14 Maine Artists Win Awards at Art2009


The Kennebec Valley Art Association proudly announces our award-winning artists, with comments from the Jurors. Many thanks to our jurors,  Carlton Plummer, A.W.S. and Helen St. Clair for creating a fine show! Prizes were awarded in a ceremony at the opening ofArt2009 on Friday, May 8, 2009.

The annual juried art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery, now in its fourteenth year, draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state of Maine. Visit the Harlow in May to experience a diverse mix of high quality artwork by Maine artists. Gallery visitors are asked to help determine the winner of one last prize: the People’s Choice Award, a $100 cash sponsored by the Animal Wellness Center will be awarded at the end of the exhibition based on popular vote. Visit the gallery and vote for your favorite! Very special thanks to all of our sponsors who helped to make Art2009 possible.

Prize winners & Sponsors Art2009

Best in Show — $500 cash prize sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank of Augusta.
Awarded to Ed McCartan of Brunswick for his acrylic painting entitled Dark Landscape

Juror Carlton Plummer: “Dark Landscape caught my attention because of the strong design, emphasized by strong contrast of value that adds to the emotion.”

Juror Helen St. Clair: “I find this painting very intriguing with many changing images, never boring.  The loose spontaneous strokes are always appealing.”

Second Prize — $250 cash prize sponsored by DownEast Energy & Building Supply of Hallowell

Awarded to Megan Bastey of Augusta for her acrylic painting entitled The Quickest Route Out

Juror Carlton Plummer: “The Quickest Route Out displays good use of media, blending painterly shapes with linear.  I especially liked the direct application of paint.”

Juror Helen St. Clair: “I’m not sure what the title means, not that it matters.  The quick gestural strokes give the painting energy open to the imagination.  I find the spatial relationships work well together.”
Third Prize — $150 cash prize sponsored by Savings Bank of Maine in Hallowell.
Awarded to Melissa Post van der Burg of Augusta for her oil painting entitled Winthrop Motel.

Juror Carlton Plummer: “Winthrop Motel presents a strong axial design created by the overlapping of the figure with the motel sign, drawing the viewer into the heart of the painting.”

Juror Helen St. Clair: “Technically well done. The design is good while at the same time telling a story. I also find the color scheme appealing.”
Carlton Plummer’s Juror’s Choice Award — $150 cash prize sponsored by Digital ImageWorks of Waterville

Awarded to Rick Rose of Temple for his oil painting entitled Swamp Music.

Juror Carlton Plummer chose Swamp Music, of Rose’s oil he said, “Swamp Music attracted my attention because of the strong value contrast, creating interesting silhouettes and forming the moody reflections and swamp growth.”
Helen St. Clair’s Juror’s Choice Award — $150 cash prize in honor of Miss Zoe Houk of Hawaii, sponsored by her grandparents.

Awarded to Michael Heiko of Portland for his photograph entitled Bug Light.
Juror Helen St. Clair chose Michael Heiko’s archival inkjet print of his photograph: “I find the dark moody atmosphere intriguing; the unique lighting with the “light” foreground present a mystical feeling.  The pinkish spotty lights and add a magical feeling to a mysterious piece.”

Honorable Mentions
1. Kate Buehner of Gardiner for her acrylic painting entitled Yellow Tulips & Tea Pot
2. Dawna Gardner of Wayne for her oil painting entitled Wolf
3. Bruce Habowski of Waterville for his oil painting entitled 15 Degrees
4. Pam Hetherly of Mt.Vernon for her oil painting entitled The Library
5. Diana Johnson of Freeport for her pastel entitled Monhegan Backlight
6. John Lorence of Edgecomb for his oil painting entitled Taos Mountain and Aspens
7. Petrea Noyes of Brooks for her painting in K3 inks & acrylic entitled Mary, Mary…
8. Laurie Proctor of Fairfield for her watercolor entitled Life’s Ride
9. Mark Upson of Durham for his sculpture entitled Pump Jack

Honorable Mention winners received valuable gift certificates donated by the following generous businesses: Artist & Craftsman Supply of Portland, Beach’s Custom Framing of Augusta, Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies, Community Wellness Center of Farmingdale, Fogg Art Custom Framing & Painting Restoration of Wiscasset, Gosline’s Hardware of Farmingdale, Slates Restaurant of Hallowell, Java Joe’s of Augusta, The Maine Accent of Hallowell and Tim Horton’s of Augusta.