Announcing our award-winning artists for Art2015, the 20th annual juried art show on view at the Harlow Gallery now through May 30, 2015. Our annual juried show is a tradition that draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state. This year’s juror was Britta Konau, a Rockland based art writer, critic, and lecturer on contemporary art. Konau selected 58 works of art by 40 artists to be included in the exhibition, out of a total of 371 works submitted by 121 artists. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.
Prizes were awarded at the opening reception on Wednesday, May 6th as follows:
Best in Show and a $500 cash prize sponsored by The Marketplace at Augusta was awarded to Tanya Fletcher of Saco for her painting entitled “Trunk III”. Of Fletcher’s work juror Britta Konau wrote, “This oil on panel beautifully translates the natural forms of leaves and the female body into almost geometric clarity. At the same time, the piece succeeds in evoking a touching vulnerability and sense of loss as a season seems to come to an end, which makes it a powerful contemporary approach to the age-old subject of the female nude. Highly impressive is also the level of painting skill and workmanship with silver leaf.”
Second Place, with a $250 cash prize sponsored by Minuteman Signs of Augusta, was awarded to David Estey of Belfast for mixed media work entitled “Baying at the Moon”. Konau wrote, “This richly layered work hovers intriguingly between hard-edge abstraction and gestural vibrancy with intimations of the figure (canine in this case). Chance seems masterfully harnessed and the composition’s unusual weight concentration on one side is perfectly balanced on the other by barely visible layers underneath.”
The 20th Anniversary Prize, with a cash award of $200 sponsored by Monkitree of Gardiner was awarded to Maryjean Viano Crowe of Belfast for “Beauty and Terror”. Britta Konau describes the work: “This contemporary version of a Scherenschnitt, a 16th-century German art form of cutting paper into intricate designs, dazzles not just because of its incredible delicacy but also because of its highly complex layout. Combining discrete narrative scenes with lines from a Rainer Maria Rilke poem, each story occupies its own pictorial space, like the panels of a comic strip. Yet in its magical inventiveness the piece also recalls medieval book illumination and in its stark linearity it recalls wood engravings.”
Third Place, with a $150 cash prize sponsored by The Bank of Maine, went to Cynthia Ahlstrin of Winthrop for her book art piece “Under the Aurora Borealis Sky” Said juror Britta Konau, “There is great sweetness and subtlety to this artists’ book. Not only are the drawings that carry the story forward highly accomplished and lucid, their position in the immediate foreground afford an intimate viewing experience. The overall compositional layering, sequential story progression, and one-on-one encounter attest to a perfect use of the book format.”
Juror’s Choice Prize, and a $150 cash prize sponsored by the Maine Film Center was awarded to Bob Richardson of Camden for his mixed media work entitled “Ghosting”. Of Richardson’s work Britta Konau wrote, “Oscillating between non-objective painting and poetic evocation of a seascape, this work uses striation as a distancing device. While thus highlighting medium and process, both still remain fascinatingly mysterious. What one may infer though is a healthy dose of skepticism about realism and traditional landscape painting, tempered by a consciousness of the fact that viewers will likely see what they have seen before.”
The Capital Area Camera Club $50 cash prize for Best Photograph was awarded to Jane Yudelman of Milbridge for her digital photograph “Adagio #5”. Britta Konau wrote, “Both lyrical and quasi-scientific, this image is just plain beautiful in its color scheme and suggestion of movement as flower petals momentarily hover in a dark eternity. In that sense the photograph becomes a vanitas image, reminding us of the transience of life. It is also a wonderful example of photography’s potential to abstract and to capture not just reality but also time.”
The Maine Traditional Film Photographer Group‘s $50 cash prize for Best Film Photograph was awarded to Anna Mikušková of Brunswick for her silver gelatin photograph entitled “Birches”. Of this photograph Britta Konau wrote, “This image successfully follows in the footsteps of some of the best landscape photographers. Its clarity and tonal range is superb, its choice of subject and composition is perfect, with just the right lack of symmetry to animate the image. This is very accomplished and solid photographic work.”
The following artists were awarded Honorable Mentions. Winners received gift certificates and fine goods contributed by: Colby College Museum of Art, Gosline’s Hardware of Farmingdale, and Grand Central Cafe and Railroad Square Cinema, both of Waterville.
Dorette Amell of Gorham for her painting entitled “Cautionary Tale”.
Peter Bennett of Buxton for his aluminum & acrylic enamel piece entitled “Vice Versa #2”.
Nancy Bixler of Hallowell for her drawing entitled “2015.001”.
Gabriel Greenlaw, currently of Smithville Tennessee, for his glass sculpture entitled “Jeweled Growth”.
Ellen Rawding of South Paris for her photograph entitled “East Oxford, Maine Cemetery”.
David Wade of Portland his photograph on die infused metal entitled “Ghost Hoops”.
During the exhibition at the Harlow Gallery, visitors are asked to help determine the winners of the People’s Choice Award, a $100 cash sponsored by The Animal Wellness Center of Augusta, which will be awarded by popular vote at the end of the exhibition. Art2015 is on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell May 6-30, 2015. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.
More about our Juror:
Britta Konau is an art writer, critic, and lecturer on contemporary art. Her regular outlets for publication include a biweekly column, “art current,” in the Free Press, until recently a monthly review in the Portland Phoenix and now in Dig Portland. She has also written articles for regional and national art magazines, including Art New England, and is a contributor to Maine Art New, a broad survey of art in Maine which will become available in 2015. Previously, she was the curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and held curatorial positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, both in Washington, DC.
Visit Britta Konau’s blog here: curatorbk.blogspot.com
Art2015 is sponsored by Marketplace at Augusta, and was made possible by the generous support of our other Season Sponsors as well: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Company, the City of Hallowell, the Jennings Family of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, the Vallee Brothers, Chris and Ray Vallee of Hallowell and Virginia C. Wood of Massachusetts.
The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c)3 membership based arts non-profit which founded the gallery in downtown historic Hallowell in 1963. The Harlow Gallery has been connecting and celebrating art, artists and community for over 50 years.