The Darien Historical Society opened its “To the Table” art exhibition of local and regional artists in late August and announced the awards for the best judged works. The exhibition runs through the end of September. Free wine and cheese receptions are offered on all Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 8:30 pm (on Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28). In addition to the exhibition, the Society’s historic House Museum is also open to the public without charge.
Randi Jane Davis won the Best in Show for her oil on linen painting entitled, “A Mix of Fruit and Vegetables.” This composition is both beautiful and serene with luminescent peppers and radishes on a table top shining against a muted palette of watermelon and greens. Davis maintains a studio and gallery at the Wilson Artist Loft Association in Norwalk, has exhibited at Noroton Gallery in Darien and is represented by Galleria d’Arte in Ridgefield. Also, Davis pioneered an artist-in-residence program with the historic Boston landmark Faneuil Hall and was the first artist invited to create on-site paintings, which were exhibited at Faneuil Hall in 2010
First Prize went to Betty Ball for her “Image in Transit No. 2.” Ball graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design and continued her studies at the Silvermine Arts Center and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.
Britt Bair won Second Prize for “Heads of Cattle” and Dana Goodfellow-Ungerland won Third Prize for “Flower and Vegetable Farm.” Honorable Mentions were earned by Sandra Farley Aldrich for “On the Road to Cavendish,” Andrea Bonfils for “Peaks and Valleys” and “Sunset Woods II,” Judith Lambertson for “A Farm in Umbria,” Nobuko Miki for “Vegetable Basket,” Isabel Reynaltti Negron for “Day at the Museum Farm,” Vera Rahn for “On the Kitchen Table,” Sergey Stepanenko for “The First Spring,” Lisa Thoren for “Henhouse” and Natalie Timoshin for “A Radish Is a Radish Is a.”
“To the Table” includes paintings, watercolors and photographs depicting the farm to table phenomenon and more: Farms, barns, farm animals, fruits and vegetables, flowers and orchards, roadside stands and markets and fishing. Thirty percent of all sales will benef
it the historical society for use in its educational programs for school children and for exhibitions in the Scofield Barn. The hours of the show and the house museum are Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. The exhibition will run until Sunday, Sept. 30. During the course of the show, tours of the house museum are also free of charge.
The Darien Historical Society is at 45 Old Kings Highway North in Darien, right next to Goodwives Shopping Center.
More info: 655-9233, email email@example.com or visit darienhistorical.org.