Something in the Water hand painted silk kimono by Linda Silk Sviland
Of Fredericksburg, VA
Brown Man wood sculpture by Brian Rayner of Charlottesville, VA
Silk Road Series - Commerce neon and mixed media by Cathy Herndon
Of Fredericksburg, VA
Emma textile and mixed media by Mary Magneson of Fredericksburg, VA
Shades of Meaning polymer clay by Fran Abrams of Rockville, MD
Urn # 5 wood sculpture (pear/cherry) by Joseph Wilkinson of Fredericksburg, VA
Sackcloth and Ashes fiber work by Lorie McCown of Fredericksburg, VA
I am honored to have been invited to juror FCCA’s Fine Craft Exhibition and applaud the efforts of this organization in its choosing to recognize and elevate this work into the realm it deserves -- the world of Fine Art! I saw a strong and diverse body of work from a region rich with talent and look forward to meeting the artists represented here.
The thing that drives my interest more than anything else is being able to relate to the psychology of an artist in a particular place, at a particular time. In looking at a piece I'd like to be able to tell if the artist is working with a sense of curiosity. When an artist is guided by self-confidence, yet open to do something they're not quite sure of… when he/she lives and works in that area between what feels 'safe' and 'unsafe'…it is my opinion that is where the strongest work originates.
Academics matter of course -- but what is most important to me here is whether or not the artist accomplished what they set out to do.
Congratulations on a good show!
Comments on the winners:
- 1st Place - Something in the Water hand painted silk kimono by Linda Silk Sviland of Fredericksburg, VA. This piece elevated itself to Best in Show with a combination of structure and beautiful, fluid motion. Movement comes very natural on the part of the artist here.
- 2nd Place - Brown Man wood sculpture by Brian Rayner of Charlottesville, VA. Everything was strong– from the type of wood chosen, to the perhaps whimsical body position that is in contrast to the somewhat uncomfortable expression.
- 3rd Place - Silk Road Series – Commerce neon and mixed media by Cathy Herndon of Fredericksburg, VA. Very innovative use of materials. This is a good example I believe of and artist seeming to be in ‘that place’ between safe and unsafe. Left just enough unsaid…
Ellen Killough, President and CEO, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center
Ellen Killough is the President and CEO of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. She joined the Museum and the Fredericksburg community in 2010, after three years as Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida in Panama City, FL.
Ms. Killough holds a BFA from Auburn University with a concentration in lithography and relief printmaking. She began her career as an apparel designer with Russell Athletic in 1994, and spent several years as a creative director in the world of professional sports before moving into non-profit/museum administration. Ms. Killough's work has transitioned to include large format mixed media during her twenty five years as an artist and graphic designer. For the last ten years she has focused on commissioned work, and her pieces are held in private collections across the U.S.