This event took root in the historic town of Windsor and has been produced by Sarah McKay with the help of friends and artists such as Alexia Lalande, Terese Newman, Dean Batteson, Kelsey Renfro, and many others. It has been built up by amazing dedicated volunteers, artists, and enthusiastic guests of all ages. We have been eager to bring Rough Around the Edges to The Dirt Salon in Hartford in order to reach a more diverse audience and share our amazing artists with new viewers. In the previous five years, we have donated money made from the silent auction to the CT Down Syndrome Association, the National Arts Program, the Windsor Arts Center, the National Foundation for Autism Research, and Family Life Education. 

We invite you and your friends to join us in a truly unique celebration of creativity and freedom of expression with the Rough Around the Edges Art show.


Terese NewmanTerese Newman, Web Design

Terese Newman started in traditional marketing, working in both broadcast and cable TV while studying marketing communications. Newman veered toward the design area of her career and eventually let the artistic side take over. She finished college education in fine arts, receiving a BFA from UConn and an MFA from University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Over the years, Terese has expanded her education with additional work in web design and creative writing. teresenewman.com


Dean BattesonDean Batteson, Graphic Design

Dean Batteson was born in South Africa and emigrated to the United States in the early 90′s. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in English Literature and a BFA in Fine Arts in 2009, concentrating in painting and printmaking. He has worked as a graphic designer for for the UConn and Clarus Marketing Group, always finding print design more comfortable and relatable to his printmaking sensibilities. deanbatteson.com


Alexia LalandeAlexia Lalande, Curator

Also a working artist and Graphic Arts Teacher at Hartford Public Schools, Alexia Lalande has been an integral part of making Rough Around the Edges happen from the very beginning. She graduated with a BFA from UConn and received her MFA from the Massachusetts College of the Art and Design. a-lala.com



Greg MorrisonGregg Morrison, Jack of All Trades

Welder, Artist, Performer and Mr. Fix-It. Gregg joined the Rough Around the Edges team just last year and jumps into a variety of hands-on build-it roles!



Kelsey RenfroKelsey Renfro, Event Producer

Kelsey has frequently been described as “That Friend You Can’t Take Anywhere Without Running into at Least Three People She Knows.” As Event Producer, she brings together local performers, restaurants, small businesses, breweries, and vineyards to make the Rough Around the Edges art show a collaborative experience that enhances the close-knit Hartford art community. Her love of networking goes hand-in-hand with the Rough Edges spirit—connecting people to celebrate creativity and passion.



Sarah McKaySarah McKay,

Co-Founder of Rough Edges Art Productions/Director of Rough Around The Edges

Dedicated to serving the community through the arts, Sarah McKay first dreamt of “Rough Around The Edges” as a means to break barriers and stigmas of “Fine Art” by creating an environment that challenged the traditional white wall galleries. An artist, educator and event producer, Sarah continues to volunteer her time and resources to ensuring that the annual Rough Around the Edges art show continues to exhibit passionate artwork and performances while maintaining that a portion of proceeds from the event goes to a relevant charity each year.