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Camera Works 2017

CAMERAWORKS 2017

February 25 – March 26

Prizes were awarded out the opening reception on Saturday, February 25th. Congratulations to all our CameraWorks prize winners:
Best in Show, Laurie Peek for Blue-green Dent, RCC Parking Lot Suffern, NY AND Dent & Broken   Reflector, NYC
1st Place, Ellen Gould for So Done!
2nd Place, Michael Yamin for Jass
3rd Place, Bill Gore for Shopping Center Port Arthur
Honorable Mention, Joanne Crawley for Wander
Honorable Mention, Allyson Monson for Sound No. 1
Honorable Mention, Nancy Woodward for Twilight


Juror’s Statement:
It was a pleasure and an honor to judge this year’s Camera Works show. I was impressed by the quality and diversity of the submissions, and delighted to see such a range of expression, from traditional and alternative processes and experiments with digital materials to highly personal multimedia work. I’m glad to see photography used as such a creative tool, and happy this work finds a home at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. — Rebecca Robertson, Juror


ACCEPTED ARTISTS LIST 2017


Photography has exploded as the hottest medium in the art world!  From the silver gelatin black and white print, to the visual delight of digital art, to the storytellers of videographers – there are no boundaries.  CameraWorks 2017, a Juried Exhibition, is designed to be an exploration of all photographic arts from the most traditional to the least conventional.  We welcome all formats – black and white or color, film or digital, photo collage, montage and videos.  This exhibition is open to all.

Juror

Rebecca Robertson

Rebecca is the photo editor of PDN and PDNOnline, where she also writes the Photo of the Day blog. Previous experience includes working as the photo editor of ARTnews magazine, where she was a contributing writer on the topic of photography. In her work as an editor, she looks at a wide range of photography in many diverse styles, including commercial, fine art, editorial and fashion photography. She also looks at photography in her role as a portfolio reviewer for FotoFest, powerhouse, ICP, Palm Springs Photo Festival and AMP, and as a judge for Critical Mass and for PDN’s list and Emerging Photographer contest.

In addition to her work as a writer and photo editor, Rebecca has curated photography shows for UNICEF and others, and was a founding editor of the website New York Photography Diary. She has lectured at Haverford College, Moore College of Art and Ursinus College, among other institutions. She has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and studied fine art, photography and art history at Bryn Mawr College.


DATES TO REMEMBER

Exhibition:  Saturday, February 25 – Sunday, March 26

Opening Reception:  Saturday, February 25, 4-6 pm (Snow date: Sunday, February 26, 4-6 pm)

Artist Walk and Talk: Sunday, March 5, 3-5pm

Artists Salon:  Friday, March 10, 7:30-9:30 pm

Pick up Artwork:  Sunday, March 26, 4-6 pm (NO EARLY PICKUPS!) and Monday, March 27, 12 noon-2 pm and 4-6 pm

There will be a $20 storage fee for any piece not picked up at the designated time.


Prizes

Awards for Best in Show, 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Eligibility

Open to all artists using photographic/video graphic techniques or elements in their work. There are no geographic restrictions for entry.

Specifications and Fees

Works previously exhibited at Ridgefield Guild of Artists will not be accepted in this exhibition.   All works must remain on exhibit for the length of the show.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

Works must be matted, framed and ready for hanging or presented in a professional manner. Not acceptable: Poorly constructed frames and mattes, saw tooth hangers, small wire loops, scratched glass and/or plexiglass.  Please include any special hanging/installation instructions. Video artists must supply all equipment required for installation and are responsible for installation after consultation with RGA’s Creative Director.

Each artist may submit up to three pieces. Members – $15 each piece, non-members – $20 each piece. Finished works limited to 48” display size.

Payable in cash, check made out to RGA, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Fees are non-refundable.  Click to become a member today, or when you enter to receive the lower member’s rate.

Sales 

RGA will retain a 40% commission on all sold artwork.  The price indicated on the entry form will be considered the retail price of each image and cannot be changed.

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Alternative Fine Art Photography (February 25-March 26, 2017)

April Fools’ Bedlam (April 1-April 30, 2017)

April Fools’ Bedlam

April 1 – April 30, 2017

A Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ Members-Only Exhibition

This year’s Bedlam Show opens on April Fools’ Day. We want to encourage our members to have fun with this. You decide….is it quirky? or hilarious? or downright strange, or beautiful? All mediums are accepted and you, the artist, hang all the work. Start spring with a laugh – get some art out there & hang out with your RGA community.

Entry Fee: $10 per piece for as many as you want to enter, no limit!  The only limit is the size: 24 x 24 inches and smaller.

Easy Breezy instructions:

Come to the RGA receiving with your art on Friday, March 31 from 12 to 4, or Saturday, April 1 from 12- 4. Fill out an entry form and a wall tag for each piece, grab a hammer and nail and hang your art on the wall. That’s where the bedlam begins! No equipment is necessary – the Guild has lots of tools and stepladders.

Details:

  • Works must be no larger than 24” in either direction. Diptychs and triptychs will be measured in their total assembly, not as individual pieces and must not be larger than 24” in totality in either direction. They will also be sold as a unit and not as individual parts.
  • Works must be wired and ready to hang in a secure, professional manner.
  • The show is open only to RGA members. Memberships may be renewed during receiving.
  • New members will be accepted at receiving and will be eligible to enter the show. Membership is $55 and $30 for seniors and students per year. See rgoa.org membership page for all membership details.
  • All the artwork must be for sale. Standard 40% commission to RGA applies.
  • Submit as many pieces as you like.
  • Sculpture/3 Dimensional art should be no bigger than 24” in any direction, as well. Bring your piece ready to be installed or placed, and please bring your own pedestal, if possible.
  • All work must stay on the wall for the entire run of the show.

Important Dates:

  • Receiving & Hanging:  Friday, March 31 from 12 to 4 and Saturday, April 1 from 12 to 4. If it snows either day, we will add another day for receiving & hanging: Sunday, April 2 from 12-4 and move the opening (see below.)
  • Opening Reception:  Saturday, April 1st from 4-6 PM.
  • Snow date: Sunday, April 2nd, 4-6PM.

 PLEASE BRING AN APPETIZER TO SHARE AT THE OPENING!

  • April Fools’ Bedlam closes on Sunday, April 30 at 4. Work may be picked up from 4 – 6 on the 30 or Monday, May 1 from 12 – 2 .

There will be a late charge of $20 for any works not picked up by these dates. No exceptions.

Sales and Indemnity:

The Guild retains a 40% commission fee on all sales. The Guild will take the greatest possible care of all submitted works but will not be responsible for any damage to or loss of work exhibited or left unclaimed.

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Upstairs Gallery: Amy Kaplan – Summer Brights & Winter Whites (August 20 – September 11, 2015)

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Amy Kaplan grew up in the apple orchards of central Connecticut, and spent as much of the summer as possible “down the shore.” Although she went away to earn her BFA from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, and lived for years in New York City working as a textile designer, Amy’s favorite place remained the Connecticut shoreline. Now married and raising a family in Fairfield County, she paints to slow things down a bit, to “linger in the pause” between events. Many of her works are based in imagery from her beloved shoreline, where she feels the rhythms of things larger than herself, and the timelessness of the ocean instills a peace.

Amy’s calming seascapes have been added to private collections across the region, and her subtle use of color to create depth and time has been appreciated in many juried exhibits. Amy is a member of the Coastal Arts Guild, the Rowayton Arts Center, the Westport Artist’s Collective, and the Carriage Barn Arts Center. She is a Board Member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, where she enjoys connecting artists with local businesses to exhibit their work, and helping the guild in their mission to promote the visual arts and arts education.

6th Annual Ridgefield High School Exhibition at RGA

The 6th Annual Ridgefield High School Exhibition at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Wednesday, April 12 – Sunday, April 30RHS_Show

Opening reception Thursday, April 20th, 5:30 – 7 pm.

The Ridgefield Guild would like to congratulate all RHS students who submitted their artistic pieces to the 6th Annual RHS Exhibition. Participating in events like this is a great way to experience and be part of the local art scene.  This year we received a very nice mix of artwork that included collage, paintings, photographs, sculpture, digital work, pastel and drawings using pencil, colored pencil, ink, pen and charcoal. It is always a pleasure to view high school work as we, the jurors, find it to be expressive and experimental showing a depth and array of emotion and candor.

We are asking all accepted students to bring in two pieces. We are also awarding prizes, but will make the decision after the artwork is dropped off at the Guild. Cash Awards are for First and Second Place; Honorable Mentions will also be given. Notification of awards will be prior to the Artists’ Reception, which I hope everyone will attend with family and friends. There will be a member show, Bedlam, open downstairs to view also.

Please bring the following pieces to the Guild during the drop off times (see below)

Scarlett Ball– The Tree of Purity, The Essence of Life                                                     

Olivia Bernstein- Autumnal Warmth, Maiden Grass

Nicole Bottone– Guardian of Winter, Still Life

Sophia Dicioccio- to be determined

Kenzie Fowler- Elephant, Dancing Angel

Gracie Girvalo- Be Still, Help

Jennifer Gordon- Wired, When Life Gives You Lemons

Christina Kinsbourne- Shattered, The Artist Way

Emily Paribello-Kettle, Still Life

Nathan Pereyra- Auroras, Threads of Consciousness

Nikki Razanek- Oppression, Robin Williams

Madie Roth- Ceramic Horse

Trinity Shinsky- Blue Pattern, Torso of Woman

Dan Strange– Man in Blue, Burst

Kayla Szczerba- Lotus, Box Collage

James Tonra- Castles Made of Sand, Guitar

Sage Tzamouranis- Chaos and the Controlled, Atlas is a Woman

Isabella Walsh- Cold Shadow, Pensive


Important Dates and Times:

Drop Off of Accepted Work: Sunday, April 2 from 12 -4, Wed. and Thurs. April 5&6 from 12 – 4pm. Ridgefield Guild, 34 Halpin Lane, (203) 438-8863. There will be a sign in sheet.

Artists’ Reception: Thursday, April 20th 5:30 – 7 pm.  Bring your family and friends! Refreshments will be served. Additionally, there will be the member show, Bedlam, in the downstairs gallery.

Awards Presentation: At the Artists’ Reception, 6 pm.

Exhibition Run: Wednesday, April 12 – Sunday, April 30.

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, from 12 – 4 pm.

Pick-up of Artwork after the exhibition: Sunday, April 30th from 4-6pm and Monday, May 1 from 4-5:30pm. Please remember to pick up your artwork!! We cannot be responsible for left artwork.

If you have a problem getting your work in during the receiving hours listed above, please contact Cindi Mullins at RGAstudentshow@gmail.com and we will try to arrange another time.

We are looking forward to a great show and hope to see you all at the Artists’ Reception!

 

Cindi Mullins and Antonio Munoz

Jurors and Co-Creative Directors at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Juried Member Show 2017 (May 13 – June 18, 2017)


2017 Juried Member Show (May 13 – June 18, 2017)

About the Exhibition
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists celebrates the artistic talent of member artists with our 7th annual Juried Member Show running May 13 through June 18. This exhibit gives member artists an opportunity to have their work viewed by our juror, Helen Kauder, Executive Director at Artspace New Haven in New Haven, CT. She will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. We encourage all our members to participate. All media, except giclée prints of paintings and drawings is welcome.

About The Juror

Helen Kauder is Executive Director of Artspace and co-founder of the City-Wide Open Studios festival. Before returning to Artspace in 2010, she served as Deputy Director of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Earlier, she was a Vice President at Citibank and the Director of University Licensing Programs at Yale University. She has been recognized for her long service to the art sector through Connecticut’s Office of the Arts Elizabeth Mahaffey award, and an Elm-Ivy award, Yale’s highest honor for town-gown bridge building. She has previously served on the Board of Artspace as Treasurer, and later Board Chair. She holds an MBA in Accounting/Finance from U Chicago and an SB in Economics from MIT.

Artspace is a visionary and dynamic non-profit organization championing emerging artists and building new audiences for contemporary art. It’s exhibition and commissioning programs (in the gallery, out of doors, and city-wide) encourage experimentation, discovery, and lively civic discourse, while fostering appreciation for the vital role that artists play in improving our community.


Dates To Remember:

  • Deliver Work to Guild Friday, May 5 AND Saturday, May 6, 12-4pm AND Sunday, May 7, 2-6pm
  • Notification of Accepted Work Tuesday, May 9 by 9pm (via website-rgoa.org)
  • Pick Up of Non-accepted Work Wednesday, May 10, 10-6pm AND Thursday, May 11, 12-2pm
  • Exhibition Opening Saturday, May 13, 4-6pm
  • Pick Up After Show Sunday, June 18, 4-6pm AND Monday, June 19, 12-4pm

2017 JURIED MEMBER SHOW
May 13 to June 18
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Awards

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners. First Place prize includes a January 2018 solo exhibition in the Guild’s Upstairs Gallery ($250 value).

Media

The Guild accepts original work in all media for the jurying process. No giclée prints of paintings and drawings allowed. Any work previously exhibited in any show in the Guild’s main galleries is not eligible for submission to this competition. Only works created within the last three years will be accepted. Wall hung art is limited to 48” in any direction. The Guild reserves the right to reject any entry that does not comply with our guidelines.

Important Dates

  • Deliver Work to Guild Friday, May 5 AND Saturday, May 6, 12-4pm AND Sunday, May 7, 2-6pm
  • Notification of Accepted Work Tuesday, May 9 by 9pm (via website-rgoa.org)
  • Pick Up of Non-accepted Work Wednesday, May 10, 10-6pm AND Thursday, May 11, 12-2pm
  • Exhibition Opening Saturday, May 13, 4-6pm
  • Pick Up After Show Sunday, June 18, 4-6pm AND Monday, June 19, 12-4pm

Entry/Fees

The Guild’s 3-part entry forms will be available to fill out when you bring your work for receiving. The show is open to all Ridgefield Guild of Artists members. Non-members may join when they drop off work for submission. Artists may submit up to 3 works. Fees are $20 for first entry and $15 each for second and third entries, payable by cash, check or credit card. Fees are nonrefundable and payable to RGA.

Accepted Work

Only accepted artists will be published on our website (rgoa.org) by 9 pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Pick up of unaccepted work is Wednesday, May 10, 10-6pm AND Thursday, May 11, 12-2pm. ***A $20 fee will be assessed for any artwork not taken at regular pick-up times. No exceptions.**

Pick Up of Accepted Works at End of Show

Accepted works should be picked up after the show closes on Sunday, June 18, 4-6pm OR Monday, June 19, from 12-4pm. **A $20 charge will be assessed for works not taken at regular pick-up times. No exceptions.** 

Criteria

New members will be accepted at receiving and will be eligible to enter the show.

All artwork must be for sale. Be sure your prices are correct, there will be no changes made after acceptance.

All members are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of work in any media. Diptychs and Triptychs are allowed but total dimension of the assembled piece must be within the 48” x 48” restriction and must be sold as one piece.

Wall-hung work must be wired and ready for hanging unless there is an artistic reason to use another method. Saw-tooth hangers are not allowed, and all work must be secure in the frame. Any piece that has a loose frame, falling artwork within the frame, insufficient numbers of fasteners to secure the artwork within the frame, an improper or insecure method of attaching the wire, or any other non-professional presentation will mean the work must be removed and made right prior to acceptance and must be returned to the gallery within the drop-off time period to be included in the show. Sculpture must be fully assembled and secured to a stable base and weigh no more than 150lbs.

All work must be dry and we will check to insure this. It will not be accepted.

All work must be delivered within the drop-off time period. No work will be accepted after the time period is over. Also, be sure your information is correct at the time of delivery and registering. Changes will not be allowed after the fact.

All selected work must remain for the duration of the show. No work may be removed for any reason before the closing of the show.

At the end of the show all work must be picked-up during the stated time periods. Any work left at the Guild after pick-up has ended is subject to a $20 storage fee. We do not have a safe place to store any artwork and we cannot store it. If possible please have your work picked up by someone else.

Sculptors: bring your own base if possible. Your work 
must not exceed 150 pounds. Artists may be asked to install “special-need” installations themselves.

Recent pieces please! Work should have been created no earlier than 2013. Work already shown at the Guild will not be eligible.

Sales & Indemnity

All works must be for sale. Guild retains a 40% commission on all sales. The Ridgefield Guild of Artists will take the greatest possible care of all submitted works but will not be responsible for any damage to or loss of work submitted, exhibited or left unclaimed.

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Juried Member Show 2016 (April 2 – May 1, 2016)


2016 Juried Member Show (April 2 – May 1, 2016)

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Congratulations to our Sixth Annual Juried Member Show Prize Winner, awarded at the opening reception on Saturday, April 2nd.

First Place: Binnie Birstein for Sister I and Sister II, Encaustic on Panels

Second Place: Richard Ventre for Gina, After Anders Zorn’s ‘Unicorn,” Photomontage

Third Place: Chris Perry for 128 Ripples: Channel, Paper and Fabric Sculpture

Honorable Mentions:

Janice Boland for Catt Le Chat, Watercolor

Bevi Bullwinkel for Facing East II, Acrylic

Dawn Dahl for Glass and Brass, Oil on Canvas

Nancy Moore for Inspiration, Original Painting/Mixed Media

DeAnn Prosia for Under the Elevated, Line Etching

Amy Schott for Willem II Floral and Players Cage Birds #1, Mixed Media

Nancy Woodward for Three Wishes, Digital Print

Thanks to all our members who entered their artwork in this year’s Juried Member Show.  Whether you have won a spot in the show or not, it’s always a good thing to put your work out there and be reviewed by a highly regarded juror.  Robbin Zella of the Housatonic Museum was impressed with the quality of the artwork she saw.  She wanted all of you to know that she appreciated each piece, but had a vision for the show and made selections to go along with her vision.

Congratulations to those of you who were accepted into this year’s show.  Please see the list of accepted artists below.  We make every effort to be sure your information is correct.  Please review and if there are any corrections, email Patty with your edits at rgoa@sbcglobal.net by Friday, March 25th.  Please note that prices cannot be changed (unless there has been an obvious error).  This list will be used to make our wall tags and program.

If your work is not on the list, please plan to come to pickup on Wednesday, March 23rd, 5-7 pm or Thursday, March 24th, 12-2.  Remember that if you do not pick up your work during these times, a $20 late fee will be charged.  We need to make room for hanging the show!

Thanks again.  We hope to see you all at our opening on Saturday, April 2nd, 4-6 pm.

Mary Harold and Mary Pat Devine, Co-Presidents
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Karen Beck and Chris Perry, Co-Chairs


Juror’s Statement:

“Painting isn’t so difficult when you don’t know … But when you do … it’s quite a different matter!”
Edgar Degas 1834 – 1917

“I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers – only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.” – Grace Hartigan

As an arts professional for over thirty years, and as a former art student, I have a deep appreciation for the time, skill, passion and fearlessness required to be a practicing artist. I am very grateful for the opportunity to see, and select, so many fine works of art. I tried my best to select works that spoke to me as independent objects, but I nevertheless fell into my own practice of creating a specific exhibit. I have, over the years, internalized a criteria that I aim to satisfy when I develop a show—I look for technical skill, a level of mastery with line, color and overall composition that pleases the eye. Yet even those essential elements may be abandoned in favor of a certain vitality within the work which can be exuberant and loud or as subtle and soft as a whisper. My thanks to the Ridgefield Guild of Artists for inviting me to look, and to the artists for sharing their images of the world.

Robbin Zella, Juror

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Click here to view the Accepted Artists List as a PDF.


Dates To Remember:

Notification of Accepted Work Tuesday, March 22 by 9pm (via website-rgoa.org)

Pick Up of Non-accepted Work Wednesday, March 23, 5-7pm AND Thursday, March 24, 12-2pm

Exhibition Opening Saturday, April 2, 4-6pm

Artists Salon Friday, April 15, 7-9pm

Walk & Talk Sunday, May 1, 3-5pm

Pick Up After Show Monday, May 2, 12-2pm AND 5-7pm


About the Exhibition
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists celebrates the artistic talent of member artists with our sixth annual Juried Member Show running April 2 through May 1. This exhibit gives member artists an opportunity to have their work viewed by our juror, Robbin Zella, the director and curator at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT. She will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. We encourage all our members to participate. All media, except giclée prints of paintings and drawings is welcome.

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Robbin Zella is the director and curator at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT. Born in Long Island, New York, Zella received her B.F.A. from the College of New Rochelle and an M.A.  in art history, theory and criticism from the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale, New York.

From 1988 to 1990, Zella was the director of Artworks Gallery in Hartford, CT.  During her time at Artworks, she worked to bring greater recognition to the artists cooperative by creating tandem programming that was relative to the time including bringing writers, critics and artists such as Donald Kuspit, Douglas Davis, Bessy Harvey and Andres Serrano (NEA Four) to the city. She developed public art programs like “Off-Season Baseball” with Jerry Beck, a project that included working with diverse communities to create a city-wide event and temporary public art project in Bushnell Park.
In 1990, Zella was invited to work at Eastern Connecticut State University organizing exhibitions and publishing writings on Howardena Pindell, Sol LeWitt, Berenice Abbott, Chuck Close, and DF Barry, to name a few. She also over-saw the design and renovation of the Akus Gallery.
Appointed as Executive Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport in 1998, she has organized over 80 exhibitions introducing audiences to works by Ansel Adams, Jenny Holzer, Rembrandt, Andy Warhol, as well as featuring the work of local and regional artists. She has created educational outreach programs for elementary, middle and high school students introducing the students to works in the Museum’s permanent collection and has developed educational partnerships with Yale University Art Gallery, the Aldrich Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philip Johnson Glass House. Zella also created a poetry program at the Museum in conjunction with City Lore and Bowery Art+Science to create a live poetry event for Bridgeport’s Summer Arts/Fest.


2016 JURIED MEMBER SHOW
 April 2 – May 1
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About The Exhibition
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists celebrates the artistic talent of member artists with our sixth annual Juried Member Show. This exhibit gives member artists an opportunity to have their work viewed by our juror, Robbin Zella, the director and curator at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT. Original work, all media, except giclée prints of paintings and drawing is welcome. She will also award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. We encourage all members to participate.

Juror
Robbin Zella, the director and curator at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT.

Awards
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners. First Place prize includes a January 2016 solo exhibition in the Guild’s Upstairs Gallery ($250 value).

Media
The Guild accepts original work in all media for the jurying process. No giclée prints of paintings and drawings allowed. Any work previously exhibited in any show in the Guild’s main galleries is not eligible for submission to this competition. Only works created within the last three years will be accepted. Securely frame and wire all wall-hung pieces or use appropriate hanging method for the piece’s aesthetic. Sculpture must be fully assembled and secured to a stable base and weigh no more than 150lbs. Wall hung art is limited to 60” in any direction. The Guild reserves the right to reject any entry that does not comply with our guidelines.

Entry/Fees
The Guild’s 3-part entry forms will be available to fill out when you bring your work for receiving. Open to all Ridgefield Guild of Artists members. Up to 3 works per artist. Fees are $20 for first entry and $15 each for second and third entries, payable by cash, check or Visa/Mastercard. Fees are nonrefundable and payable to RGA. Any artists joining the Ridgefield Guild of Artists by Sunday, March 19, 2016 are eligible.
***A $20 fee will be assessed for any artwork not taken at regular pick-up times. No exceptions.**

Accepted Work
Only accepted artists will be published on our website (rgoa.org) by 9 pm on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Pick up of unaccepted work is Wednesday, March 23, 5-7pm AND Thursday, March 24, 12-2pm.

Pick Up of Accepted Works at End of Show
Accepted works should be picked up after the show closes on Monday, May 2, 12-2pm OR 5-7pm.
**A $20 charge will be assessed for works not taken at regular pick-up times. No exceptions.**

Sales & Indemnity
All works must be for sale. Guild retains a 40% commission on all sales. The Ridgefield Guild of Artists will take the greatest possible care of all submitted works but will not be responsible for any damage to or loss of work submitted, exhibited or left unclaimed.

Please click here to download a PDF of the show’s prospectus.

By A Thread – Curated Fiber Arts Show (May 14 – June 19, 2016)

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Curated by Nancy Moore

“By a Thread: The Fine Art of Fiber” is an intriguing exhibition that focuses on fiber and fiber techniques including plant material and other media on the edge of what we normally think of as fibrous; knotting, weaving, tying, etc. As the work of participating artists like Sheila Hicks and Judith Scott gain national recognition, the possibilities of fiber as a purely artistic (as opposed to functional) form have exploded. They’ve stretched and expanded our idea of what fine art can be made from and what fiber can make us feel and think about outside of its obvious and everyday uses. This show pays particular attention to what’s possible to create with unconventional materials, paying tribute to traditional fiber arts and forms. “By A Thread” is a mixture of avant-garde and old school, slick and folk. Alongside knitted and quilted work, expect to see teabags and birch bark. Edgy work. Pretty work. Pieces that challenge, and pieces that comfort the eye. Come see!

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By A Thread: Important Dates

Sunday, May 22, from 3 to 5:
Artist Walk & Talk: Constance Old, Steve Needham Nancy Moore will give a curator’s tour of the entire show
Sunday, May 29, from 3 to 5:
Artist Walk & Talk: Liz Alpert Fay, Shiela Hale, Peggy Dembicer, Sooo-z Mastropietro
Sunday, June 5th, from 3 to 5:
Artist walk and talk: Christopher Perry, Arle Sklar-Weinstein, Francine EvenDayna Wenzel will give a tour of the upstairs gallery
Sunday, June 12, from 3 to 5:
Artist Walk & Talk: Karen Kalkstein, Kari Lonning, Jennifer Davies
Sunday, June 19, from 3 to 5:
Closing Reception Party!
Ellen Schiffman shows her art and speaks about the Surface Design Association (SDA), the premier international fiber artists association. SDA members Leslie Giuliani & Missy Stevens talk about their careers as fiber artists

The Art of Humor Show (April 2 – May, 1 2016)

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Dayna Wenzel: Nature Unraveled (May 14 – June 19, 1 2016)

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Upstairs Gallery: Iterations (September 26 – October 25, 2015)

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September 26 – October 25, 2015

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New works created through a unique collaboration of six women artists will be exhibited upstairs at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT. The  artists —  Charlotte Berwind, Christopher Staples, Claudine Mussuto, Georgine Honohan, Joann Zwolski and Laura Paradiso — will be available to discuss their work at an artists’ reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on September 26.

The collaboration began in June 2014 when each artist created five
pieces and mailed one to each of the others who added to the work or changed it completely. This process continued for six months, with each artist contributing once to all 30 pieces, 17 of which were selected for the exhibit. Each artist has also created a solo piece that reflects her own experience producing the collaborative body of work.

“We have titled the project ‘Iterations’,” says Claudine Mussuto, the project coordinator, “because each artist was differently affected by and responsive to the marks made by the previous artists. The result is a body of work whose form, content, process and outcome reflects life amidst human diversity.”

“We placed no restrictions on how to work with the pieces we received each month,” says, Christopher Staples, a mixed-media artist, “we could use any medium we chose, make them smaller or larger, or even differently shaped; cover, highlight or leave alone any previous mark-making. It made for an extremely challenging art experiment.”

The resulting collaborative pieces, as well as each artist’s solo work created in response to the project, will be exhibited September 26 through October 25 at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12-4 pm.

Art Walk

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Art Walk 2015

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To view the Art Walk brochure as PDF, please click here.

For additional information please contact: Pam Stoddart | Executive Director, Ridgefield Guild of Artists| 203.438.8863| artwalkridgefield@gmail.com

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Walk on Down (August 21 – September 11, 2015)

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Bedlam (April 11 – April 26, 2015)

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Bedlam —Members Only Exhibition

For several years, the Guild has offered members the opportunity to participate in an exhibition that was all about them. Bedlam was created and so it ensues as the member artists decide where to hang their pieces with a hammer and nail. Remarkably, it turns out to be a highly creative exhibition. It is a lot of fun to have the artists interact in a gallery experience.
In the do-it-yourself spirit of this show, we ask our participating artists to bring an appetizer to share at the opening reception. We’ll supply the drinks.

Here are the important points:

  • Artists arrive with up to two of their favorite works in any media.
  • Fill out a wall tag for each piece. The standard 40%commission for sales applies, so price your work accordingly.
  • No maximum size for this show!
  • Pay $10 per nail or sculpture piece, but if your work needs two nails to hang properly, you will pay $20.

Take a hammer and nail up each work, if it will hang on the wall.

  • Put sculptures on pedestals or bring your own.
  • Work previously shown in our galleries is not permitted.
  • No other equipment is necessary. We have step ladders and stools.

Hanging begins on Friday, April 10, 12- 4PM and continues on Saturday, the 11th, from 12 – 4PM. The opening reception begins at 4PM on Saturday, April 11.

Triptychs and diptychs count as individual works, so each single piece of the group costs $10. Three pieces are allowed if the piece is a triptych. Please limit your triptychs and diptychs to one per artist.

Important Dates:

Hanging: Friday & Saturday, April 10th & 11th, 12—4 pm

Opening Reception: Saturday April 11th, 4—6 pm. Please bring an appetizer to share!

Bedlam Closes: Sunday, April 26th, 4pm

Pick up Art Work: Sunday, April 26th, 4-5 pm, Monday, April 27th, 12-2PM. There will be a $20 late fee for any works not picked up on these dates. No exceptions!

If you would like to download a copy of the Bedlam Prospectus, please click here.

4th Annual RHS Exhibition (April 9 – April 26, 2015)

The 4th Annual Juried RHS Exhibition 2015

At the Ridgefield Guild of Artists – Congratulations

 

One of the missions of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists is to promote and encourage the arts in our community, which includes our high school population. This year RGA received a particularly strong group of submissions. The jurors thoroughly enjoyed reading through the artist statements and viewing the open, expressive, and creative work presented. All who submitted should pat themselves on the back for their unique vision and effort. This year we are awarding 1st and 2nd prizes and 7 Honorable Mentions. Please bring in the work mentioned in this letter during the receiving days.

1st Prize ($100) goes to Julie Wang for Klimt-Inspired Self Portrait. This painting shows a fine consideration in the modeling of the luminously colored skin. The colorful and sparkling motifs in the skirt and other parts are well appointed through the mixed media. The use of a large canvas adds impact to this already glowing piece. We would also like to show Homage to da Vinci.

2nd Prize ($75) goes to Tatiana Pisoni for #5. Tatiana submitted a strong body of unique digital photography successfully provoking the dream-like, story telling element she spoke of in her artist statement. The jurors felt all pieces submitted were successful and we appreciated their wonderful color, compositions and the suspension in time the viewer experiences as they dwell in the world presented. We would also like to show #3.

Honorable Mentions go to these artists for the following works:

Talia Abrahams for Art 1, Austin Carfi for Gloomy, Michelle Cope for Foliage, Caroline Dranow for #7 Decay, Bret Kaser for Cloth and Light, Siqiao Mu for Nose Job, Emilie Woda for Empty Ghost.

Would the following artists please bring in these works:

Toni Chadwell, Cactus

Michelle Cope, Origin of Peace and Paper Roses

Elana Everett, Mosaic

Morgan Fischer, Paranormal

Gabriel Gordon, Icicles

Zac James, ADK

Hannah Kendrick, Deer

Emma Lee, Boardwalk Day Dream

Tim Lenz, Summer Shine

Abby McCue, Just the Two of Us

Stacey Misaray, Collage

Jeff Mosia, Attic Wood

Owen Murray, Lily on a Pond

Danielle Pfleger, Image 1191

Nina Taubes, Image 1013

Important Dates:

Drop off of Accepted Work at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane: Wednesday through Saturday, April 1-4 from 12-4 pm only

Opening Reception: At RGA in the UpStairs Gallery, Thursday, April 9, 4:30-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Award Presentations: During the Opening Reception at 5:15 p.m.

Pick Up of Artwork after close of show: Sunday, April 26th from 4-5 p.m. and Thursday, April 30th from 2:30-5 p.m.

Exhibition Run: Thursday, April 9th at Opening Reception – Sunday, April 26th closing at 4 p.m.

General Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12– 4 p.m.

Please be sure to get your work in. If there is a problem, please talk to Mrs. Yagid or contact Cindi Mullins at cikenna@gmail.com. Congratulations to all of the artists! We look forward to seeing you, your teachers, family and friends at the Opening Reception.

Best,

Cindi Mullins and Antonio Muñoz, Jurors

 

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Upstairs Gallery: Small Works by Cindi Mullins (September 27 – October 26, 2014)

Upstairs Gallery: Small Works by Cindi Mullins

 

September 27-October 26, 2014

Opening Reception: September 27 4-6pm

 

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Nature’s Temptations

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32 Prospect Street, Ridgefield

RGA Presents

Beth Boyland

Beth Boyland is a Bedford, NY-based watercolor artist inspired by the beauty of farm animals and produce, particularly the heirloom variety. She paints vegetables and fruit grown & sold by farmers at area farm markets, often incorporating handwritten details about them into her art. She can be found at local farms taking photos of her subjects to paint from, and has been known to spend an hour or so with her camera in a chicken coop or a pig pen.

Beth’s work can be seen in shops and eateries in Ridgefield, Pound Ridge, Katonah, Bedford Village, and Mt Kisco. Please see her website for more details, including a preview of her work: www.bethboylandpaintings.com

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William Pitt/Sotheby’s International Realty

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William Pitt/Sotheby’s International Realty

470 Main Street, Ridgefield

RGA Presents

OUT OF THE BLUE

ABSTRACT IMPRESSIONS OF THE SEA BY LESLEY KOENIG EXHIBITION

Living in coastal southwestern Connecticut, one cannot help but be influenced by the beauty of the shoreline. That’s exactly what professional artist Lesley Koenig realized when she was selecting pieces for this exhibition. Having relocated from New York City twelve years ago, Koenig found that Coastal New England’s visual treasures had indeed become part of her spontaneous abstract works. In this exhibition, she celebrates the blessings of our beautiful surroundings. Koenig lives in Fairfield County with her family and maintains a studio in Bridgeport. www.lesleykoenigfineart.com

 

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Bailey’s Backyard

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Bailey’s Backyard

23 Bailey Avenue

RGA Presents

Hans Fischer

Hans’ work can be viewed during Bailey’s regular dining hours. Baileysbackyard.com

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

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Berkshire Hathaway

456 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

RGA Presents

Karen Beck Fink

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Karen Beck Fink is also showing her colorful abstractions at Berkshire Hathaway through the New Year. Stop in for a blast of good cheer! Worth noting in this holiday season is that Karen has agreed to give a percentage of any sales to The Sunshine Kids, Berkshire Hathaway’s preferred charity. That’s the spirit!

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Cellar XV

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Cellar XV

88 Danbury Road

RGA Presents

Watercolors by Amy Kaplan

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Sand Trap Restaurant at the Ridgefield Golf Course

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545 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield

RGA Presents

Rhonda Gentry

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Rhonda began her love of painting in kindergarten when she was introduced to the world of finger painting.  From there she pursued art classes through elementary, middle, and high school winning several awards, which only fueled the fire.  She went on to college and graduated with a degree in Interior Design and continued on to the University of Illinois at Chicago graduating with the McNee Prize for top Senior in Art and Architecture History.  After graduation, Rhonda interned at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois.  Upon completion, she and her husband moved to San Francisco where she became Curator of three San Mateo County Museums.  From there they moved to Cincinnati Ohio and she began artistically painting home interiors.  After moving to Geneva, Illinois, Rhonda returned to painting with oils on canvas and began exhibiting her work.  Now living in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Rhonda continues to experiment and grow with her painting and is a Board Member in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Being involved in such an active and accepting art community has led me to really open up.  I’ve begun experimenting with acrylics and inks and have found that true abstract is where my passion lies.

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Susi Laura Massage Therapy Gallery – Georgetown

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Georgetown

Currently showing

Oils of Amy Kaplan

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