The Harlow has announced the award-winning artists for Art2019, the 24th annual juried art show on view at 100 Water Street in Hallowell now through June 15, 2019. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm. The Harlow’s annual juried show is a tradition that draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state.
This year’s juror is Myron Beasley – a professor of cultural studies at Bates College, an artist writer, and international curator. His writing explores the intersection of cultural politics, art and social change. He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kindling Fund, The Davis Family Foundation, the Ruth Landes Award from the Reed Foundation, and most recently Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation for his ethnographic writing about art and cultural engagement.
Prizes were awarded at the opening reception on Friday, May 10th as follows:
Best in Show and a $500 cash prize sponsored by Chris Walters Productions was awarded to Marci Spier of Cape Elizabeth for her oil on panel entitled “Cover Me.” Myron Beasley wrote, “Spier’s “Cover Me” exhibits a mastery of form and content, where one finds simplicity in the visual complexity of abstraction. The use of color and simple lines give way to grids of an impenetrable dynamism.”
Second Place, with a $250 cash prize sponsored by Stevens Commons & Mastway Development LLC was awarded to Amy Kustra of Freeport her oil on canvas entitled “Waiting for America.” Beasley stated, “In “Waiting for America” Amy Kustra astutely displays a pause of everyday life. It is waiting as in contemplating. Apparent is a sassiness as the hand placed on the hip, and shrill direct look at the onlooker. “Waiting for American,” tells a story through a precisely selected plate of colors to emote both the casualness and exquisiteness of every day without sacrificing the integrity on technique.”
Juror’s Choice Prize, and a $200 cash prize sponsored by the The Harper-Cunningham Family was awarded to Rosie Ranauro of Jamaica Plain, MA for her acrylic on canvas entitled “Back of my Eye.” Beasley wrote, “Rosie Ranauro’s “Back on my Eye” astutely plays with configurations of the oval. The foregrounding the range of reds, Ranauro’s painting is a performance that invites the viewer to engage actively with the vast panorama of vividness and piquancy.”
Third Place, with a $100 cash prize sponsored by Kennebec Valley Art Association was awarded to Tanya Fletcher of Kennebunk for her work entitled “P”, made with oil and silver leaf on birch. Beasley wrote, “Tanya Fletcher’s “P” is a commanding use of silver leaf on birch. The contrast of the silver that emboldens the stunning detailed portrait of a shirtless man juxtaposed with a floral pastel accent that lingers in the background. The appearance of the floral hues in the eyes of the subject that commands attention. “
The following artists were awarded Honorable Mentions.
Ron Crusan of Port Clyde for his mixed media and found objects piece entitled ”ALPHABET” Myron Beasley wrote that it “recalls the beauty of objects. The mixed media sculpture exposes the malleability, elasticity, and textures of everyday life and reminds us that objects, like our lived experiences, are filled with promise and possibility.”
Tom Jessen of Temple for his work entitled “Idle Hands (Inverted Pedal Points)”, made with yarn, canvas, and various textiles. Beasley said, “Tom Jessen displays both the fragility and strength of fibers. The looped stitching of threads of various hues against earth-toned fabrics of different shapes is a meditation of handmade things, domesticity, labor, and the splendor of our hands.“
Scott Minzy of Pittston for his linocut entitled “Divide and Rule.” Beasley stated, “Scott Minzy is a masterful printmaker, the linocut “Divide and Rule” a large detailed print of a crustacean displays intricate details and the precision the artist attends to this work. More significantly, Minzy’s attention to the sea animal causes one to remember the allure and exquisiteness of everyday life. Minzy is an artist of a coming time, an artist that sensibly masters the fundamentals of the past and foretells a future with clarity and beauty, Minzy has an eye for detail that is both aesthetically pleasing and technically sophisticated.”
During the exhibition gallery visitors are invited to vote for their favorite work of art. At the end of the show the winner of the popular vote will receive the People’s Choice Award,a $100 cash prize sponsored by The Animal Wellness Center of Augusta.
The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm.
Programming is funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation, the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.