12 Maine artists receive awards at 19th annual juried art show

12 Maine artists receive awards at 19th annual juried art show

photo credit: Allison McKeen

The Harlow Gallery proudly announces award-winning artists for Art2014, on view at the Harlow Gallery now through May 31, 2014. The Harlow Gallery’s annual juried show (now in its nineteenth year) is a tradition that draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state. This year’s juror is Andy Verzosa, owner and director of Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine, one of Maine’s leading commercial art galleries. Verzosa selected 32 works of art by 25 artists for the exhibition, out of a total of 344 works submitted by 122 artists.


Art2014 is sponsored by Art Collector Maine of Portland, and was made possible by the generous support of our Season Sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, the late Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers.

List of Prizes awarded at the opening of Art2014 on Friday, May 9, 2014:

 Best in Show Art2014 -- Amy Peters Wood

Best in Show – The Art Collector Maine cash prize of $500 went to Amy Peters Wood of Georgetown for “Four Seasons 1-6” and Four Seasons 7-11”.  According to juror Andy Verzosa, “I was instantly captivated by the baroque aerial perspective in these two paintings both originally from a triptych but separated with the artist’s permission. Wood’s baroque, fisheye view of Maine’s island studded coastline, forestland and vernacular architecture are portrayed through a particular contrivance that two other great Maine artists, Eric Hopkins and Yvonne Jacquette, also utilize in their work as well.”

 Great Wave by Rebecca Singer      Cats at Night by Rebecca Singer      Starry Night by Rebecca Singer

Second Prize, a $250 cash prize sponsored by Patricia O’Brien of Hallowell was awarded to Rebecca Singer of Augusta for her carved artist conk series. Of Singer’s work Verzosa said, “As folk art, the utilization of fungi as canvas caught my attention in its simple novelty but I was most intrigued by Singer’s expropriation and juxtaposition of well known iconic images by such greats as Hokusai’s The Wave and Van Gogh’s Starry Night which were sensitively rendered and that were a delight.”

 Moon Dune #6 by Rachael Eastman

Third Prize, a $150 cash prize sponsored by The Bank of Maine, went to Rachael Eastman of Biddeford for her ink on paper entitled “Moon/Dune 6”. Said juror Andy Verzosa, “Like a Turner painting, this small abstract has inherent within it movement, atmosphere and emotion all in a great dramatic few square inches. Eastman has conjured up a northern night sky filled with the dancing shimmer of an aurora borealis… or the crashing waves on a rocky midnight coast… or a glimpse into a deep soulful heavenly space.”

 Noguchi Silence by Nancy Bixler

Juror’s Choice Prize, a $150 cash prize sponsored by the Maine Film Center was awarded to Nancy Bixler of Hallowell for her mixed media drawing entitled “Noguchi Silence”.  Of Bixler’s work juror Andy Verzosa said, “Bixler’s work is both an implication of a landscape whose bandwidth expands infinitely through a dreamy graphite haze or that of a close up view of a fallen ancient stele whose inscriptions are all but worn away by the winds and sands of time. It feels softly abraded with finely scribed calligraphic marks floating faintly above the matrix.”

The prize for Best Botanically Themed work of art was awarded to Judy Herman of Gardiner for her watercolor painting entitled “Iris I” Herman received a $150 gift certificate to Longfellow’s Greenhouses in Manchester.

 Iris I by Judy Herman       Cool Pool by David Wade

The Capital Area Camera Club $50 cash prize for Best Photograph was awarded to David Wade of Portland for “Cool Pool”, printed on dye-infused coated metal.

The following artist were awarded Honorable Mentions:

Debra Arter of Damariscotta for her mixed media monotype entitled “Federal Machine”
Chris Beneman of Scarborough for the monotype entitled “High Line Reflections XX”

Federal Machine by Debra Arter  Highline Reflections XX by Chris Beneman

Steve Bradford of Lisbon Falls for his assemblage entitled “7 Syllables”
Rex Holsapple of Mt. Vernon for his silver gelatin photograph entitled “Rocks Near Shore”

Seven Syllables by Steve Bradford   Rocks near Shore by Rex Holsapple

John Polhemus of Whitefield for “Burst” which is a salted silver photograph toned with gold
David Shepard of Ellsworth for his oil on canvas painting entitled “Black I”

Burst by John Polhemus   Black I by David Shepard

Honorable Mention winners received gift certificates and fine goods contributed by the following local businesses and organizations: Colby College Museum of Art, Gosline’s Hardware, Grand Central Cafe, The Maine Accent, promotional photography by Allison McKeenRail Road Square Cinema and Zardus Art of Massage.

During the exhibition gallery visitors are asked to help determine the winner of one additional prize: the People’s Choice Award, a $100 cash sponsored by The Animal Wellness Center of Augusta.  Art2014 is on view May 9-31, 2014. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.

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