Programs and Exhibits









April 2011 - The Breakfast Club Exhibit at the Chelmsford Library
Reception: Saturday, April 9th from 2-4 p.m.
Music by pianists Siyuan Ma, Kevin Kong and Jeffrey Rong

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The Breakfast Club is a group of professional artists from New England who have been meeting every Wednesday for almost 20 years in Nashua, NH and surrounding towns. Join us for an opening reception and meet the artists on Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 2-4 p.m. Music will be provided by pianists Siyuan Ma, Kevin Kong and Jeffrey Rong.

Jeanne Nevard Marie Stabile Albine Vermot-Gaud
Mary Ann Ducharme Bob Stegmaier Susan Whitten
Nita Casey Helene Levasseur Rene Bodner
Joe Lapiana Nancy Davis Johnson Stephen Previte
Priti Lathia Paula Mingolelli
Carolyn Gaudet
Peggy Jungbluth Marilene Sawaf Jinghua Gao Dalia

Jeanne Nevard Watercolors

"I enjoy doing watercolors as well as exploring the back roads to discover great photography subjects. I love to elevate the commonplace object to a memorable image; to portray unique viewpoints that invite the viewer to linger & use one’s imagination. The intricacies of nature always inspire me. And the beautiful, dwindling open spaces hold the key to our quiet enjoyment of our natural environment.The whole artistic process for me, is to savor the moment. To observe daily life with a keen eye & smile for the gifts bestowed upon all of us- If we just take to time to see."
Jeanne Nevard Fine Art
Pepperell, MA




Mary Ann Ducharme

Mary Ann Ducharme, a resident of Tyngsboro, joined the Artist Breakfast Club a year ago. She says that she enjoys the support and comradery. She retired from service with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2008. "Retirement has given me time to explore my creativity. Painting has become my passion." Mary Ann has taken art lessons from Marie Stablile, Paula Mingolelli and Steve Prvite. " Her medium is water based oil. She said she finds it less toxic.
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Nita Leger Casey

Nita is a prolific artist as a Plein air painter on the rugged coast of Maine during the summers and studio artist and teacher for the rest of the year. From her delicate and intricate still lifes, to her commissions of painting Victorian homes, or her lovely creations of greeting cards, art is on her mind from morning to night. Her love for beautiful things as antique lace and tea cups to lovely flower gardens can all be seen in her work.

Born and raised in France, Nita attended the famed Ecole des Beaux Arts and went on to the Ecole de Dessin in Paris. She married a young American soldier and went on to travel all over the world with him and their three children. In Italy inspired by all the beauty around her she continued painting primarily in oils. While in Germany she began teaching art in the American community. Nita now lives in New England and devotes her life to painting and teaching watercolors at her gallery/studio in Pepperell, Massachusetts.

Nita considers herself very fortunate to live in a beautiful New England town. “The beauty is all around me, from mountains to the seashore and a little bit of the Old World feeling.” For the past 14 years Nita has taken part in an Artist retreat on the coast of Maine where she replenishes her fuel for the rest of the year. "Plein air painting rejuvenates your soul! The beauty and ideas that it yields are endless. The smell of the fresh air and the sounds of wildlife will provide the inner peace needed for the rest of the year."

Nita has been represented by the New England Card Company, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Brick Mill Studio and recently as a Gibson Freelance Artist. She was also the winner of the annual Christmas card contest at the Presidential Retreat at Camp David, Maryland. She has been published in the American Artist Watercolor Winter 98, 2003 American Artist watercolor Highlights issue and the Tastefully New England magazine. She has participated in numerous juried shows and her work can be found in private collections all over the world including banks, corporate collections and the University College Dublin in Ireland. Her memberships include: New Hampshire Art Association, NH Sharon Arts Center, Pastel Painters of Maine, Pastel Society of New Hampshire, and Upcountry Artists in Maine. She is an associate member of the New England Watercolor Society and Oil Painters of America.
Contact: Nita Leger Casey via email: or visit her website:


Joe Lapiana

"For me art is a way of exploring inner feelings and of making connections with others." says Joe Lapiana. Joe's subject matter is inspired by extensive European travels as well as familiar scenes from the New England landscape. Joe returned to painting after a 30 year hiatus. After retirement he once again had time to explore painting and now works in water mixable oils. He is a member of the Chelmsford Art Society and the Arts League of Lowell and can frequently be found at his studio in suite #326 at the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA. His paintings have most recently been shown at the Whistler House Museum of Art as part of the Men of Western Avenue show, the Chelmsford Art in Bloom show, in the Lawrence Library Art Gallery in Pepperell, at the 2010 Chelmsford Library Spring show of the Nashua Artist’s Breakfast Club, and at the Tyngsboro Public Library.
Joe Lapiana, Westford, Massachusetts


Priti Lathia

Priti Lathia lives with her husband and two children, and works in Westford, MA. She is mostly self taught, but has taken lessons throughout her childhood in India and some from local art teachers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.Her work has a vibrant, colorful and joyous feeling. Her paintings are inspired by places she has visited or still life subjects that have inspired her. While painting she likes to think about color, light and view point. She has participated in several local and international art shows and has won many awards. She is also a active member of local art societies and organizations.
She worked as a nutritionist for many years. Over the past six years, she has dedicated more of my time and energy to art.
Currently, she teaches art to local children and adults. Priti teaches several mediums but enjoy working in watercolors and oils. More of her work can be seen on her blog,

Peggy Jungbluth

Peggy Jungbluth, a resident of Tyngsboro, retired last year and started painting with Marie Stabile at the Westford Senior Center. She has also taken classes with Steve Previte of Nashua. Today Peggy studies with Paula Mingolellli at the Westen Ave. Studios in Lowell. Peggy works with water based oils.

"Painting is like nothing I have ever done before and the excitement of a finished piece of work is immeasurable." Peggy echoes what many members of the Breakfast Club feel. "To be a part of the Breakfast Artist Club is to be surrounded by all kinds of artists who share your enthusiasm." Like the other members she appreciates the advice and encouragement she receives from all these talented artists.





Marie Stabile

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Helene Levasseur

"I always wanted to be a painter. As a young woman, I was taught the basics by an aunt who was already an accomplished artist. This fed my deisre to continue my passion for art. I went on to take courses at Mass College of Art and studied with the Cape Ann Artists. I now maintain a studio in Nashua, NH."
Helene's work can be viewed at



Nancy Davis Johnson

During her memberships in several art associations over the past 35 years, she has won awards for her work in oil, pastel and watercolor. Her paintings have been included in many regional and national juried shows, and are in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. Her work was featured in the summer, 1996 issue of “Watercolor” magazine, a national publication of “American Artist” magazine. Also, one of her paintings is included in the book, “How Did You Paint that? 100 Ways to Paint the Landscape”, published by “International Artist” magazine”.
Memberships include: New England Watercolor Society (Signature Member), New Hampshire Art Association and Great Bay Art Association.




Paula Mingolelli

"I am a life long artist who lives in the Boston area. Creating art started for me as a very young girl. I've had formal training at various levels and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. My professional accomplishments are highlighted by my creativity as a painter, marketing consultant, commercial designer and teacher. While I prefer watercolor as my medium of choice, I also enjoy oils, pastels and pen and ink. I enjoy painting all types of subject matter including florals, landscapes, animals portraits and still life's. I do commission work in all of these areas based on client preferences. Currently, I belong to a number of Art Association which provide me with an excellent perspective of today's art environment. Interacting with fellow artists motivates me to continuously achieve excellence while challenging my creativity. I will always enjoy studying, learning and developing my artistic talent."
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Marilene Sawaf

When I start a new painting, I try to gather ideas from the images I have collected and set aside.
These images include those I had an emotional connection with, liked for their impact or their beauty. They remind me of elements of my past, people I know and places I have visited. Once I organize my thoughts and images, I start sketching on a white surface, claybord, paper, gessoed masonite or canvas. If I use a water media surface, after the initial composition is more or less chosen, decided upon and rearranged to meet my criteria, I start with the inking of the subject to paint. On canvases I will use oils mixed with a lot of turpentine for a lean oil mixture. As I proceed with my paintings, there are always things I could add, change or modify. I constantly have to decide on which colors to select, juxtapose and superimpose. Since I don't copy a subject, I am always experimenting till I am completely satisfied with the result, trying to get as close as possible to a successful representation of my subconscious image.

Various elements are recurring themes in my paintings. For example, the stain glass effect I use is inspired from my love for stain glass. In 1976 my family fled from the civil war in Lebanon, and we lived for a year in my grandmother's mansion in Alexandria, Egypt. An entire wall which was visible upon entering the house, was made of stain glass. In my paintings I continually recapture that ethereal vision.
The venetian arcades in the background are inspired from the Lebanese homes of the nineteenth century and a reminder of my years spent studying architecture. Windows are important in my paintings as are tapestry designs, flowers, Medieval elements and any types of Persian, Middle Eastern and iconic imagery.

With time I noticed that the abstract faces of the women in my paintings were being replaced by the familiar faces of friends and family members. One of my goals is to paint on larger surfaces and experiment with new media to create more complex, glasslike images in a unified composition.

I consider The Ezechiel Straw and the Georgepoulos Awards at the Currier Museum of Art in 2006 and 2008 to be two of my greatest accomplishments.
Painting is a part of who I am and I need to paint on a daily basis in order to keep in constant communication with the world around me.

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Albine Vermot-Gaud

Growing up in rural France, many of Albine's paintings are evocations of scenery from her childhood and beloved places visited during her travels. Mostly self-taught but always fascinated with art, she first studied art in Paris some 10 years ago at the end of her career in business.

“My style keeps on evolving, fueled by a need to continue experimenting with different styles and media as I let shapes and color guide me through the process of creating meaningful images of beauty.”

At present she is working on a series of contemporary style paintings. Albine's choice of media are oils and mixed media. She is a resident of Hollis, NH

You can contact Albine Vermot-Gaud by email at
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Susan Whitten

Susan Whitten attended The American Academy of Art in Chicago and graduated with an Associates Degree in Graphic Arts. She worked as an Illustrator at Handelen Pederson, a commercial art firm, for four years. She then became a freelance illustrator in the Chicago area for ten years. After moving to New Hampshire in 1998 she switched her focus to Fine Art. Susan joined the Nashua Area Artists Association and became acquainted with other local artists. She heard about the Breakfast Club and has been going for about nine years. Susan has worked in graphite, watercolor, pen and ink, oils and pastels. She started exhibiting graphite and watercolor botanicals with a show at Sharon Art Center. She took a pastel class from Harriet Winchester and fell in love with the medium. She has been working in pastel for seven years and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Maine. She also does pastel miniatures and is an associate member of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC. She has participated in and won awards in national and international juried art shows. She also shows her work at Francesca Anderson’s Fine Art in Lexington, MA and Art 3 in Manchester, NH.

Rene Bodner
Rene Bodner is an artist who loves to create. She has been a master jeweler for the past 30 years, and is the owner of The Bead Room in Nashua. In her spare time shes loves to paint. She has taken numerous workshops with well known teachers around the country. Rene's work covers a variety of subject matters; she paints still lifes and landscapes in oils and pastels. Rene interprets the world through her love of color and details. She has traveled extensively around the world from South America to Russia to get ideas for her jewelry and her paintings.Rene's work has been shown in many local shows and at venues around New England. She is a member of Hollis Art Society of New Hampshire, Pastel Society of New Hampshire and Nashua Area Artists Association. Contact Rene by email at:




Stephen L Previte
Stephen L Previte was born and raised in East Boston, Massachusetts and moved to his current residence in Hollis, New Hampshire 30 years ago. He has an engineering degree in Mechanical Design Technology and worked in a high tech industry until 1986. It was then that he left corporate life to pursue a career in fine art. Stephen is a self taught artist working with the medium of oil paint in a style that he describes as “Representational Impressionism.” His subject matter is that of light and atmosphere focused mainly on the rural landscape and its architecture. He also enjoys the
occasional challenge of still life subjects. In addition to his working studio in Hollis he also has a studio in Nashua, NH where he teaches his craft to others. Stepehn's contact email:




Carolyn Gaudet
"After retiring from 30 years of teaching art in public schools, there was time for personal pursuits. This included figurative sculpture, landscape painting in acrylics, oils and pastels. Pastels became the medium of choice. Their creamy texture, the array of colors, depth in layering, all additive. I paint plein air on an island in Maine and in my gardens in Nashua." You can contact Carolyn by email at:

Jinghua Gao Dalia
I began my art study at the age of nine with my father, Gao Yi-hung, who was a leading Chinese artist and the calligraphy master to Chiang Kai-shek’s son, Chiang Ching-guo, the President of the Republic of China. I also had the unique opportunity to study with some of China’s most outstanding watercolorists. I received a Fine Arts degree from National Taiwan Normal University and studied in the graduate art program at the University of Hawaii. In 1996, Madam Lien, the wife of the Republic of China’s former Vice-President Dr. Lien Zhan, honored my art exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. My paintings have been exhibited at Lincoln Center and the Soho Art Museum, New York; the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Bower Museum, California; Currier Museum of Art, NH.; and the DeCordova Museum, MA. At the Copley Society of Boston, the oldest art society in the U.S., I was the first Chinese artist to be honored with both a solo exhibition and a Master Workshop program. I have been frequently interviewed by the various news media. My paintings have been widely exhibited and awarded in prestigious venues and collected internationally for over three decades.


Bob Stegmaier
Looking at life through his camera, Bob Stegmaier creates images with people, places and things. He enjoys the diversity that is possible with photography, with images ranging from the serenity in still life objects to the dynamics of motion in ballet and flowing water.
While teaching physics at the University of Hawaii, Bob photographed the beauty of nature that he saw on the islands. When he joined the United States Air Force, he had a chance to travel and see a wide variety of people and scenes across America. He taught photography at the Wichita Art Association in Kansas for three years and studied with many professional photographers. He developed a reputation as an accomplished portrait, wedding and commercial photographer. While assigned to Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, NY, Bob taught photography at Utica College of Syracuse University and was the president of the Utica Art Association.
Currently a resident of Chelmsford and New York City, Bob is a councilor representing the Professional Photographers of Massachusetts to the Professional Photographers of America. He is a member of the Chelmsford Art Society, the Nashua Breakfast Club and the Professional Photographers of New England. His photography has been displayed at many locations throughout New York and New England and published in motorcycle, automotive and trade publications.


You can read more about the Breakfast Club online at their blog