ROWAYTON, Conn. -- Norwalker Ginny Awn was just one of the award winners in the Marine and Coastal Art Exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center . Awn won first place in sculpture, Kathy Draper won first in mixed media, Richard Ventre second in photography, Jessica Huse second in pastels/drawings and Leslie Ware third in Acrylics.
"Marsh Grass," an oil painting by Kendall Klingbeil of Pound Ridge, N.Y., took Best in Show and the exhibition's first Saul White Memorial Award. The show continues through July 31. Russell Jinishian, a leading authority on contemporary marine art, selected the winner from 103 entries by 66 Arts Center members.
"There's no better proof that marine art is alive and thriving than the current exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center," Jinishian said. "It truly reflects the tremendous diversity of styles, media and subjects that characterizes the best of today's marine art all around the country."
Other Norwalk artists who exhibited were Donna Atkins, Irwin Block, Merion Frolich, Heidi Follin, Belinda Ganser, Bill Jones, Susan Leggitt, Stan Pastore and Bela Szabo.
Rowayton winners were Pierre Lahaussois, third, photography; Jeannette Young Pertz, honorable mention, photography; Eunice Roy, second, acrylic; Robert Sachs, first, photography. Other Rowayton artists to show were Michael Boll, Joel Flora, Brian Kammerer, Dana Laird, Lilly Langotsky, Barbara Murphy, Rick Pank, Margo Packer Reynolds and Jeannine Soper.
Saul White, who died in April 2010, was an artist, photographer and a teacher at the Rowayton Arts Center. Don Axleroad, who is underwriting the memorial award, said, "Saul was inspired by the salty scenes around Rowayton and the many kinds of boats to be seen on Five Mile Riveryachts, lobster boats, cruisers, tugs, kayaks and workboats."
The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. For information call (203) 866-2744.
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