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40th Annual Juried Exhibition
Walk and Talk
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield
Sunday, Oct. 1, 3-5pm

Come see and hear the winners of the Ridgefield Guild's 40th Annual Juried Exhibition, along with those receiving Honorable Mentions, in RGOA's regular "Walk & Talk" that follows the opening of this annual big event for the Guild.

The juror for the show, that attracted close to 300 entries, was Lisa Hayes Williams, curatorial assistant at New Britain Museum of Art.

This is the 40th year this important show has been held and we hope you will come and witness the following artists talk about their work and join in and ask them questions: First Prize - Nancy Moore, with I Am So Much More; Second Prize - Cindi Mullins, with Blue, White, Aubergine and Amber. Also speaking will be Honorable Mentions: Polly Castor, The Golden Hour, Boris Gramajo, Everyday I do something better than the day before, and Shelley Lowell, Regression

The talks will be video-recorded as part of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's new ARTISTS TALK series, and videos of the Cultural Alliance member artists will be available on our YouTube channel. Subscribe here.

This event is free - but please register 
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Polly Castor is an artist,  photographer, poet, and a former structural engineer. Working in a range of styles and media she finds all of her art practice is a form of deep meditation. She responds to color and landscape, representational and non-representational art, painting in oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and pastel, she also works with collage, multimedia, printmaking, handmade glass beads, knitting, needlepoint and pottery! Her entry for the RGOA show is a collage: The Golden Hour.

Shelly Lowell is a painter, sculptor and poet with a long and illustrious career. In the 1970s in New York she was part of the feminist art movement and exhibited alongside Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, Linda Benglis, Agnes Denes, Hannah Wilke, among many others. She developed a dual career as artist and visual communicator, running a successful advertising agency in New York and then Atlanta. Moving to Asheville, NC, she opened a gallery and curated shows, while her representational work took an abstract turn. Today, her work employs metaphor, often a stylized tree as a symbol of humanity, as she comments about the human condition and the plight of the planet through the eyes of nature.
Nancy Moore thinks of herself as a stealth artist for the first part of her life, never receiving formal art training. But training she was and she burst onto the scene with a show at the Environmental Sciences Center at Yale University's Peabody Museum. Her work shows a fascination with the concept of transformation: "how it relates to shape-shifting, gender-bending, evolution, and creation myth. The morphing of materials into images, of words into art, of male into female, of human into animal, of animal into landscape, of pattern into nature--these themes have yielded endless opportunities for me to explore artistically."
Cindi Mullins is an award-winning Connecticut painter, who enjoys painting a range of subjects. Drawn to landscapes, still life and "closely cropped" florals, she paints au plein air or in her studio. She describes her paintings as "a blueprint of reality, transmuted by my own sensibility and creative decisions." Whether painting abstractly or staying close to natural scenes, she infuses her own energy and invites the viewer to engage in their own experience. Her recent series of florals have captured am enthusiastic following.
ARTISTS TALK is a free series and is open to the public, but registration is requested.
I Am So Much More (2017, watercolor & gouache, 39” x 35”) is part of Nancy Moore's Unconventional Women series. Nancy says that what she had in mind while working on this piece "is the place of women in the world, their strength as survivors, and their fragility: the fact that we’re all only a membrane away from our surroundings."
Blue, White, Aubergine and Amber  (2017, oil over watercolor, sealed, 24 x 24") is one of Cindi Mullins' latest "florals" -  constructed with a watercolor base of mostly flat color in pattern, with oil paint applied over it to create the details of the flowers, with the use of a squeegee and then hand painting. Composition is Cindi's first consideration when beginning these paintings. She been working on this series of contemporary florals for over two years.
Honorable Mentions
Polly Castor's The Golden Hour (2017, mono print collage, 18″ x 24″) is one of her abstract landscapes that capture that special time of day. From a recent poem, Seneca Rock, she writes: "But the last time past/it was the golden hour and/the strata was lit up like/a throne, or a crown, or/the ramparts of a castle,/or crenelations of a walled/city on a hill, majestic,/looking bigger than it was."
Boris Gramajo is a multi-talented 16-year-old artist. Born in Guatemala, he has dreams of becoming an actor, but in the meantime is doing well with his book-art, photography , drawing and other art. Here is his Everyday I do something better than the day before.
Shelley Lowell's Regression (2015, oil/wax on canvas, 24 x 48 inches) is accompanied by the following poem:

One day fish will fly
not in our lifetime
but one day

Earth beings will
evolve to extinction
induced by

corporate greed
gene manipulation
poisoned food
toxic vaccines

But nature is resilient
life will begin again
in a new way
with renewed hope

We will see it
from the other side
and rejoice

Our souls
once again
will inhabit earth
in another form

© 2017, Shelley Lowell
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