BRISTOL BITS: City resident holds 2-day artist in residence this weekend

Published on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 19:47
Written by Bob Montgomery

Bristol resident Nancy Chadbourne will be holding a two-day artist-in-residence art show this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Patricia D’Amato Residences, formerly John J. Jennings School, at 291 Burlington Ave.

Chadbourne’s original works were primarily brush with a more realistic, but heavily impressionist tone. More recently, it’s been knife painting with heavy impasto.

“Impasto is thin, heavy, gooey, spread like frosting on a cake,” Chadbourne explained. “It provides a lot of texture and I focus on strong contrast and color.”

Her paintings are impressive and she has a wall in her apartment displaying some. They are colorful bits of New England landscape, sure to please visitors’ eyes.

“I started painting because I was absolutely entranced in it,” Nancy told me. “When I retired, I started taking painting lessons. I had an interest since my childhood.”

Nancy added that there will be signs outside of the building to direct visitors this weekend to her display. She can be reached at 860-845-5102.

Rewind 2007 (10 years ago)

The banquet room at the Clarion Inn was filled to capacity as the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner.

John Smith presented Jack Hines of First Bristol Credit Union with the E. Bartlett Barnes Distinguished Service Award; John Leone introduced Thomas O. Barnes, who represented the Barnes Group in receiving a special recognition award; Attorney Jonathan Harris, a state senator from West Hartford, presented Tim Feury a business award for Feury, Donovan, Tracy & Daly, the law firm he is a partner in; Cheryl Dumont-Smith represented The Main Street Foundation in receiving a special service award;

Ken Ferris won the Spirit of Bristol Award; Network Imaging Group and its owner Todd Fitzsimons won the Volunteer of the Year Award; the two Beacon Prescription pharmacies in Bristol, owned separately by Geri Ann Bradley and Bob Wollenberg, were recognized by Whit Betts; Clean Harbors of Connecticut won the Distinguished Business of the Year; and outgoing Bristol School Superintendent Michael Wasta received a recognition award for his 40 years as a teacher and administrator.

Michigan Hots

I received an email from Ron Beattie after he read Monday’s column and the segment contributed by Chris Howland, who worked for his dad, Ed, at Michigan Hots some years ago. Ron said it made a great Father’s Day gift, reading the words written about his father and the business by Chris.

Ron responded that Chris’ mom, Velma (“Val”) and her daughters, Chris, Eva, Kathy and Barbara, made life easier for his father. Ron writes: “(They) are the backbones and glue that allowed my father to enjoy life as well as work.”

Tony Virello

Tony is looking for a picture of the Class of ’63 from South Side School. If you have one, let Tony or I know.


Mike Saman, president of the Bristol Historical Society, emailed me to say that Frankie’s on Route 6, the longtime popular hot dog place, will be replaced by some kind of multi-use building.


I’m not sure if I’ve shared this license plate with readers before, but it sits on a red Pontiac Vibe.

Tobacco fields

Do you have a story or recollections of working the tobacco fields in the Windsor area back when? If you do and would like to share them with readers, please contact me as shown below.


Tom Borgio brought a smile to my face when I read his email on Tuesday. He saw where I mentioned and asked about the license plate NOMOR in a recent column and said it was his and explained the reason behind it. In short, it’s stating that he’ll never marry again.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol, Forestville, General News on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 19:47. Updated: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 19:49.