Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

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October 2 - October 31, Mashpee Public Library

It’s time for our annual Members Exhibition and Meeting.  This year the show will be held at the Mashpee Public Library, 64 Steeple St., Mashpee, Ma, 02649 from Oct. 2 through Oct. 31.  The reception, meeting, awards and special demo will be held on Oct. 31 from 12-4. Come and meet friends you haven’t seen for a while and celebrate our spectacular PPSCC.

Here is the schedule of events for October 31:

     12:00 Reception
     12:30 Annual Meeting
      1:15   Demo
      3:30   Painting Pick-up

Jory Mason, our juror, will be there to give out the awards. Congrats to all the winners. A surprise demo will happen right after the formal meeting which will be great fun. And there will also be a table with our new logo baseball caps for $20 and aprons for $25.Pick up of paintings will be after the reception on October 31.  
Out of state paintings will be shipped by Nov. 5.


Here are this year's winners along with the comments from Juror of Awards Jory Mason

BEST IN SHOW: Laurinda O'Connor. River's Edge
“River’s edge" has been fearlessly painted. Strong simplified shapes and exquisite unexpected colors work marvelously together. This painter knows when to stop, allowing the viewer to discover exciting hidden gems.

First: Grace DiMauro. Autumn Reds
This painting makes a statement across the room and gets even more exciting the closer you get to it. Strong, bold, unusual color makes this piece stand out along with the distinctive, delicious mark making.

Second: Andrew Anderson-Bell. Island Hillside
The blue trees sing. I love seeing parts of the dripping underpainting and that the entire piece looks so fresh and unlabored over. Strong composition and values make this a winner.

Third: Ed Chesnovitch. Color Study # 315
This little treasure refuses to be ignored! Vibrant colors and a bold, simple, strong composition keep me coming back to it over and over again. It fascinates me from a distance and then rewards me further up close with those energetic confident strokes.

Honorable Mentions:
RIta Berkowitz. Weathering the Storm
Fantastic mood piece. Love the sense of hope entering the dark sky. Great restrained use of color. Strong composition from a distance and then some unexpected playfulness when seen up close.

Christine Bodnar. Lobster Cove
Very strong graphic statement. Love the minimal use of color combined with highly contrasting values. Great energy with distinctive juicy mark making!

Eileen Casey. Bog Light
This little piece glows. Great composition with exquisite colors and a beautiful presentation.

Eileen Casey. A Pretty Good Moment
Who could’t love the nest? Gorgeous colors, distinctive technique, and perfect composition round out a lovely little painting.

Jane Eccles. Bay Beach Walk
Simply gorgeous color harmony. It makes you want to walk down that warm path. Perfect use of atmospheric perspective.

Barbara Farchione. Morning Sunrise
This painting keeps grabbing my attention. It evokes such a warm and peaceful mood. I love the almost lost edges between the sea and sky.

Susan Kerrigan. Quiet Moment
An appealing subject with lovely use of a limited harmonious palette. Strong value range and superb composition with confident mark making.

Barbara Quinn-Grasso. Bog Bees
Superbly painted. Great color harmony achieved with letting the warm under color show through. Perfect composition with colorful focus on the hives.

Diane Sawyer. The Conversation
Refreshing piece! Fantastic subject matter executed with a strong confident hand. The clean bold rendering of the figures is superb.

Jeanne Rossier-Smith. Looking Up!
“Looking up” pulls you in from the back of the room. It appears simple until an up close view reveals masterful rendering and depth of color. I can almost feel that little wispy cloud moving across the sky.

Jurors overall impression:
A very impressive show! Without hesitation, I would be proud to hang most of them in my home. I had to be very selective due to the high caliber of masterful works. I get especially excited seeing all of the members who are pushing boundaries and adding their own creative vision. There are some gorgeous abstracts and many attention grabbing compositions. 

Two personal tips: First, when judging realistic figurative work, I am critical about anatomy. If 90% of it is well executed but something looks off, I had trouble selecting it. Second, although subjective, I feel a few pieces would have benefited from different framing. The final presentation should not be overlooked.

The PPSCC is a very talented group of supportive fantastic individuals. I want to thank you all for the honor of being your juror.