By Katie Lovett
---- — The Newburyport Art Association’s 16th annual Regional Juried Show opens today and will continue through May 27 at the Water Street gallery.
The show, which was open to all artists, regardless of membership in the art association, features 178 works. A total of 631 submissions were entered into the show.
The show includes 20 acrylics, 54 oil paintings, 16 watercolors, 44 photographs, 11 pastels, three drawings and two fine craft pieces. Also, 15 mixed-media pieces were selected, as well as five prints, four sculptures and four digital artworks.
Al Miner, assistant curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, served as the juror for the show. He named Patricia Schappler’s drawing, “Fourteen,” of a young adolescent boy as the recipient of the Sam Sargent Award for Best in Show.
“We are left to look deeply into this boy’s eyes and soul as he begins to look deeper into himself. Wearing sloppy gym shorts he is easy to relate to. We all know this boy, maybe you were him once or maybe you see your now grown son in his stance,” Miner wrote. “Titling the work ‘Fourteen’ and not the real boy’s name heightens the familiarity. He hasn’t yet grown into his big hands, and while his budding musculature is visible in his torso his shoulders slightly bow and his eyes expose his softness.
“The large scale matches his bravado, but isn’t so large as to make him confront us as an adult equal,” he added. “‘Fourteen’ is a portrait of both a person and of male adolescence itself.”
The public can attend a reception with the artists on Sunday, May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Other winners include:
Ann Strassman for “Disconnections X,” Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation Award for work in Acrylic
Steve Bentley for “Lil’ Peeper,” RE/MAX On The River Award for work in Digital Art
Patricia Schappler for “Fourteen,” Matter Communications, Inc. Award for work in Drawing
Nancy Morgan for “Despair,” Newburyport Development Award for work in Fine Craft
Suzanne Papin for “Discards, “ Strem Chemicals, Inc. Award for work in Mixed Media
Noriko Fox for “The Beginning,” Mary Alice Arakelian Award for work in Oil
Skip Motes for “Cross Farm Hill, Plum Island,” Laura Coombs Hills Award for work in Pastel
Jim Cahoon for “Light, “ Newburyport Area Industrial Development Foundation Award for work in Photography
Hannah Lawler for “Don’t Go Into That Barn,” Newburyport Five Cents Savings Award for work in Printmaking
Sam McCarthy for “Birthday Cake,” Philip J. Stern Memorial Award for work in Sculpture
Ann Jones for “The Seven Seas,” H. Patterson Hale Jr. Charitable Foundation Award for work in Watercolor
The following artists received honorable mentions: Dariush Nejad, Debbie Shirley, Jerry Aissis and Sam McCarthy.