East Granby Public Library hosts Juried Art Show

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Artist Andrew John Mullen won Best in Show for his scratch piece, ‘I-95.’ Photos by Lisa Stone.
Artist Andrew John Mullen won Best in Show for his scratch piece, ‘I-95.’ Photos by Lisa Stone.

The East Granby Public Library is now hosting its annual Juried Art Show, which is on display through March 1. The judging was extremely difficult, according to Library Director Lisa Salazar. “We usually have approximately 150 entries. This year, we had 231 entries. They were all very good and extremely interesting. It seems to grow bigger and bigger each year.”

On Jan. 25, the library was filled with artists and art-lovers alike for the show’s opening and awards reception.

“I really like this piece,” said Maryann Desovich, referring to “Recycled,” by Ray Gustaftson. It is a mixed media piece that was made of newspapers that were to be recycled. “This is extremely interesting to me. I love how he wove the pieces of paper together to make the artwork,” said Desovich, who is currently taking water color painting classes at the Windsor Art Center. “I just wanted to come out to support other artists and see what they are doing with their art.”

“This is a great turnout,” said Salazar. “We are so thankful to the artists, the community for their support, and all the people that made tonight happen. This is an event that takes a lot of work.”

In a juried art show, the organizers reserve the right to deny an entry if it does not fit their criteria. “We have never felt the need to turn any entry down in the past 12 years, and I’m sure that it won’t be a problem in the future, but we do reserve the right to say no,” Salazar said.

The show also serves as a fundraising event. Each adult artist agrees to pay an entry fee of $20 for the first piece and $10 for the second piece, and young artists pay $10 per entry. Each division has a limit of two entries. The artists also agree to donate 30 percent of their proceeds of each sale to the library. This helps the library be able to host events during the year and help pay for other expenses, as well.

For the age 7 and under division, Sinead Drake took first place for her piece, “Monster Monster,” with Ryan Hecht receiving second place for “Vines of the Jungle.” For the 7 to 10 age bracket, first-place winner Nathan Lee won for his piece, “Wild Thing,” and second place went to Riona Drake for “Monster Mosaic.”

Olivia Sanford won the 11-13 division for “Zentangle,” while Samantha Kovaleski took second place for “The Tree of Color.” For the 14-17 group, Samantha Hall was the first-place winner for “In Focus,” and Taylor Lampert took second for “Cowboy Boot.”

This year, the library added another age division due to the fact they had so many art students. For the group 18-22, first place went to Mollie Butler for “Intertwined,” and second place to Molly Jacobs for “Tree.”

The Judges Award went to Lori Rapuano for “Windblown.” Best in Show went to Andrew John Mullen for “I-95.” Other adult winners were Steve Linde, William Simpson, Bradford McDougall, E.E. Eidman, Laura Eden, Peter Kober and William Hoey.

For more information about upcoming events at the East Granby Public Library, visit www.egpl.org or call 860-653-3002.

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