Local artists received awards in "Alternative Visions: Abstract & Abstractions," the all-media exhibit at the Rowayton Arts Center, which runs through Aug. 28.

Darien resident Dana Goodfellow placed first in the oils category, and Pat Atkin received an honorable mention. New Canaan resident Antoinette Vardamis was awarded second place in the oils category. Pam Lindberg, Jan Raymond and Vicki French Smith, from Darien; and Terry Spring, from New Canaan, also had works featured in the exhibit.

The winners were selected by painter and sculptor Sandy Garnett from 75 works by 49 exhibiting members of the Arts Center.

"It was an honor to judge the Alternative Visions exhibition for the Rowayton Arts Center. As a fellow artist, I often employ representational material in order to abstract it. The same goes for taking the concept of, let's say, `portraiture' and expanding the definitions in an alternative, contemporary fashion," he said "I appreciated the breadth of work in this exhibit, the range of media, genres and creative styles."

"When I quickly scanned the room, I was immediately struck by Lilly Langotsky's `Gorge,' a smallish square abstract landscape. Although it is difficult to select among an assortment of media, I felt that this painting best summarized the various flavors and flourishes to be seen in Alternative Visions -- a rich depth of field, free and spontaneous use of medium, a complex palette, and an allusion to the representational elements that can be seen to greater or lesser degrees throughout all the artwork."

The Arts Center gallery at 145 Rowayton Avenue is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. For more information call 203-866-2744.

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