2017 Scituate Arts Association (SAA) Annual Juried Show Winner
SAA Announces 2017’s Best of Show Winner: Winner: Jeanne MacFarland, Late Afternoon, Scituate Light
Hull artist, Jeanne MacFarland, this year’s Best in Show Winner at the Scituate Arts Association's Juried Show is no stranger to such recognition having received four Best in Shows and numerous other awards including a First in Oil from Duxbury’s Winter Show and both the Marine Award and the Phyllis Kendrick Floral Award at North River. Jeanne states that, “I love the honesty of painting from direct observation. Being an alla prima and plein air painter allows me to respond to what is before me, whether it be landscape, still life, figure or portrait and to transfer the experience in paint to the canvas.” A graduate of Maryland Institute, College of Art with a degree in painting, Jeanne has taken classes and workshop with many renowned artists including Daniel J Keys, Ken Auster, John Dimestico, Margaret McWethy, Lois Griffel, Tim Bell, John Kilroy, Jon Redmond, Randy Sexton, Colin Page, Kenn Backhaus, Ray Roberts, Gay Falkenbury and Carol Marine. Her work has been represented in galleries in Provincetown, MA, Charleston, SC and at La Petite Maison in Hingham. She is a member of the blog Girls Just Wanna Paint for just about 7 years.
Of her winning piece, Late Afternoon, Scituate Light, MacFarland says, “I was taking a walk around Lighthouse point in the late afternoon last summer when I found this scene. I loved the long view to the lighthouse across the grasses. I was attracted to the raking late afternoon light and the way the houses complimented the majesty of the lighthouse. It was a different approach to the Scituate Lighthouse that completely drew me in and I knew I had to try to capture the magnificence of the moment.” In 2011 when she Juried for the Scituate Show, Jeanne revealed that that in her work she offers an impressionistic expression and approaches each painting with the goal to create an objects of beauty which nourishes the viewer on a deep level. The show’s Jurors were immediately drawn to this dramatic piece, citing the works “Superb execution. Captured light. Warm undertones come through painting. Soft, yet bold character.” The Jurors for the 2017 Juried Show were Stephen Boczanowski, who like Edward Hopper, searches out local architecture for unusual memorable settings, fantastic roofs, eye-searing colors and exaggerated textures, Eileen Casey, the SAA’s 2016 Best in Show Winner,who focuses on Nature as a source of artistic inspiration, including the nests, trees, landscapes, koi and water that she enjoys painting and Stephen Holland, an artist from his earliest years, his media include acrylic, gouache and watercolor and his subjects include landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits done in representational style that exhibits the disciplines of perspective, composition, design and draftsmanship while retaining a loose and painterly effect.
Jeanne’s work, along with almost 70 other juried artists' entries from the South Shore and as far as Barnstable and the Bridgewaters to Weston and Wakefield, will be on display at the Front Street Art Gallery through April 30th with an Awards Reception on Friday, April 21st from 6:30 to 9. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 to 5 and on Sundays 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.