Congratulations to these artists!
Juror: Elaine A. King
- Best in Show: James Musto, Complement, acrylic
This painter reveals an acute knowledge about the power of abstraction as a language and holds a masterful painterly technique. The painting resonates with a commanding energy that draws the viewer to examine its bold, enigmatic composition. The use of a cool, dark palette against large areas of warm glowing hues evinces an intriguing presence. The spontaneity of the brush strokes adds to this metaphorical work’s overall visual impact.
- Juror’s Choice, Carl Richards, Felicitations, acrylic
The pervading luminosity of this painting results in a subtle yet spiritual image that evokes the work of Jackson Pollock. Its linear framework in which paint is applied over multiple layers in various colors, light and dark, straight and curved, horizontal and vertical reveal a balance of control and chance. The composition depicts a calm tranquility as well as a complex configuration within its entire surface.
- Best Composition, Lauren Kinghorn, Find Me, monoprint/collage
This triptych depicts an intriguing dialogue between the three separate parts of the compositions. It is an animated piece filled with a variety of colors, textures and lines that repeat in each individual section of the work. This artist demonstrates a keen sense of organization and design, resulting in a harmonic beautiful work.
- Most Impactful, Marie St. Hilaire, Chapel at St. Francescas, Fr., oil
This dramatic painting is captivating. Bold color contrasts along with a dynamic balance of color and form; a striking equilibrium pervades between the restrained colorful sections and the robust gestural brushstrokes in this striking work. The juxtaposition of the dark burgundy surface and the emerging underlying white areas interrupted by strong black shapes produce a bold, graphic, engaging composition.
- Most Mysterious, Amy Rader, Six Circles within a Cosmic Sky, acrylic
Here one is presented with an evocative work akin to the surreal landscapes of Yves Tanguy whose work struck a balance between realism, abstraction and fantasy. Although small in size, it depicts a curious deep space, filled with unearthly light. Punctuating this space are simple floating white circles suggestive of archetypal signs of the heavens, linking it to recent extraterrestrial phenomena. The feeling of empty stillness in this work incites an eerie sensibility.
Statement by Juror Elaine A. King:
Abstract work, be it a painting, work on paper or a sculpture, is the subdued province in the arts that affords viewers a slow experience instead of a quick drive by gaze. The artists that have been given Honorable Mention deserve special praise for creating something extremely well that provides viewers with a unique aesthetic.
Each work presents something that is of exceptional merit and worth calling viewer’s attention to. The quality of the composition, energetic layering of space, line /color and imaginative use of materials all factor into delivering a unified and well-executed artwork. This varied collection of work across several mediums demonstrates a fertile variety of ideas and approaches to mark making. Simplifying and distilling elements creates an arrangement that depends primarily on its own intrinsic outward appearance.
Margaret Nowak, Breaking Away #5, acrylic
Diane Scotti, Turquoise and Magenta, pastel
Milt Williamson, A Maritime Abstract, photo
Robert Scutt, The Weight of Sorrow, pine
Ruth Ann Kane, Power of the Way, mixed media
David E. Williamson, Weariness, photo
Hugo Rizzoli, Red Glyph, collage
All Accepted Works:
|Pam||Abrams-Warnick||Entering the Days of Awe||mixed media|
|Greg||Anderson||Blue & Gray||photo|
|Therese||Bilodeau||A Missing Piece||mixed media|
|Ellen||Davies||Come Fly with Me||acrylic|
|Julie||DeMello||Eye of the Shepherd||photo|
|Laura||Edson||A la Rothko||photo|
|Margaret||Fair Nowak||Breaking Away #5||acrylic on paper|
|Ian||Goldsborough||Writing Box||oil on panel|
|Christine||Jacobi||A Moment in Time||photo|
|Ruth Ann||Kane||Power of the Way||mixed media|
|Ruth Ann||Kane||Obscure Path||mixed media|
|Carol||Knox||Silken Web-Abstraction in Nature||archival photography|
|Jeanine||Lavoie||Explore||digital art photo|
|Marjorie||Mason||Flow Into Form 2||oil|
|Tom||Morton||Over Easy||oil and wax on canvas|
|Karen||Pinard||Lilde Glow #1||mixed media|
|Amy||Rader||Dinghy Hull Study||photo|
|Amy||Rader||Six Circles within a Cosmic Sky||acrylic|
|Diane||Scotti||Turquoise and Magenta||pastel|
|Robert||Scutt||The Weight of Sorrow||pine|
|Marie||Shanahan||Along the Way||acrylic|
|Marie||St. Hilaire||Chapel at Francescas, Fr.||oil|
|Benedict||Stadelmaier||Upward Bound||epoxy on wood|
|Milt||Williamson||A Maritime Abstract||photo|