- The 72nd Annual Guild Hall
Members Art Exhibition opening packed the house on Saturday, with more than 350 artists participating this year, as the shoulder to shoulder crowd eagerly awaited the announcement by Executive Director, Ruth Appelhof
, of the nine winners and five Honorable Mention artists recognized for their achievement.
Executive Director of Guild Hall Ruth Appelhof announces this year's winners.
This year the Top Honors went to Frank Wimberley
. The awards judge was Ben Genocchio
, former art critic for The New York Times
, and organized by Michelle Klein
, Curatorial Assistant/Registrar at Guild Hall.
With wine donated by Amagansett Wine & Spirits and food by Citarella, the participating artists, Guild Hall members and just about everyone else in The Hamptons appeared to be gathered in the front foyer to applaud, cheer and show their support for all the artists who participated in what might be perceived as a congenial melee by some, yet beckons participation by many year after year after year.
And The Winners Are:
• Top Honors: Frank Wimberley
• Best Abstract: Eunice Golden
• Best Representational Work: Darius Yektai
• Best Photograph: Mary Ellen Bartley
Artist Frank Wimberley with his work "Straingere" (bottom right), acrylic on canvas, which was awarded Top Honors.
• Best Work on Paper: Dan Welden
• Best Sculpture: Monica Banks
• Best Mixed Media: A.G. Duggan
• Catherine and Theo Hios Best Landscape Award: Ty Stroudsburg
• Best New Artist: Willian F. Negron
Darius Yektai's work "Feather Vase" was awarded Best Representational Work.
• Honorable Mention: Dorothy Frankel, Joy Goldkind, Grant Haffner, Penny Kaplan and Jeanette Martone
A hearty congratulations to all the winners, and special thanks to Guild Hall and those responsible for the herculean task of organizing and presenting all the works in a cohesive, enjoyable and thought-provoking manner.
Amid the good-natured, as well as genuine grumbling and grousing, one fact is indisputable, Guild Hall has once again provided an opportunity for members to participate in a favorite annual event and wonder just how they "measure up" to the competition. The exhibition warrants more than one visit to be treated to the talent, skill, creativity and imagination of the artistic works on view, and to leave being suitably impressed with an event that allows all participants to shine.
Eunice Golden's work "Statsis #2" was awarded Best Abstract.
With the significant number of artists who participate in this event, it would seem judging the number of submitted works in such a short period of time is, at best, daunting, and with no apparent criteria or guidelines provided to participants a few of the award winning works might appear a bit out of character with their matching category, it nonetheless must be noted that all the organizers themselves are certainly deserving of an award as well.
On May 3 and May 17, at 12:30 p.m. Guild Hall will host "Lunch Time Lectures" to meet this year's winners, who will speak about their work, at the Boots Lamb Education Center. It is suggested that attendees bring a brown bag lunch.
Additionally, on Saturday, May 15, at 3 p.m. Klein will interview this year's winners.
The Members Exhibition will be on view at Guild Hall through June 5.
Best New Artist was awarded to William F. Negron for his work, "Sofrito."
Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.