Summer Art Show focuses on local landscapes

Jul 20, 2019

The art of eleven local artists drew nearly 200 guests to the Old Methodist Meeting House on Main Street during the 55th annual Bourne-Wareham Art Association Summer Art Show and Sale on Saturday. 

The show featured oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media paintings as well as photographs, crafts, and wooden sculptures by artists who found inspiration in Buzzards Bay landscapes.

“Being totally involved while enjoying what you are doing is what painting is all about,” said Mary Nyman, an exhibiting artist who has lived in Wareham since 1961. “When you are painting, you forget about everything else.” 

The show served as a fundraiser for the association’s scholarship fund, which gives money to local high school students who plan to pursue an art degree in college. 

The artists' work was judged by Judith Klein, an artist of many years who showcases her work in New Bedford. Criticizing each work based on the “composition, color, and craftsmanship,”  Klein awarded a 1st place award to the best paintings done in oil, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic. 

“I am trying to see professionalism and individualism in each category,” said Klein. “There are so many different styles and paintings, that sometimes it’s hard to judge them because I can see that everybody tries their best.”

Aside from competition, the show brings avid artists and art lovers to socialize. The show organizer, Timothy Foley, believes the exhibit helps visitors explore local talents and will "help guests see what great and talented people surround us in the town.”

“These artists are the people that guests associate with everyday life at the grocery store, at the street and restaurants,” said Foley. “People might not know that their friends are artists and I think this show really shows how many hidden talents surround us.”

The Official Bourne-Wareham Art Association holds art shows throughout the year in the two towns. New members are welcome to join and may find out more on the association’s Facebook page.