Two Darienites Win Awards at Rowayton Arts Center’s Marine and Coastal Art Exhibit

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Winners of the Marine & Coastal Exhibit were announced at the Rowayton Arts Center’s opening reception Sunday, including two from Darien.

Nancy Gramps of Darien won first place in the mixed-media category, and Joanna Bridges won second place in the photography category.

— an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

Rowayton Arts Center exhibit winners Nancy Gramps Joanna Bridges

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Darien residents Nancy Gramps and Joanna Bridges win awards in the Marine & Coastal Exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center


Susan Fehlinger of Bridgeport won Best in Show for her oil painting, Beach Cottage. Award winning artist and instructor Will McCarthy selected the winners from almost 80 entries. Exhibit chairs were Sandy Mills of Norwalk and Elaine Pagano of the Rowayton section of Norwalk.

The award winners include:


Best In Show- Susan Fehlinger (Bridgeport) Beach Cottage

Acrylic- 1st Place- Kim Romero (Southport) On the Pier

2nd Place- Virginia Jennewein (New Canaan) Rocks- Sherwood Island Park

3rd Place- Leslie Ware (Norwalk) Old Salts, Nova Scotia

Honorable Mention- Heidi Lewis Coleman (Stamford) Seaspray 1 & 2

Mixed Media

1st Place- Nancy Gramps (Darien) Turks – Two Birds of a Feather

2nd Place- Ginger Jespersen (Weston) Thousand Islands

Oil- 1st Place- Kris Toohey (Westport) Summer View

2nd Place- Susan Leggitt (Norwalk) Stolen Heart

3rd Place- Alan Sprules (Rowayton) Boat Yard


1st Place- Monique Michaels (Armonk, NY) Exhale Edition 1/7

2nd Place- Joanna Bridges (Darien) Last Light Over Long Neck Point

3rd Place- Rick Pank (Rowayton) The Boatworks

Honorable Mention- David Kaplan (Greenwich) Sunrise in the Reeds

Watercolor- 1st Place- Marianne Rothballer (New Canaan) View from Wilson Point

2nd Place- Hanneke Goedkoop (Rowayton) Ocean III

Since the 1960s, the Rowayton Arts Center has been a cultural gem in the community. Regional artists exhibit and sell their work in the gallery. The Art School offers classes to children and adults at all levels. The RAC Gallery and Art School are located on Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue.

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