Leadership

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William C. Butcher

President

William C. Butcher is a graduate of the Drake University School of Fine Art where he earned BFA and MFA degrees in painting. He studied painting and drawing with internationally recognized artists Cornelis Ruhtenberg, Jules Kirschenbaum, and Gaylord Torrence. William went on to teach visual art including drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture at Suffield Academy in Suffield, CT where he chaired the Visual Art Department for nearly forty years. In his time at Suffield Academy, William oversaw the design and construction of new visual art studios and a sculpture workshop that doubled as a technical theater workshop. William also did extensive theatrical set design and construction and served as a technical director for school productions. As a prolific painter and sculptor, William has exhibited widely, received numerous awards and has art work in private collections in New York, Boston, Kansas City, Phoenix Arizona, Suffield and New Haven Connecticut, Cologne Germany, London England, Jamaica, Bermuda and Japan.

Gabrielle Robinson

Gabrielle Robinson

Director

Over 30 years ago, Gab relocated to the US from Australia where she had commenced studies in Art and Interior Design. She worked at the Mystic Art Association in 1995 for 12 years as assistant to the Director and began raising two children during that time. She then spent 10 years hanging their exhibition schedule while discovering her niche in acrylic painting. As Director of CAFA since 2015, Gab finds herself fortunate enough to remain actively connected to artists from all over and engaged in what new and exciting projects they are currently involved in. An avid art lover, painter (Gabrielle Simmons), design enthusiast, gardener and explorer of the great outdoors, Gab enjoys visiting museums and art galleries, traveling, admiring architecture, and drawing inspiration from the simplest of things.

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Marley Robinson

Treasurer

Marley is a recent graduate from Northeastern University in Boston, MA where she majored in Computer Science and now works as a software engineer. She is also an avid photographer, with a tendency towards black and whites and digitally modified works, and also spends time working on pen and ink drawings. Her combined interests in technology and art have allowed Marley to work on multiple artists’ portfolio websites, maintain and redesign the CAFA website, as well as help create the graphics for CAFA with her mum and CAFA Director, Gab Robinson.

Board Members

Rita Dawley 

Leonard Hellerman

 Sean Kane 
Layne 

Karin Forde Whittemore

PRESIDENTS

John Ferguson Weir 1910

Charles Noel Flagg 1910 - 1916

Daniel F. Wentworth 1916 - 1927

Guy C. Wiggins 1927 - 1935

James Goodwin McManus 1935 - 1948

Albertus E. Jones 1948 - 1950

Walter O. R. Korder 1950 - 1960

Sanford B. D. Low 1960 - 1964

Irving Katzenstein 1964 - 1966

Louis J. Fusari 1966 - 1972

Isabel S. Fairchild 1972 - 1974

Kenneth Davies 1974 - 1976

Charles B. Ferguson 1976 - 1978

Glo Sessions 1978 - 1980

Gerald Doudera 1980 - 1985

Daniel DuBois 1985 - 1990

Daniel J. Riccio 1990 - 1992

Elizabeth Smith 1992 - 1993

Darrell Decker 1993 - 1995

Daniel J. Riccio 1995 - 2002

Joseph J. Kuczynski 2002 - 2004

Hans Stargardter 2004 - 2006

Douglas Gillette 2006 - 2007

Leonard P. Hellerman 2008 - 2012

Grace Zazzaro 2012 - 2013

Robert Frink 2013 - 2022

William C. Butcher 2022 -