When it comes to Best in Show for a Juried Exhibition from the Newburyport Art Association, the winner is usually a piece that the juror is drawn to again and again.
This was definitely the case for Erin Becker who selected parts earlier this week for the Winter Members Juried Show, Part One. The general star for her was Walter Ostenberg’s oil painting “Morning Splendor – Appleton Farm”.
“I kept coming back to this piece throughout the judging process,” Becker, executive director of the Cambridge Art Association, wrote in her comments for the show. “The play of light on the barn and the muted color palette were both soothing, and the intimate scale begged to be looked at up close.”
Becker also said she felt a personal connection to the barn, as it reminded her of her childhood in rural Pennsylvania.
“The landscape there is the landscape of Wyeth – open fields, historic structures, weathered surfaces,” she wrote. “It is, in many ways, similar to the landscape of rural corners of New England.”
Becker also teamed up with “Acadia Rocky Shore,” a design by Daniel J. Shaw that she picked as the best work in that category.
“This scene is reminiscent of many summer days, spent on the beaches of the North Shore, enjoying the warm sun and the vast expanse of the ocean,” she wrote.
Another memorable landscape, winner of best work in oil, is “Marshland” by Wolfgang Ertl.
“Ertl’s sense of color and texture captures a springtime moment when life is about to burst forth from every corner,” Becker wrote.
A ‘beautifully done watercolor’ of ‘Middle Street’ won a top prize for artist Jane O’Connell, praised by Becker for her ‘sense of light’ and ‘transparent washes of color (which) complement architectural lines “.
Of the 107 pieces Becker has selected for the exhibition, there are 62 oils, 26 watercolors, six sculptures, five prints, four drawings, and four digital artworks.
Sam Sargent Award for Best Show: Walter Ostenberg, “Morning Splendor—Appleton Farm,” Oil
Matter Communications Award for Best Work in Cartoon: Daniel J. Shaw, “Acadia Rocky Shore”
Strem Chemicals Award for Best Work in Digital Art: Thomas Philbrook, “A New World — 1/50”
Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation Award for Best Work in Oil: Wolfgang Ertl, “Marshland”
Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation Award for Best Work in Print: Christine Robinson, “Trees”
Mary Alice Arakelian Foundation Award for Best Work in Sculpture: Jen Boisvert, “Pachama”
Price H. Patterson Hale Jr. Charitable Foundation for Best Watercolor Work: Jane O’Connell, “Middle Street”
Honorable mentions: Judith Larmay, “La Chaire”, oil; Kale Baker, “Storm Brewing on the Merrimack,” oil; and Madeleine Hopkins, “Beach Cottages”, oil
If you are going to
What: Winter Member Jury Show Part One
When: Until February 2. Normal gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.
How much: Free
More information: 978-465-8769 or www.newburyportart.org
In addition to the juried winter exhibition, the Newburyport Art Association showcases the art of its members who joined in 2017 and 2018. “New Members, New Works” runs until February 2, with the reception having place jointly with the exhibition with a welcoming jury.