Suffolk Art League announces exhibition winners

Published 7:28 pm Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Virginia Beach mixed-media artist has won first place in the Suffolk Art League’s annual Juried Exhibition, which remains on display through Dec. 21.

Jenny Windsor received the award for the works from her “Last Light” series. Juror Caroline Cobb Wright, director of exhibition programming at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, said Windsor’s work “exhibits tremendous skill with her subtle, ethereal mixed media landscapes.”

The award comes with the opportunity to present a one-person exhibit at the Suffolk Art Gallery next year.

Jenny Windsor, a Virginia Beach mixed-media artist, won first place in the Suffolk Art League’s annual Juried Exhibition.


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Cobb Wright chose 87 works by 59 artists from more than 230 entries.

“It is always problematic to select 80 works of art from a pool of more than 200 submission,” she said. “I chose work that presented skill in a particular medium, content, or experimental treatment of materials.”

Cobb Wright said she also looked for artists who used innovative materials and processes and presented “clear content” in their work.

“Art is made through a series of decisions, so it’s important to think carefully about the choices that ultimately define a finished piece,” she said.

Second-place honors went to Suffolk native Timothy Giles for his watercolor “They Fought for Freedom.”

“Giles presents narrative and content in his monumental paintings, alluding to art history, social history and contemporary culture in his expertly painted collages,” Cobb Wright said.

Third place went to Elizabeth City artist Katherine Wassink for her fiber work “The Farmer Like Red, Hwy 17.”

Her work “requires the viewer to take a second glance at her innovative use of fiber as a drawing material,” Cobb Wright said.

The other award winners are:

  • Jane Butler Memorial Award — Genevieve Neal — Body of Work, print from Polaroid and pinhole photography
  • Melissa Darden Odom Memorial Award — Mark Miltz — Kat & Amanda, conte
  • Judy Oswald Memorial Award — Erline Hendrix — Body of Work, photographic composite
  • Barclay Sheaks Memorial Award — Sandy Lupton — Safe Harbor, mixed media
  • BASF, The Chemical Co. Award — Terence Abbott — Shoe Tree, Virgin UT photography
  • Betty S. Glasscock Memorial Award — Danielle Eckhardt — Land and Sea Turtle, oil on wood
  • Chip Picot Memorial Award — Brenda Wright — Ice Cream, photography
  • Rountree Award — Jakki Oliver — Peanut Worker, 1960’s, pen and ink
  • Shooting Star Gallery Award — Jeff Johnson — Body of Work, photography
  • Mary B. Kinzinger Memorial Award — Peter Giscombe — Stall #IV, gouache
  • Suffolk News-Hearld Award — Pat Eelman — Chinatown, photography
  • SunTrust Bank Award — Julie Long — Vines, photography (film)
  • Embroidery Etc Award — Sharon Schoppe — Untitled, fiber, thread, paper

The Suffolk Art League is very appreciative of all of the businesses and individuals who sponsored the awards and the exhibition, according to a press release from executive director Linda Bunch. Along with the award sponsors, BB&T and the Suffolk Fine Arts Commission are contributors to the Annual Juried Exhibition.

“The Annual Juried Exhibition is our opportunity to showcase some of the wonderful artists we have in Hampton Roads,” Bunch said. “All of the works in the exhibit have been created within the past two years, so visitors to the exhibit can get a feel for the variety of high quality art that is being created in our region.”

Most of the artwork on display is also for sale. A portion of each sale goes to support programming presented by Suffolk Art League, including in-school workshops, classes and programs as the Suffolk Art Gallery, and monthly workshops for the Community Services Board.

The Suffolk Art Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the art league office at 925-0448 or the Suffolk Art Gallery at 514-7284.