- 1st Place – “Seep/Patuxent Refuge/Christmas Bird Count” by Heather Martley
of Baltimore, MD
- 2nd Place –“Curvilinear” photograph by Rebecca Carpenter of Frederick, MD
- 3rd Place – “A Woodford Winter” photograph by Fritzi Newton, of Fredericksburg, VA
- Vickie Varela of Fredericksburg VA
- Bob Worthy of Montross, VA
- Matt DeZee of Spotsylvania, VA
- C. Renee Martin of Fredericksburg, VA
- Theresa Rasmussen of Fredericksburg, VA
- Lynne Smyers of King George, VA
I’d like to thank Carrol Morgan and the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts for inviting me to act as juror for the All Photography Juried Exhibition. It’s been an honor and a privilege to review a remarkably wide range of works from across the region and to then get to know the artists, at least a bit, through viewing the works hung for the exhibition. An overwhelming number of the submissions demonstrated a pursuit for excellence and were of very high quality and professionalism which made the process most difficult but also extraordinarily rewarding.
While there are awards to be given, I want to make certain each artist featured in the exhibition knows how much their individual work contributes to a substantial show filled with insights, challenges and inspiration.
I want to congratulate Heather Martley for her First Place award for Seep/Patuxent Refuge/Christmas Bird Count which not only documents the remarkable landscape of the nature refuge but imbues it with a sense of beauty and mystery that communicates what it feels like to be there, not just what it looks like.
Second Place: Rebecca Carpenter’s Curvilinear combines the traditional landscape and figure with a sense of surrealism. The juxtaposition of weathered siding, nude figure, and copper create a dialogue in texture.
Third Place: A Woodford Winter, by Fritzi Newton offers a landscape dominated by abandoned structres which are reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s vision.
There are several other artists I would like to highlight in the Honorable Mention category. These artists have also created works that are compelling and challenging in a most wonderful way. I would like to congratulate Vickie Varela, Bob Worthy, Matt DeZee, C. Renee Martin, Theresa Rasmussen, and Lynne Smyers.