Summer Juried Show at Falmouth Art Center

The Falmouth Artists Guild 2012 Summer Juried Exhibition is in the main gallery at the Falmouth Art Center through July 29.

Award-winning plein air painter Rosalie Nadeau served as juror for the show, selecting 68 works of art by 53 artists out of 189 submissions. She said it was a difficult selection process, given the high quality of the submissions.

“The level of integrity, honest effort, truthful observation, and talent illustrated in the 189 submissions greatly impressed me,” she said. She judged the paintings and sculptures on elements such as composition, depth, color mixing, edge control, interval variety, and the presence of a focal point.

The show is wonderful, and I admire the artists for their works and Ms. Nadeau for being able to choose which of many deserving paintings and sculptures were the best. All the artwork is award-worthy. There is no particular theme to the show, but many of the pieces bring to mind Cape Cod in the summertime, a fine vision.

Nadeau’s choice for Best in Show went to Cynthia Brunk of Mashpee for “Sophie,” a graphite portrait of a young girl. This is a beautiful, highly photo-realistic portrait, all the more amazing for its being created in pencil. Nadeau called it “captivating, with its dramatic expression of light and shadow on the young girl’s hair and face.”

Also notable are the beautifully executed letters in the background. Brunk had another graphite portrait in the show, “Annabel No. 4,” which was equally striking.

I wish I could show you all these paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, but you should really head down to the Falmouth Art Center and see them for yourself. My photos just don’t do these pieces justice, but here are a few that I particularly liked and I will discuss them briefly here (in the order I photographed them, counter-clockwise around the room of the gallery). You can check out Nadeau’s list when you visit the gallery.

Click on the photos to see a larger size.

I found Monica Bleiler’s small mixed collage, “Circus at the Sea,” enchanting, a glimpse into a fairyland world of childhood.

Evan Charney’s color woodcut, “Provincetown Garden,” won Best Graphic, but I also like this small woodcut of his cat, Diva, for its expressive feline essence.

Bonnie Thomas’s oil, “Beach Chatter,” captures a child’s day at the beach, and the intensity of an important discussion among siblings.

I was intrigued by Joyce Neville’s embroidery, “Treasures,” in which she combines sea glass and embroidery stiches for a tranquil effect. I love the colors and the way the pieces all fit together.

Ruth Leech uses colors and brush strokes so beautifully in her oil painting, “Heaven Came Down,” that you can feel the radiance of the spirit and hear the choir singing.

Ingrid Hecker’s starry-starry-night image of downtown Falmouth in her oil painting, “Falmouth at Night,” promises an exciting evening on the town.

Ellen Cutone’s acrylic painting, “At the Summit of King’s Canyon,” conveys the personal satisfaction of completing a challenging hike.

Ken Wakeen’s “Roses,” in oil, are understated, almost unfinished, giving it a certain liveliness.

Sorry about the glare on these tomatoes. Anne Belson’s watercolor, “Tomatoes in Boxes,” provides a warm and rustic look at summer’s bounty.

Michelle Porier-Mozzone’s pastel portrait of “Lydia” is simply beautiful, and the abstract, unfinished background supports the foreground well.

I like the patchwork quilt look and subtle colors of Priscilla Levesque’s casein painting, “Last Snow at Race Point.” Another work by Levesque was given an honorable mention for Still Life.

Larry Cron’s watercolor, “Redwing,” is full of life. It looks to me like an illustration from a children’s book, in which the kids head off on some great adventure or solve an exciting mystery.

“Over the Rainbow,” a watercolor by Kate Aubrey, has wonderful colors and shapes and a charming informal look to it.

Susan Varga’s large clay bowl, “The Mosque at Cordova” commands attention, not only because of its size, but for its vivid portrayals of intricate figures and architectural features.

The vivid colors and delicate shapes are very appealing in Susan Wu’s “Spring Time,” in ink on rice paper.

“Day of Rest,” a watercolor by John Keane shows two rowboats in the water, the lines in shallow waves and dock reflecting the wooden construction of the boat. The quiet colors help create the feeling of restfulness.

Susan Sigel’s “Old Silver Surf” won Best Pastel, and it is indeed a luminous representation of the crashing waves, the oblong shape of the painting adding to the drama.

Finally, and not to be missed is “Early Morning Peonies,” an oil painting by Rosalie Nadeau herself. It is a beautiful, romantic, almost old-fashioned representation of fresh flowers in a vase.

There is another show in the lobby through July 30: “What Happens When North Meets South,” which features the Northside Artists of Cape Cod and South Cape Artists. And if all of this inspires you to start a painting yourself, the Art Center also offers a variety of art classes for all ages.

The Falmouth Art Center is at 137 Gifford Street and is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM; Saturday, 9 AM to 1 PM; and Sunday, 1 PM and 4 PM. For more information, visit www.falmouthart.org or call 508-540-3304.

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