"Nantucket Ferry, Man at Bow" by Ben Larrabee of Darien was awarded first prize for photography in "Marine & Coastal Art," a juried all-media exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center. Other Darien artists who were juried into the exhibition are Anne Anderson, Dana Goodfellow and Diane Weeks.

Artist and art conservator Helen Kunzman of Artifacts Collections of New York and Artifacts Lanier chose 51 artworks from 80 entries by RAC exhibiting members.

"As juror for this exhibition, I was presented with a wide range of media and styles. I was pleased to find fine technique and visual poetry in so many depictions of the sublime and the mundane. I hope that RAC visitors find much to ponder and take delight in," she said.

"With such an open-ended title as `Marine and Coastal,' one would expect to find classic realistic images of boats and water, shorelines and inlets offered alongside abstracted works that embrace the personal and metaphoric," Kunzman said. "The realism of a small oil painting with its fine brushwork and richness of form finds its counterpart in a poetic watercolor featuring minimal use of color and calligraphic brushstrokes - a personal vision with a strong sense of `place.'"

According to Kunzman, in a pen drawing there is "humor and finesse of hand."

"A mixed-media abstraction whose connection to our theme was essentially based on its color palette caught my eye," she said. "The talented photographers of the RAC offer us a world in chiaroscuro ranging from the dramatic and bold - to a minimalism embracing subtlety and abstraction."

"Marine & Coastal Art" continues through July 29. The RAC gallery at 145 Rowayton Avenue is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. For information, visit www.rowaytonartscenter.org or call 203-866-2744.

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