- Exhibit dates: January 29 - February 24, 2012
- Jurying: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
- Notification calls: Thursday, January 26, 2012
- Pick up declined work: Thursday, January 26, 2012, or within 10 days
- Exhibition opens: Sunday, January 29, 2012
- Opening reception: First Friday, February 3, 2012, from 6 - 8:30 pm
- Exhibition closes: Friday, February 24, 2012, at 4 pm
- Pick up exhibited work: Saturday, February 25, noon - 4 pm, or within 10 days
Deerings Vizcaya photograph by Deborah D. Herndon of Charleston, WV
Glimpses II mixed media painting by Barbara Taylor Hall of Fredericksburg, VA
Marsh Grass Reflections photograph by Susan Krieg of Fredericksburg, VA
Upside Down Town I photograph by Lee Cochrane of King George, VA
My Immortality Tree hand painted photo by Michael Habina of Partlow, VA
Sunset Sail acrylic painting by Karen Julihn of Fredericksburg, VA
Apparition encaustic & oil transfer by Susan Skrzycki of Raleigh, NC
First of all, I'd like to thank the FCCA and especially Carrol Morgan for the chance to work with them during the February Regional Exhibition. This is the first time I've served as juror for an exhibition, so I was excited to be presented with this opportunity!
The selection process was, as one might guess, very difficult. The submitted works represented an incredible variety of mediums, styles, sizes, and techniques. When selecting pieces, I aimed to include a range of works that represented the diversity of the submissions. I also wanted to emphasize work that utilizes color and texture in creative and unsuspected ways, catching your eye and making you examine the work more closely.
There are four honorable mentions for this exhibition. Lee Cochrane's Upside Down Town I resembles an abstract painting, though in reality it is a photograph. The fact that it's printed on canvas adds an unexpected layer of texture to the photo. Michael Habina's My Immortality Tree suggests feelings of nostalgia, reflection, and even loss. The handpainted tree adds a personal touch to the photograph, an art form that can generally be mass produced. Sunset Sail, by Karen Julihn, brings to mind Impressionism, playing with many different colors to capture a sunset's fading light over the ocean. Susan Skrzycki's Apparition combines encaustic, oil, and photography to create a multi-dimensional piece that makes you stop and examine each layer.
Taking 3rd place is Marsh Grass Reflections by Susan Krieg. The piece takes a water-reflection photograph and adds a layer of ambiguity'where does the water end and the grass begin? The photograph's clean composition calls to mind manmade minimalistic paintings, even though the subject of the work clearly belongs to nature.
The 2nd place prize goes to Glimpses II, by Barbara Taylor Hall. The geometric composition of the painting is paired with layered, flowing use of color. Even the seemingly solid black lines suggest that, upon close investigation, that something is hiding beneath them. The painting seems to provide a glimpse through a window into another dimension.
Finally, 1st place goes to Deborah D. Herndon's Deerings Vizcaya. This photograph carefully utilizes color and composition to juxtapose organic elements--the flowing iron fence, the flowers--with the strictly geometric architecture of the building. The use of metallic paper adds a painterly quality to the photo, giving the building a clever hint of artifice. The pairings of opposites in this work force you to stop and examine the very nature of the photograph.
Justine Geiger, Visitor Services Coordinator at the University of Mary Washington Galleries, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History, with a minor in English, from James Madison University. At JMU, she was a founding member and eventual president of the Art History Student Association. Since graduation, Justine has held several museum positions, including research and exhibition planning at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History and serving as an intern in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Statewide Education and Outreach Department. Before joining the UMW Galleries, she served as a social media and marketing assistant at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.