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More than 100 Connecticut Artists featured in Guilford Art League’s 75th Annual Juried Exhibit

The Guilford Art League presents its 75th Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale on view at The Gallery at Guilford Art Center from Monday, September 11 – Saturday, September 30. An Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, September 14, 5-7 pm.

Juried by Jeanne Criscola, the colorful and eclectic show features more than 100 Connecticut artists working in all media including oils, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, sculpture, collage, mixed media, printmaking, and photography.

This year, First Prize ($600) went to Helen Cantrell for Winter Sunset, Second Prize ($400) was awarded to Sharon Morgio for Uneasy Guest, and Third Prize ($300) went to Cheri Weymann for her work Evergreen Walk II. The Sculpture Prize went to Sandra Spahr for Lion Cub and the Photography Prize was awarded to Peggy Bloomer for Kayaks In Fog. The Elizabeth (Mike) Boyd Memorial Prize went to Karen Wiesner for Summer Marsh – Meigs Point, and the Richard Cretella Memorial Prize went to Ralph Levesque for Confluence. Honorable Mentions included Gritli Rabin for Your Choice: Light over Darkness, Ralph Acosta for Evening Ferries at Martha’s Vineyard, and Arthur Guagliumi for The Printblock Blues.

“I think the work was extraordinary and wonderful,” said Criscola. “I feel humbled to be choosing the show and I wanted to be as inclusive as possible. If an artist submitted two pieces of work I compared the two carefully and took out one of the pictures, I then went through all the work again, looking at composition, framing and presentation. Then finally I looked at colors, concepts and imagery and whether all would talk to each other – whether they would work together to support each other and whether the show as a whole would work together. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing such varied, competent and exciting work.”

Many of the pieces in the show are for sale. A complete list of items can be found in the show program, available at the Gallery and on the GAL website, Those interested in purchasing art may speak with a gallery sitter or contact Sheila Kaczmarek, 203-645-8827,

The 75th Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale, free and open to the public, is on view at the Guilford Art Center Gallery, located at 411 Church Street, Route 77 in Guilford. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 12 – 4pm.

The Guilford Art League was founded in 1947 by a small group of local artists. The objective of the art league is to promote and stimulate interest in the visual arts. Members and associates of the Guilford Art League are a participating and interactive group of artists who learn and benefit from their association with one another. For more information visit