Mount Kisco, NY-- The first annual Local Art Contest and Exhibit showcased a taste of the talent the town possesses Saturday in the Mount Kisco Public Library.
Alan Reingold, local artist and teacher at the Parsons School of Design, was the judge of the event. He selected the works by Ron Louie and Suhua Wood as his choice for first place and honorary mention, respectively.
While the quality of the art was taken into consideration, Reingold said he was looking at a more underlying aspect.
Effort, to me, is everything, and thats what Im looking at mostly in this room, for people who have sharpened their skills and really pushed themselves, he said.
Louie and Wood hit those marks and were rewarded with blue and gold ribbons. Louie was not in attendance, but Wood was present and was very appreciative of the honor.
Wood has been practicing art for decades and moved from China to the United States in 1987 to pursue an artistic future. In 1996, Wood, then a textile designer and artist, had a child. Once her daughter was in school, she dedicated much of her down time to painting. She developed an appreciation of landscape and still-life, which she calls a very, very powerful love.
One of the younger participants, high school senior Lizzy Benway, created Ron, a high school project turned sculpture that captivated some of the audience. The process for Benway, though, was what she cherished about the piece.
It made me feel great when I was working on it. It calmed, relaxed and focused me, she explained. Art is really beautiful, whatever form it is. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and especially, the artist.
The artists themselves, according to Reingold, are what truly are on display.
I look at these pieces, which are superb, all the different age groups, eclectic spirit, and the different innate wiring," he said. "It is the most fun to be a judge in any of these events to see how different we are.
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