KINGSTON - The gallery of Kingstonâ€™s South County Association is hosting multi-media art displays during the The South County Art Association Open Media Juried I, which runs through June 9.
SCAAâ€™s quaint New England showrooms brim with a various assortment of entries from two-dimensional media such as paintings and photography, as well as intricately detailed sculptures and models.
One of the artists whose works are on view and entered in the Associationâ€™s Media Jury on May 17 is Lenny Rumpler. His photograph entitled â€śBuoys Reflectingâ€ť garnered second place in the Media Jury. Rumpler is a seasoned veteran of the photography trade and, for a lengthy stretch of his career, almost exclusively photographed bridges that â€śvery few people have ever seen with their own eyes.â€ť His artwork has been previously featured in Portsmouth and Newport art showings. Rumpler said the first decades of his picture taking were done in the old school film style. â€śMy photography involved nothing but black and white films prints and a darkroom,â€ť he said of his early days.
Another highlight of the exhibit is Marc Jaffeâ€™s ominous photograph â€śGolden Boysâ€ť, which seemed to glimmer on the far wall. The piece depicted rather well-dressed, gold painted manikin staring blankly into (or rather facing) a distorted full-length mirror. Much less surreal but miles more captivating was Jaffeâ€™s third prize-winning photograph of a sunlit St. Patrickâ€™s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. Claudia Flynnâ€™s mixed media display, â€śBarbie Meets Bambi Hybridâ€ť, looked something like an oversized, blue-eyed doll head welded to the body of a decorative plastic deer. Flynnâ€™s composition was by far the most bizarre work of the gallery and, as a direct result of its undeniable weirdness, one of the most eye-catching. Judy Salvadore in a discussion about her photograph â€śGold Finch Valentineâ€ť. Salvadore explained that the sudden death of a songbird on her home windowsill provided the inspiration for the picture; She decorated a small funeral arrangement consisting of flower petals and leaves for the deceased finch when she felt compelled to â€śmemorialize the beautiful little animal.â€ť Salvadore added that the work will serve as â€śthe start to a large project series involving animals.â€ť Judy Salvadore is an active member of the Warwick Animal Shelter.
Colleen Holloranâ€™s pencil and acrylic illustration of a young girl entitled In The Medicine Cabinet took the Media Juryâ€™s first prize.
If you go
The South County Art Association is located at 2587 Kingtown Road, Kingston. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call 783-2195 or visit www.southcountyart.org. The SCAAâ€™s All Media Open Juried Exhibition will continue until June 9.