Saturday, June 13, 2009

Art Guild Exhibition

Friday’s opening of the Art Guild’s 6th annual Juried Exhibition was a festive affair that brought over a hundred local artists and their fans to Wesleyan’s Zilkha Gallery.  Beautiful music emanated from the soulful violin of the very dapper Santo Fragilio. The overflow crowd enjoyed delectable home-made goodies and California wines on a warm evening. 

This is the 6th annual Juried Show for the Middletown Art Guild.  The Guild was formed in 1972 to bring together people passionate about the visual arts, they have meetings and offer classes in the Middlefield Federated Church.  The Guild received $500 from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, and a $300 sponsorship from Kaman Precision Products. 

The judge of the show this year was Bernard McTigue, who is a graduate of the Lyme Academy of Fine Art. Barbara Beck, Vice President of the Guild, told me that McTigue spent several hours going through 75 submitted paintings.  She said that McTigue was particularly impressed with the quality of the watercolors.  He chose 55 paintings for this show, from 45 different artists. 

The show is open until June 20th, Monday to Saturday 1-4 and Thursday and Friday evenings 5-7. 

The Best in Show award went to Bivenne Harvey Staiger, for “Peony-2”:

Joyce Senesac took home the First award, for “Winter Walk.”

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