, 2010



NAA 2010 Fall Members’Juried Show - Part I

September 10 - October 3
acrylic, oil, sculpture, fine crafts, digital art
Reception: Saturday, September 11, 7 - 9pm 

There were 196 entries from 118 artists. 103 pieces were accepted.

The Juror: Ron Crusan, Director, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME

Juror’s overall comments:

It is always a pleasure coming the Newburyport Art Association. The overall quality of the work is always high and it’s interesting to see what working artists are doing. The down side of the experience that so many quality works must be eliminated in order to create a show that hangs well together. As always, a different juror would choose a different show, and those artists who were juried out of this show must continue to paint and enter shows. It is through this process that we grow as artists. After all, any juror has only one opinion. When choosing works for an exhibition, the first thing I look for is a proficiency in the chosen medium. Can an artist handle the chosen medium well? The second thing I look for is composition. Is the piece carefully constructed considering the entire picture plane? Finally, I look for conveyance of meaning. What is the artist trying to say to me? Is the message coming across in a meaningful way? To those chosen to be included in this exhibition and for prizes, congratulations. Your work shows a maturity of style and skill
that merits recognition. To those not chosen, keep working. It is important work that you do.

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Mary Alice Arakelian Memorial Award for Best of Show $100
Artist: Judith Larmay
Town: Haverhill, MA
Title: Tarcisius & I
Media: Oil
Whimsical, yet challenging, this painting celebrates the joy of childhood while suggesting a
deeper meaning. Well painted and compositionally strong, this artist displays a mature style.

Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation Award for Acrylic $25
Artist: Sara Demrow Dent
Town: Haverhill, MA
Title: The Open Window
Media: Acrylic
Nice use of the written word and painted background- which draws ones attention into the
composition. The true meaning is an enigma, but because the piece is so well executed, it
remains one of the shows strongest entries.

Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank Award for Oil $25
Artist: Sandra Galda
Town: Haverhill, MA
Title: Peter’s Garden Lunch
Media: Oil on Masonite
A strong composition and subtle use of color give this piece an appealing quality. It is a
wonderful addition to the grand tradition of the still life genre.

Newburyport Area Industrial Development Foundation Award for Sculpture $25
Artist: Bettina Turner
Town: Newburyport, MA
Title: The Followers
Media: Sculpture
Inventive use of found objects. The re-purposing and juxtaposition of seemingly
discordant objects makes for an appealing asymmetrical sculpture.

Strem Chemical Award for Fine Craft $25
Artist: Beth McGavock
Town: Newburyport, MA
Title: Banded Bracelet
Media: Sterling Silver
The simple design and elegant materials of this well-executed bracelet make it a quality piece.

Sam Sargent Award for Printmaking $25
Artist: Kate Higley
Town: Wolfeboro, NH
Title: Flight
Media: Monoprint
This monoprint is technically proficient and reflects a complex composition with layering and the ghost images showing through the top layers. This level of complexity is not easy to achieve in a monoprint. The broad shapes layered underneath the details of the top layer make for an interesting composition.

Laura Coombs Hills Award for Excellence $25
Artist: Ann Bourque
Town: Manchester, NH
Title: Along the Way
Media: Oil
The Turner-esque use of color and composition makes for a powerful painting. The deep
hues in the seemingly simple composition belies the skill level needed to pull off such a
painting successfully.

Honorable Mention
Artist: Mary Ann Varoski
Town: Newbury, MA
Title: September Marsh
Media: Oil on Paper
Great use of color throughout, this painting draws the viewer into a seemingly endless field very successfully.

Honorable Mention
Artist: Vivien MacLachlan
Town: Newburyport, MA
Title: A Stroll in Paris
Media: Oil
Fun painting! Here is an artist who is confident in her ability to get her message across to the viewer, and that confidence comes through strongly.

Honorable Mention
Artist: Karen Jones
Town: Newburyport, MA
Title: Vermont Barn
Media: Acrylics
Dramatic use of color and brushstroke pulls the viewer into the scene, and the warm colors against the cool colors keep the eye moving around the canvas. Very nice painting.

Honorable Mention
Artist:Kate Higley
Town: Wolfeboro, NH
Title: Northeast Kingdom, November
Media: Acrylic
The strength of this picture lies in the simple, broad planes of color that suggest the structures and hills, creating an inviting atmosphere without the need for an abundance of detail.