Brian DiNicola, son of Gene and Kathleen DiNicola of Dalton, earned the 2014 Award of Merit from the Guild of Boston Artists for his oil painting titled "Sultress Aria."

The Guild recently held its annual regional painting competition featuring paintings by New England artists who work in the realist tradition. This year, 37 paintings were chosen from approximately 250 entries by more than 80 artists.

Located at 162 Newberry St., The Guild is the only non-profit art gallery in Boston solely committed to exhibiting traditional painting and sculpture by living New England artists.

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