Tequesta, Fla. (February 26, 2014) — Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum Curator Barbra Broidy and Executive Director Katie Deits gave ribbons and cash awards to artists in the ArtCenter’s new exhibition Pop Art: A Contemporary Perspective. Nearly 200 art lovers, collectors and artists gathered together at February’s 3rd Thursday evening to share in the excitement of the opening and awards presentation. The exhibition showcases the work of 30 artists who used the inspiration of the Pop Art movement of the ‘60s to tie-in with the continuing celebration of ArtCenter’s 50th anniversary this year.
Judge Pat Crowley shared his comments about the creative homage that he saw in many of the pieces. He was very “impressed by the originality in the work that was presented while recognizing the nod to history.” In addition, he shared congratulations to all the participants and explained that “it was a nice surprise to see the bold use of colors,” and that the show “made me feel cheerful when I walked through it.”
Pat Crowley, currently on the ArtCenter faculty, was the editorial cartoonist, art director and illustrator for The Palm Beach Post for three decades. He was a founding staffer of The Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. and the Palm Beach ArtsPaper. His political cartoons have been seen in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times. He has illustrated eight books, numerous magazine articles, and has contributed to Palm Beach Life magazine for more than twenty five years.
Of the many pieces of art submitted, awards were presented as follows: Best of Show went to Dennis Aufiery for his large-scale oil on canvas titled Tambro; First Place to Nadine Saitlin for her 3-D moveable painting Red, White and Blue; Second Place awarded to Peter Roth for Doubt; Third Place to Judy Flescher for Frenzy, Honorable Mentions to Natalie Carlton for Pop You in the Kisser and Michael Prezekop for Three Powdered Donuts.