CharIie Hall: I am a disabled Vietnam Veteran, and I started doing photography on advice from one of my counselors as a tool to help me cope with my PTSD. All my photos have special meaning to me as it is not only photography to me, it is also therapy. It gets me out to enjoy nature. I enjoy showing my photos, and like letting people know that art is therapy.
Noreen Acconcio is a local artist working in watercolor and pastel. She enjoys painting with the watercolor medium because it can capture elements of luminosity and surprise. The pastel medium, on the other hand, can give a painting a richness and a palette of vibrant colors, which she loves to explore. Painting aspects of Nature whether it is a flower, animal or landscape is what she enjoys creating. In the Spring of 2018, one of Noreen's paintings was accepted into the Academic Artist Association exhibit, which is a nationally judged show. The following are art associations of which she is currently a member: Wilbraham Art League, Tobacco Valley Art Association, and Scantic River Artisans. These affiliations have allowed Noreen to showcase and sell her art at venues throughout the Pioneer Valley and awarded her with recognition of her artistic talents.