Monday, February 7, 2011

14th National Exhibit at Gallery West, Alexandria, VA

My accepted entries into this show are below: 
Reflecting On Lunch In Sienna was a painting I did from my trip to Tuscany in 2009, 24 x 18 on Ampersand Pastelboard.

English Garden Foxglove 11 X 14 colored pencil on Ampersand pastelboard is a painting from my garden.

After a short visit with my mother in law in FL  and then Bon Air Artists Assoc. meetings, I'm finally back to business.  Sunday before the disappointing Steelers vs Green Bay Super Bowl game I had a day trip up to Old Towne Alexandria to deliver the 2 paintings to my first DC area show.  First of all after living in VA since 1988 this was my first visit to this area and boy was it charming!  I hope we have good results to the show which runs from Feb. 6th to March 6th, with the reception on Sat. Feb. 12th from 5-8 pm.  The juror was DC artist/blogger F. Lennox Campello.  His show statement was as follows:

“In over 30 years of creating, marketing, selling, buying and curating art, the only constant that has stood the test of time has been that I have never ceased to be amazed at the creativity and skill of artists. Just when you think that you've seen one green landscape too many, or yet another look at the female nude, or the way the skies imitate art; just when you've think you've had your art fill for those subjects, some amazing new artist pops into your visual range and punches you in the solar plexus of the mind with a brilliant new approach to those subjects.

      And that is exactly what happened during the jurying process for Gallery West's 14th iteration of their national show. I will admit right now that I was surprised, hypnotized and seduced by the sheer high number of excellent works of art submitted. Those of you who were selected ought and must feel proud of your accomplishment; it was a tough and talented competition. To those of you who didn't make the cut this time: As an artist myself, I have received my fair share of rejections, but also know that art is truly in the eyes of the beholder. As an experienced gallerist and curator I think that over the last three decades I have developed a finely tuned eye for putting together a show that satisfies my sensitivities and logic. Please notice that I said "my." That should be interpreted as keep creating art and keep leaving an artistic footprint behind you. That is a legacy that few people have.

     I was honored, challenged, surprised and pleased by being involved in this show, and I am sure that all of you who see it, will agree with most of my recommendations to you as to the state of the arts nation from this unique 14th year old perspective. I look forward to seeing this show.”
    Gallery West is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in Northern Virginia. Members are award-winning artists working in such diverse mediums as painting, collage, photography, digital art, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry. Gallery hours in February are Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional information and images can be seen at  Inquiries can be made at 703-549-6006 during business hours.    

Now to get working on my newest landscape...............................

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