May 2016 — Congratualations to the Scituate High School Show People's Choice Award

If you didn’t stop into the Front Street Art Gallery this February (and many of you did), you missed the opportunity to see the creative outpouring of a score of Scituate’s High School students displayed in their “Expressions: Scituate High School Show.”

One feature of this annual event is the chance to vote for “The People’s Choice Award.” This year, the Scituate Arts Association proudly announces not one, but two winners, as there was a tie. So the winners of the Scituate High School Student Art Show are a pencil and charcoal portrait of “Julia” by Anna Maguire and a collaborate painting depicting the plight of the “Polar Bear.” The students who jointly created this dynamic work are Abby Murray, Halle Dowling, Janhvi Trehan, Meg Karol, Charlotte Falvey, Amanda Shea, Gill Horan, Kelly Pitten, Will Montgomery, Zachary Adams, Thomas Bouchie, Maggie Paul, Emeline Berry, Abby Sheehan and Thomas McBrien. This group of talented young artists represents all four grades. Anna Maguire is a Senior who clearly plans a career and a life devoted to the arts as she has applied to RISD, The Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt, SMFA Boston and Mass Art. One of her instructor’s, Julie Hickey, said of her, “She is one of the most talented and dedicated art students I have worked with in my career and it has been an honor and pleasure watching her grow and develop.” Anna had two other works in the show which garnered choice award votes as well, but her portrait shows a maturity and skill which belies her youth. Congratulations to both/all the winners!

The student art exhibit provides an opportunity for aspiring young artists to display their works in a professional gallery setting.  Students choose their pieces, prepare to show them and finally, setup and/or hang their works guided by Gallery artists and their high school instructors, Stacy Hendrickson, Julie Hickey and Sheryl Pace with the support of art department chair, Jim Thomas. Thanks as well to the members of the Front Street Art Gallery who assisted with the hanging of the show-Candy Clark, Janet Cornacchio and Linda Pedersen and SAA Board member, Robin Glazier, who assisted at the Family Reception (alas First Friday succumbed to a snow storm). A good time was had by all, some great young artists had the experience of showing in a commercial space and we look forward to their next visit!

April 2016 — Scituate Arts Asssociation Congratulates
the 2016 Best-in-Show to Eileen Casey
for her pastel, "New England Peak"

April 2016 — Scituate Arts Asssociation Congratulates the Award Winners for the 2016 Annual Juried Show

The Scituate Arts Association offers congratulations to the twenty-four award winners at the SAA’s Annual Juried Show. On one of the warmest evenings to date, the show’s winners and friends and other admirers attended the Show’s Awards Reception on Friday, April 22nd at the SAA's Front Street Art Gallery. Prizes totaling $1000 were given out, made possible by the event’s four business supporters: Business Patrons-Janet Cornacchio, Jack Conway, Scituate and Business Sponsors-- Coastal Heritage Bank, Frame Center of Hanover and the Inn at Scituate Harbor.

The accepted works and award winners were chosen by jurors: Nancy Collela who paints with oils intuitively, usually finishing in one session; Becky Haletky, the SAA’s 2015 Best in Show Winner, has been painting in watercolor for 35 years, plus she is a published illustrator and Vcevy Strekalovsky, a third-generation painter of Russian heritage, draws and paints in oil and watercolor primarily from life.

Eileen Casey won Best in Show with her evocative pastel of a “New England Peak” on a foggy afternoon. The remaining Pastelists who received awards were First, which was awarded to Christine Bodnar for “Driftway Romance.” Janet Tooker was recognized with a Second for “Satuit Sunset” and Donna Rossetti-Bailey who placed Third with “River Memory”

In the category of Oil and Acrylic, Christina Eckerson merited a First for her work “Ocean Light,” with Joanne Papandrea’s painting “White Bowl andJar” receiving a Second. Brenda Bechtel’s “Red Lily Pond: Turtle Soup was given a Third. Boczanowski’s rendering of “Scituate Shores,” Erin Donnellan’s “Bliss,” Linda T Osborne’s “Oxalis in the North Window” and Susan Page-Thompson’s “Season’s” were recognized with Honorable Mentions.

Ted Nystrom’s dramatic work “Scituate Sunset” won a First in Watercolor. “Diamond in the Rough” by Burton Longenbach was awarded a Second and Stephen Holland’s Blue Boat at Saquish was Third . Bruce W. Nickerson received an Honorable Mention for his striking “Gail’s Paradise.”

In Photography, Ronald Wilson captured a fascinating image of “Well Rock, Minot Beach” to win a First. Stephanie Steward’s “Elephant Eye” was recognized with a Second and Erin O’Donnell’s “Under Powder Point” received a Third.

In Drawing, Graphics, Mixed Media and Printmaking, the warm “Grey Glow” of Ann Conte’s work captured a First. Kathleen Mullins Mogayzel’s fascinating “Great Egret” (shown above left) won a Second and Donna Goes’ whimsical “Matilida” placed Third, with Honorable Mention going to Marie Wilkes for her drawing of “Waiting at South Station No 1.” The Judges decided to recognize our Youth entries with Honorable Mentions: Evan Flaherty and Callie Herschfield.

The almost 70 works of these South Shore artists and beyond-from the Bridgewaters to West Barnstable and whose ages ranged from high school to 92--are on display from Wednesday, April 13th through Sunday, May 1st at the SAA’s Front Street Art Gallery, 124 Front Street, Scituate. A wide range of styles from realistic to abstract and media from oil to assemblage are represented.