“Treasure Seekers,” an oil painting by Peter Kinseley (Rowayton) won Best in Show at the opening reception for “Expressions” at the Rowayton Arts Center. Mr. Kinseley also received the Mavis Fenner Memorial Award of $250. Mayor Harry Rilling was there to present the “Mayor’s Choice Award” to Brian Kammerer (Rowayton) for his oil painting, “Winter Tide- Point of Rocks/ Wee Burn Beach Club.” The exhibition runs through October 25. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday: 12-5pm, Sunday: 1-4 pm. (Closed Monday.) For more information: www.rowaytonartscenter.org.
Other award winners: 1st place: Oils: “Morgan’s Bluff” by Jim Chillington (Newtown), Mixed Media: “Bay View 1” by Angela Liptack (Ridgefield), Photography: “Mrs. Webb at Home” by Robert Sachs (Norwalk), Drawings: “All that Remains” by Dan Long (Westport), Acrylics: “Cross Country” by Ann Kromer (Ridgefield), Watercolor: “Maine Barn” by JoAnn Davidson (Westport).
2nd place: Mixed Media: “Quartet 3” by Bevi Bullwinkel (Fairfield), Acrylics: “Morning” by Pam Davis (Rowayton), Watercolor: “Conch” by Lynn Stephens Massey (Norwalk).
Oils: “Fall’s Beauty” by Yasemin Tomaken (Greenwich) Photography: “Collapsed/Clasped” by Sawyer G. Hanlon (Greenwich).
3rd place: Mixed Media: “Window with a Bridge” by Pierre Lahaussois (Rowayton), Photography: “Happiness Unhinged” by Gennadiy Goldenshteyn (Manchester), Oils: “Pears” by Dawn Dahl (Wilton), Watercolor: “Barn at Weir Farm” by Marianne Rothballer (New Canaan).
Honorable Mention: Oils: “Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland” by Gwen Meyerson (Bayside Queens), Mixed Media: “Empress” by Juliana Belcastro (Rowayton).
The juror for the exhibition was Rosemary Webber, an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker Magazine. Of the show, Ms. Webber said, “I looked for inventiveness and the unexpected.” Indeed, it was full of surprises. One surprise was our special guest, Mayor Harry Rilling. The Mayor presented, for the first time, the “Mayor’s Choice Award” to the artist of his personal favorite picture in the show.
For over 50 years, the Rowayton Arts Center has been a cultural gem in the community. It is an exceptional gallery where regional artists may exhibit and sell their art as well as a wonderful venue for art workshops and classes. The Art School offers classes to children and adults at all levels. The RAC Gallery and Art School are located on the bank of the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue.