Award Winners Announced at Rowayton Arts Center

Photo: Some of the Focus Under Forty Winners- Margaret Kraus, Lucy Shaiken, Jon Puzzuoli, Joseph Dermody, Keelin O'Reilly.jpg

Photo: Board Member, Exhibition Chair Joanna Bridges and Lesley Concannon

Joseph Dermody  (Greenwich) wins Best in Show - asecond time in a row - at the Rowayton Arts Center!At Sunday’s opening reception for Focus Under Forty, Joseph Dermody was awarded the top honor for his acrylic painting, “Vortex.” Eleanor Flatow, an independent art consultant and former co-director of the Carriage Barn Arts Center, selected 16 winners from over 200 entries.  Focus Under Forty was an Open Call for artists ages 16 through 39 with no restrictions for media or theme.  Exhibition Chair is Board Member Joanna Bridges (Darien) and Co-Chair Megan Garbe (Norwalk).

In the Portside Gallery, the Plein Air exhibition - Paint Rowayton - runs concurrently with Focus Under Forty.Exhibition Chairs are Eunice Roy and Yuko Ike. NCC Adjunct Professor and Exhibition Judge, Steve DiGiovanni, selected the oil painting by Lesley Concannon (Wilton) Best in Show. Both exhibitions will be in the gallery until Sunday, June 24. Gallery hours are Tues – Sat (11-5pm), Sun (11am-2pm).

Other Focus Under Forty award winners include

 Acrylic- 1st Prize- Cynthia Hernandez (Stamford) Evaporation
2nd Prize- Lucy Shaiken (Storrs, CT) Stearns Road 1
Oil– 1st Prize- Lucy Armstrong (Darien, CT) Dual Nature
 Alternative Photography/ B&W Photography

1st Prize- Cam Gould (Monroe, CT) Reaching Out
 Color Photography 1st Prize- Kerry Long (Trumbull, CT) Fog
2nd Prize- Margaret Kraus (Norwalk) Orange Balloon
3rd Prize- Amit Chernichaw (Darien, CT) Joy
Honorable Mention- Kasey Seymour (Baltimore, MD) Forever Fall
 Mixed Media– 1st Prize- Keelin O’ Reilly (New Haven, Ct) Boat Lily
2nd Prize- Jill Teitsworth (Brooklyn, NY) Garbage Folks #2
Honorable Mention- Aaron Internet (Bridgeport, CT) Human Contact
Drawings, Pastels and Printmaking–1st Prize- Sarah Donovan (Norwalk, CT) The Fates
Sculpture 1st Prize- Nadia Yaron (Brooklyn, NY) Finding Balance
2nd Prize- Jon Puzzuoli (Norwalk, CT) Father and Son I
Watercolor–  1st Prize- Shashi Raghunandan (Old Greenwich, CT) Sun on Rocks                                                                           


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.  For more information: www.rowaytonarts.org


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