Exhibition award winners announced

Published 10:50 pm Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Paul Belote, first-place winner in the Suffolk Art League’s annual juried exhibition, displays his work, “And So I Became the Tree.” His award entitles him to a one-man show at the museum next year.

The Suffolk Art League’s annual juried exhibition currently is on display at the Suffolk Museum through Dec. 23. Nearly 90 works by artists throughout the region are included in the show.

Dr. Jennifer Foley, Paul Mellon Statewide Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts served as the juror. From the 231 artworks entered, she selected 88 works for the exhibition. Foley said she was “impressed by the diversity of media, from painting to photography and from works in clay to more conceptual works utilizing found objects. There were strong entries in every media and it is wonderful to see such a vibrant creative community.”

In addition to selecting the works for exhibit, Foley also selected 17 award winners.

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First-place honors went to Paul Belote for “And So I Became the Tree,” an oil work.

“The piece feels like a clipped narrative,” Foley said. She added the work’s subject has an “emotion-filled eye” and said the work seems to capture a “moment in a story that I very much want to hear the rest of.”

Kathy Adams took second place with her oil “Self Transcendence,” which Foley called “a piece that conveys calm and serenity even without the title.”

Third-place honors went to Penny Duke (Topaz) for her acrylic painting “Abundance & Fertility.” Foley describes this work as “a photorealistic still life that wonderfully contrasts the lusciousness of a pair of pomegranates against the dry and spindly bird’s nest, playing with the symbolism of each.”

This year the Suffolk Art League presented a Barclay Sheaks Memorial Award. Named in honor of long time Hampton Roads artist and educator, the award was presented to Binford Harrell for “Blue Ridge View #1,” an oil work.

Additional awards were given to Crystal Johnson, Annette Lowe, Timothy Giles, Nancy Midgette, Ray and Martha Rountree, Joy Branch, David Wilson, Patty Riggins, Katherine Wassink, Barbara Kobylinska, Dick Pond, Sandra Lupton and Leah Lewis.

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