Local Artist Receives Best in Show

Deborah Dendler

Deborah Dendler, local sculptor and resident of Fish Creek and Newton, Mass., was awarded “Best in Show” for her bronze sculpture titled “Joy,” in the Cape Cod Art Association’s Juried Annual Open Exhibition in Barnstable, Mass.

The nationally advertised exhibition, representing artists from across the country, includes media of all kinds and runs through March 16.

Dendler’s sculptures and drawings are classically realistic with an impressionistic touch. She said, “I work mostly from life – all ages and species.”

Dendler accepts portrait commissions, and while preferring to work from life, also works from photographs. “If possible, sittings from life are always preferable. But time constraints or the youth of the subject sometimes make portrait sittings impossible. In that case, I take numerous photographs of the subject and work from those. The important thing in a portrait is to try to capture the essence of the person.”

“Attitude,” another of Dendler’s bronze sculptures, was selected for the prestigious Academic Artists Association 64th Annual National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism, at the Vernon Art Center in Vernon, Conn., April 6 – 26. Dendler was recently elected a member of the distinguished Academic Artists Association. For more information visit