Winning Artwork Announced for Brushwork Exhibition 2015
“Beauty in White Dust” by Pilar Joanna Garra of New Canaan won Best in Show in the Brushwork exhibition currently on display at the Rowayton Arts Center. Still in her 20’s, Ms. Garra is one of RAC’s young rising stars. You’ll have until August 30 to view Ms. Garra’s work along 92 other entries from RAC’s talented exhibiting members. Eunice Roy of Norwalk was chairperson and Susan Leggit, also of Norwalk, was co-chair. The RAC gallery located at 145 Rowayton Avenue is open from 12-5pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 1-4pm on Sundays.

Other winners in the exhibit include (by category):
1st Place: Ron Taylor, (Stratford) “Caribbean Sailor”
2nd Place: Milan Chilla, (Rowayton) “My Senorita”
3rd Place: Hu Lindsay, (Norwalk) “Urban Bridge”                                                                 Honorable Mentions:
Katherine Draper, (Norwalk) “Marsh Inlet”
Antoinette Vardarmis, (New Canaan) “Up a Tree”

1st Place: Susan Spivack, (Westport) “Sandra”
2nd Place: Stan Pastore, (Norwalk) “Saranac Lake”
3rd Place: James Ryan, (Greenwich) “Lily of the Valley”
Honorable Mention: Veronica Cassel-Vaz, (Shelton) “Peonies from My Garden”

1st Place: Bevi Bullwinkel, (Fairfield) “Facing East II”
2nd Place: Peter Thoren, (Darien) “Out the Black Porch Door”
3rd Place: Jeannine Soper, (Rowayton) “Sheffield Island”
Honorable Mention: Pam Davis, (Norwalk) “Skye”

Associate Professor Roland Becerra, University of New Haven, selected the winning artwork from 92 entries.  “I’d like to thank Eunice Roy, Debra Randall and the Rowayton Arts Center for inviting me to participate as judge for the Brushwork 2015 Exhibition. I’d also like to praise the many talented artists who submitted entries. I want to emphasize that every work had artistic strength; it was a challenge to choose the winners. There were so many excellent submissions, each and every submitting artist is due recognition. I was pleased to encounter a diverse range of works engaged in abstraction, patterns, landscape, still life and figurative themes. This exhibition is a wonderful example of the exciting oil/acrylic paintings and watercolors being made by RAC members. Thank you again for the privilege to participate this year. It was a wonderful experience, and congratulations to all of the participating artists,” Becerra said.

For more than 50 years, the Rowayton Arts Center has been serving the community as a cultural hub for regional artists to exhibit and sell their work, exchange ideas and participate in classes and workshops. The RAC Gallery and Art School are located on the bank of the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton.