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The Guild Hall 73rd Annual Artist Members Exhibition

Originally Posted: May 10, 2011

Top Honors Christa Maiwald. (Courtesy Photo: Guild Hall)

East Hampton - The 73rd Guild Hall Artist Members show, featuring over 300 artists, opened Saturday, May 7 and runs through June 11.

Best Landscape Darlene Charneco. (Courtesy Photo: Guild Hall)

This is the oldest non-juried museum exhibition on Long Island and one of the few non-juried exhibitions still offered. "It is open to every artist member of Guild Hall. This is an important exhibition for the community and that is why we love to host it," says Michelle Klein, Guild Hall Assistant Curator/Registrar/Lewis B. Cullman Associate for Museum Education, who organized the exhibition. The installation was supervised by Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Director/Chief Curator, Guild Hall Museum. Many works are available for sale. Awards Judge Deborah Cullen, Ph.D., Director of Curatorial Programs at El Museo del Barrio, New York selected this year's winners.

The top honor of distinction was awarded to Christa Maiwald, "Latin Songbirds" (Morales, Correa, Chavez). Her work will be featured in a solo exhibition in Guild Hall's Spiga Gallery. Deborah Cullen said of Maiwald's piece, "It's compelling in its concept. It spoke to me above all the others. It is very, very unique and has an original voice. I'd like to see an entire show of this artist's work."

Winners In Additional Categories

 • Best Abstract Painting: Philippe Cheng
 • Best Representational Painting: Pat Moran
 • Best Photograph: Mary Ellen Bartley
 • Best Work on Paper: Lawrence Wolfson
 • Best Sculpture: Jeff Muhs
 • Best Mixed Media: Janet Culbertson
 • Catherine and Theo Hios Best Landscape Award: Darlene Charneco
 • Best New Artist: Athena Savalas

Honorable Mentions Include

Laura Benjamin, John Philip Capello, Jack Dowd, Lawrence Ellenberg, David Gamble, Gerry Giliberti, Barbara Groot, Grant Haffner, Anna Plesset, Robert Schwarz, Michael Slifka, and Gil Turpin.

When asked about her overall impression of the members show, Cullen said, "There's an incredible mix - painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography. There is an ecosystem of work and a range of visual voices - representational, abstract. There is an active art scene out here, and I'm glad that Guild Hall is fostering it."

For 73 years Guild Hall Museum has reserved space in its exhibition schedule for the Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition. Artists, representing every level of development, enter to underscore their support for the museum and its dynamic role in the community as a Museum, Theater and Educational Arts Center.

Best Mixed Media Janet Culbertson. (Courtesy Photo: Guild Hall)

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