As you all can see from the picture above, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts’ 103rd Annual Exhibition is hanging on the walls of the Mystic Arts Center (MAC). Not only are the walls packed with beautiful paintings, photography, mixed media, etc, but we have more sculptures this year than any previous years, I’m told.
This show represents my first as director of exhibitions for CAFA, and it has been a long haul for me, since September 2013, to finally see the outcome of all the hard work by the council members, the president, the advisors, the MAC and its staff, and myself.
So there it stands for your enjoyment, but just in case my readers are not able to make it to Connecticut for the exhibition, I wanted to share some of the excellent variety of skillful art representing much of the CAFA membership and more.
Above, first place, by Liverant, is a masterpiece of color and composition. Some of the jurors’ comments were “stunning, adventurous, fabulous design, and provocative.” Then came Whittemore’s photograph which, even up close and personal, gives you the sense of a beautiful painting. The jurors favored it because of its painterly element and spectacular composition. The jurors themselves thought it was a watercolor when they first viewed the photo, now that’s a powerful character for a photograph.
These are some of the sculptures featured in our show this year. The first, by Boro, is such a simple form with simple elements but juxtaposed just the right way. I especially like it with the MAC’s patio and the marina in the background. Wysocki’s piece was one I was happy to see make it into the show because he was a first time competitor in an exhibition, and he crafted even his title just right for the integral composition of his bronze sculpture, so bravo to him.
This piece by the artist Kosian is just visually entertaining. What was even more entertaining was figuring out which facet of the piece fit into its stand, since every facet has a different angle, it was like finding the missing puzzle piece. The next piece is by Leila Namin. A mixed media of acrylics and encaustic is my guess, however it doesn’t matter what it is exactly, it is still one of my favorite pieces of the show. Its sheer size alone, 72″ x 72″ is our maximum dimension for any entry, engulfs you within the content and it keeps your gaze busy throughout the composition and storytelling she has created. Her piece is rather dark but whimsical, maybe a bit theatrical, and it makes me crave more. This means I should find where else she is exhibiting and perhaps write more in-depth about her.
See what a fantastic show we have going on at the MAC right now?!? It goes on until July 26th, so if you are in the area, I would make an effort to come and look at the talent of artists from California, Florida, Maine, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and more!
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