"Windows in Windows," a color photo by Barbara Murphy of Rowayton, was awarded Best In Show at an exhibition of high-quality photography and sculpture at the Rowayton Arts Center Gallery, 145 Rowayton Avenue, through April 24. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free.

Other local winners include: Black and White Photography - First Place Ben Larrabee (Darien) and Second Place Robert Sachs (Rowayton); Color Photography - First Place Leslie Rottner (Darien), Third Place Vicki French Smith (Darien) and Honorable Mention Lisa Liable (Rowayton) and Jeanette Young Pertz (Rowayton); Sculpture - First Place Pierre Lahaussois (Rowayton); Third Place Stuart Pertz (Rowayton); and Honorable Mention - Pat Atkin (Darien).

In addition to the award winners, participants included Joanna Bridges of Darien; Michael Boll, Hanneke Goedkoop, Mindy Green, Dana Laird, Andrea Letters, Rick Pank, Marilyn Parker and Peggy Kerr Sovek of Rowayton.

Award-winning photographer painter and printmaker Nancy McTague-Stock selected the prize winners from 67 photography and 13 sculpture entries by 45 Rowayton Arts Center members.

"The Rowayton Arts Center continues to grow as a facility for young and old to learn art-making. Evidence of the growing level of professionalism can be seen in this new exhibition," she said. "The variety of photographic methodologies and genres include both traditional and contemporary modalities, by and large all pleasing and intriguing, thus making the juror's job more difficult, yet exciting. The sculptural entries also included a wider variety of media than in previous years, showcasing the resurgence of some media from decades ago while simultaneously embracing the repurposing of found objects. I would think any gallery visitor would find joy in work that is well crafted, thoughtful and, in some cases, entertaining. Congratulations to the center and its membership on a beautiful exhibition"

"Nancy's passion for reinterpreting nature has led her to work in a multiplicity of media," Betty Ball, the exhibit chairman, said. Her works are held in private, corporate and public collections and have been exhibited in many venues in Connecticut plus Mississippi, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Virginia."

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