CHH May Artists of the Month on Display

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Auxiliary is featuring the artwork of the late artist and art teacher Joan Royals Stolicny, her daughter Jill (Stolicny) Petrillo, and one of her students Shirley Becker-King. This special show is on display now through early June 2017 in the hospital’s main lobby hallway, 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington. The public is invited to view and buy the works during regular visiting hours as part of the Auxiliary’s CHH May Artistongoing “Artist of the Month” program. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artwork support the CHH Auxiliary and CHH.

Joan Royals Stolicny began her art teaching career in Simsbury, CT in 1956. She inspired hundreds of high school students throughout the years before retiring in 1995 from Lewis S. Mills, Burlington, CT after 28 years there.  Her art classes sparked creativity and imagination using a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylics, clay, linoleum. Joan also filled her summers with studies to further her education, encouraging her passions and eventually earning her a Doctorate of Art. Her love of art, history and architecture included studies of Monet, Mystic seaport, Shaker Village and traveling the European countryside. Her paintings grace numerous homes throughout New England and were painted plein air with a simple children’s watercolor set while visiting her son stationed in England.

With a technical education from Oliver Wolcott in Torrington in graphics and printing, combined with her Mom’s art talent, Joan’s daughter Jill (Stolicny) Petrillo continues the art tradition in a variety of forms including calligraphy, computer graphics, crafts, sewing and more.

“With forever thanks to my Mom, Joan, and additional thanks to her student Shirley for encouraging me along this emotional journey in preparation of my Mom’s artwork. Also thanks to my brother Jon, for meticulously documenting his USAF career and their travels in photos.” Said Jill (Stolicny) Petrillo.

As a student, Shirley Becker-King met Mrs. Stolicny at Simsbury High School in 1956.  Shirley’s creative years were influenced by the lessons learned from Joan in art classes there.  Over the years, Shirley developed her own love and style of painting, leading her to show her work across CT.  She is currently a member of the Canton Artists’ Guild – Gallery on the Green and resides in Canton, CT.

Last May, after her 60th class reunion from Simsbury HS, Shirley decided to look up her former art teacher, and the rest is history!  They were able to reunite for lunch after 60 years!  At age 87, Joan could still recall the class, the year, Shirley’s friends and boyfriends!  She was delighted to view Shirley’s paintings, and very proud of her work.

The plan was made to show their work together at CHH hospital for the following year, May 2017.  However, it was not in Joan’s plan, as she passed away in August of 2016.

The Auxiliary’s “Artist of the Month” program has been featuring paintings, photographs, and artwork each month from local artists for over 25 years. Their over 200 member supporters assist in raising money for the hospital through dues, donations, volunteering at the gift shop, and a variety of events including an annual fall fashion show and luncheon.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.


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