Heide Follin, Laure Dunne, Bruce Horan, Juliette Tehrani, Kirsti Holtan, Maria Friscia, Barbara Murphy, Antoinette Vardamis, Lynn Julian, Katharine Draper, Susan Spivack, Judy Orseck Katz, Gregg Welz, Bevi Bullwinkel (contributed photo)
The winners, selected by juror Riad Miah, an educator and award-winning abstract painter from New York City, were announced at Sunday’s opening reception of Abstraction at the Rowayton Arts Center. Norwalk artist Katharine Draper won Best In Show for her abstract in mixed media, “Entwine,” and was also awarded the Hu Lindsay cash award of $250. This memorial award honors the legacy of Hu Lindsay, a longtime RAC president and graphic designer who died last year. The Lindsay family was at the reception to present the award. The show runs from April 2 through April 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday: 11-5pm, Sunday: 1-4 pm. (Closed Monday.)
The other award winners were: Acrylics: 1st: Himalayan Highway, by Heide Follin (Norwalk) 2nd: New Beginnings, by Melissa Orme (Ridgefield) 3rd: Locked Within, by Maria Friscia (Greenwich) HM: Overview, by Wendy Demaivrebus Pieper (Westport)
Drawings, Prints, Paper Cuts: 1st: Jewels, by Gregg Welz (Norwalk) 2nd: Perseverance, by Juliette Tehrani (Stamford) 3rd: Negative Space, by Dana Goodfellow (Darien) HM: Untitled, by Nina Pallensen Craig (Norwalk) Mixed Media: 1st: Climbing Vines, by Barbara Murphy (Norwalk) 2nd: Sails, by Ann Marie Tetelman (South Salem) 3rd: Sea Urchin, by Lynn Stephens Massey (Norwalk) HM: Big Twist, by Amy Schott (Wilton) Oils: 1st: Playing with Color, by Lynn Julian (Norwalk) 2nd: Trio 1, by Bevi Bullwinkel (Fairfield) 3rd Red Bird, by Bruce Horan (Stamford) HM: Quintessence, by Erin Dolan (Norwalk) HM: Adrift & Ethereal Connections, by Antoinette Vardamis (New Canaan) Watercolor: 1st: The Flow, by Susan Spivak (Westport) 2nd: Dante’s Teacher, by Bridget Cusak (Darien) 3rd: V, by Judith Orseck Katz (Westport) Photography: 1st: The Bullet Hit the Mirror, by Laure Dunne (Norwalk) 2nd: Lightplay, by Jeanette Young Pertz (Norwalk) 3rd: Geometry, by Kirsti Holtan (Stamford) HM: Solar Flare, by David Lindsay (Norwalk)
For an in-depth look at Abstract art, join us for “Slow Art Day” on Saturday, April 8. The Norwalk Arts Commission, in partnership with the Rowayton Arts Center, is hosting this year’s SLOW Art Day program on Saturday, April 8th from 10 AM – 12 PM at the Rowayton Arts Center. Riad Miah, juror from Abstraction, will lead the conversation about the artwork. The SLOW art experience offers an intimate, guided look at just a few pieces, along with engaging dialog over light refreshments. Space is limited. Fee is $5. Tickets: https://norwalkslowart17.eventbrite.com
Another event is an OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, April 13 for interior designers, decorators, real estate agents and others who would like a closer look at this exhibit of abstract and contemporary art. The event is 11am-8pm.
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 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. www.rowaytonarts.org