Annual Jim and Ruth Howland Community OPEN!


February 25 – April 17, 2021

A community art event bringing all ages, all experience levels and a variety of media together in one amazing show!

Thanks to the 200 local artists who shared their creativity with us at this year’s Howland Community OPEN Show.

Awards 2021 Recap Video

Congratulations to the Howland Community Award Winners!!!

Youth Awards

AgeAwardNameTitle of ArtworkMedium
4Honorable MentionAleena SunBright NightPaint and Playdough
6Honorable MentionBrody ChristensenPumpkin Monster – BewareOil Pastel
6Honorable MentionHazel RyanNight Sky 
6AwardAlbert SunSelfieOil Pastel
10Honorable MentionEric FanThe Color Dream TrainOil Pastel
13Honorable MentionSloane WisorFleeing the SceneWatercolor & Acrylic
10AwardAdele AukermanSweet Beginning, Fiery EndMixed Media
14Honorable MentionSimone JacksonCats and Other Good ThingsMixed Media
15Honorable MentionMJ PorscheTwo BirdsAcrylic on panel
15AwardNyomi FigueroaSand WormPaint

Adult Category Awards

CategoryAwardNameTitle of ArtworkMedium
AbstractAwardJennifer LommersFinding StrengthMixed media – oil & fiber on paper
AbstractAwardChi MeredithDelicate BalanceAcrylic
ConceptualHonorable MentionDanuta MuszynskaCounting… Dark PyramidEtching, embossing, Chine-collé
ConceptualHonorable MentionLisa WellsEarthlove, EarthcareSculpture: rock and crochet
ConceptualAwardJennifer AyotteHolding Us All Together – The Sun, The Moon, The StarsTextile – hand-dyed and stitched
FantasyHonorable MentionLill AhrensThe Ghost in the Machine: Tiny Edition. From the Series, Hand Cranks HallucinatingMixed media
FantasyHonorable MentionLouie GizynThe Hoopdance Starring the Imps of WonderClay, fiber mobile
FantasyAwardAnnclaire GreigAfter The StormFound materials: teabags
FaunaAwardAnthony GordonSecret AdmirerCeramic
FaunaAwardJillian AbernathyPortrait of a ToadWatercolor & acrylic
FloraHonorable MentionLaurie ChildersBurled stumpPorcelain, anagama
FloraHonorable MentionEarl NewmanPoppiesAcrylic
FloraAwardAnna RussellCeramic VasesCeramic
FunctionalHonorable MentionCarol ChapelRooster FlewIn print on paper (kite)
FunctionalHonorable MentionAnnelie HabermanMountains TeapotCeramic
FunctionalAwardLee KitzmanIrisClay – raku
PeopleHonorable MentionPat BermanConversation PieceCeramic and wood
PeopleHonorable MentionAngelyn VossOf the EarthAcrylic
PeopleAwardNiya LeeEfflorescence (Proud Girl)Earthenware, glaze, acrylic, gold leaf, graphite
ScapesHonorable MentionPeggy SharrowFall Cascades Again!Fiber
ScapesHonorable MentionLeslie TejadaForest Inscape #11Acrylic
ScapesAwardSally IshikawaLight HouseAcrylic

AwardNameTitle of Artwork
Curator’s ChoiceLaurel Brinson-LarrabeePressure of Leadership
Board AwardGreg BalAlcazar Palace Cistern, Seville Spain
People’s Choice AwardGale EverettRed, New Year of the Ox

And the winner of the drawing for a December 2021 show in the Corrine Woodman Galleries?

Vincent Zettler!!

The Idea Reigns Supreme: Curator’s Award for the Howland Community OPEN 2021 Exhibit with Hester Coucke

Howland community Open Artist Talk

A Glimpse into the Howland Community Open 2021 | The Arts Center

Judith Sander, 2020 People’s Choice Award Winner

Dates To Remember
February 25 – April 17Exhibition dates of the Howland Community OPEN Exhibition
March 11 NoonLunch@Home, Zoom Live Artists Talk.  Artists TBA
April 1Award presentation(s) via Zoom. Time TBA
April 19 – 21 12 – 5 PMPick up with  masks, distance & patience
April 22Gallery walls will be painted. Art must be picked up!
April 24 – 30 Noon – 5 PMPre-Owned Art Sale
If you love community creativity as much as we do, please contribute a “Why I Love The Howland OPEN” video. We will be recording these on drop off days!
This idea was sparked by The Lunch Bunch, pictured here. They are local artists who wanted to support this year’s Community OPEN.
Thanks also to long-time business sponsor Citizens Bank for their sponsorship support!
Special thanks to Jim and Ruth Howland for establishing a legacy fund in The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund for this special annual community arts exhibit.