Annual CFA art show award winners named

The blue-ribbon winners in this year’s CFA show, from left: Barbara Hall, Marie Sovacool, Paul Collander and Laura Watilo Blake.

Choosing winners from the rich deposit of entries for the "Community of Fine Arts,” the annual juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, is always a challenge. This year judges faced the added dimension of dealing with the largest collection of works in the show’s 13-year history.

Four professional artists, Neil Doren, Mike Guyot, Bill Mannion and Robert Moyer, judged the entries in four categories. A $150 cash award was made for the first-place choice in each of the categories. The awards were made as follows.

Watercolor: First place - Marie Sovacool, “Dusty Job.” Honorable Mention – Polly Barrett, “Abstraction”; Christine England, “Jane”; Mary Ann Popovich, “Cyclamen”; Ken Marshall, “Pacific Northwest”

Oil/Acrylic: First place – Barbara Hall, “Frozen Vapor.” Honorable Mention – Gusztav Veres, “Still Life with Eggs”; Barbara Cawley, “East 4th Blues”

Drawing/Pastels: First place – Paul Collander, “Sue’s Clouds.” Honorable Mention – Zoe Murphy, “Girl & Fish”; Richard Fekete, “Mountain Chickadee”

Photography: First place – Laura Watilo Blake, “Summer Breeze.” Honorable Mention – Marcello Mellino, “The Bubble Merchant”; Betty Lou Curatolo, “Vigil”; Casey McAllester, “Puntos de Vista”

The CFA show was on display for two weeks through August 18 at Westlake Porter Library and concluded with a “Meet the Artists” reception. This well attended event allowed the public and artists to meet and linger over light refreshments, surrounded by a wealth of art and enhanced by music provided by the gifted pianist Ashley Baker.

Jean Povinelli, who chairs this event, said the show’s collection of 110 original works by 52 amateur and professional artists, were one of a kind and had not previously been exhibited in this show.

Andrew Mangels, director of Porter Library, called the CFA a “fabulous event” that showcased “many talented people.” Mangels added that demonstrations by artists held in the library lobby during the show were “a great addition and much appreciated by the viewing public.”

With the cooperation of Porter Library, The Community of Fine Arts show exemplifies WWAC’s mission to bring art to the public in a non-commercial setting.

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:58 AM, 08.21.2012