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Prizewinning Artists

Exhibitions at the Carriage Barn

Each year the New Canaan Society for the Arts presents Exhibitions featuring talented local artists – from students to amateurs to award-wining professionals. We are proud to showcase their work in the Betty Barker Gallery — and to share their success. We are grateful to the sponsors who make these prizes possible.


The 32nd Annual Photography Exhibition (January 22 – February 19, 2012) was juried by Joan Fitzsimmons, award winning photographer and educator.  The prizes were sponsored by the New Canaan Society for the Arts and The Barbara Benton Davis Fund at The Fairfield County Community Foundation.

    • Best in Show Grand Prize

Jeanne McDonagh of New Canaan, CT for her color image, Doll Houses

    •  Color

First Prize: Laurie Jane Bepler, Merry Halloween

Second Prize: Dallas Molerin, Boat Alley

Honorable Mention: Richard Chaloux, Mannequin

    •  Black and White

First Prize: Kathryn Frederick, Timothy

Second Prize: Carrie Brady, Modern Rorsach

Honorable Mention: Kathryn Frederick, Blueberries

    •  Student Category

First Prize: Caitlin Morton, Taft School, Rory

Second Prize: Andrea Mullaney, New Canaan High School, Da Monsta

Honorable Mention: Nicole Giusti, New Canaan High School, Prom

Honorable Mention: Kellen Tensen, New Canaan High School, Cherry Pie


Spectrum is the Carriage Barn’s major juried event for painting, drawing, graphics and sculpture (February 6 – March 6, 2011). The juror this year was Paul Clabby, Director and Curator of Exhibitions, John Slade Ely House, Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT.

The Best in Show prize was sponsored by Deborah and Frank Haines. Other generous prize sponsors included: Halstead Realty, Handwright Gallery, Karl Chevrolet, New Canaan Alarm, New Canaan Foreign Car, Printers Inc, and Walter Stewart’s Market.

    • Best in Show

Don Axleroad, The Greed of Cerbeus, mixed media

    • Painting

First Prize:  Dominic Botticelli, The Other Looking Glass (Alice), acrylic

Second Prize:  Kathleen Bossert, The House with Nobody in It, acrylic

Honorable Mention:  John Whitton Bria, 9 ½ EEE – The Artist’s Feet, oil on linen

    • Sculpture

First Prize:  Claudia Renfro, Untitled, semi-translucent albaster

Second Prize:  Lubomir Tomaszewski, Illusion, copper

Honorable Mention:  Andrew Stillman, Jack, sugarstone casting

    • Drawing/Works on Paper

First prize:  Andrew John Mullen, Madonna Mt. in Fog, scratchboard

Second prize:  Susan Frey, It All Started with Beauty, mixed media

Honorable Mention:  Michele Gage, Gold Garden, watercolor


The 31st Annual Photography Exhibition (February 6 – March 6, 2011) was juried by Susan G. Hammond, Executive Director of the National Association of Women Artists and an award-winning photographer. The prizes were sponsored by the Board of Trustees of the New Canaan Society for the Arts.

    • Best in Show Grand Prize

Libby Collins of Riverside, CT for her color image, Iridescence

    •  Color

First Prize: Juliana Post, Cuba 1

Second Prize: Hedi Minow-Pike, Night Lights of Chicago

Honorable Mention: Janine Brown, Rain, Rain, Go Away

    •  Black and White

First Prize: Diana Angstadt, White Out

Second Prize: Brad Shwidock, 1st Ave

Honorable Mention: R. Stamford Lake, Jazz Moment

    •  Student Category

First Prize: Zack Zannini, Gabe Meets Wall, New Canaan High School

Second Prize: Lauren Bly, Family Table, Taft School

Honorable Mention: Caitlin Morton, Nolan and Batman, Taft School

Honorable Mention: James Colello, Untitled, 2010, Taft School