SCAN’s Spring Show Highlights Various Artists and Mediums

Published: May 11, 2019 at 07:00 am


Adele Moros felt “so blessed to be here,” she said, speaking to a crowd of several dozen artists and guests Saturday, May 4, during the opening reception and awards ceremony of The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) 49th Annual Spring Juried Art Show & Sale.

Admiring works filling the walls and done in various mediums, guests enjoyed views of landscapes, marketplaces, flowers, people, abstracts, and whatever the artists’ whims had led them to portray.

The show, on view at Art & Frame, 77 Main Street in Newtown, is scheduled to remain up through May 18. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Margee Minier, a French teacher at Middle Gate School and Head O’ Meadow School, enjoyed a brief conversation about the artwork with guest David Frankel.

Speaking quietly together were artists and SCAN members Susan Wigler and Arline Corcoran. Ms Corcoran glanced at the walls filled from floor to ceiling with work. She noted the “beautiful, wonderful” collection on display.

Glancing around the recently renovated space, formerly used as the headquarters for Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Ms Wigler said it now served as a “great place to show art.”

Ms Moros was “thrilled to be in this gorgeous space.” The building now serves as a “gem for Newtown,” she said.

This season’s show saw a “large number of entries and high quality,” said Ms Moros, who is the show’s chair. All the hanging pieces were oils, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, “every type,” she said.

She hopes to have more shows in the future. With this year marking the 49th spring show, Ms Moros is aiming for 50 years, next year.

Each work on view offered a different scene. Poised forever as a still life was a scallion, its green shoot extended. A man in glasses on a folding chair stared from another frame. Near him was a rendering of a vase with flowers.

Across the room was a painting of a young woman and child, both wearing expressions of contentment as they played, back light highlighting their faces. In contrast was the image of an older woman in a nightgown and high heels, lounging, and passing the time in boredom.

Bustling and vibrant market places, panoramic landscapes, budding hydrangea, a school bus pulling up to Hawley School in the fall, and a penciled likeness of Cherry Grove Farm were among the work on display.

Shuffling from one work to the next were people; some of them were quiet, while the voices of others joined the din.

The Awards

The following awards were announced during the May 4 reception:

*The Larry Newquist Award for Excellence, a $600 prize, was awarded to Anna Petranich for her pastel “Lady in Waiting.”

*The Barbara Goodspeed Memorial Award ($250) went to Sandra Karakoosh for “Entourage,” a mixed media work.

*The Mary Pat Ramsey Award ($200), Bonnie Johnson for her print “Stillwater Pond #1.”

*The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown Award ($200), Linda Thomas, for her watercolor “Spring Jubilee.”

*The Dorothy and Harold Lang Award ($150), to Katherine Adams for her watercolor “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

*Newtown Savings Bank Award ($150), to Shawna Lee Kwashnak for her graphic piece “Is this Sarah James Eddy.”

*Trudy Seagraves Memorial Award ($100), to Don Watson, for “Sailor’s Delight,” a watercolor.

*People’s United Bank Award ($100), to Heidrun Morgan, for her mixed media piece “Memories of Matera.”

*Savings Bank of Danbury Award ($100), to Dorothy Lorenze, for her oil painting “Cabinet of Basketry.”

*SCAN Members Award, Michele Rofrano ($100), for “Sprouting Onion,” a watercolor.

*Caraluzzi’s Market Award ($50), to Pamela J. Danneman, for her oil “Bowl of Oranges.”

The jury of selection and awards included Susan Grisell, Peter Seltzer, and Bivenne Harvey Staiger.



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