WELCOME TO CAFA'S 109TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION
Upon signing off at last years opening reception, I had wished all the attendees a wonderful, productive, reflective and safe year ahead. We dispersed from a gathering of artists and admirers from that memorable evening, and went back to our lives intending to come together again a year beyond, to experience togetherness, offer praise and encouragement and share news and notes with one another. Who knew that 6 months later we would all be thrown into a dilemma that has tested our strengths and weaknesses and brought us to a place of personal reckoning.
Despite all of the upheaval, uncertainty, and the new concept of an exhibition presented in a virtual format, there was a tremendous outpouring of affirmation and unity that came forth amongst the CAFA community. The influx of entries was rather unexpected; an impressive intake of 643 original works, 310 talented artists, and a show of complete loyalty and support for this long standing art organization. These artists are to be commended for their unyielding display of self-expression and complete love and respect of their own talents.
This year’s show is a reminder of what we can create while living under unusual circumstances. 160 pieces of remarkable works representing a great range of subject matter and mediums, individual style and clever implementation. Works celebrating the human spirit, nature in all its finest forms, the subtle and bold use of light, the stillness in a sensitively captured still life, subdued and gregarious color combinations. All of it displayed side by side, no two the same, mixed but unified -- the way it ought to be.
A combined effort of jurying occurred unexpectedly for this show, as the volume of works that streamed in and the shortened length of time set aside to pore over every one of them was an extremely daunting task. Many thanks to Greg Bowerman for tackling this mountain of entries and allowing the CAFA organization to step in and assist with the final jurying days.
Sincerest thanks to all of the artists who entered into CAFA2020, and congratulations to those whose work appears in our virtual exhibition and to all the notable prize winners. Let’s hope that next year we will be able to rub shoulders with each other in a space that we can call a gallery and share and talk art.
Be safe. Be well.
GREG BOWERMAN is an artist and is in his 17th year teaching at the Williams School in New London, CT, as the Photographic and Film Studies Instructor and the Varsity Cross Country Coach.
Greg's paintings and photographic work continue to be inspired by the works of a variety of photographers, filmmakers, artists, and authors. Some of his favorites are: Orhan Pamuk, Neil Gaiman, Juan Jose Campanella, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and local Maine photographer, artist, professor of 19th Century photographic processes, and his mentor, Brenton Hamilton, plus many more. He is drawn to their observational details, organizational and narrative construction, and the metaphorical and mythological imaginative worlds they create.
Traveling provides him with new landscapes and perspectives with which to shape his own work. Some highlights from recent travels are: a 2012 trip to Cusco, Peru, where he volunteered at a local kindergarten and hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, a 2016 trip to study modern art at the MALBA Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a 2018 trip to Lake Chapala, Mexico for a 40-day residency where he studied and created Antho-type photographic methods.
Greg graduated from the University of New Haven in 1990 and graduated with a second degree in 2001 from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.
He is a member of the Mystic Museum of Art, The Provincetown Museum and Art Gallery, and The New Britain Museum of Art.
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