Frederick Gallery Juror: Mary Gallagher Stout April 2012: Regional Exhibition



1st Place

Rabbit Round About by Charlotte Richards

Rabbit Round About oil painting by Charlotte Richards of Fredericksburg, VA

2nd Place

After the Storm by Joan C. Limbrick

After the Storm oil painting by Joan C. Limbrick of Fredericksburg, VA

3rd Place

At the Opening by Nancy Brittle

At the Opening oil painting by Nancy Brittle of Remington, VA

Honorable Mentions

Beloved Birches by Bev Bley

Beloved Birches mixed media painting by Bev Bley of Fredericksburg, VA

Uptown Puddle by Lee Cochrane

Uptown Puddle photograph by Lee Cochrane of King George, VA

Light on the Painter by Ebbie Hynson

Light on the Painter oil painting by Ebbie Hynson of Colonial Beach, VA

It's All About Her by Tom Smagala

It's All About Her oil painting by Tom Smagala of Spotsylvania, VA

Juror's Statement

I ascended the narrow stairs and found myself in a small room filled with art. The paintings were around the entire perimeter. Available gallery space required eliminating half of the submissions. I began to select those works that represented proficiency in skill level, uniqueness of topic, overall impact, appropriate presentation and artistic voice. I looked for work which demonstrated originality, craftsmanship, personal style, composition and inspiration.

This exhibition has an enigmatic synergy. Captivating palettes, innovative perspectives, and artistic personalities are audible in this collection. As a painter, I think it is crucial for an artist to give the viewer a bit of themselves in the works they create. Artists need to demonstrate where they fit into the ever-evolving history of ART. This show is brimming with artists who have articulated their voice through their personal style. Be it in color, subject, or medium, they have carved their spot in history.

"Rabbit Round About" by Charlotte Richards demanded my attention. It is an exciting still life boasting fresh brush stokes, simplified patterns, bunnies and effortless charm. The palette of Joan C Limbrick is spellbinding. "After the Storm" is a dreamy tropical paradise fashioned by juxtaposing blues and violets with oranges and corals. Nancy Brittle's exceptional line work gave me pause in her piece titled, "At The Opening."

It was very difficult to choose the "best" pieces from the group. The point spread between them was like splitting hairs! Ultimately, I went with my gut and judged each work as fairly as humanly possible. It is a strong show and I look forward to seeing it installed.

Juror's Bio

StoutMary Gallagher Stout -- MG Stout is an award winning mixed media artist and author. Stout is the co-creator, producer and featured artist of Art Out Loud--a music and arts festival at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton VA where she is currently a full time studio artist. Stout has starred in numerous art instructional videos produced by Knowlera Media and has also lead public workshops through out Fairfax County. Stout's work is in the collections of the SEC, the NGS and private collectors both in the USA and abroad.