This past weekend The Bennington Center for the Arts held an opening reception for their two fall exhibitions, The Collective Members’ Show and the Artists for the New Century. Artists from as far away as California, Arizona and North Carolina were in attendance for the events held at the Center in their honor.
The Members’ Show, now on display, is the inaugural exhibition for BCA’s new artist membership group, The Collective, which includes over seventy talented representational artists from across the country. Signature, Master and Artist members submitted work for this fall show and the Signature members selected the fifty pieces of two and three dimensional artwork that are now on display.
The second show that was opened this past Saturday was Artists for the New Century. Art of the West, Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air and Southwest Art Magazines, each well respected national art publications, assisted BCA by nominating artists to be included in the show. The artists each selected a piece of artwork that best represented their talents and sent it to Bennington for this collaborative exhibition. This show brings almost sixty artists together with all work available for sale.
The opening reception, which culminated with the announcement of the awards, was well attended by both participating artists and area art-lovers alike. With free admission all day, many people visited during business hours to enjoy the art and to visit with those that created it.
Fine Art Connoisseur and Southwest Art each selected an artist to receive a full page ad in an upcoming issue. Coincidentally, the winner for both was Hiu Lai Chong with her piece Into the City. The Bennington Award went to Rachel Pettit’s oil painting, Alpine Mist. The winners from the Laumeister Fine Art Competition as judged by California artist Calvin Liang were announced as well and cash prizes were awarded. Naomi Shachar received First Place for her painting, The Fisherman; Jonathan Stasko received Second Place for The Line Up and William Schneider received the Third Place award for A Deeper Meaning.