- 1st Place – “Rabbit Round About,” oil painting by Charlotte Richards of Fredericksburg, VA
- 2nd Place – “After the Storm,” oil painting by Joan C. Limbrick of Fredericksburg, VA
- 3rd Place – “At the Opening,” oil painting by Nancy Brittle of Remington, VA
- “Beloved Birches,” mixed media painting by Bev Bley of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Uptown Puddle,” photograph by Lee Cochrane of King George, VA
- “Light on the Painter,” oil painting by Ebbie Hynson of Colonial Beach, VA
- “It’s All About Her,” oil painting by Tom Smagala of Spotsylvania, VA
I ascended the narrow stairs and found myself in a small room filled with art. The paintings were around the entire perimeter. Available gallery space required eliminating half of the submissions. I began to select those works that represented proficiency in skill level, uniqueness of topic, overall impact, appropriate presentation and artistic voice. I looked for work which demonstrated originality, craftsmanship, personal style, composition and inspiration.
This exhibition has an enigmatic synergy. Captivating palettes, innovative perspectives, and artistic personalities are audible in this collection. As a painter, I think it is crucial for an artist to give the viewer a bit of themselves in the works they create. Artists need to demonstrate where they fit into the ever-evolving history of ART. This show is brimming with artists who have articulated their voice through their personal style. Be it in color, subject, or medium, they have carved their spot in history.
"Rabbit Round About" by Charlotte Richards demanded my attention. It is an exciting still life boasting fresh brush stokes, simplified patterns, bunnies and effortless charm. The palette of Joan C Limbrick is spellbinding. "After the Storm" is a dreamy tropical paradise fashioned by juxtaposing blues and violets with oranges and corals. Nancy Brittle's exceptional line work gave me pause in her piece titled, "At The Opening."
It was very difficult to choose the "best" pieces from the group. The point spread between them was like splitting hairs! Ultimately, I went with my gut and judged each work as fairly as humanly possible. It is a strong show and I look forward to seeing it installed.