This morning I opened an e-mail from one of my students…
(which she gave me permission to share with you).
Pam with her 1rst Place Dreamscape
“Due to your encouragement, I entered my Dreamscape in the June show
and won 1st place in the “Other” category.
Thanks so much for the instruction, support and enthusiasm!”
Artists League of the Sandhills
This has got to be one of the best messages an instructor can get!
Learn More about the Absolutely Art Show at Artists League of the Sandhills
Letting Go received 3rd place in the watercolor category in the 30th Annual Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Arts Council of Moore County. The juror was Peter Nisbet, Chief Curator at the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This exhibit of 220 pieces of artwork, photography, digital art and 3-D is open to the public through August 26th at Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC. Call for hours: 910-692-2787
Letting Go is part of my Textured Series which is shown on my website www.artbyjune.net. This piece has a lot of personal symbolism. It’s interesting to me that I took the photo in Lexigton, NC fourteen years before painting it in 2008. Which either reveals I have a good filing system for reference photos or I’m a procrastinator
I also entered Iris #3, Light Within, from my All About Iris Series. It did not receive any special recognition from the judge, but Phyllis was impressed with it. Which did my heart good.
I completed Iris #9 yesterday and feel like I am just getting warmed up in wanting to delve into the mystery of this flower. Something I can’t put into words is luring me. A good problem for an artist to have.
If I could say it in words,
there would be no
reason to paint.
Sunday, June 6, from 5-7 pm Artists League of the Sandhills, 129 Exchange St. in Aberdeen, NC hosted it’s annual, all-member, Absolutely Art reception. Over 100 works of art are on exhibit by fifty-five artists through June 29th.
One of the best things I like about this reception is ALS requests the juror of the show be present and offer comments. Not only is it inspirational to see the art, it’s educational to hear “what the judge was thinking” while making selections for award recognition.
I had the opportunity to meet this year’s judge, Dr. Richard Gay, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Art Department of UNC-Pembroke and was honored Treasures By The Sea was awarded first place in the watercolor category. The next day, ALS notified me that Treasures By The Sea had also received the “People’s Choice” award.
Dr. Gay told me he particularly liked the negative spaces between the figures in my painting. Some of his other criteria in judging the show was, attention to up-close detail, evidence of confident brushstroke work, an artist’s signature that was not distracting, matting and framing that did not detract from the art, and handling of the medium that honored the medium.
Most importantly, he made reference to the high quality of work in the show and the subjectivity of art. “If I were judging this show tomorrow, I may make different choices.” All helpful information to consider when entering future shows.
If you’ve never been to Artist League of the Sandhills, this would be a good month to visit. See the Absolutely Art Show, professional artists at work in their studios and check-out upcoming classes. www.artistleague.org
I was honored to be asked to judge the 35th Annual Cheraw, SC Spring Festival Fine Arts Show which will be on exhibit at the Cheraw Arts Commission, 200 Powe St. during the month of April.
The festival weekend is Mar. 26-28. Plenty of Award Winning Family Fun is planned. For more details, call, 843-537-8420
A lot of work goes on behind the scenes in all art shows. Pictured here are the people who devoted their time recording and hanging the entries.
Shown here is the K-8 category. What’s hanging beside each work of art? That’s right, a ribbon. I love it!
In my judge’s criteria and comments which can be read during the show, I felt everyone, not just children, deserved an award for taking a risk and entering. Creativity takes courage. Congratulations to all: adults, youth and children for a great show!