|Frederick Gallery||Juror: Kyra Malia Swanson||February 2011|
Best in Show – Beautiful Expressions Sponsor’s Award
Northern Neck Big Barn oil on aluminum painting by Jane T. Woodworth of Fredericksburg, VA
Castiglione Caves watercolor by Sandra Staley of Fredericksburg, VA
Felix mixed media drawing by Bob Worthy of Montross, VA
Night Visitor oil painting by Marcia Covert Chaves of Falmouth, VA
I would like to thank Carrol Morgan and the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts for providing me this opportunity. It was a pleasure to view the artwork submitted for the February Regional Exhibition. The range of work and the quality made for a wonderful experience and tough decisions. There was something to admire about each piece submitted whether it was use of color, technique, or concept making it a daunting process.
As the juror I based my decisions on the artist’s articulation of an idea, mood, and/or sensation as demonstrated in technique, content and medium. The pieces I chose for prizes were the ones that caught me off guard, grabbed my attention and made me examine what I was looking at. I was asked to choose Best in Show, First, Second, and Third Place and Four Honorable Mentions. For Best in Show I choose 2950 BC by artist Sally Rhone-Kubarek. Her work presents a recognizable site, Stonehenge in its earliest beginnings- like a vision. There is a simplicity and complexity simultaneously in the work-an atmospheric quality combined with permanence. The colors and textures clash and fuse.
First Place is Barbara Taylor Hall’s Of Space and Time II. The fusing of line, rich, luminescent colors, and texture convey motion and boundlessness. The visual balance and refinement of the work pull at the viewer’s senses.
Second Place is Michael Habina’s Her Forgotten Memory, a black and white photograph. When I first looked at the photograph I saw something else- Horus in the body of a falcon. Looking at it again, I saw a woman wrapped in a blanket. The viewer becomes as entranced in the scene as the subject.
Third Place, Rachel Carroll’s The Forgotten, the black and white photograph, conveys a sense of place both familiar and vanishing. The varying textures, degrees of contrast, and perspective enhance the architectural elements as well as longings and regrets.
There are four Honorable Mentions. Jane Woodworth’s Northern Neck Big Barn combines technique, medium, and details flawlessly producing a balanced and charming composition. Sandra Staley’s watercolor, Castiglione Caves, explodes with vibrant colors stimulating the senses – placing the viewer within the landscape. Felix by Bob Worthy is remarkable in the use of materials, imagery, and design- playing texture and line off of one another. Marcia Covert Chaves’ Night Visitor, with its vivid blues and ghostly atmosphere, conveys a disarming and beautiful scene.
All these works engage the viewer’s senses and force one to look again and again – triggering the memories and senses. While I chose these artworks for awards – there is something exceptional and enjoyable in the all the works.
|Carrol Morgan, Frederick Gallery Curator|
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