Meeting The Judge

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.

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