Art Harvest Show at Pine Shores Art Association

By Pat Johnson | Nov 13, 2019
Artwork by: James Maloney Artist James Maloney won a merit award for his watercolor ‘Autumn Glow’ in the PSAA Fall Harvest show.

Manahawkin — The annual Pine Shores Art Association’s Art Harvest is one of the treats of the season. Each year it seems to get better and better as artists in the association put their best efforts to the public test. This year, Tom Pickle won Best in Show for his rendering of “September in Stockholm.” We hope he enjoyed his trip – and thankfully he came back with photos to use for his painting, which has a decidedly “old world” feel to it.

Special award winners included Dee Turba for her gouache painting of ducks at the Tuckerton Seaport titled “Shovelers.” This was the 2019 Duck of the Year during the Ocean County Decoy and Waterfowlers show. I believe she won first prize in that art show, as well, for this piece.

Paul Jablonski’s painting “Little Girl in a Pink Hat” is a tour de force. The water fountain is painted so realistically that it makes our mouths water. Artists always have trouble depicting hands and expressions, especially of children, but Jablonski had no trouble at all. It’s also painted in gouache, a medium that requires a lot of training and patience to master. Kudos!

Robert Heyer is no stranger to Pine Shores, having taught many of the artists in the show how to handle watercolor. A signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Heyer always completes an admirable painting. His watercolor “The Harvesters” has won him a  Special Award to add to his many awards.

Nancy Camilleri’s sensitive pencil drawing of a baby, “Luke,” deserves the Judge’s Choice award it garnered. This may be a special baby to her, but we can all appreciate its baby face.

“Roxy’s World,” a watercolor by Melody Johnson Schossig, has the spareness of color reminding us of that watercolor painter of “Christina’s World,” Andrew Wyeth. Her dog portrait captured a Judge’s Choice Award, as did Jean Lightcap’s oil painting of her Labrador, “Marnie Opening Day.”

And let’s hear it for the sometimes unappreciated still life; Nadine Yura won the judge’s eye with her oil painting of peppers, titled “Triplets.”

Debra Jospe is a punster; all her meticulous graphite drawings of objects are innately tied to their titles. In this case, “Key Ring” of a bunch of keys arranged in a circle gives us a chuckle. She won a special award for her clever design and artistic skill.

James Maloney paints koi fish like no other artist. His ponds serve as a transport into that other, watery world. His watercolor of koi fish titled “Autumn Glow” won a merit award.

Artist Chuck Sulkowski approaches abstract art in his “Boat House Doors. Maine.” He saw colors in the rusting and weathered wooden doors that are just beautiful. Funny how nature conspires to produce those sensory combinations that wow the artist in us all.

And Rose Sinatra’s use of wet into wet watercolor technique pushed her simple painting of “Amish Buggy #1” into the winners circle.

“After the Fire 1968” must have deep meaning for artist Ed Rennar. This was the fire in the Pine Barrens of Atlantic,Ocean and Burlington counties that was dubbed “Black Saturday” because seven people died. The artist has deftly painted fire gear and a sad Dalmatian.

Carlo Gaboadi won the artists choice award, voted on by his peers.

The Art Harvest Show continues at PSAA through Nov. 26 at the gallery at 94 Stafford Ave. in Manahawkin. —P.J.

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