Winners of the Rowayton Arts Center’s exhibit, “Community Sponsored Awards,” were announced at the opening reception on Sunday. This is one of RAC’s most exciting shows, as every category is awarded a cash prize. 33 winners selected, from 108 entries received prizes (nearly $5000) donated by friends and local businesses in the community. The art, submitted by exhibiting members, was done without limitations in media or theme.

The juror, Clare Rogan, Curator, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University selected the work of the following artists: Best in Show: Gregg Welz (Norwalk), “Solar Winds” Oils: 1st place: Wendy Moore (Pound Ridge, NY), “Remembering Brothers,” 2nd: Peter Jerry (Ardsley, NY), “Work Boats- Bahamas,” 3rd: Linda Francis (Westport), “View to the Mountains” Honorable Mentions: Dawn Dahl (Wilton)“Basilica,” Veronica Cassella-Vaz, (Shelton) “Appaloosa Horse” Acrylics: 1st place: Lois Weingarten (City Island, NY), “Can Can Girl,” 2nd: Melissa Orme (North Salem, NY), “Syncopation,” 3rd: Suzanne Wright (New Canaan), “Tranquility”  Honorable Mentions: James Ryan (Greenwich), “Dockside Quartet,” Pilar Garra (New Canaan), “Sky”   Prints: 1st place: Susan Leggitt (Norwalk), “Taos Plain” Drawings: 1st place: Ilana Appleby (Norwalk), “Inspired by the American Ballet,” 2nd: Dan Long (Westport), “It’s All Falling Down” Mixed Media: 1st place: Amy Schott (Wilton), “Bird House #2,” 2nd: Mary Morant (Darien) “Oyster Love,” 3rd: Angela Liptack (Ridgefield), “Winter Afternoon I” Honorable Mention: Leslie Rottner (Darien), “Worn Pages” Photography: 1st place: Lisa Laible (Norwalk), “Alley Peering,”    2nd: Mary Harold (Ridgefield), “Railway Cars,” 3rd: Emily Kelting (Norwalk), “To the Lighthouse, Monhegan” Honorable Mentions: Laure Dunne (Norwalk), “Views From the Train Line #3,” Dana Laird (Norwalk), “Fulton” Watercolor: 1st place: Marianne Rothballer (New Canaan), “Reluctant Model,”   2nd: Lynn Stephens Massey (Norwalk), “Diamond Terrapin,” 3rd: Dick Rauh (Westport), “Witch Hazel Capsules” Honorable Mention: Wendy Demaiorebus Pieper (Westport), “Bugger Off” Pastels: 1st place: Joel Sobelson (Weston), “Two Minutes to Curtain,” 2nd : Maria Formoso (Riverdale, NY), “There was a Time and Place” Sculpture: 1st place: Debbie Smith (Westport), “Living Porcelain,” 2nd : Susan Acker, (Stamford) “Hybrid,” 3rd: Ginny Awn, (Norwalk), “Sunset Doves” Honorable Mention: Judith Orseck Katz (Westport), “Vessel”

Curator Clare Rogan (Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University) commented, “The observational skills, technical skills, and artistic intuition represented in the gallery are extremely impressive. While jurying this exhibition, I focused on the essence of each piece.” The show, chaired by Marcia Powell and co-chaired by Phyllis Padro will be open to the public until May 29.

The Rowayton Arts Center, on the scenic Five Mile River, is located at 145 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, CT. RAC’s gallery hours are 12-5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

RAC has been a cultural hub for almost 60 years. The RAC Art School offers year-round classes and workshops for creative people of all ages and at all levels. RAC, a not-for-profit organization, underwrites art education programs throughout Norwalk.