Art exhibit celebrates local artists
By JENNIFER JEAN MILLERjmiller@njherald.com
NEWTON — Close to 70 works of art of various types were unveiled on Saturday night at the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council’s champagne reception to celebrate the 32nd Annual Skylands Regional Juried Art Exhibit and Sale.
Of those pieces, 15 were chosen as award recipients, which were also announced on Saturday night.
According to Lesley Hodgson, a volunteer from Fredon with the arts and heritage council, the exhibit was comprised of 67 pieces selected from the 217 entered. Mary Birmingham, curator of the Visual Art Center of New Jersey at Summit, judged the entries and selected the winners.
“Curators who have come to past shows from New York have always been amazed by the quality of the entries,” said Hodgson.
Entertainment during the reception was provided by William John Pope, with the New Jersey Herald the exhibition sponsor and Thorlabs, the reception sponsor.
The Best in Show was given to artist Emily Gilman Beezley for her piece “Low Tied.”
Other winners included: The Bruce and Beverly Gordon Award, second place, was given to Derek Cameron for “Snow Glow.”
The Anne H. Hanifan Memorial Award was awarded to Denise Sivulich for “Papa Gene.”
The Robert G. McCoy Memorial Award for photography was given to Peter Kopher for “Decanter and Stopper.”
The George W. Morville Award went to Elyse Kiel for “Pastel Sunrise.”
The President’s Award was awarded to Stephen Gale for “Last Step.”
The Mathias Award for watercolor went to Ann Smiga Greene for “On the Inside Looking Out.”
The Dr. John and Mrs. Katherine Bonner Award was given to Elaine Norman for “I See Spring!”
The E.D. Whitehouse Award was awarded to John Burke for “The Newsie.”
The Angela Kelliher Memorial Award from the Board of Trustees was given to George Watry for “3/2/2019 51 Weeks, Grandfather and Child.”
The E& M Haworth Memorial Award went to Sonya LaTorre for “Fire Dragon.”
Theodora May Peters Award for a figurative work was given to Eric Lane for “Autumn Lake.”
The Little Seely’s Farm Award for pastel went to Kathleen Kral for “Catching the Sun.”
The Sculptural Award for 3D was awarded to Wendy Robinson for “Watch Dog.”
For the Love of Flowers and Trees went to Wendy Stamer for “Autumn Lights.”
The art exhibit and sale of the commissioned items, with the proceeds from the commission benefitting the non-profit SCAHC runs through June 22. On Saturday, June 1 at noon a free critique and discussion of the works on display is scheduled.
The gallery at 133 Spring St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
For information, call: 973383-0027, or visit: www.scahc. org.
Emily Gilmore, of Glen Rock, stands by her Best In Show work “Low Tied” at the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council’s 32nd Annual Skylands Regional Juried Art Exhibit Awards on Saturday in Newton.
Photo by Warren Westura/New Jersey Herald
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