New Canaan artists Dorothy Bush won first place and Marianne Rothballer second place in the watercolor category for the "Marine and Coastal" exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center in Norwalk.
The winning artwork was selected from 76 entries by award-winning marine artist Brec Morgan, who said, "As a marine artist and sailor, everything about water fascinates me."
Morgan added, "For all artists, know that my selections are necessarily personal and anyone who toils in the field of visual arts should be encouraged
to continue to develop their work. We need you all.
"For visitors, I hope you appreciate this especially beautiful and engaging group of water-related works. Robert Frost said, `The job of art is to clean the dirt off the potato.' There are a lot of water-washed potatoes to enjoy, so enjoy. Better yet, buy your favorite one and enjoy it every day."
Morgan said the criteria for selecting winners are visual impact, emotional impact, associative capacity and technique.
Other New Canaan artists in the exhibition are Gail Beutel, Virginia Jennewein, Beth Nagel, Susan O'Shea and Antoinette Vardamis.
The show runs through July 27. The gallery, at 145 Rowayton Ave., is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
For information, visit www.rowaytonartscenter.org or call 203-866-2744.