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The Washington Art Association & Gallery Building Renovation

We are thrilled to announce that the Washington Art Association & Gallery has completed our new entry as part of Phase 1 of the proposed renovation of our landmark building in Washington Depot. 

The inspired plans by Gray Organschi Architecture (who are providing their services pro bono) improves accessibility and presents WAA as a beacon for the community at the end of Bryan Memorial Plaza. WAA’s renovation project is designed to bring a new level of openness to the existing building, improve WAA’s ability to engage our community, and showcase our exhibitions and studios. 

Last year, our administrative offices received a much-needed upgrade. The installation of a new septic system was completed this fall. Construction of our new entry facing the Plaza is complete. Coupled with exterior signage on the WAA façade, the new ADA compliant entry highlights the building’s architectural features at night. 

Financial commitments in the months leading up to the Phase One project have generated promising results, signifying broad community support for WAA’s vision and physically evident in upgraded administrative offices, installation of a new septic system, and a new entry. 

We hope you’ll join us to build on 65 years of cultural involvement in our community and create a vibrant future for WAA! 

To make a donation of any size to support the Washington Art Association & Gallery, please visit our Donation page or call (860)868-2878. Thank you! 

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WAA Voices


With Barbara von Schreiber
Executive Director - WAA

  • Before you became director in 2014, you were very active in the WAA community. What is the most important reason for this devotion?
    Jane Turner Morse was a beloved local artist, devoted member of WAA and my mother-in-law. She was an avid ceramicist, sculptor and painter and showed her work in our space dozens of times over the years. When Jack Dunbar asked me to join WAA as Exhibition Chair in 2010, I jumped at the chance to participate in honor of both of these extraordinary artists.
  • How has WAA evolved over the past several decades? What makes it so important not only for our members but for our community?
    Our mission at WAA is to enrich our community through education, exhibitions, and special events. Every year we strive to innovate in each of these areas. In 2016 alone, we added (2) off-site exhibitions giving our members more opportunity to exhibit, and we continue to find new and exciting ways to partner with the community at large. In 2017, WAA launched an off-site distinguished speakers series and a series of documentary film evenings at WAA.
  • What kind of person gets involved with WAA? Is it just for artists?
    WAA is for artists and art lovers and anyone curious to experience art. It’s a vibrant environment for members to socialize, take classes, participate in workshops and exhibitions, and attend lectures designed to appeal to our unique community.
  • You wear many hats to keep WAA up and running. What is your favorite and least favorite task?
    My favorite task is managing the art classes. It is so rewarding to see how much talent is in our community. The Members Show never ceases to amaze me. I guess tidying up is one of my least favorite tasks. It never seems to end.
  • Who is your favorite artist or what period?
    Richard Diebenkorn, 1922 – 1993. I love his color palette, whimsy and vision.
  • Where do you think the art world is going in 2018?
    From what I gather, it looks like 2018 will be the year when art and artists encounter politics and cultural commentary head-on.
  • What is your major wish for the future of WAA and de facto the arts in our community?
    I hope the beautiful re-design of WAA by the architecture firm Gray Organschi, with guidance by WAA president Peter Talbot, comes to fruition. The Gallery needs a fresh new look and a new entrance that can be seen from afar. The Arts in the Community will continue to thrive. There will always be a need for beauty and solace in whatever form.
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Side by Side: Process and Collaboration

Side by Side: Process and Collaboration

John Willis / Joseph Byrne

Dudley Zopp / Susan Finnegan


Washington Art Association & Gallery

Washington Depot, CT


July 7 -  August 4, 2018

Reception: Saturday, July 7th from 4-6pm 



This summer exhibition brings together two pairs of artists where collaboration has been a significant part of their process and influential in their individual work. Willis’ and Byrnes’ collaboration has involved an initial critique session of their drawings, an exchange of each others work, “living” with the pieces, and ultimately meeting again to share in-depth dialogue.


Zopp’s and Finnegan’s year long collaboration took place when they both lived in Louisville, Kentucky. Their process involved “dialogues” on large format drawing paper using various drawing materials and eventually paint. These drawings happened “on the spot, purposefully eliminated any verbal exchange and developed a system of investigation for each artist.


One of the interesting differences in process between the artist pairs is the element of time. Byrne/Willis give a greater amount of space and time in considering each other’s work on individual formats. Zopp/Finnegan have had a process of direct exchange on a shared format that has included the immediacy of direct response.


These collaboration experiences have been ways to access valuable insights into the

working process and are useful counterpoints to the solitary artist in the studio. 


Joseph Byrne is a painter and Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College, Hartford CT.


John Willis is a  sculptor and printmaker and Associate Professor of Printmaking at Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT.


Dudley Zopp is a painter and installation artist. She has had visiting artist positions and residencies at universities and colleges. 


Susan Bogle Finnegan is a painter and visiting professor at Trinity College and a part-time professor at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT. 


Dudley Zopp live in Lincolnville ME while Byrne, Willis, and Finnegan all live in West Hartford.

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