the Southbury Public Library: Two Painters’ Artwork on Display

A selection of artwork by Brittany Kletter and John McDonald are currently on display at the Southbury Public Library until June 27. Ms. Kletter paints what she calls “emotional memories.’ Mr. McDonald paints landscapes, cloudscapes and local views. Shown is his painting, Block Island Adirondacks #2.

SOUTHBURY — A selection of Brittany Kletter and John McDonald paintings are currently on display at the Southbury Public Library’s Cachion Art Gallery until Thursday, June 27. Ms. Kletter, a painter from Southbury, paints what she refers to “emotional memories,” reflections on the 10 years she lived in northern Vermont.

She is a graduate of Penn State with a B.A. in art and graphic design. She has been represented since 2000 by Chase Gallery in Boston and has exhibited with Kathryn Markel and Ameringer Yohe in New York Ballard Fetherson in Seattle.

She won a full fellowship in painting at the Vermont Studio in Johnson, Vt. and the James Gahagan Painting Prize. Winner of five Best in Shows, she has been included in the biennial of the National Academy of Design, an invitational at the Newark Museum, N.J., was Printmaker in Residence at Burlington, Vt. City Arts, a juror for the Copley Society Masters Show in Boston and juror of awards for the Vermont High School Art Exhibition.

Her work is in the collection of Wellington Management, Boston; Charles River Associates, Washington D.C. and individual collections of Cheryl Crowe, George Yip and Road Scholar CEO James Moses. Her paintings are both oil and acrylic with a focus on smooth brushless surface. She is inspired by the work of Pierro Della Francesca and Giorgio Morandi and the American realist painter, Fairfield Porter.

Mr. McDonald briefly attended Paier Art School in Hamden after high school. His career veered toward the new technologies of computers and computer programming. He worked as a computer programmer and later an information systems auditor.

Retirement has allowed Mr. McDonald to spend time working on art almost exclusively acrylic and paints landscapes and cloudscapes, but occasionally local views can be found in his work.

He met Ms. Kletter in the Heritage Village Pen and Brush Club. She taught him that when painting, he should not accept the initial version of a painting unless he’s completely satisfied with it.

The exhibit will be open during regular library hours.

Those seeking additional information may call Samantha Farrell at 203-262-0626 ext. 144 or email

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