Annual Juried Member Show

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May 26 to June 24

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.  Susan Powell of the Susan Powell Fine Art gallery was impressed with the quality of the artwork she saw.

Congratulations to those of you who were accepted into this year’s show.  Please see the list of accepted artists below.

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

Alice Hayes and Clarice Shirvell, Co-Chairs and The entire Guild Exhibitions’ Team.


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The Juror

Susan Powell owns and operates Susan Powell Fine Art, in Madison, CT. The Gallery features Contemporary, Realism and Impressionism with monthly exhibitions by award-winning and emerging artists. The Gallery exhibits a varied selection of landscapes, seascapes, still life, florals, figurative, New York City scenes, and abstract paintings.

Susan’s background is in 19th and 20th century American painting​. She is a graduate of Connecticut College with degrees in Art History and Business. Her career began at the Smithsonian, later moving on to the Doyle Gallery in Manhattan, one of the world’s foremost auctioneers and appraisers of fine art. With her three decades of expertise in discovering and presenting new and established artists to the public, she ​is a well-known consultant and advisor to patrons in starting or enriching a collection of original art.

Juror’s statement

As both a juror and gallery owner, I look for creativity in subject matter, creative use of color, and paint application. Drawing skill, color harmony, mood, composition, and a combination of all the above, as well as the narrative, play a part in my decision process of what makes a strong painting. I was impressed by the diversity and quality of the offerings in the show which included representational, abstract, and interpretive compositions created in traditional mediums, photography, and mixed media.

1st Place
Gayle Gleckler, “Dubrovnik Sausage Lady & Croatian Market”
I was struck by the confident, deft brushstrokes and bold color in these two pieces, which work so well together, that I saw them as a diptych, and awarded First Place to both. The strong use of black in the outlines of the fruit are reminiscent of the solidity of Cezanne’s still life forms. Gleckler’s figure has energy and movement, drawn so freely with powerful lines and simplified shapes and shading. The narrative successfully captures the immediacy of the experience we’ve all shared in a vibrant, open-air marketplace.

2nd Place
Roberta Shea, “February Thaw”
Color and atmosphere is key in this painting. Shea’s creativity in the way she seamlessly transitions from the realistic to the abstract is masterful. This painting has wonderful
spontaneity. The brushwork is bold and painterly, and the color contrasts are exquisite.
She creates a landscape of light, air, atmospheric mystery, and a feeling of place.

3rd Place
Cynthia Delaney, “Untitled”
In this large scale creative, contemporary work, there is tremendous color harmony. The unexpected subject and interesting perspective of a panoramic “California” sign with layers of peeling paint rusted from exposure is familiar, yet mysterious. Although it’s a man-made object, it has taken on the colors of nature. Subtle nuances of colors and textures, and a bold graphic create a feeling of deep space in this strong composition.

Honorable Mention
I gave a number of Honorable Mention awards. Rich Alexander’s “Time’s Running” provides a modern and contemporary viewpoint of vintage parking meters emerging from a classic, dark background. With painterly brushstrokes, he simplifies colors and shapes; the meters dramatically emerge like performers on a stage. Alice Hayes’ modern, impressionistic “Sun on the Meadow” exhibits a wonderful harmonious vibration of complementary colors in her visceral response to nature. Two everyday people are caught in a moment of quiet reflection in George Zipparo’s “Opening.” With adept draftsmanship and great attention to detail, the artist conveys the emotion of his subjects with effortless brush strokes and a harmonious palette.

—Susan Powell, May 2018


Important Dates

  • Receiving: Thursday May 10, Friday May 11, and Saturday May 12, all from 12 to 4
  • Notification of Accepted Work: Tuesday, May 15 (via website: Only accepted artists will be published on our website, so be sure to check)
  • Pick Up of Unaccepted Work: Thursday May 17 from 4 to 6pm and Saturday May 19 from 12 to 4
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2 from 4 to 6pm (show opens for viewing on May 26 but opening reception is one week later due to Memorial Day holiday weekend)
  • Show closes: Sunday, June 24
  • Pick Up of unsold work: Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 both from 2-6

*All work must be picked up during regular pick-up hours or a $20 late fee will be applied. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you cannot make these pick-up times, please make arrangements with a friend or family member to pick up for you. Please let the Guild know if someone else is picking up your work. The Guild cannot be responsible for work left behind.


Sales & Indemnity

The 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.

All sales or commissions generated by the Juried Member Show for 60 days after closing (from June 25-August 23, 2018) must be processed through the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and a 30% commission will be charged.  No private sales may be negotiated.