MMoA Artists Share: Peggy Traskos

For several years, Peggy Traskos volunteered at MMoA greeting visitors at the front desk and helping staff with other projects when needed.  She received MMoA’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2018.

 

“The staff and the people who visit the Museum are the reason I enjoy doing this.”

 

Peggy is a local Mystic artist known for her pastel work especially of animal subjects.  She also does landscapes and still lifes.

 

“During the corona virus, I have been working on a painting of an amaryllis on a 24”x 24” canvas.  One of the blossoms has been giving me grief… I have made lots of cloth masks for friends and family, though.”

 

Peggy became an Elected Artist member at MMoA in 2004.

 

Photo above: Peggy with a pastel entitled Last Winter which received an award at the 2019 CT Pastel Show at the Southington Community Center in Southington, CT.

 

About the Artist

Photo above: pastel entitled Pop Art Pig

“Peggy Traskos lived in Brooklyn, Conn., for 35 years before moving to Mystic.  She has a BS degree in education from Willimantic State College and has taken graduate courses in library information services at the University of Rhode Island.  She was an elementary school teacher and later while a part-time library teacher, she continued to take art classes, working on perspective and sill life set-ups. 

She had a long-time interest and love of pastel but it was while studying at the Lyman Allyn Museum that “the art bug really bit,” she said.  She enjoys the light and atmosphere of plein air scenes, but has also concentrated on animals – what she calls her “in-door paintings,” working from her husband’s photographs.  “I love the expressions or stances of different cows, goats, sheep and horses and I try to give them a connection to the viewer,” she said.  She has an uncanny ability to capture the “personalities” of shore birds, as in “The Gulls” or  “Frolicking Goats” or a young colt in a pasture, with the feeling that they were painted en plein air.”

Artist biography published in Valley News Now newsletter in July 2010

 

Recent Accomplishments

Peggy was in the CT Artists Exhibition at Slater Museum this year-2020.  In December 2019, she was in a group show at the Mystic & Noank Library and also had a solo show at local Barley Head Brewery.

 

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