- 1st Place – “Rust Easy Pillow,” concrete and mosaic by Wilma Wyss of Berkeley, CA
- 2nd Place – “The Town Is Getting Smaller,” oil painting by Ana Rendich of Fredericksburg, VA
- 3rd Place – “Ghost,” fiber art by Maria Shell of Anchorage, AK
- “Going Home,” oil painting by Tom Smagala of Spotsylvania, VA
- “Propped Up II,” acrylic & color pencil by David Lovegrove of Fredericksburg, VA
- “Time Lapse Gestalt,” mixed media by Linda Keefer of Stafford, VA
- “Conversation Within,” oil painting by Jane T. Woodworth of Fredericksburg, VA
When reviewing the great number of submissions for the Transformations exhibition, the wide range of
interpretations was immediately apparent and physically manifested in the variety of media and subjects. In that A-Z of visual art, I found transformations of objects, people and materials.
I tried to engage each of the artworks by viewing them case-by-case and selecting the most interesting, transformative and those with the highest quality of concept, execution and craftsmanship. “Rust Easy Pillow” represents the transformation of rigid everyday objects. Glass, washers and nails are brought together in the form of a plump and tasseled pillow and I always enjoy a silly play-on-words in a title. For me, “The Town is Getting Smaller” was how a painting itself is transformed. I saw concepts and influences transformed as well as the paint itself shifting and gaining depth with each subsequent layer. In “Ghost,” the idea of what we ourselves may be transformed into was conveyed through the excellent craftsmanship and use of shape. Do not miss this piece as the white fabric blends in with the gallery walls, but very much rewards the curious viewer upon detailed inspection. I hope you enjoy the show and find something that transforms an old idea you may have into something new.