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January 7, 2014

Winners of Canvas Art Exhibit announced by FAA

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Art Association announces the four award winners of the current 12x12 Canvas Membership Exhibit.

Judge Ann Klingensmith selected the following artists from among a show of close to 50 participants: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Bappe for "Hatching from a Starry Egg", an entry in ink and watercolor; Mark Shafer for "Bow & Eros," an acrylic painting; Gin Lammert for "Single with Character," a work in oil; and Catherine Aalto for "First Snow," an oil.

These works will remain on display in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center through February, and all are available for purchase. In addition, the public is invited to vote for "People's Choice" until Friday. This award will get the winning artist two tickets to the Tracy Lawrence Show at the FACC.

The judge's comments about each piece are below:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Bappe: "Hatching from a Starry Egg." The first thing that struck me about "Hatching from a Starry Egg" was the artist’s use of line as a contour to create both form and shape. The color washes help create the composition. I think that without the color washes, the piece would appear to be disconnected and more about individual thoughts. Mr. Bappe pulled the whimsy of the line and subjects together with the color. The color is muted and rather than pulling down the energy of the linear elements it allows me to focus. Well done.

Mark Shafer: "Bow and Eros." This painting, "Bow and Eros," is an intellectual puzzle of a well-known story –with well-known outcomes except this one has twists. The artist, Mark Shafer, uses the curve of the bow in the lower left corner to pull the eye directly to Cupid. Cupid is standing on the string of the bow – walking and balancing, as if on a tightwire. And indeed it is a tightwire over the sharp heads of arrows also pointing upward, directionally at Cupid. His hands cover his eyes – balanced on a string preforming a death-defying feat. If he [was] to fall on one of his own arrows — it will not be a gentle poke — it would be the end of Cupid. The lace creates an interesting background that shifts in and out of focus. On one reading, it reminds me of handmade lace and, oddly enough, the intricate engineering of a computer’s motherboard. Hard circuits — hard-wired for these kinds of games. The twist isn’t just on one level.

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