Sean Michanczyk- Owner, Fine Artist

Sean Michanczyk is a 2008 graduate of the Hartford Art School (BFA illustration).  His work pays homage to old masters while keeping a contemporary trompe l'oeil edge.  His tightly rendered paintings and keen sense of balance create harmonious story-telling through symbolism: "What it is, isn't always what it is."

Sean is the owner and founder of Paris in Plantsville Gallery & Studio.  He and his Great Dane, aptly named "Paris", reside in Southington, CT.

Clinton Deckert- Fine Artist
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Clinton Deckert, an award winning contemporary artist, is renowned for his paintings where abstract thoughts and surreal imagery collide.  Deckert maintains a prolific regiment of studio time producing new work constantly and his exhibitions often set attendance records. 

Over the years his paintings have hung along side the artwork of such legendary greats as Picasso, Dali, De Chiro, Toulouse Latrec, Hans Bellmer, Eric Stegmaier, H.R. Giger, Wolfgang Paalen, Leonor Fini and Andre Masson. His work has been displayed in museums, galleries, universities, senator’s offices, magazine covers, periodicals - twice in the New York Times and has also been featured on television.  In recent past, Deckert has served as Curator and participating artist for the much celebrated “Beyond the Gate” exhibition at Artspace Gallery, Hartford, CT and produced his Twenty Five Year Retrospective at Paris In Plantsville Gallery.

Deckert frequently serves as Judge/Juror/Curator for many regional exhibitions. Clint‘s paintings are in numerous collections throughout the U.S.A., including the internationally renowned Jack and Susan Warner Collection.  He continuously exhibits throughout the Northeast.

Comment published and inspired by studio visit just prior to Deckert’s Twenty Five Year Retrospective exhibition at Paris in Plantsville…  “If the gallery installation is anything like Deckert's nearby home, it will resemble a mid-air collision between Joseph Cornell and Salvador Dali.  Every corner of his home contains evidence of a torrential talent and an offbeat vision.”  Alan Bisbort, Hartford Advocate

Eric Stegmaier- Fine Artist, Archaeological Illustrator

Born in New Britain, CT, Eric spent the vast majority of his grade school years sketching in the margins of his homework assignments and (when no one was looking) on his desk.  He graduated with a BFA in illustration from the Hartford Art School in 2002 and completed his MA in religious studies from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT in 2007. For over a decade, Eric worked as a freelance archaeological illustrator for several excavations in the Middle East, and his work has been published in several books and articles.

As a fine artist, Eric's work has been shown extensively over the past few years.  He won the Fisher Award for Excellence/Best in Show at the Farmington Valley Art Center, and was invited to join the "Arms and Artists" day at the Higgins Armory in Worcester, MA.  Other exhibition venues include the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Mystic Arts Center, and ArtSpace Hartford.

Eric’s most recent work attempts to convey the essence of profound singular moments in time, and is inspired by his love for aviation, history, music, literature, and nature.  He is a member of the Salmagundi Club NYC and is the Senior Conservation Assistant at the Yale Center for British Art.  Eric resides in Southington, CT with his wife Heather. 

Ajay Brainard- Fine Artist

Ajay Brainard (b. 1971) is an artist whose subtle, evocative compositions speak not only to his skill as an academic painter, but reveal the gentle and contemplative heart of a poet.

His artistic direction thus determined with uncommon certainty and deeply felt conviction, Ajay received his BFA from Paier College of Fine Art in 2011, which awarded him the Herbert J. Gute Memorial Prize and honored him for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Arts.  Since then his work has toured nationally with the New York based Society of Animal Artists, of which he is a signature member, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wasau, WI,  which added his work to their permanent collection in  2012, after the artist’s participation in their prestigious annual Birds in Art Exhibition. 

Other noteworthy showings include Art of the Animal Kingdom at the Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, multiple exhibitions at The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, and the Kentucky International Wildlife Art Exhibition at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, Henderson, KY.  With these and no doubt many future showings on the horizon, Ajay Brainard has already secured his place among a passionate vanguard of distinctive new voices in the long and multifaceted history of artists inspired by the natural world.

“We mark the passage of human life with great fanfare” says the artist, “but so many other things pass away without our noticing or memorializing them in any way. Even a rusted screw was once part of something special and valuable.  Everything that an animal has to offer, even in death, is beautiful, and it deserves to be marked with reverence and appreciation.”   

Jeremy Lebediker- Fine Artist

Jeremy Lebediker (b.1970) is a visual artist originally from Syracuse, New York. Over the last several years Mr. Lebediker’s work has garnered a great deal of interest from collectors and galleries.  His paintings and drawings have been featured at the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in Texas, Jones & Terwilliger Gallery in Carmel, The San Marino Gallery in California, the Richeson Art Gallery in Wisconsin, The Varga Visionary Art Gallery in Woodstock and the Mimosa Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York. Several of his paintings are on permanent display at the Saratoga Council of Art’s Gallery.  He has studied with recognized masters of fine arts including Thomas Vincent, Anthony Waichulis, and Joshua Suda.

Recent recognition includes:

  • 2013 Feature in Europe’s Hidden Treasure’s Art Yearbook
  • 2013 Acceptance to “All New England” at the Cape Cod Art Association Gallery Juried Show
  • 2013 Finalist in Salon International Show sponsored by The International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Arts
  • 2013 Finalist in Artist's Magazine 29th Annual Art Competition
  • 2012 Best in Drawing Award from the International Guild of Realism
  • 2012 Feature in Northlight’s hardbound book “Strokes of Genius”
  • 2012 Finalist in Richeson Small Works Juried Show and Competition 
  • 2011 Finalist in Art Kudos International Competition

With an undeniable mastery of his materials and his penchant for playful compositions, Lebediker creates a unique vision that is quickly bringing his work to the forefront of today’s realism movement.

Christine Ivers- Fine Artist

Chris attained a BFA in painting and two-dimensional design from Hartford Art School in 1973 and found work in the advertising field for the last 40 years. She has been Creative Director at numerous ad agencies and in 1986 broke off on her own to start her own company. She works with artists in that crossover world of fine art and digital photography to teach them how to better promote themselves.

After raising four daughters, Chris returned to her passion and works in pastels and oils. She is the Past-President of the CT Pastel Society where she also holds Signature Artist Membership. She sits on the Board of Governors of Pastel Society of America and is a Board Member at Lyme Art Association. Chris is also a Master Pastelist Member of the Pastel Society of America, an Elected Artist Member at Lyme Art Association, Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists, and with Academic Artists of America. Other memberships are with CT Women Artists, Salmagundi Club NYC, and numerous other art organizations.

Chris has won numerous awards including Best in Show Awards at Connecticut Women Artists Juried Exhibit and at the New Britain Museum of American Art and has paintings in private collections throughout New England. Her paintings were chosen by the International Association of Pastel Societies as one of eight finalists worldwide in two of the IAPS cover competitions and placed First in Pastels in the Richeson 75 Landscape Show, WI. Her paintings, "Red on 5th" and "Salt" were chosen as two of Pastel Journal's Top 100.

She was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle of Pastelists. She was twice juried into PaintAmerica's Top 100 Artists with shows that traveled the country for two years visiting Galleries and Museums. Chris has been published in Best of American Artists Pastel Edition, Practiqué des Arts (a French publication featuring artists from around the world), American Art Collector Magazine, The Pastel Journal and was honored with the Art Spirit Foundation Silver Medal Award for Excellence in Pastel at the Salmagundi Club in NYC.

Chris and her husband David live in Central Connecticut

Jackie Etling- Photographer

Jacquelyn Etling is an award winning photographer who has traveled extensively both in Europe and the United States photographing the natural and man made worlds.

She is a member of the Pleiades Gallery in Chelsea, NY and numerous arts organizations including the Salmagundi Club.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the US including in the New Britian Museum of Art in CT , the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, NY and the New York Hall of Science.

Cathy Michanczyk - Fine Artist


Cathy’s interest in art dates back to early childhood.  In 1972, Cathy received an honorable mention at a student art show held at Hartford Constitution Plaza.  
After high school, she worked as a secretary and kept art as a hobby.  She was commissioned by co-workers to draw their pets and do caricatures for special occasions.  While employed at UConn Health Center, she worked under a grant to help illustrate a school nurse emergency manual for the Department of Pediatrics.  She also did pen/ink drawings for a poetry book written by her brother Michael and a coloring book for her sister’s dance studio.

Cathy has studied oil painting with local artists.  She has also has taken graphic design and illustration at Tunxis Community College where she primarily did renderings in pencil and pen/ink.  She now uses her own photographs and still-life settings to paint in acrylics and oils.  Her art collection includes quaint houses, flowers, landscapes and seascapes, as well as portraits of family members and pets.  She believes that diversity is important to an artist’s development and that every blank canvas is a new recording of one’s skills.  

Throughout the years, Cathy has displayed her artwork in libraries, hospitals, nursing care facilities, banks, restaurants, retail stores, churches, and art organizations.  Currently her work is for sale at Paris In Plantsville Art Gallery and Pelegano’s Stained Glass & Art Gallery in Southington.  

Cathy is a member of the Southington Arts & Crafts Association, Southington Arts Council, and New Britain Museum of American Art.
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