New art celebrated this fall

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This past weekend The Bennington Center for the Arts held an opening reception for its two fall exhibitions, The Collective Members' Show and the Artists for the New Century.

Artists from as far away as California, Arizona and North Carolina were in attendance for the events put on at the Center in their honor.

The members' show, now on display, is the inaugural exhibition for the Center's new artist membership group, The Collective. Artists that make up the group include over 70 of the finest artists in the country. Signature, master and artist members submitted work for this fall show and the signature members selected the 50 pieces of two and three dimensional artwork that are now on display.

The second show that was opened this past Saturday was Artists for the New Century. For this show some of the finest art publications in the country assisted the Center by nominating artists to be included in the show. The publications include Art of the West, Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air and Southwest Art Magazines. The artists each selected a piece of artwork that best represented their talents and sent it to Bennington for this important exhibition. The artists are not necessarily "emerging" but are very talented artists that have not necessarily received the recognition they deserve. This show brings almost 60 of these artists together in one place with all work available for sale.

With 30 artists from all over the country, the opening reception was well attended. In addition to the artists, the opening reception also drew in a nice crowd of art lovers from around the area. With free admission all day, many people visited during business hours to enjoy the art and get a chance to visit with those that created it.

An important part of the reception was the announcement of the awards. Fine Art Connoisseur and Southwest Art each selected an award winner to receive a full page ad in an upcoming issue. Coincidentally, the winner for both was Hiu Lai Chong with her piece Into the City. The Bennington Award went to Rachel Pettit's oil painting, Alpine Mist. The winners from the Laumeister Fine Art Competition as judged by California artist Calvin Liang were announced as well. Naomi Shachar received First Place for her painting, The Fisherman; Jonathan Stasko received Second Place for the Line Up and A Deeper Meaning by William Schneider received the Third Place award.

The Bennington Center for the Arts is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday and the shows are available to view online at www.TheBennington.org. The work will be at The Bennington until Dec. 23.

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