Frederick Gallery: July 2017

Celebrate Color and Light

Juror: Francis Thompson || Catalog|| Flier


  • 1st Place – “3H2O” (diptych) multi-media by Jim Sconyers of Staunton, VA
  • 2nd Place – “Dreaming of Neverland” photograph by Maura Harrison of Fredericksburg, VA
  • 3rd Place – “Love XOXOXO” shadow collage by Teresa Blatt of North Hills, CA

Honorable Mentions:

  • “It’s All Relative” acrylic 4 panel installation by Elizabeth Shumate of Newport News, VA
  • “What was that?” watercolor/ganache/pen by Jan Poteet of Summerduck, VA
  • “Worshiper of the Light” photograph by Saeed Ordoubadi of King George, VA
  • “Hallucinogenic Sigh” acrylic & markers on paper by Kate Landishaw of Greenville, SC
  • “Sunset in Duck, NC” photo on canvas by Thomas Hennessy of Mechanicsville, VA
  • “Fleur Rouge” oil painting by Joose Hadley of Lutz, FL
  • “Blind Illusion” photograph by Lee Cochrane of King George, VA
  • “Rt. 74” oil & cold wax painting by Peg Belcastro of Shermansdale, PA

Like It, Own It

Juror's Statement

First, I would like to thank Carrol Morgan for inviting me to jury this exhibition. It was a pleasure working with her and the other members of the FCCA. The final selection for pieces in the show resulted in 59 total works in various media and sizes coming from 11 states. I know the number of works challenged how they would fit in the gallery space, but I believe the final placement of all the works turned out very well. Many thanks to the installation team for their excellent work.

For every juried exhibition, I always have an approach that is specific to the show itself. In this case, I examined each work for how closely tied it was to the theme of the exhibition, the craft and mastery the artist has over their work, the overall finished quality and presentation of the work, and the creativity or approach to content within the work. All works submitted were closely considered for the exhibition and I greatly appreciate all artists that provided work for review. The entries were very diverse in content and strong in craft / execution, so I found that looking at how closely pieces related to the theme was helpful in navigating my process in selecting works for the show and deciding the awards winners. I thought I would point out that there were several small works in the show that I found exceptional. It is my belief that even small works can be very impactful, so I always take time to study each work closely so there is not to be any element overlooked or missed.

It was a pleasure reviewing all the works and having the opportunity to learn about many artists that I was not previously familiar with. I admire the mission the FCCA has in their programming in bringing together artists on a regional and national level for their juried exhibitions. I hope you will enjoy the exhibition in the space and could explore each piece closely as did I.

Francis Thompson