The Irondequoit Art Club’s 60th annual Spring Show and Sale opened April 12 with a party and awards presentation. Best of Show honors went to John Ciminelli for his mixed media seascape, “Berg.” This mixed media piece depicts an iceberg centered in a foreground of hypnotic-blue sea. The artist’s intent was to show that a surface may be only a portion of what lies deep within. He was inspired by the movie, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, directed by Wes Anderson, in which the focal points were always in the center of the movie frames. For most of the work, Ciminelli used spray paint. The kayak figure was made using a toothpick and credit card. He used a saw-zall blade to create texture on the iceberg. The lines were formed using an old license plate. To achieve the desired outcome, the paints had to be applied in a specific sequence. Other details and negative space were added using self-made stencils.
Award-winners for this show were selected by judges, Mary Coy and Franzie Weldgen, both professional artists and teachers. Coy has 20 years experience in the field of art education. She spent eight years as Contributing Editor for School Arts Magazine and has written over 30 articles on student learning. She also worked in the field of advertising and public relations. Weldgen is a graduate of RIT with a focus in lithography. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona (UA) in painting and printmaking. He taught at UA and MCC where is is an Associate Professor of Art. He serves on the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Project and his work has been exhibited nation-wide at major museums including a permanent collection at the Smithsonian.
Irondequoit Town Supervisor, David Seeley, and Spring Show Co-Chair, Jane Adams, spoke at the opening and presented the awards. Marlene Canavan was the show’s other Co-Chair. Juror’s Awards went to Michele Barnard (Cat of Many Colors); Diane Bosco (oil, Beacon); Jan Ferry-Axman (photograph, Frozen Wonder); Nancy Jo Gambacurta (acrylic, Big Hair #1); Barbara Green (acrylic, Birches); John Lenhard (acrylics, Cat’s Cradle and A Day in Paris); Jeanette Musliner (watercolor, Rain in Lucca, Italy and acrylic, Red,Yellow & Blue Challenge); Mary Emmi Pallone (watercolor, Simplicity); David Pell (Runaway); Jeannette Profeta (Opal Evening on the Bay and Ruby Splendor); Sheila (“S.A.M.”) Shrestha (dyed-silk, Set Free); Judy Travis (oil, Spring Wings).
Merit Awards were presented to Jane Adams (photograph, Pemaquid Point); Michele Barnard (mixed media, Dancing Metallics); John Ciminelli (Bell Rock); Jeanette Ferretti-Wojtas (acrylic, A Cardinal Convention); Jan Ferry-Axman (photograph, Lovely Day); Patrick McCaffery (acrylic, Dark Woods); Barbara Montione (watercolor, Spring); Gwen Ostrom (mixed media, Great Blue Heron Fishing); Terry Patti (acrylic, Spring Trilliums); Irma Pylyshenko (fiber art, Lifespan A); Sally Steinwachs (Hello Sunshine and Cat on Rya).
A special memorial exhibit honoring art club members, Jim Dawson, Lois Lynn and Betty Papaleo, who passed away during the past year, was introduced by Jeanette Ferretti-Wojtas. The show, which has 120 pieces by 40 art club members, remains on view through 5 PM, Saturday, April 21 at the Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Avenue. It is open during library hours. Admission is free. The site is handicapped accessible. ---Sheila (S.A.M.) Shrestha, Publicity Chair, Irondequoit Art Club, 585-704-5020, www.irondequoitartclub.org