Art2008, our 13th annual juried art show opened on Friday, May 9th at the Harlow Gallery.$1,200 in prize money was awarded to artists for excellence in their work. During the opening the following awards were announced to a packed house:
Robin Brooks of Topsham won BEST IN SHOW for her collage entitled Kitchen Vase
– Robin Brooks was awarded a$500 cash prize sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank.
Malcolm Brown of Boothbay won SECOND PRIZE for his wood block print entitledDr. Zhang. Brown was awarded a$250 cash prize sponsored by DownEast Energy of Hallowell.(Malcolm Brown is an 18 year old student currently studying art in California and his parents, pictured above, accept his award .)
Corliss Chastain of Hallowell won THIRD PRIZE for her mixed media quartet entitled Megillah. Chastain was awarded$150 cash prize sponsored by Savings Bank of Maine in Hallowell.
Brian Kent of Litchfield was selected by juror Ted Julian Arnold for a JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD for his ceramic sculpture entitled Mother Earth Weeps.Kent was awarded a $150 cash prize sponsored by Digital ImageWorks of Waterville.
Alice Rohman of Farmingdale was selected by juror Andrea Martens for a JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD for her acrylic painting entitled Dog Toys II.Rohman won the Brooks & Miriam Harlow Juror’s Choice Award which comes with a $150 cash prize.
Seven Honorable Mentions where awarded gift certificates donated by the following generous (mostly) local businesses: Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies, Elemental Angle Framers of Gardiner, Fogg Art Custom Framing & Painting Restoration of Wiscasset, Java Joes of Augusta, Longfellow’s Greenhouses of Manchester, Maine Accent of Hallowell and Mattson’s Home Decorating Center (of Augusta):
1. Frances Hodsdon of Jefferson for her monotype prints entitledMO5 and MO6
2. Kathleen Perelka of Canaan for her pastel entitled Rocky Road Barren
3. LeeAnn LaFleur of Livermore Falls for her B&W photograph entitled Coal Miner Mexico
4.Donald Kerr of Winthrop for his wire sculpture entitled Sheldon
5. Penelope Moodey of Damariscotta for her acrylic painting entitled Annual Explosion
6. Gary Levine of Augusta for his sculpture entitled Silent Cries
7. Petrea Noyes of Brooks for her digital composite K3 print entitled Pony Girl #4
The public is invited to help us award one last prize!The Haircut $100 People’s Choice Award is a $100 cash prize sponsored by Haircut 100 of Hallowell.Visitors Art2008 over the next month can vote on their favorite work of art.At the end of the exhibition on June 1st, the artist with the most votes wins $100 cash prize.
Art2008 Jurors’ statements follow:
Andrea Martens is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Maine at Augusta, where she teaches printmaking, drawing, and design.Before moving to Maine, Andrea received her MFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University.She completed post-baccalaureate and undergraduate study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Virginia Tech.Her work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally.
Of the work submitted to Art2008, Martens said, “The overall quality and quantity of work submitted was astounding.We certainly had a challenge in narrowing the size of the show to suit the space.The work was engaging, complex, and varied.As a whole, we were looking for works that showed not only technical skill and resolution within the pieces, but also artist’s intent.As jurors we had the difficult task of eliminating pieces with many factors in mind — overall success of the work, show space and unity are a few.Thanks to everyone in the community for the time and effort in submitting their art — Opinions are just that, and keep making!”
Ted Julian Arnold (born Princeton, NJ, 1956) received his BA in Visual Studies from Dartmouth College, Hanover NH. His work is available at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, California and at Aucocisco in Portland, Maine.
Of the experience of judging Art2008, Arnold said, “Unfortunately, this show attracted a large, strong group of works. Great variety in ideas and execution were represented, and competition for space was stiff.
Many paintings that were beautifully executed did not join the show, and we often wished to have a space for well-made work which did not, somehow, capture our enthusiasm. Several other paintings made us feel that we would certainly have chosen a different painting by the same hand if we could have seen a selection. This was frustrating to feel, and must also be frustrating for the artists to hear.
Every juried show is a serving of opinion. We artists, we are often like the religious; we do not simply worship, but we are often sectarians. We have strong feelings that favor one form of worship over another, and often spread those notions around.
Like most people, I like to imagine that I am broadminded, and can see quality in many guises. But I apologize to some individual artists for not choosing their work, as this must occasionally show my prejudices more than my wisdom. I am not unique in this, and I hope the next juror may be more sympathetically prejudiced, or wiser.”
The following sponsors also helped to make Art2008 possible: Wick & Ruth Johnson, Michael Hudak , Judy Herman, DVM, and Circling the Square Fine Art Press of Gardiner.