Calendar of Art Shows, Trunk Shows, and Lectures
Howard Park & Lisa Miceli
"Oil & Water"
August 12th - September 8th
Opening Reception - August 13th, 5-8pm
Howard Park lives in Stonington, CT where he owns HGPark Fine Art located in the Old Velvet Mill in Stonington, CT. He attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at Tufts University and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He continued his studies in France at L’Ecole d’Art Decoratif de Nice, where he won a national prize in photography.
After a stint in the Merchant Marine, Howard returned to Boston to work as a photographer and art director, but his love of the sea eventually led him to Connecticut to manage a boatyard and raise a family. Ultimately, he realized his dream to sail around the world and paint. After restoring COMET, a 1946 Sparkman & Stephens 52’ yawl, Howard completed the circumnavigation in 2001. Settling in Stonington, CT after his return from the voyage, Howard owned and operated the Four Starr Gallery and Frame Shop located in the Velvet Mill in Stonington, CT. He now owns HGPark Fine Art focusing on conservation, restoration and appraisals of fine art including original oil paintings, works on paper, objects, etchings, murals and antique frames.
Howard teaches adult art classes at the Mystic Museum of Art, Lyme Art Association, Avondale Arts Center, and at the Community Center on Fisher’s Island New York. He co-teaches plein air oil and watercolor painting with his colleague Lisa Miceli year-round. He is the founder of the Noank 9, a group of painters who meet to paint locally each week. When not out in the field or teaching, Howard spends much of his time painting in his studio at the Velvet Mill. His modern-impressionistic oil paintings and watercolors of landscapes and maritime scenes are a portrayal of the things he loves. He is co-chair of the Brushes with Nature Plein Air painting program at the New England Watercolor Society.
Howard has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. He is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, CT and at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT. He is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), and is an award-winning member of the New England Watercolor Society. His works hang in galleries and private collections throughout the world including Avondale Arts in Avondale, RI; Arnould Gallery in Marblehead, MA; Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT; Louisa Gould Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA; Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT; Stonington Gallery, Stonington, CT; and the Gallery at Firehouse Square, New London, CT.
As a plein air and studio painter Dr. Lisa Miceli endeavors to create a narrative in her paintings by incorporating an illustrative style, abstracted by brushwork, and skies that establish the emotional tone of the scene. Through this expression she hopes to inspire her viewers to feel the beauty of the landscape and changeable skies.
Lisa is a member of the Noank 9 and paints plein air regularly throughout the year. Her teaching experience includes co-teaching Oil and Water plein air workshops locally with Howard Park, workshops at the Community Center at Fisher’s Island, New York, teaching at the Mystic Museum of Art KTJ Studios, and plein air workshops at Lyme Art Association and Avondale Arts in Rhode Island. Lisa is-co chair of the New England Watercolor Society “Brushes with Nature” plein air painting program. Lisa learned to paint with the Japanese hake brush with the guidance of British watercolorist Ron Ranson, and studied watercolor painting with Howard Park at Mystic Museum of Art , Bob Noreika at Lyme Art Association and local instructors at Granite Street Gallery. A significant influence on her painting was her grandmother who was an illustrator, watercolorist and WPA artist.
Lisa’s works hang in galleries including Arnould Gallery in Marblehead, MA, Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT and in upcoming shows at Avondale Arts in Rhode Island and Bryan Gallery in VT. Her painting “New London Harbor Light” was winner of the 2020 watercolor competition at the Mystic Seaport Museum inspired by J.M.W Turner. Recent juried shows include the New England Watercolor Society North American Open Juried Exhibition in Plymouth, MA, the NEWs Brushes with Nature plein air show and Instructors Show, the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society 2020 Juried Members Exhibition, the CT River Museum “Hands on the Land” show, a solo watercolor Show at Studio 33 Gallery in New London, CT, and juried shows at Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT and at the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, CT.