Congratulations to the winners of the October Award Show. There were 40 entries and the juror was very impressed with the overall quality of the entries as well as his award winners. Gift certificates were provided by Chrisman Gallery & Framing and a big thank you to them! Comments below from our wonderful juror, Richard Helmich. Richard donated his juror fee back to the Gallery to support our continued work. Thank you Richard! “It was a joy to see the gallery member’s show and jury the prize awards. There were many high-quality works exhibited and my decisions were difficult. The artists exhibited a wide variety of directions ranging from realism to pure abstraction and everything between. The more abstract works went from highly controlled hardedge to spontaneous and painterly. The works I chose for prizes reflect this wide-ranging approach to artmaking that characterize the show. I looked for competent, interesting composition, appropriately skillful technique, creativity and imagination, and a personal take”. I looked for a “value added” quality. If a work was realistic, I asked, “What does this artist have to offer that other realist painters do not?” I asked the same question when viewing other artistic directions as well. “Art should be more than a display of skill. Hard-won skill should be used for some expressive purpose, something that an individual artist has to offer personally. Many of the works exhibited this quality, not just the prize-winners. Artists in this show grasped the idea either intuitively or cognitively. Thank you for inviting me to view and to enjoy your work. It was an honor and pleasure to serve as your juror.”
Originally published by Village Gallery of Arts.
Featured image by artist Jung-Soo Pak