"Nocturne," by New Canaan artist Antoinette Vardamis, earned third place in the oil category for "Abstraction," an exhibition of works by 49 of the region's finest artists. The Rowayton Arts Center exhibition also includes art by Vera Rahn.

The exhibition is on display through Sept. 28 at the center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The best in show and first place artwork can be viewed at www.rowaytonartscenter.org.

The winners were selected by Elise Black, who said, "Historically, many consider the years between 1912 to 1925 and 1947 to 1970 to be the golden age of abstract art ... but abstract art is clearly alive and well, as illustrated by what continues to be featured at galleries, auction houses and art fairs around the world. In many respects, it has risen to greater heights with the tools that technology has presented to us. Abstract art allows the artist to express that which is less tangible, employing the use of color, shape, composition, brushstrokes and various techniques and media to convey emotions and impressions, as well as social, political and spiritual concerns of the day. Inspiration is often derived from nature, anatomy, architecture and man-made symbols, as impressively depicted here at the Rowayton Arts Center. It was a pleasure and an honor to view the many representations of abstract art included in the exhibition."

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