Juror: Jackie Reeves

 

Best in show: Margot Critchfield, Alleluia Anyway, ceramic

For such an intimately small vessel, this mug holds great power with its seemingly bottomless black mat interior, like deep space. The beautifully drawn exterior is a meaningful reflection on what we are experiencing right now with the tragedy of COVID-19. I just want to hold this mug in silence and reflect on the important things in life.

 

Best Impact: Jory Mason, Grand Dame, pastel on sanded paper

So much about this painting makes me happy: the variety and range of the color orange, the expressive application of pastel, the simple and graphic composition, and the soulful expression in this dog’s eyes.

 

Best Technique: Juanita (Miki) Lovett, Autumn Dawn Through My Window Series, Relief Print

This print pulls me in from afar with its graphic contrast and holds me up close as I look for clues as to how it was made. I find myself thinking of all sorts of things and nothing in particular at the same time. A perfect recipe for good abstraction.

 

Best Printmaking: Alice Nicholson Galick,  Virus, linocut/woodcut/chine colle

I am particularly drawn to the layering of color and appreciate the printmaking expertise in achieving this depth of space and swirling motion. While the subject matter is dark and scary, it’s still a beautiful world within this frame.

 

Best Atmosphere: Peggy Richard, Come Closer, acrylic

There is so much for me to read into the depths of this misty lavender forest. The colors soothe while the branches delicately weave together as if they were a dancing couple who have spent a lifetime together (yin and yang). An atmosphere of love and connection seems to spill out of this canvas.

 

Honorable Mention:

Andrea Moore, Acanthus Garden, monotype

Milton Williamson, Hope, photography

Barry Beder, Arctic Hull, photography