Westlake’s 17th Community of Fine Arts Show Opens

“Cortez Shore, Florida,” an oil by Phyllis Barrett, is on display at the COFA juried art show.

“Cortez Shore, Florida,” an oil by Phyllis Barrett, is on display at the COFA juried art show.

The 17th annual Community of Fine Arts, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. is presently open for public viewing through August 27 at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours. The 119 original works accepted for judging and display were submitted by forty-six artists, amateur and professional. The works are one of a kind and have not been previously exhibited in this show.

On Saturday, August 27, a “Meet the Artists” reception is planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. It provides an opportunity for the public to meet and speak with the people who created the works on display.

“Make My Day,” a watercolor by Robert Parry, is on display at the COFA juried art show.

“Make My Day,” a watercolor by Robert Parry, is on display at the COFA juried art show.

This year’s entries were accepted and judged in two divisions: Amateur/Semi Professional and Professional. The categories in each division are: Oil/Acrylics, Watercolor, Drawing/Pen & Ink, Charcoal/Pastel, Etchings, Wood Block Relief Prints and Photography. Artists, whose works place first in each division/category, receive $100.00, those who place second receive $50.00 and those with Honorable Mention receive gift certificates.

The three judges for the 2016 show, Stuart Pearl, Victoria Wagner, and Cathy Welner, have outstanding credentials. Pearl is a Cleveland artist who has enthusiastically pursued photography since 1969. Wagner, who is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, has painted for over 50 years in several mediums including pastel, watercolor, acrylics and oils. Welner, whose work is featured in galleries in New York, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio, has been teaching watercolor since 1975.

In keeping with the mission of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council to bring art to the public in a non-commercial setting, and with the cooperation of Westlake Porter Library, The Community of Fine Arts is free and open to all.

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