by Diane Saarinen
Art lovers crowded into the Pen and Brush for the opening of “Full Circle: A Tribute to the Cultural Diversity of Women’s Art.”
Heavy rain and thundershowers could not hold back the crowd from visiting the Pen and Brush, New York on March 8, where awards were announced for the latest exhibition, “Full Circle: A Tribute to the Cultural Diversity of Women’s Art.”
Hunter Clarke of Ardencroft, Delaware took first prize with her work “Parental Instinct 3, Watercolor on paper, 12 x 16″, 2006” part of the Bestiarius series featuring half-animal, half-human images of pregnancy. Other award-winners included Lynn Miller and Barbara Seewald, with honorable mentions going to Israeli artist Dafna Grossman and Kathryn Wagner.Clarke, who attended the ceremony with her family, said her work was “inspired by being pregnant, and the bizarre, animalistic nature of the experience of having a life grow inside oneself. I felt a kinship with predators who hunt and kill to find food for their young, and with those animals having a strong parental instinct.”
The parent-child bond was also explored in the works of Leah Kornfield Friedman and Susan Friedman Schrott. This mother and daughter pair each entered their images “Jewish Sisters” and “Autumn Gypsy Rose” to be juried, coincidentally and unbeknownst to each other. The images represent each artist’s interpretation of Rose Wander Kornfield, Leah’s mother and grandmother to Susan.
The show was wildly popular, with Pen and Brush reporting the largest turn-out of visitors yet for an artists’ reception. Approximately 280 art lovers attended.
Full list of winners:
First Place: Hunter Clarke, “Bestiarium: Parental Instincts 3”
Second Place: Lynne Miller, “American Still Life”
Third Place: Barbara Seewald, “Silent Knight”
Honorable Mention: Dafna Grossman, “Untitled – 01 Right”
Honorable Mention: Kathryn Wagner, “Curtain (2005)”
Don’t forget to visit the “Full Circle: A Tribute to the Cultural Diversity of Women’s Art” virtual exhibit, going on now in Studio HCE.
Images by Diane Saarinen and Peter Fusco.