Of 400 works of art submitted by 129 artists for consideration in the SPECTRUM exhibition in New Canaan, 80 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and mixed media works were accepted. Of those, Wilton artist Marcia Spivak\u2019s steel sculpture, Second Chance, that of a horse with a raised foreleg, was singled out for the top prize by juror Dr. Jill Deupi. Ms. Spivak will receive the Betty Barker Best in Show award at the exhibition\u2019s opening reception Friday, April 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park. The reception is free and the community is invited. \u201cThis is very exciting for me,\u201d Ms. Spivak told The Bulletin. Two years ago she won first prize in the sculpture class. \u201cUsually painting gets it,\u201d she said of the top prize, \u201cso it is very exciting.\u201d \u201cSpivak\u2019s work has the cadence of a galloping horse racing the wind,\u201d Dr. Deupi said in her comments. \u201cWe feel the power and kinetic authority of this magisterial creature as it pauses to gracefully lift its foreleg before disappearing over the horizon. In this, the artist has created magic \u2014 hitting the creative \u201csweet spot\u201d that seamlessly melds tremendous technical skill with intelligence and sensitivity.\u00a0 Brava!\u201d Dr. Deupi is founding director and chief curator of the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University. Ms. Spivak has been sculpting for 16 years. She works with steel, and Second Chance is primarily found steel with some cut pieces she had on hand after a commission. It is so named, she said, because she began working on it a few years ago and left it unfinished. She went back to it late last year and it took her five months to create. She did all the welding herself on the piece, which measures about 72 inches by 48 inches by 14 inches, between one-half and three-fourths life size. A rider since she was a young child, Ms. Spivak works on her abstract horses from memory and imagination. \u201cSometimes I\u2019ll look at a pictures to check the conformation,\u201d she said. Ms. Spivak didn\u2019t begin her artistic journey as a sculptor. She started out in painting and printmaking. She discovered an artist who did horse sculpture that she fell \u201cwildly in love with,\u201d and that got her started. \u201cThe first piece of metal sculpture I made, I wanted to see if I knew intuitively \u2026 inside somehow I did know. \u2026 I started more abstract and got more realistic. This piece,\u201d she said referring to Second Chance, \u201chas less negative space than the work I usually do.\u201d Those who attended Project Return\u2019s Birdhouse Auction at Rolling Hills Country Club earlier this month saw something different from Ms. Spivak. For that event she made a tall, elegant sculpture of a bird that was purchased for $4,200. While she is by no means abandoning her equestrian sculpture, she\u2019s going to work on another bird for a friend, she said. \u201cIt was sort of a hobby at one point,\u201d Ms. Spivak said of her sculpture. \u201cNow it\u2019s a full-time job. It\u2019s what I do and what I like to do.\u201d Images of Ms. Spivak\u2019s work may be found online at marciaspivak.artspan.com. She has shown her work at many area galleries, including the Handwright Gallery, the Carriage Barn and Silvermine Gallery in New Canaan, Picture This in Westport, the Bearsford Gallery in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Prince Street Gallery in New York City, and Lyme Art Association in Lyme. Currently she has a piece on loan at the governor\u2019s mansion in Hartford and the Stamford Arboretum. Now in its 24th year, SPECTRUM is presented by the New Canaan Society for the Arts and will run through May 24. Information: carriagebarn.org or 203-972-1895.