We are pleased to announce the winners of our Open Members Show!
First Place: Thomas Adkins, “Winter Stream-Litchfield”
Second Place: Jack Broderick, “Saturday”
Third Place: William Hanson, “January Thaw”
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Rhoades, “Passing Fjords”
Honorable Mention: Jane Penfield, “Rushing”
We would like thank Jack Montmeat jurying this show. He writes:
“Thank you to the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society for both allowing me to preview this excellent exhibition of artwork of the beauty of the natural world, and for asking me to choose some works to be given awards. As I was walking through the gallery at the South Windsor Library, I was asking myself, what did the pieces that I chose to be awarded have in common? And I saw clearly that the artists’ depiction and rendering of the effects of water stood out. In Thomas Adkins’ “Winter Stream-Litchfield,” we admire the beauty of a stream fed by the melting snow in the warm sunlight. We watch as the current traverses the square canvas, disappearing in the distance, subtly reflecting the bare trees like a mirror. In Jack Broderick’s “Saturday,” the puddling of the water, still on a windless day, after a rainstorm, serves to extend the weathered red color of the barns into the lower part of the composition. W. G. Hanson’s “January Thaw,” depiction of a familiar favorite location in the Goodspeed Opera House, illuminated in full sunlight, is depicted again in the choppy waves of the Connecticut River. As the two bare trees that cut through our view of the landmark building add mystery and contemplation, the rushing waves below create a dreamy quality to the painted reflection. In Elizabeth Rhoades’ “Passing Fjords,” and Jane Penfield’s “Rushing,” we see water in the torrent of action, with frothing bubbles-both works rendering this effect in the delicate medium of pastel. Rhoades’ square composition depicts an otherwise serene majestic river landscape, juxtaposed with the man-made wake created by the unseen ship from which the viewer gazes. Penfield’s piece is a tour de force of all that water can do; as it hurriedly makes it way through the picture to a more tranquil location downstream ; rendered both in the light and in the shadow of the numerous rocks. This exhibition inspires artists to head outside and to let nature speak to us, and to suggest a composition perhaps, or to grip us with the unique effects of light; to occupy the mind of the artist as they head back in to the studio to finish the work; and to dazzle us with the beauty that exists in the landscapes just outside our studio walls.
The show will remain on view throughout Saturday, February 25, Friend’s Room, South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Ave., South Windsor, CT.