The show was held November 2ng, 3rd and 4th. We have some photos of the event in case you were not able to get there.
Before we get to the the photographs, here are the award winners:
|Jeanette Corbett||Italian Port, Revisited||Watercolor|
|Walter Osterberg||Morning Glow||Oil|
|Ruth Camber||Ogunquit Flower Shop||Oil|
|Richard Corbett||Longing for Love||Graphite|
|Oil 1st Prize||Lynn Cassinari||Surf @ Bass Rocks|
|Oil 2nd Prize||Mary Kelly||Fishing Shacks, Monhegan|
|Oil 3rd Prize||Ginger Greenblatt||Plein Air Rockport|
|Watercolor 1st Prize||Mary Remillong||October Light|
|Watercolor 2nd Prize||Cambia Davis||Incoming Tide|
|Watercolor 3rd Prize||Carol Galayda||Plight of the Bumblebee|
|Acrylic 1st Prize||Louise Conti||White Flowers|
|Acrylic 2nd Prize||Ruth Wierenga||Summer Memories|
|Acrylic 3rd Prize||Diane Bedard||Memory Rose|
|Photography 1st Prize||Meg Robertson||Snowfall|
|Photography 2nd Prize||Kenan Cooper||Guitar Drama|
|Photography 3rd Prize||Maryellen Stone||Lilac|
|Mixed Media 1st Prize||Richard Corbett||Longing for Love|
|Mixed Media 2nd Prize||Ruth Mowder||Winter Blues|
|Mixed Media 3rd Prize||Charleen McGlame||Portrait of a Woman|
|Award of Excellence||Brian Kimerer||Doubling Point Light (Pen & Ink)|
|Award of Excellence||Patricia Canney||Hopowee Plantation Window (Watercolor)|
|Award of Excellence||Katalin Spang||Early Morning (Oil)|
And now, on to the photographs.
The stage was set up with an autumn harvest scene, based on the Millet painting, The Gleaners
The Stage Setup
The refreshment table was there as usual.
And of course there was the Small Treasures sale.
Small Treasures Sale
We had a decent turnout for the opening of the show. Here are some photos of people enjoying the art.
Toward the end of the evening, RAA President Rick Corbett presented the awards to the winners. Click on any of the images to see a larger version of the image.
As you may know, one of our Charter Members, Fred Peters, passed away in the Spring of this year. To honor his long service to the Reading Art Association, we awarded a special Fred Peters Memorial Award, which was given to "Ogunquit Flower Shop" by Ruth Camber.
The First Fred Peters Memorial Reward
We also presented certificates of Honorary Membership to Grace Cherwek and Leo Lambert for their many years of support and hard work for the RAA.
Grace and Leo are Honorary Members
Here are the bios of the judges
Robin is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a juried member of Oil Painters of America and The National Assc. of Women Artists, a member of the Newburyport Art Association and the Experimental Art Group of Rockport, and a core member of the Band of Brushes - a plein air group based out of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Whether working in oil, pastel, or encaustic, Robin Thornhill's atmospheric paintings evoke a sense of stability and peace. Strongly influenced by John Singer Sargent, the tactile quality of her work makes the timeless beauty of the New England landscape substantially present. "There is so much chaos in the world that people forget to look for beauty and goodness," says Robin. "I want to remind them it's here - as tangible as the materials I use and as real as I am." The sublime becomes grounded by the presence of her hand in the work. Best known for her landscapes, Robin's recent experiments with abstraction are also beginning to receive recognition. In this work, her authorship becomes even more apparent as she utilizes mixed media to develop her exploration of the theme of time.
As an architectural illustrator for over forty-five years, I have provided a national clientele of distinguished architects with striking & award-winning illustrations of projects around the world. During these professional years, I have also developed my watercolor painting to an accomplished level, and capture urban scenes, landscapes, homes, and portraits in a plein air, or a direct, alla prima, colorist style. I've been a long-standing signature member of the New England Watercolor Society (N.E.W.S.) Boston, and elected member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, as well as exhibiting member and supporter of local Art Associations, and regularly participate in national plein air events. My work is also represented in select galleries, and many collectors around the country have acquired or commissioned distinctive watercolors. I'm continually inspired by the effortless, masterful works of watercolorists from many eras and cultures, particularly Sargent, Homer, Turner, Prendergast, Wyeth, Hiroshi, Zorn and fellow Winthrop native John Whorf. I am further inspired from my seminars with notable artists, authors and friends - Charles Reid, Jeanne Dobie, Don Andrews, and Carleton Plummer. Together with my architectural drawing discipline, all my watercolor skills and experience have helped me in developing a versatile painting style.