Winners were announced at the Rowayton Arts Center for the “Focus Under Forty” Exhibition. “Work as Play,” a painting by Molly McAuley of Norwalk won the cash award of $250 for Best in Show. The exhibit was a juried show open to artists ages 18 to 39. Of the show, the exhibition judge, Mark Macrides said, “It was an exciting, eclectic mix.” Artists from Boston, Massachusetts to Fairfax, Virginia entered the exhibition.

First place winners were: (Oil) Ashley Cordes of Fairfax, VA, “Italian Riviera Beach Scene,” (Acrylic) Pilar Garra of New Canaan, “Earth,” (Drawing) Isadora Gacel of Norwalk, “Absolute Import,” (Mixed Media) Joe Dermody of Greenwich, “Untitled,” (Photography) Kerry Long of Trumbull, “Self-Portrait” (Ceramic/sculpture) Jon Puzzuoli of Norwalk.

The exhibit continues through June 26. Four of the artists will be invited to discuss their art and their inspiration at ATRAC, an evening of art talk at RAC. It’s free, open to the public and begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 22.

In the portside gallery, winners of the Paint Rowayton Plein Air competition were also announced. Winners were: (Acrylic) 1st place: Lori Lohstoeter, “The Boat Yard” (Watercolor) 1st place: Scott Kuykendall, “Pinkney House,” 2nd place: Bridget Cusak, “Scene at Pinkney Park” 3rdplace: Martha Lord, “Greens Ledge Light.” (Oil) 2nd place: Leslie Concannon, “Farm Creek,” 3rd place: Alan Sprules, “Antique Tool Barn.” The Paint Rowayton exhibit was judged by Elizabeth Agresta and will be in the Portside Gallery until June 19.

For almost 60 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 RAC 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. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday: 12pm-5pm, Sunday, 1pm-4pm.