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Claudia Smith-Jacobs, who teaches painting at Falmouth Art Center, poses with two of her works. Her paintings, collages and multimedia pieces, some with political themes, will be featured in a one-woman show during October at the Falmouth Art Center.

Falmouth Art Center’s three galleries are featuring a range of mediums and styles in the month of October.

The public is invited to see the shows and meet many of the artists at the October opening reception this Friday from 5 to 7 PM.

In the Hermann Gallery, the Abstract Juried Show features 51 lively and colorful works by local artists. Suzanne Packer, the juror for the show, chose the works from more than 100 submitted, the most submitted for an abstract show at the art center in recent memory.

Among those receiving awards in the show were David Kelley of Falmouth, Best in Show; James Musto of North Falmouth, Best Energy; Margaret Fair Nowak of Mashpee, Best Soft Edge; Karen Scata of Bourne, Best Hard Edge; and Douglass Gray of Plymouth, Best Contrast. Honorable mentions went to E.C. Davies of Falmouth, Marcia Goodwin of Raynham, Ruthie Kane of Cotuit, Shelly McDermott of Mashpee, Dick McGarr of South Yarmouth and Linda Walker of Falmouth.

Upstairs in the Sigel Gallery, Claudia Smith-Jacobs of Falmouth, a longtime art instructor at the Falmouth Art Center, has a one-woman show of works in a variety of mediums. The works in “Out Of The Box” reflect Ms. Smith-Jacobs’ multi-cultural perspective. Her ancestors are French, Haitian-American, Cherokee, Scottish and Irish. One great-grandfather was both a sea captain in the West Indies and a sculptor whose monumental work adorns the Haitian village of Cap-Haitien.

The daughter of an MIT scientist, Ms. Smith-Jacobs loved art from an early age. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in political science and joined the Peace Corps, where she worked in Brazil. She earned her master’s degree in education at Lesley University and taught in public schools for more than 30 years. Her class at Falmouth Art Center, Art 201, is designed for students at various levels and Ms. Smith-Jacobs meets them where they are for intermediate painting instruction.

In the Landrau-Partan Gallery is Colors & Shapes: Pottery & Painting, featuring work by renowned potters in the region and, on the walls, work by students of Falmouth Art Center painting instructor Ed Chesnovitch.

Potters in the show, who have all taught ceramics, are Frances Johnson of North Falmouth, retired head of the Barnstable High School ceramics program; Corine Adams of Pocasset, current head of the Falmouth High School ceramics program; Lois Hirshberg of Marstons Mills, who has taught workshops at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill; Holly Heaslip of Barnstable Village, who teaches at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod; Christopher Watt of Truro, who heads up the ceramics program at Castle Hill; and Brian Taylor of Brewster, who teaches at Barnstable High School.

In addition to art instructor Ed Chesnovitch of Sandwich, the painters in the show include Judy Richardson of Woods Hole, Joan Thompson of Falmouth, Nancy Galloway of Woods Hole, Cindy Vengroff of Falmouth, James Bowen of Bourne, Beth Laidlaw of Swansea and Abbey Ribbans of Rhode Island.

The art center is at 137 Gifford Street in Falmouth.

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