Gears, Gadgets, & Gizmos
- First Place: Contraption #16 watercolor Kathryn Phillips, Asheville, NC
- Second Place: There’s a Great Day Coming Andy assemblage by
Cathy Herndon, Fredericksburg, VA
- Third Place Dad’s Phone/Reel oil painting by Victoria Warrington, Locust Grove, VA
- Sinister Bug assemblage by Leslie Brier, Fredericksburg, VA
- Working Together Brilliantly pastel painting by Patricia Hill, Bowling Green, VA
- Nail Machine photography by Steven Holsclaw, Cross Lanes, WV
- Yesteryear photograph by Karen Julihn, Fredericksburg, VA
It was my honor to serve as the juror for the Gears, Gadgets and Gizmos National Exhibit at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts.
With such a specific and interesting theme, I was unsure of what to expect. I was thrilled to see such inventive, honest, and original interpretations. I immediately focused on the pieces which handled the theme in the most inventive way. My hope was to have the exhibition be a cohesive collection which exemplifies the theme in fascinating ways.
Since starting making art, my interest has always been miniature mechanics and gadgets that work reliably on organic properties. Making stop-motion animation as a kid, I depended on gears, levers that held the action in place, gravity and consistent, controlled motion.
To be successful, the form and function of that which was being animated would have to be equal.
The theme of this exhibit brought me back the energetic, carefree atmosphere of my boyhood days making little films in my parents’ basement.