Juror’s Statement: Jan Lhormer

I am honored to be this year’s juror for Falmouth Art Center’s Abstract Art exhibit! There were so many wonderful pieces entered, but when it comes to curating a show, my philosophy is less is more, so choosing was difficult. I want to thank all the artists who submitted for taking the time to share their creativity. It’s heartwarming to see the ancient language of image making thrive. It helps keep us sane and connected in a crazy world.

Juror’s comments

Best in Show: Herb Edwards, Sun, Earth & Moon, inkjet

Wonderful simplicity and strength. It’s a unique approach to abstraction yet conjures up many familiar emotions and places. The blurred edges add a sense of time or memory. The primary green shape reads like a television screen, rearview mirror or thought bubble. Either way—a space the viewer can enter and delight.


Best Expressive Color: Tom Morton, Slipstream Green, oil

Passionate use of lush green colorfield. It’s easy to appreciate the gestures and brushstrokes appearing through the “forest” and the artist’s sheer joy in creating.


Best Personal Vocabulary: Margaret Fair Nowak, Transitions #1, acrylic/mixed media

Sophisticated and subtle visual language in this painting. The viewer can travel through the surface to find many surprises in marks and textures, spilling into a lovely warm deep opening bottom right.


Best Minimalist Concept: Amy Rader, Panel Discussion, photo

The artist creates an impactful composition seeing the beauty and poetry in architecture and materials that confront us every day and might otherwise go unappreciated.


Best Shape Relationships: Hugo Rizzoli, Sugar Loaf, collage

The artwork has an impressive way of balancing shape, texture and color. It feels like a walk through a seaside town where one frequently visits but never tires.


Honorable Mention: Marie St. Hilaire, Descent of Man, mixed media

Creative, bold and calls attention to itself for its presence and spirit. Reminds us that many things grow stronger and more valuable with time and not the opposite, as pop culture might suggest.


Honorable Mention: Jeanine Lavoie, Hidden, digital art (photo)

Lovely sense of space, textures and mystery.

About Jan Lhormer:

Jan Lhormer earned a BFA in 1988 and a MFA in 1990 in Painting from The Boston University School of Visual Arts. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Colorado College in 1983. Her work is in many private collections and has been reviewed by The Boston Globe and featured in Cape Cod Life Arts Edition and Cape Arts Review Magazine. She has won fellowships to both the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center For Creative Arts.  

Ms. Lhormer has exhibited widely throughout New England and beyond for over twenty five years.Exhibition highlights include The Painting Center, New York City, Speedwell Projects Gallery, Portland, Maine,The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Barnstable, MA, Lyman Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 808 Gallery Boston, MA, Reynolds Ryan Gallery New Orleans, and The Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.  

Her paintings are also showcased in Boston area offices through The DeCordova Museum. Lincoln, Ma. Corporate Loan Program.

Ms. Lhormer teaches painting and drawing at Bridgewater State University and has published articles in Provincetown Arts Magazine, Art New England and Cape Arts Review.  

For more information on the artist visit www.janlhormer.com