Exhibition winners announced
Published 8:19 pm Friday, November 27, 2015
The Suffolk Art League’s Annual Juried Exhibition is on display at the Suffolk Art Gallery, 118 Bosley Ave., through Jan. 14. From the 252 artworks by 96 artists that were entered, juror Amie Oliver, artist and educator from Richmond, selected 123 works for the exhibition.
“As an artist, educator, curator and seeker of beauty, I find the curatorial process of jurying an exhibition to be a bit of an adventure,” Oliver wrote in her juror’s statement. “The artwork presented at the Suffolk Art League was a visual feast. My goal is to combine the varied elements, considerations, ingredients and limitations in a way that creates a satisfying exhibition that explores themes of the region and its people while identifying work that transcends these characteristics with memorable results.”
In addition to selecting the works to be included in the exhibit, Oliver also selected the winners of 20 awards.
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First place, which includes a one-person show in 2016, went to Robin and Julia Rogers for their three glass works “Architecture of the Mind #1,” “Architecture of the Mind #2” and “Mechanical Heart.”
Second place was awarded to Joyce Pettiford for her mixed media works “Life is but a Dream” and “We are One.”
Third place honors went to Mel Talley for his photography, “Past Doors Closed,” “Reflection” and Untitled.
“The artwork I’ve identified with distinction was chosen for its combination of these qualities: materiality, process or technique and creative vision,” Oliver stated.
In addition to the place awards, she selected the memorial and business sponsored awards. This year, the Suffolk Art League Board of Directors added two memorial awards in memory of John Taylor and Bob Alwood, two past presidents who recently died. These awards went to:
Jane Butler Memorial Award: Mark Miltz, “Lunar Explorer,” oil
Melissa Darden Odom Memorial Award: Carol Flory, “Woman” and “Man & Woman,” colored pencil
Award in honor of Dana Adams: Malcolm Powell, “When the hell did I go blind? #1,” Colored Pencil
Judy Oswald Memorial Award: John Tobin, “Prodigal Clown,” clay and underglaze
Bob Alwood Memorial Award: Kat Wagner, “Annett’s Cat,” pastel
Betty Glasscock Memorial Award: Nate Avery, “Amazonian Goblet,” blown glass
Mary B. Kinzinger Memorial Award: Margie Sawyer, “Aegean Sea, Greece,” Mixed Media
Momma Jo & Poppa Jo Memorial Award: Sheila Holland, “Lilac Spash” and “Torrential Rush,” mixed media
Sharon and Chip Picot Memorial Award: Ann Ruel, “Birds in the Meadow” and “Bees in a Basket,” clay
Richardson Award (for a work that included words): Wayne Thomas, “No Country Song,” acrylic
Rountree Award for 3-D: Ed Francis, “G Bowl #1,” blown glass
Shooting Star Gallery, Cape Charles, Award: Erlene Hendrix, “Kinetic Melody #2,” “Kinetic Melody #3,” “Kinetic Melody #4,” photographic digital art
Suffolk News-Herald Award: Carlton Abbott, “Ahoskie Farm House,” pencil and pastel
John Taylor Memorial Award: Janice Gay Maker, “The Yogi,” Weekend Warrior” and “There Once was a Young Woman,” oil
Blackwater Galleries and Framing Award: Eloise Shelton-Mayo, “Bend & Bridges Series: II,” oil and cold wax
Embroidery, Etc. Award: Jennifer Winn-Griffin, “On Point,” mixed media
The Second Floor Award: James T. Parson, Jr. “Windshield Raindrops” Photography
Suffolk Art Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Call the art league office at 925-0448 or the Suffolk Art Gallery at 514-7284.