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SCAN Spring Show & Sale Officially Open; Plaziak Next Visiting Artist



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The 50th Juried Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) Spring Show & Sale celebrated its formal opening last weekend.

Artists, family, and friends gathered at Art & Frame for two hours on Saturday, April 2. More than 70 original works of art had been accepted into the show earlier in the week, and the winners of ten awards were announced Saturday evening.

An oil painting by Lee Skalkos depicting Cherry Grove Farm in Newtown is the show’s grand prize winner. “Dusk at Cherry Grove” was awarded The Larry Newquist Award for Excellence, which in addition to Best in Show honors carries with it a $600 cash award for its creator.

Additional winners announced on Saturday were as follows:

*The Barbara Goodspeed Memorial Award ($250): Katherine Adams, for her watercolor “Resilience,”

*The Marianne Scanlon Memorial Award ($250): Ruth Newquist, for the acrylic “M,”

*The Mary Pat Ramsey Award ($250): Roberta Shea, for “Under the Dogwood,” a print;

*SCAN Members Award ($100): Carmine Palarino, for the mixed media work “Bowl of Sweet Cherries,”

*The Dorothy and Harold Lang Award ($150): Pamela Danneman, for “Apples,” an oil;

*The Newtown Savings Bank Award ($150): Dominick Tomanelli, for work in graphics, “The Street,”

*The People’s United Bank Award ($100): Cathleen Nardo, for her pastel “Time for Me — Painting by the Sea,”

*The Savings Bank of Danbury Award ($100): Lisa Wilvonseder-Greto, for “Tea with Lemon,” a pastel; and

*Caraluzzi’s Market Award ($50): Ed Arribas, for his oil “Limeaid.”

Oil paintings, pastels, acrylic works, watercolors, mixed media, sculpture, and graphic works were all accepted into the show by judges Susan Grisell, Dick McEvoy, and Jane Penfield.

The 50th SCAN Juried Art Show & Sale is on view until May 26.

Located at 77 Main Street, Art & Frame is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am-6 pm.

Program Notes: Location & Time Change

SCAN’s next artist demonstration is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13.

Readers should note that it will begin at 5 pm (earlier than usual), and it will be in the community room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street — a temporary location.

Guest artist Steve Plaziak will be painting in watercolor, narrating his steps and style while working.

The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free. Note that this meeting is only open to fully vaccinated participants.

Growing up in Rhode Island (and now living in Guilford), Plaziak frequented Providence Art Club as a child and was inspired early on by Rhode Island artists such as Spencer Crooks.

Over the years, Plaziak has taken many fine art workshops with Don Stone, David Dewey, Gary Tucker, and other artists, all of whom have influenced his approach. Plaziak is a member of many Shoreline arts organizations and opens his studio each November for the Shoreline Arts Trail weekend.

On Wednesday, April 27, SCAN will host Jacqueline Jones painting a landscape with oils.

That program is planned for 1:30 pm in the Great Room of Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

Reservations are not taken for SCAN programs but additional information is often available at SCANart.org.


Managing Editor Shannon Hicks can be reached at shannon@thebee.com.

Lee Skalkos stands with her certificate noting her oil painting, “Dusk at Cherry Grove,” was awarded The Larry Newquist Award for Excellence during last weekend’s opening and awards reception for The 50th Juried Society of Creative Arts of Newtown Spring Show & Sale. —photos courtesy Lee Skalkos
“Dusk at Cherry Grove” by Lee Skalkos.
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