Westernville artist wins
association’s Best of Show


BEST OF SHOW — Lynne Reichhart of Westernville stands next to "Gilis," her acrylic painting which won the Best of Show award in the Rome Art Association’s Membership Exhibit. The show runs through Aug. 31 in the Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St. See www.romeart.org for times. (Sentinel photo by Norm Landis)

Lynne Reichhart of Westernville won the Best in Show award with her acrylic painting "Gillis" in the Rome Art Association Membership Exhibit.

It’s one of four shows on display in the Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St. The RAA exhibit ends Aug. 31, while the other exhibits run through Sept. 14. Rome Art And Community Center’s galleries are open for free Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Several special awards were presented. Listed are the person picking the art, the group they represent, the artist and the artwork. They are:

Mayor Joseph Fusco, City of Rome, Gary Price, Jacob the Sleepwalker.

Director Lauren Getek of the Rome Art and Community Center, Thomas Besl, Roots Exposed 2

Director Lisa Matte, Jervis Public Library, Jane Grace Taylor, When I Lose Who I Am, I Become Who I Might Be

President Sue Costanza, Utica Art Association, Daniel C. Bertrand, Audrey’s Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Norm Landis, The Daily Sentinel, Philippa Schrader, Marblehead Lighthouse

Amy Vanmeter, Rome City School District, Gary Price, Jacob the Sleepwalker

Awards by categories, in descending order (two honorable mentions in watercolor) are:

Crafts — Suzanne Costanza, Stained Glass Jacket; Sharon Trudi Kaples, Birds Galore; Philippa Schrader, Self Portrait; Philippa Schrader, Marblehead Lighthouse

Mixed Media — Sue Costanza, Golden Nuggets; Lucy Service, Abstract Squares; Philippa Schrader, Squared Off; Brenda Antonowicz, Graceful Departure

Graphics — Daniel C. Bertrand, Audrey’s Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Sarah Price, The Castle; Angela Marchefka, My Bean; Sarah Price, Sister Earth

Sculpture — Thomas Besl, Time Pales; Alice Dennis, I Gotta Crow; Alice Dennis, Bubbles the Pack-O-Derm; Jane Grace Taylor, Timeless

Photography and Digital Art — Thomas Besl, Roots Exposed 1; Diane Berry, Nebula; Diane Berry, Morning Light; Sharon Trudi Kaples, A View of the Valley

Watercolor — Jane Grace Taylor, When I Lose Who I Am, I Become Who I Might Be; Joan Tell, The Gardener’s Cottage; Lucy Service, Water Reflections; Sandra DeVisser, Aerolite; Pat Besl, Foxglove

Oil — Rebecca Petrie, Self; Marsha Petrie, With Quiet Eyes; Michael DeFilippo, End of the Growing Season; Rebecca Petrie, Midas Touch

Pastel — Pat Besl, Jack and the Fiddleheads; Pamela Menotti, Go with the Flow; Pamela Menotti, Sun Splash

Acrylics — Kristie Boisen, God Gave Me You; Lynne Reichhart, Pixley Falls; Gary Price, Jacob Sleepwalking; Gary Price, February 14th

Anyone interested in the aims and objectives of the Rome Art Association is welcome to join for $15 a year. The group meets on the first Thursday of the month, generally in the art center (October and November meeting locations are to be announced). A social period with Artist of the Month selections is held at 7 p.m. with a brief business meeting at 7:30 and then a guest speaker.

On the net: www.romeart.org