Record-Breaking Members Show at Guild Hall

William S. Heppenheimer received top honors from Robert Storr at the Guild Hall members show on Saturday. Durell Godfrey, photos

     Hopes and excitement ran even higher this year for the Guild Hall members show, an annual event that brings the South Fork artistic community together for one of the largest exhibitions in the region and the only non-juried show. More than 470 artists submitted work to be placed on the walls of Guild Hall’s three main galleries with the hope of being recognized by Robert Storr, a former curator at the Museum of Modern Art and the dean of the Yale School of Art.

     Mr. Storr selected William S. Heppenheimer to receive top honors for a totemistic acrylic on wood panel painting. Other winners were Julie Small-Gamby for best abstract work, Fran Hand for best representational work, Gary Beeber for best photograph, Robert Tucker for best work on paper, Susan Frame for best sculpture, and Tracy Jamar for best mixed media work. The winner of the Catherine and Theo Hios Best Landscape award was Pamela Long Nolan. The best new artist award went to Zachary Cohen.

     Those given an honorable mention award were Deborah Barrett, David Cataletto, Ann Chwatsky, Steven Corsano, Sara Douglas, Anne Drager, Laura Duggan, Suzanne LeFleur, Phyllis Kriegel, Aija Meisters, Alison Milano, Linda Miller, Jeff Muhs, Steven Schreiber, Catherine B. Silver, E.E. Tucker, and LB Volle.

     A “Meet the Winners” gallery talk will be held in the museum on May 17 at 11 a.m. A lecture by Andrea Cote, one of the exhibitors in the show, will be held on May 31 at 3 p.m.

The winners gathered outside after the announcement with members of Guild Hall's staff.
Tracy Jamar won the distinction of best mixed media work.
Linda Miller's "Paperweight" received a honorable mention.
Susan Frame won best sculpture.
Natsaka's "Antikythera," a Venus of Willendorf-like figure stood out in the galleries.
Jeff Muhs won a honorable mention.
Carol Quint found art in many chicken bones in a piece called "Relic."
Michael Malce examined one of the exhibition's smaller sculptures.
Ann Chwatsky earned a honorable mention for her work "My Solar #3."