Guilford Art League Announces Artists Featured in 74th Annual Juried Exhibit

The Guilford Art League presents its 74th Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale on view at The Gallery at Guilford Art Center from Monday, September 12 – Saturday, October 1. Juried by Jeanne Ciravolo, the colorful and eclectic show features 85 Connecticut artists working in all media including oils, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, sculpture, collage, mixed media, printmaking, and photography. (See a complete list of accepted works below.) An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 16 from 5-7pm.

Several monetary prizes are awarded as part of this annual exhibit and presented at an Opening Reception. This year, First Prize ($600) went to Ralph Acosta for Setting Sails & Sun, Second Prize ($400) was awarded to Melody Knight Leary for Calamity, and Third Prize ($300) went to Ava Orphanoudakis for her work Behind the Veil: Interdependent Co-Arising. The Sculpture Prize went to Sheila Kaczmarek for How About the Hat?, and the Photography Prize was awarded to  Charles Lagana  for For All of Us. Additional awards included a Landscape Award ($300), to Julie Salles Schaffer for The Graceful Bend; a Still Life Award ($300) to Linda Thomas for Fanfare; an Abstract Award ($300) to Denise Casey for Dryad; a Figurative Award ($300) to Kelly Clark for Immersed, and a Memorial Award in Honor of Patricia Seekamp went to Gritli Rabin for Frozen River. Honorable Mentions included Karen Wiesner (Hammonasset Snow), Nancy A. Chapman (Afternoon Marsh), Chris Penry (Into the Woods), and Eileen Eder (East River Bank).

“It was my honor to select artwork for this year’s Guilford Art League Exhibition,” said Ciravolo. “I was impressed by the high quality and variety of the one hundred and ninety-one works submitted and decided to accept only one work by each artist in order to have the largest number of artists participate. In selecting the eighty-five works on exhibit I sought to assemble a cohesive exhibition that displayed a full range of media and subject matter. I want to thank all the artists for submitting their artwork for consideration and hope the exhibitionoffers an opportunity for everyone to be inspired and find renewed energy to return to the studio and to continue making art.”

Many of the pieces in the show are for sale. A complete list of items can be found in the show program, available at the gallery and by clicking here. Those interested in purchasing art may speak with a gallery sitter or contact Denise Casey 203.453.1609/ or Ava Orphanoudakis 203.689.5342 /

The Guilford Art League was founded in 1947 by a small group of local artists. The objective of the art league is to promote and stimulate interest in the visual arts. Members and associates of the Guilford Art League are a participating and interactive group of artists who learn and benefit from their association with one another.


Ralph Acosta, Setting Sails & Sun
Rick Albee, Untitled
Del-Bouree Bach, Tidal Treasure
Nancy Bass, Landscape of the Farm
Terry Bogan, Red Rhythm
Marsha Borden, Vessel
William Butcher, Vision in the City
Jill Abele Butcher, Reverberations
William III Butcher, The Instinctual Purpose
Sharon Capezzone, Night Flowers #2
Denise Casey, Dryad
Polly Castor, Autumn Equinox
Diane Chandler, The Designer
Nancy Chapman, Afternoon Marsh
Kelly Clark, Immersed
Anne Coffey, Some Bits of My Past
Richard Cretella, Pots and Stuff
Steffen Cretella, The Climb
Raffael DiLauro, Spirit of the Newborn
Celeste DiNello, Long Ago, Far Away
Nancy Douglass, Tangled Flora
Mike Eagle, Leonard
Eileen Eder, East River Bank
Liz Egan, Hammonasset Walk
Betsey Evarts, Day’s End
Lily Forbush, Self Portrait with New Hat
Virgina Foster, Slough Pond
Katherine Fountain, Winter’s Embrace
Gail Friedland, Permutation
Deborah Greco, Where the Wild Weeds Grow
Jean Gresham, Island Seascape
Arthur Guagliumi, Donetsk
Gwen Gunn, A.O.K.
Ricardo Gutierrez, Tectonic Creations
Denise Hartz, Field
Jill F. Heathman, Autumn
Leonard Hellerman, Four in the Rafters
Sunil Howlader, Crossing the Shadows
Robert Jacoby, Essence 16
Sheila Kaczmarek, How About the Hat?
Sandra Kensler, Can You See Me?
Wendy Kohli, Tête-à-Tête with Lee
Suzanne Kriger, Trees on the Green
Charles Lagana, For All of Us
 Layne, Turban in the Sun
Melody Knight Leary, Calamity
Stuart Alan Lerner, Boomer w/Bone Table
Lillian Levine, From Ashes We Grow
Paul Loescher, Waiting for an Evening Tram
E. S. Matthias, Just Swallow
Rosemary McClain, The Blue Note
Joan McPherson, Galleria on a Rainy Day
William Meddick, Camping
Sue Mullaney, Weir
Marilee B. Noonan, Land’s End
Eileen O’Donnell, Circle Interrupted
Ava Orphanoudakis, Behind the Veil
Alicia Peña, Memories
Chris Penry, Into the Woods
Diana Perron, Orr’s Island, Maine
Anne B. Pierson, Sun Coming Through Fog
Steven Plaziak, North Guilford Winter
Gritli Rabin, Frozen River
Gary Recchia, 7½ Guilders
Anthony Scala, Eleshark Mountain
Julie Salles Schaffer, The Graceful Bend
Elizabeth Scott, Plein Air at Sharon’s
Rosemary Serfilippi, Cows
Juliet Sharrock, Parrot
Anita Soos, Cadence—Light Emerging
Lorelei Sowa, Indian Yellow
Thomas Stavovy, Mask
S. Stickney, Collage #70
Marisa Taddei, Tribute to Chihuly
Aaron Tessler, Untitled #1
Linda Thomas, Fanfare
Nikki Travaglino, Buttercup Chrome
Jan Vanderburg, La Luz
Don Watson, Reflection
Marja Watson, Emerging Red
Cheri Weymann, West Coasting
Karen Wiesner, Hammonasset Snow
Jeanette Wimmer, Luca
Nancy Wood, Coco and Targa

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