Members, Students and Faculty Show Off Summer Work at LBIF Exhibit

By Pat Johnson | Aug 21, 2019
Artwork by: Ardeth Schuyler ‘Lazy Afternoon’ oil painting by Ardeth Schuyler won a merit award.

Loveladies — The annual Member/Student/Faculty Exhibit at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is the most anticipated show of the year at the Loveladies institution. Those who have labored in the arts over the summer get a chance to show off what they have accomplished, and this year there is a brightening mood and a reconnection to all things LBI: the sun, surf and sand.

Starting with the ocean views: Lori Bonanni’s oil painting “Crashing” has brought the surf indoors. It’s a generous piece of transparent summer wave for which she won a merit award. Carol Freas also took an award for her “Boogie On” watercolor of a child surfing on a bodyboard. Susan Hennelly is the third local artist to win a merit award for her “Water b” watercolor painting in layers of aqua color.

Olga Choulindina’s “Waves and Stones” captures the rhythm of the tides and Elizabeth Carol Winchester’s “Jupiter,” of clouds, ocean and pier, makes use of deep marine tones set against a turbulent sky. Jane Robins’ pastel of the beach, “Breaking,” won an award, as did Joseph Sweeney’s “Key West Catamaran” oil painting on museum board. Sweeney, from Ardmore, Pa., is a plein air painter from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts who teaches at the LBIF.

Robert Baum chose to stay landward and paint “Dune Haiku” in oils – another blue ribbon-winner.

Gail Sidewater’s photos of sailing ships, “Away” and “Blue Palette,” are framed in circular “portholes” and are as refreshing as a sea breeze.

The homage to the salt-life is welcome, but there is variation in the exhibit.

Howard Weinstone’s “Lunar” and “Seated Figure” sculptures and Harris Ross’ “Love Bugs” immediately bring Picasso to mind. Picasso, the art genius of the 20th century, is still influencing works both subliminally and overtly – it’s like seeing an old friend that you have missed.

Alan Wechscer’s two cedar-wood sculptures, “Alan” and “Laura,” also reference that mid-century era. Well, as in fashion, everything old is new again.

Sofia Mencarini has paid homage to the Foundation itself by recreating it in excruciating miniature. “The Foundation” received a ribbon for the effort.

Back to painting: Linda Ramsay takes us far afield with her large, colorful acrylic paintings, “City Hall, Philly” (award winner) and “Ben Franklin Bridge.” Guna Mundheim received a ribbon for “Face as Landscape,” an experiment in combining small canvas and large canvas for a three-dimensional look.

Amber Manoski received a merit award for her small oil on cardboard, “6:46 on Haines Street.” Sometimes going small is a way to make a mysterious painting appear more so.

Ardeth Schuyler went big with “Lazy Afternoon,” an acrylic painting with energetic brushwork and color that won her a ribbon.

Silkscreen was offered as a studio sampler this summer, and Elizabeth Ventura has exhibited “Poppies Will Make Them Sleep,” a silkscreen with metallic ink.

Ceramicist Sue Pohanka continues to delight with her design sense in “Mothes Times Five” stoneware and “Seven Birds” plate.

Ceramicist Sandra Kosinski won a ribbon for her beautiful “Lithium Blue Vase” and received a few chuckles for her “It’s Just a Fluke,” a lifelike ceramic flounder.

Nina Wiener’s “White Stoneware Crater” seems to grow out of volcanic rock. She won a ribbon as did Sandy Silverman’s series of doorstops, “It Takes a Village,” made of paper clay.

Other fine crafts included Jeff Rumeli’s blown “Optic Twist Vases” and Tino Santini’s “Atlantis I and II” blown murrine glass.

Wendy Sidewater’s jewelry includes sterling silver ring and earrings, and a “Skeleton Spoon” made by Sydney Mount won him a ribbon.

Photography did not garner any ribbons, but Carol Nussbaum’s “Limelight Hydrangea” in mandala form and Tony DiBella’s two prints “Girder” and “Intersection,” are winners nonetheless.

Most of the works, on display until Sept. 1, are for sale, and there are some bargains for the art lover.

— Pat Johnson


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