A terra cotta portrait called Emma by South Windsor artist LeeAnn Cogswell was the first place winner at the juried show presented by the Society of Connecticut Sculptors at an opening reception on Friday, June 5. More than 25 works by 16 members of the society will remain on display at Wilton Library until June 26.
Second place was awarded to Rene Beland of Stamford for her semiabstract mahogany piece, Escape, and taking third place was Lee Greenberg of Westport for Off to the Game, a bronze statue.
It was the first time the library curated an all-sculpture exhibition and the first time the sculpture society has exhibited in Wilton.
“The opportunity arose and we were pleased to be able to bring this type of art to the library and the community. We’ve had sculpture pieces in exhibitions previously, but this is the first time we’ve showcased this media in an entire show,” said Ed MacEwen, the library’s art chairman.
Works featured at the exhibition included bronze, terra cotta, mahogany, and alabaster sculpture.
Wilton resident and society member Frankie Davies had two featured pieces, one, a terra cotta bust of her 15-year-old granddaughter, Wilton High School student Severn Davies, Portrait of Severn; the other, also terra cotta, a statue of her daughter’s dachshund Lawyer’s Dachshund.
“When I was sculpting the bust,” said Davies, “I did not see the likeness until three-quarters of the way through the process. At first she looked like her mother; then she became her father, then two different aunts before she was really Severn. It was an unforgettable journey.”
According to Davies, the production of Lawyer’s Dachshund became an interesting endeavor when she realized her sculpture was beginning to exhibit the same back problems to which live dachshunds are predisposed.