SAA Announces 2021’s Best in Show Winner: 
Eileen Casey,
“Pond Light”
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Sandwich artist Eileen Casey, this year’s Best in Show Winner at the Scituate Arts Association's Juried Show is no stranger to such recognition having been awarded numerous Best of Shows, including SAA's Best of Show in 2016 and many other awards since beginning her exploration of pastel painting in 2007.  Her works have focused on Nature as a source of artistic inspiration ever since she began drawing plants, birds, and animals as a child. It continues to spark her imagination now as she paints and draws nests, trees, water and landscapes. A graduate of Scituate High and Emmanuel College, she taught Elementary Art in Scituate, directed a school age child care center in Hyannis for 29 years and resides in Sandwich. She currently teaches adult pastel and printmaking classes at the Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable and at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham. She remains active on the Pastel Painters of Cape Cod Board and is a signature member of several national and regional pastel and art organizations.
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Of her winning piece, Pond Light, Casey says, “I have painted more than a few representational local waterscapes and backyard koi and lily ponds. This painting was a departure for me as I simplified the view of light sparkling on the water and plants at a nearby pond. It inspired me to paint an abstracted interpretation of the scene using unexpected colors and simple shapes, rather than a realistic rendering. This work was fun to create with a variety of soft pastels on sanded paper.”
The show’s jurors were Michelle Clarke, a Hanover artist and Best in Show winner at the Scituate Arts Association's 2019 Juried Show, reports “As a local South Shore artist, my goal is to create a piece of art that cannot be passed by without a connection, even if only for a moment;” Nan Daly whose memories of growing up along the Hudson and in the Catskills of NY provide much of the imagery of her abstract paintings and she also enjoys painting the fragile beauty of flowers, especially since it provides an antidote to New England winters and Margaret McWethy who is an Impressionist painter with a lifelong interest in art and the natural world.  Margaret paints the scenes that surround her, but her real subjects are the brilliance of light and the rhythms of nature and combines them with her background in the sciences tends which makes her approach a blend of the analytical and intuitive.
Eileen’s work, along with almost 80 other juried artists' entries from the South Shore and as far Barnstable and  beyond to Connecticut, Rhode Island and Hadley, will be on display at the Front Street Art Gallery through May 2nd  with Virtual Awards Video which will be posted on the SAA’s and Gallery’s websites and Facebook pages (scituateartsassociation.com and frontstreetartgallery.com).
The Gallery is open Thursday to  Sunday from Noon to 5.   The SAA’s Juried Show is sponsored by Business Patrons-Janet Cornacchio, Jack Conway, Scituate  and Business Sponsors-- Coastal Heritage Bank and Frame Center of Hanover.
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