- First Place Woodsman sculpture by Marc Robarge, Falls Church, VA
- Second Place Still Life w/Peaches, photograph by Fritzi Newton, Fredericksburg, VA
- Third Place Clouded Vision, mixed media by Linda Stanczak,
- 53 Olds oil painting by Toy Fowler, Stafford, VA
- Water Grass oil painting by Karen Julihn, Fredericksburg, VA
- Blood Orange photograph by Kenneth Lecky, Fredericksburg, VA
- Partly Blueish with a Chance of Red oil, metal leaf, patina painting by Patte Ormsby, Fredericksburg, VA
- Dog in the Kitchen oil pastel painting by Guerin Wolf, Stafford, VA
Art provides us with a reflection of ourselves and the world around us. Through the hands of artists, we are beckoned to stop and contemplate, to see something in a new light, to feel empathy and shared joy.
Technical skills are important in the creation of art and are often the first thing we notice. But it is the artist’s ability to go beyond his or her training, to reach into the psyche and release the creative spirit that becomes most notable when viewing works of art that transcend technical proficiency.
Finding that spark, that inherent element of real passion, is what I look for when jurying exhibitions. It’s really not an easily definable element. Sometimes it seems obvious to all, sometimes it is my own personal reaction to a piece. Viewing the works in person is critical to finding this special element.
Awards are challenging, though, and I always reach that step in the process with trepidation. I tend to want to hand out more awards, recognizing the spirit in many works, but must focus my attentions on those that excel my expectations for the exhibition as a whole.
Creating art is a complex activity, one that can be simultaneously cathartic, exuberant, exhausting, and frustrating. I applaud all who allow the creative spirit to flow from their heads and hands. I’m especially in awe of those who put their work in front of audiences and the more critical group of fellow artists.
Thank you to the FCCA, especially Carrol Morgan, for inviting me to jury. It’s my third time jurying for FCCA, it was a joy, as always, to see the work of so many talented artists. My best to you all in finding success and fulfillment in your work.