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Scituate Arts Association announces Annual Juried Art Show

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 30, 2012 02:47 PM

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Last year's winner was by Margaret McWethy, an impressionist painter by trade.

Scituate Arts Association is seeking both new and experienced artists for its Juried Art Show, an annual event that gives local artists the chance to gain notoriety within the community.

The competition is judged by three notable artists, including last year’s winner, and has become a successful community event in the last few years.

“Our show continues to grow and is well received by the art community and the public,” said Janet Cornacchio, president of the Arts Association.

Applicants submit entries to the Arts Association on March 15 or 17, at which point each entry is reviewed and critiqued. Out of the 250 or so applicants, only 75-100 pieces are able to make it into the show.

Works remain on display during gallery hours Wednesday through Sunday, April 18 through April 29. Additionally, the winner receives a $500 prize. Up to $1000 in prizes are awarded to other participants.

It’s a special experience for a young artist, Cornacchio said, especially as they receive feedback from notable experts in their profession.

"For a new artists, its part of saying that you made it, you got accepted, and someone who is a recognized professional recognizes your work," Cornacchio said.

This year, the Association will have a chance for artists who didn't make it into the show to come and discuss their work with Association member Mary Beth LoPiccolo.

Even with the explanation, the judging results can be hard to decipher.

"It's always fascinating to watch judging. It’s pretty hard sometimes to figure out why they don’t accept things, other times its pretty obvious. The other thing is usually if they don’t like something, they all don't like it. They all come from different angles. So there's a certain caliber of art and experience that just shines through, whether its instinctive or learned," Cornacchio said. "When you see the whole room put together, you’ll see what they were looking for. And different judges will see different things."

One such judge will be Vincent Crotty, whose exhibitions include over 40 one-man shows and dozens of group shows.

Irish-born, Crotty currently offers workshops at the Duxbury Art Association, Fort Point Studio School, and at the Catskills Irish Arts Week. He has also given numerous exhibits and demonstrations in the Harvard University Art Museum.

Crotty specializes in landscape and figurative paintings, and works with oils to explore the faces of the Atlantic coasts.

“He paints en plein air with rugged textures and vigorous brushstrokes, balanced by sensitive colors that reveal a remarkable understanding of light and transforming everyday subject matter into images that are memorable and moving,” Cornacchio said.

Andrew Kusmin, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, will also be judging the show.

Most recently, he has served as president of the Plymouth Art Guild, and is featured annual in the “2” Collection on WGBH. His work has also been exhibited nationwide, and he has won over 80 local and national awards.

“Andrew Kusmin's pieces compel you to stop, look, and reflect on the story of life contained in small moments: to connect with the lingering human presence,” Cornacchio said.

Last year’s winner Margaret McWethy will also be judging the entires this time around.

An impressionist painter with a lifelong interest in art, McWethy has been featured in numerous publications. Her work hangs in private collections in the United States and Europe.

A native of Maryland, McWethy now teaches and paints in Massachusetts.

Cornacchio said that typically McWethy paints scenes that are around her, “but her real subjects are the brilliance of light and the rhythms of nature.”

The idea of seeing beyond an object is one McWethy particularly leans towards.

“I like the idea of reducing things to parts to see how they work, then reconstructing and editing. Not with the object of reducing things to formulas but to reach some real understanding with which one can then begin to create. I always like exploring the small landscape of the still life. I enjoy the intimacy of the relationships,” McWethy said in a release.

Artists are encouraged to come to the Front Street Art Gallery on Wednesdays through Sundays, April 18 through April 29 to see the exhibit. Entires must be delivered to the Ellis House on March 15 from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. or on March 17 from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m.

For a complete prospectus and entry, go to www.scituateart.com, and click on 2012 juried show. All mediums are accepted.

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