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

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.

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

Peggy Jungbluth Marilene Sawaf Diane Levine
Mary Ann Ducharme Bob Stegmaier Judy Heron
Nita Casey Marie Stabile Pat Burns
Joe Lapiana Stephen Previte Karen Tarr
Priti Lathia Paula Mingolelli
Carolyn Gaudet
Barbara Page    


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.
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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. 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,
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Peggy Jungbluth

Originally from Yonkers, N.Y. Peggy Jungbluth moved to New England in 1972. Recently retired, she is exploring the art world, and developing her artistic talents with noted artists, and teachers Steve Previte, Nita Leger Casey, Marie Stabile and her mentor Paula Mingolelli There is something very special about creating a piece of art work. A feeling, a mood, you want the painting to draw you in, summon memories , a response a reaction. That is what I'm trying to achieve in my paintings. I'm not there yet, but, now, I can see it in the paintings of others around me. And that's what brings me to the Nashua Artist Breadfast Club. It is the art and enthusiasm of this group that encourages me to continue in my endeavor. And I'm loving every minute of it......




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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Marie Stabile
I have been painting for thirty years and am a member of various art associations here and Florida. After moving to Westford nine years ago my neighbors encouraged me to start teaching art. It has been a great experience to meet people who are as excited about art as I am. Winning the 2010 Holiday Card Contest for the State of Massachusetts has been great fun. The breakfast club is a wonderful place to meet artists and have them critique my work.








Judy Heron

After a career as a librarian and teacher, Judy Heron now devotes much of her time to pursuing her creativity through painting and photography. Judy paints with both watercolor and oils. "Painting is something I've always wanted to do to express and share the beauty of my surroundings. In my everyday travels I see light, colors, shadows and compositions...all waiting to be photographed or painted. I usually paint from my own photos, which is very challenging, since I am trying to recreate the beauty and feeling of the scene that was captured through the lens of my camera. My favorite subjects are landscapes, seascapes, flowers and architectural features."
Judy is an active member of the Chelmsford Art Society and she has won awards from the Westford Regional Art Event and the Chelmsford Art Society.
Judy has taken classes with Nancy Russo, Paula Mingolelli and Stephen Previte. She lives in Chelmsford, MA with her family and adopted greyhound, Derek.

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:




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.


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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