The Art Association of OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2009 AAO MembersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Exhibition opened on Saturday, July 11th at the Oswego Civic Arts Center with an artistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ reception and an awards ceremony. This yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top award winner was Phillip Moore of Fulton. His digital photograph, entitled Quiet, earned him the Best of Show award and an opportunity for a solo art exhibition next year in the Civic Arts CenterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jo Hyse Gallery.
First Prize and a check for $75 went to Ron Throop for an acrylic painting on paper called Lucky Kid Usury. Second prize and a check for $50 went to Charlotte Cady for her mixed media quilt, Glorious. Third Prize and a check for $25 was awarded to printmaker George OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Connell for his hand colored linoleum cut entitled ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s All about the Bass Player.
Earning Honorable Mentions for this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s show were Dan Rounds, for his large-scale color photograph Stop in Blue; Cayetano Valenzuela, for a mixed media piece titled The Snake and the Deer; John Pupparo, for a wood carving called Androgeny; Peter Mahan, for his gelatin silver print Rhythms in Steel;and Cena Ringwald for her acrylic painting, Grumpy Owl.
The awards judge for this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s show was William R. DeForest III. Mr. DeForest is both a fine artist and graphic designer who currently heads the Graphic Design department at Bryant and Stratton College in Syracuse. He is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and has a MasterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Printmaking from the Ohio State University as well as a MasterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degree in Medical Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Oswego Civic Arts Center is located at the northernmost end of East 4th Street in Oswego directly across from Fort Ontario. Regular gallery hours are 2-5 pm on weekends. This exhibition will run through Sunday, August 9th. Group tours are welcome. Call the Art Association at 315 343-5675 with questions or visit them at www.oswegoarts.org.