Hamden Art League's 62nd Annual Goldenbells Art Exhibition and Sale's Opening Reception

The Hamden Art League announces its 62nd Annual Goldenbells Art Exhibition and Sale, running from Wednesday, May 3rd to Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in the Miller Memorial Library Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Avenue (rear entrance), in Hamden.

The show features over 100 works of original, two-dimensional artworks by members and guest artists. Available for purchase, these works by professional, amateur and emerging artists include those done in oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil, ink, watercolor, print, and mixed media.

The public is warmly invited to the Opening Reception on Tuesday, May 9th, from 7 - 9 pm in the Social Hall of the Senior Center. This festive event includes refreshments and drinks, awards presentations, and raffles for art-related items. There will also be a separate raffle of the oil pastel, North Rim, Grand Canyon, donated by Hamden artist and HAL Treasurer and Newsletter Chair, Dody Gall. Proceeds from all the raffles will fund the Hamden Art League Scholarship, awarded each year to a Hamden High School Senior who plans to major in the visual arts in college and has been accepted to a school of higher education.

The awards to participating artists are donated by local businesses and benefactors. Our judge for this year's show is Maura Galante, an accomplished teacher and artist in the greater New Haven area, specializing in printmaking. She has taught at the Creative Arts Workshop for the last 19 years and is also a faculty member at Betsy Ross Magnet School. In 2014 she gave a demonstration at a HAL meeting of her multi-layered printmaking method.

League members and guest artists are residents of Hamden, Ansonia, Bethany, Cheshire, Meriden, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, Old Lyme, Orange, Shelton, Southbury, South Windsor, Wallingford, West Haven, and Woodbridge. Participating artists are reminded that drop-off for the show will be Tuesday, May 2nd from 4 - 6 pm. at the Senior Center.

The Goldenbells Art Exhibition and Sale is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Senior Center, accessed through the rear entrance of the Miller Memorial Library Complex.

Judge's Comments for the Award Winning Paintings

Whitney Center Best in Show: Elizabeth Hundt Scott, "Jyll in Red": "Glowing warm monochromatic tones; Beautiful handling of the media : the linework against the softness of the pastel and the spots of unexpected color invite long, close inspection."

Clara Hall Baskett Memorial Watercolor Award: Ralph Peccerillo, "Three Sails at Sunset": " Wonderful layering of the paint in the sky and water: the sky glows and complementing colors work very clearly together."

Hamden Art League Award $150: Sue Nally, "Tulips": " Luscious application of paint: contrasting colors are so intense and multi-layered; the blue ties thee whole thing together and moves your eye around the painting."

Hamden Art League Award $100: Richard DeNigris, "Untitled II" : "The looseness of the Imagery and the economy of shape work so well with the jewel-like colors."

Paier College of Art Award in Memory of Adele Paier: Rose Bernabucci, "Sanctuary": "The vertical marks in the foreground together with the soft washes of color, and the range of tones - especially that blue - make the small piece feel much bigger."

DiMotta Artistry Award: Millie Farrell, "Rainbow Sedum": "Layering of intense colors and weaving of the paper make for a composition that draws you in and makes you come in for a closer look."

David Cain Memorial Award: Rosemary Serfilippi, "The Office Chair": "The yellows contrasting with the purples and the quick brush strokes give a feeling of action and motion, but the rectangle of light from the window anchors the scene and makes us notice the chair and its inhabitant."

E. H. Scott Art and Design LLC Award: Daniel Rosner, "Old Campus, Yale": "The media lends itself to a wonderful atmospheric quality. The color works to give a sense of time."


Carol Lambiase, "Baldwin Apple" :" Wonderful layering of color; light and value so well handled." M. Elena Gerard, "Best Lunch": "Objects are angled just right to lead your eye around the painting. Orange strokes here and there work with the green background"

Candace Klein, "Mr. D. Carters": "The face of the Gentleman draws you in. I love the use of color in the skin tone."

Dennis Gentle, "Seabird Rocks": "Almost abstract - a suggestion of a particular scene. The birds bring a sense of place."

Rita Kelly, "Ceramic Vase": "All in complementary colors of blue and orange, the colors work well together without ever fighting each other. Lovely suggestion of light and shadow."

Miller Library Social Rm, 2901 Dixwell Ave, Hamden CT

The Hamden Art League meets the second Tuesday of the month.