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MASSENA - There was standing room only at the Massena Public Library Tuesday evening when the Massena Artists Association announced the award winners in their 28th Annual Juried Art Exhibit.

This exhibit is the highlight of Massena’s Art Calendar. In addition to showcasing the newest work by well-known local and regional artists, it introduces the work of new and previously unknown artists as well. A number of Canadian artists makes this year’s exhibit an International Art Show.

A large crowd of people was on hand to watch the presentation of certificates, ribbons, and cash awards to the winners. The exhibit contains 101 pieces of artwork by 55 different artists.

The Best of Show award was presented to Chris Jay of Norwood for his Acrylic Painting, “The Frog Prince.” This surreal painting won high marks for its originality, composition, skillful technique, and effective use of color. One of the judges stated, “I wouldn’t hang it in my home – it would give my kids nightmares. But it’s excellent. It really deserves to be Best of Show.”

When asked about the thought processes that led him to use such a bizarre combination of diverse elements in a painting, the artist stated, “I just wanted to do something with a frog.”

Chris is a SUNY Potsdam graduate with a Studio Art major. He recently had a solo show at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council Gallery in Potsdam. He also has work on display in a gallery in California that specializes in surreal art. In addition to surreal art, he also paints very detailed realistic work. His other entry in the exhibit, “Anne’s Tea Party” is done in this genre. He prefers working in acrylic paint because of its rich color and fast drying time. He says that he has always painted, but has been painting seriously since 2010. He has entered several MAA juried art exhibits since 2010. In his “day job” he works as a pharmacy technician for Kinney’s in Canton.

Other award winners are as follows:

First Place Awards:

Megan Barnes for her oil painting, “Dad”

Donna Smith for her acrylic painting, “Summer Porch”

Michiko Taylor for her watercolor, “Nellie in Kimono”

Terry Parkinson for her wood pyrography drawing, “Peregrine Falcon”

Kylee Disotelle for her photo, “Tranquility”

Ron Morrow for his wood sculpture, “Pearl of the Forest”

Pat Campbell for her mixed media work, “Happy is my Garden.”

Second Place Awards:

Pamela May for her oil painting, “White Boathouse”

Micheline Tanguay for her acrylic painting, “Belle Table”

Patricia Badlam Van Patten for her watercolor, “Silent Days.”

Linda Sauther for her pen & ink drawing, “Warrior Crow.”

George Fairbanks for his photo, “Grasse River”

Erin Chapin for her intaglio print, “Tarlaton Sea.”

Third Place Awards:

Marjorie Decker for her oil painting, “After the Rain.”

Cecilia Dewey for her acrylic painting, “Shades of Gray”

William Parmer for his watercolor, “The Mayfly Hatch.”

Neil McClain for his pen & ink drawing, “John D.”

Dean Ducas for his photo, “Under Lily.”

Honorable Mention:

Pamela May for her oil painting, “Charlie Pond”

S. Taylor Hedges for her acrylic painting, “Waiting for the 6:15 Train.”

Michiko Taylor for her watercolor, “Buddha”

Micheline Tanguay for her pastel, “Moulin du Lac Marie.”

John Armstrong for his photo, “Owl & Owlet”

Georgette Bacon for her gourd sculpture, “Say Ahhhh”

Mark Tatro for his digital painting, “Number One Fan.”

A unique feature of the Massena Artists Association’s Juried Art Exhibit is that there is no age limit. Children and young adults are encouraged to enter and exhibit their work, and are recognized with Young Artist Awards as follows:

Young Artist Awards:

First Place – High School level: Abby Treers for her drawing, “Summer Shades”

First Place – Elementary level: Emma Muskell for her watercolor, “Morning Stroll.”

Honorable Mention – High School level: Abby Treers for her drawing, “Innocence”

Honorable Mention – Elementary level:

Lindsay Burns for her drawing, “Secret Wonderland”

Emma Muskell for her drawing, “Grandma’s Garden.”

Another unique feature of the Massena Artists Association’s Juried Art Exhibit is that there is no theme or preferred medium. Each work is judged on its merit alone, and not on how well it fits into some standard of consistency. This produces an exhibit with an eclectic mix of work that is realistic and abstract, traditional and avant-garde, painting and other media.

The Massena Artists Association would like to thank Rebecca Shampine-Rowley and Lindsay Turnbull, art instructors at Indian River Central High School, for serving as this year’s judges. They had the difficult task of selecting the winning entries from a large number of pieces of excellent work, representing a wide variety of styles and media.

MAA’s 28th annual Juried Art Exhibit will remain on display at the Massena Public Library through Friday, March 1. Artists may pick up their work at any time on March 2.

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