Golden Glow oil/alkyd painting by Carol Amos of St. Louis, MO
Snow Day oil painting by Sarah Grangier of Princess Anne, MD
Lost in Shadow photograph by Peter C. Frederick of Spotsylvania, VA
Where We Met digital photograph by Katherine McAskill of Fredericksburg, VA
Sunlit Parasol oil painting by Victoria Castillo of College Station, TX
Fall Line Up textile by Joan Sowada of Gillette, WY
West Florida Dragoon graphite drawing by Ernie L. Fournet of New Iberia, LA
Photo by Kenneth Lecky
Where there is much light, the shadows are deepest. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 18th C. German writer, artist and politician
When selecting the works to be included in the FCCA's National Exhibit "Light and Shadow" I kept going back to the idea that you cannot have one without the other. It's the balance, contrast and proximity of the two extremes that makes for a work of art that is engaging and well executed.
In some cases the shadows are created by silhouettes against sunsets, or from a light source that casts long, dark shadows across a still life and adds the feeling of warmth to figures reclining in the afternoon autumn sun. The shadows and highlights add depth and texture to the landscapes and objects being depicted.
In other works, the light and shadows tell a story. They add to the atmosphere created on a city street and to the mystery of a figure barely discernible in the shadows or coming out of the black in negative highlights. It's those elements in the shadows that draw the viewer in, that keep us engaged with looking and examining to see if we can somehow solve the mysteries we are observing...or not.
An optimist is a person who sees only the lights in the picture, whereas a pessimist sees only the shadows. An idealist, however, is one who sees the light and the shadows, in addition sees something else: the possibility of changing the picture, of making the lights prevail over the shadows. -- Felix Adler a professor of political and social ethics in the 19th -20th C.
The pieces selected as the final winners and honorable mentions, I feel, best captured the the them of "Light and Shadow." They each did this in slightly different ways, through the media used, the techniques applied and the subjects depicted. Some are very obvious in their depiction and others were more subtle -- requiring the viewer to contemplate the images to be drawn into the work.
Every life has dark tracts and long stretches of somber tint, and no representation is true to fact which dips its pencil only in light, and flings no shadows on the canvas. -- Alexander Maclaren on of Great Britain’s most notable and famous preachers of the 19th C.
Since 2002, Anne Fletcher has served as the Art Administrator for Capital One, where she leads the development and implementation of Capital One's Corporate Art Program in many of their facilities across the country. In this role, she is responsible for the purchase and ongoing management of 2-D and 3-D works for a permanent collection of more than 3,000 pieces of artwork. She also oversees the installation of more than 60 Rotating Exhibitions annually in Capital One campuses and facilities in Virginia, Texas and Canada. Anne is a member of the Associate of Professional Art Advisors and serves as board president for Tricycle Gardens in Richmond, VA.
Prior to managing the Art Program, Anne spent five years as a Graphic Designer and Creative Team manager with Capital One's Marketing Department. She worked as a freelance graphic artist and has taught art classes in Henrico County and Richmond City Public schools and at the Hand Workshop in Richmond.
Anne earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts, with a Fine Arts/Painting Major and Communications Studies Minor, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA and a Masters of Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. In her free time, Anne continues to pursue her passion for art through painting and encaustic workshops. Anne lives with three of her children in Richmond, VA.