Newburyport Art Association
Members Winter Juried Show 2006 - Part II

February 17 to March 19
Pastel, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Digital Art, Fine Crafts
Sargent and Hartson Galleries

Juror: Cynthia Meyers Foley.  
Ms. Foley is the Director of Education and Assistant Curator of the Maine College of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine. She has coordinated programs and special projects in the Education Departments for the Portland Museum of Art, and The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.  She also worked for The University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, Ky, the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, The Center for Contemporary Art, Lexington, Kentucky, and The College of the Arts, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.  Foley graduated with an MA in Art Education and a BA in Individual Studies in the Arts from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Juror's Overall Comments:
"The jurying process is one of the most difficult and yet delightful. A juror has an internal battle; allowing yourself to make decisions based on personal criteria and aesthetics while the "schooled" voice inside your head is framing your viewing in critical discourse and art history.

At some point instinct and psyche merge and the decisions become easier.even

Thinking about and looking at the work selected it becomes evident that this group is in some way, a reflection of me. The work that made the biggest impact are pieces that spoke to my experiences, humor, fears, and fascinations while also passing the formal art criteria.

The richest art experiences are those that have deep personal impact. I hope many others are rewarded by viewing the compelling work in this exhibition."

Mary Alice Arakelian Memorial Award for Best of Show
Dale Blank, Gloucester, MA
"For the Birds", Photography

"Hours after first experiencing "For the Birds", I am still drawn to the attraction/repulsion relationship. I love that the image provides opportunity for various narrative interpretations while also nodding to a "Hichcockian" moment. The photo is frenzied and charged with action as well as quiet and controlled."

Mildred Hartson Award for Fine Crafts
Don Grover Jr., Amesbury, MA
"The Old Way", Relief Carving

"I smiled from ear to ear with this wood relief. With their teeth still
viciously exposed, these immobilized sharks still have power over my psyche.
Who says art can't have a sense of humor!"

Newburyport Area Industrial Development Foundation Award for Digital Art
Jean Snow, Byfield, MA
"Nest", Digital Drawing

"I love the mystery of this piece. Is it a photo? a print? a Drawing? In this case Digital Art is the perfect medium for the simple subject, as it allows us to approach with curiosity."

Sam Sargent Award for Drawing
Elaine Asplind Russell, Groveland, MA
"Mission of Burma", Pen & Ink Drawing

"In New England, water and boats are often the subject in Art, but in this piece, the subject becomes fantastic and mythical in the artists interpretation. My imagination is triggered by the hidden figures, animated water and trees, and fascinating rendering."

Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank Award for Printmaking
Mary Pollack, Ipswich, MA
"Deep", Monotype

"The joy and challenge of printmaking is making a complex image with layers and special relationships that is still generous and conscientious of the viewer. This piece allows the imagination to easily wander through."

Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation Award for Photography
Jeremy Heflin, Portsmouth, NH
"Rain Grove", Photograph

"To capture a "moment in Time" is much harder than it sounds. A camera is a tool, but a photographer's patience and dedication to that "magic moment".can in this case actually make you feel the rain."

Laura Coombs Hills Award for Pastel
Susan Keller, Newburyport, MA
"Toy Soldiers", Pastel

"I am such a sucker for miniatures, but in this case, I am also equally seduced by the amazing control and use of materials. How fascinating to see pastels used with such finesse and outside the "Pastel" context."

Honorable Mention
Charles Shurcliff, Ipswich, MA
"Sketch Group", Pencil

Honorable Mention
Richard Rubino, Newburyport, MA
"Exploring the Tide pool", Pastel

Honorable Mention
Chaz Southard, Topsfield, MA
"Erotica", Digital Mandela

Honorable Mention
Karen Jones, Newburyport, MA
"View of Wheeler Mt.", Pastel

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