Saturday, February 16, 2013

JAS8 Judge's Choice Reception

Every year for the past 8 years, the BAC has held an annual juried show in the spring.  And for the past 6 years, the tradition has been that the award winners from that show get an exhibition of their own the following year.  So the process of putting together the current exhibition at the Boatworks goes back to last April, and the 8th Annual Juried Art Show, but things didn't pick up until the beginning of January and the reopening of the Boatworks.  The artists met a number of times over the past month, to work out such details as the layout of the show, their contributions to the opening reception, production of the postcard announcements, and the installation of the show.  But each deadline was met.  All the work was in place a few days ago, the threats of snow never materialized, and the artists all showed up with arms full of food and drink.  And before too long, the viewers showed up, too.

Three of the artists shared the front room of the Boatworks.  A crowd above checks out some digital abstracts from Rick Alvarado, as well as the clay sculptures of Carol Gleason.  Below, a few more sculptures and some of Guido Guazzoni's landscape paintings.

The back room featured art from two artists, both using grids as part of their design.  Seen above is part of Paul Bonelli's 366 woodcut print Fourth of July series, which occupied the whole back wall.  Beverly Hertler filled the remaining walls with her colorful quilt pieces, combining traditional fibers and other materials.

Several dozen visitors came through, all very impressed with the artwork both individually and collectively, leaving a tough act to follow for next year's group of winners.  This year's Judge's Choice exhibition remains on display during regular gallery hours through March 8, 2013.

March 8th is also the first day of intake for the 9th Annual Juried Art Show, so start thinking now about what art you'd like to submit.

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