Members of New Milford Brownie Girl Scout Troop 40228 from Northville Elementary School and their leaders recently paid a visit to Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio on Church Street.

The visit coincided with the girls' anticipation of completing their Painting Lifestyles badge requirements.

The girls reviewed gallery etiquette, interviewed artists, learned about painting mediums, and identified and spoke about favorite paintings on exhibit in the gallery.

Assisting the troop leaders for the project were artists Diane Dubreuil, of New Milford, and Ellie Boyd, of Southbury, who are both exhibiting artists at Gallery 25.

Boyd introduced the girls to the art of portrait painting with oils, explaining the use of a model, sketches, photography and composition. Dubreuil, a former Brownie Girl Scout leader at Northville in the 1980s, spoke on the arts of plein air painting and sketchbook journaling.

Leaders Joana Chiappa and Leslie Sarich attended the event at the gallery and studio, a co-op style juried fine art gallery and studio venue presented under the guidance of New Milford Commission on the Arts.

The gallery at 25 Church St. is open on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

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