Colonie Art League, Inc.
Artists of New York's Capital District and beyond.
Established 1974
Results of 2017 CAL Shows

2017 Holiday Show Awards:

1. Painting on Paper:

3rd -#85 Kristin Woodward “Hikers Surprise” W/C
2nd - #37 Paula Haavind “Iris Blooming” WC
1st - #58 Marilyn Merrill “Autumn in New York” WC

2. Painting on Canvas:

HM - #21 Judy Rosolowski "Home Sweet Home" Oil
3rd - #12 James Mise “God’s Rays” Oil
2nd - #60 Ellen Massy “Trucks” Acrylic
1st - #71 Ned Lacey “Waterford Lock 2” Oil

3. Pastel:

HM - #29 Mary Sherwood “Red Doc Martens” Pastel
3rd - #70 Nettye Lamkay “March” Pastel
2nd - #4 Juliet Konieczny “Adirondack Fall” Pastel
1st - #3 Dolores Haberek “Sunset" Pastel

4. Other: (Includes photography)

HM - #41 Chick Owens “Stonehenge at Dusk Mixed
3rd - #34 Sharon Pape “Koi Among Lily Pads” Acrylic/Resin
2nd - #61 Ken Hughes S”IT” Photo
1st - #55 Joan Van Alphen “Melody Medley” Mixed

Emerging Artist #79

Emily Ravida “Washington Park Lake House” W/C

Judges Circle: Works seen as having mature artistic vision

HM - #73 Laurel-Le Lipski “Quiet Dawn W/C
HM - #76 Meggie Carson “Fall Upon the Rocks” Pastel
HM - #90 Carol Meisel “A Walk in the Woods” W/C
HM - #57 Lorenz Worden “Mouse House” Graphite
HM - #89 Susan Lunow “Are You Guys Coming?” Pen/Ink
HM - #19 Charlotte Grattidge “Saratoga Restful Beauty” W/C
HM - #18 Debbie Shaw “Hummingbird Feast” Oil

3rd - #35 Marci Poirier “Stand by Me” W/C
2nd - #77 Linda Brekka “Gary’s Tractor” W/C
1st - #13 Tim Lederach “A Pair of Boobies” W/C

Best of Show #84

Robert Whelan “Fall” Oil

People’s Choice #12

James Mise “God’s Rays” Oil

2017 Town Hall Art Show

1st Place - Ned Lacy "Crashing Snow"

1st - #20 Ned Lacy "Crashing Snow"
2nd Place - Kris Woodward "Passing Storm" 
3rd Place - Susan Coon "An Officer and a Dad" 
Honorable Mention - Mary Sherwood "Face Time"

Pruyn House Art Show

Adjudication of CAL Member Show at the Pruyn House 2017
by Tom Myott

Thank you for the opportunity to judge the artwork submitted to the 2017 CAL members show at the Pruyn House. The work was exceptional. As an art educator and professional artist I viewed the works keeping the following criteria in mind as I chose the award winners: Composition, color, technique, use of light, command of the medium and capturing the essence of the subject matter. It was very difficult to choose based on the quality of the work. As any juror will attest , there is a certain amount of subjectivity in choosing award winners and best in show. I hope my comments will shed some illumination on my choices.

Best of Show

#34 - Anitta DeVanandan "Autumn Shimmer" - I found myself mentally wandering through this narrative landscape. The cool, muted, blue hues in the background create a wonderful sense of depth in contrast to the more vibrant orange leaves in the foreground. The soft application of medium suggests a light wind. The strong, warm sunlight light creates deep, rich, shadows. I could truly sense the density of the forest on the left. The repetition of dark tree trunks strengthened the design of the composition. The variety of different colors used in on the ground was sophisticated and inspiring. I kept coming back to look at this work of art. This work of art embodies the overall essence of what draws viewers in to take a closer look at art. Fabulous!
First Place

#16 Fred Holman "Waiting for the Slutty Nun" - The story behind the title of this work is as interesting as the work itself. I was intrigued by the scene at first. I could sense the slouched gesture of the figures carrying the weight of their belongings, while waiting patiently in line. The artist captured the sense of light marvelously. My eyes then drawn to the focal point of the white counter space between the two dark figures in the front of the line. Loose, but calculated strokes of color capture an impressionistic feel of clothing, walls and floor. Leaving bits of the underpainting showing through added a sophistication and and stylistic elegance to the painterly technique.
Second Place

#13 Cindi Handy "Autumn Gold" Exquisite technical expertise. The
smooth, consistent application of the subtle blue/purple hue of the water is commendable. The painstaking detail of each leaf in the foreground was intense. The use of thirds in a composition was very strong.
Third Place

#38 Nettye Lamkay " Winter Sunset Carmel" - Exceptional
technical skill, the subtle color changes, application of medium, understanding of light, realistic feel of the clouds. I felt the temperature and weather conditions and time of day!
Honorable Mention (in no particular order)

# 31 Jill Murphy "River's Edge"- Lush, rich color. The entire composition is intense. My eyes explored the entire landscape and investigated the vibrant yellow flowers in the foreground.
#52 Tim Lederach "Mekong Siesta" - Technical skill is impressive. Specifically, the worn textures and convincing light on the underside of the boats. I was also drawn to the focal point of the two figures cloaked in red. Peoples Choice as well!
#47 Bev Braun "Copper Glow" - Strong composition, complementary color scheme of blues and oranges, rich textures, intriguing use of lines, shapes, colors and textures, I found myself exploring the tiniest details, lost and found edges.