Eric Vogel of South Windsor created the artwork on this week's cover. Vogel is a retired computer programmer who began taking art courses three years ago at Manchester Community College. His first classes encompassed drawing with pencils and charcoals. He eventually advanced to working with pastels and has continued to work in this medium. Vogel is an active member of the Manchester Art Association, Glastonbury Art Guild, West Hartford Art League and the Connecticut Pastel Society, and has won several awards in local art shows. "My work is eclectic in that I like to challenge myself by painting various objects and scenes such as landscapes, still life and pet portraits," he says.
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