Pawtucket Foundation announces prizes

Pawtucket Foundation announces prizes

Mark Perry, right, won $1,000 for "The Doctor," a wood and metal sculpture. To the left is Christine Sullivan, of the Pawtucket Foundation.

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Foundation last Thursday hosted its 7th Pawtucket Foundation Prize Exhibition, a juried show of high-caliber art by local artists. The top prize of $1,000 was awarded to Mark Perry, of Westerly, for his sculpture "The Doctor."

Perry said his artistic focus is the point where "past and present collide to create powerful synergistic works" that can be categorized as "sophisticated folk art." More information about Perry can be found at .

The annual prize exhibition is a partnership between the Pawtucket Foundation and the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative to highlight and support the creative community of the arts in Pawtucket and to recognize outstanding artistic merit.

Christine Sullivan, development director for the Pawtucket Foundation, presented the award.

"This is an event where we can all, both artists and art appreciators, show our support and commitment to local artists and to the growing Pawtucket arts scene," she said.

The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Award of $250 was given to Irene Allen for her colorful painting "Opposites Attract." For more on Allen's art, visit .

The jurors for this year's event were Didi Suydam, jewelry designer and digital artist, and Peter Diepenbrock, a sculptor and designer. Selections for the show represent a wide range of mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pencil, pastel, collage, sculpture, glass, photography, mosaic, mixed media and video.

Artwork from the exhibition will remain on display through June 12 at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery, 560 Mineral Spring Ave. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. All art is available for purchase through the PAC Mill Gallery.