Frederick Gallery: September 2012

Layers of Color

Juror: Daniel Wise || Catalog || Flier


  • First Place: Grapevine, monoprint ghost with pastel, Christine E. Long, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Second Place: Looking Inward, oil painting, Jane T. Woodworth, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Third Place: Albemarle, watercolor painting, Marcia Chaves, Falmouth, VA

Honorable Mentions:

  • Raised Beds, oil painting, Lynn Mehta, Alexandria, VA
  • Ladies Waiting, oil painting, Nancy Bowen Brittle, Remington, VA
  • Re/generation, acrylic painting, Patricia Smith, Locust Grove, WV
  • South Brook, watercolor painting, Rita Rose and Rae Rose, Spotsylvania, VA

Juror's Statement:

Color! I love color as many artists do. It’s exciting to realize that shifts in temperature add interest to a sky, or how a judiciously used shocking shade of red carries the viewer throughout the painting, or the harmony created by limiting the palette.

A theme of layers of color generates as many interpretations as the number of artists creating the work. Layers of Color, the exhibition, is an example of those many interpretations.

In making selections and granting awards, I tried to keep the theme at the forefront while considering many other factors that make a good painting. I looked for harmonious color, pattern, texture (physical or perceived), composition, and value. I asked myself, does the work evoke a response? What is the voice in the piece? Evidence of mastery of medium? Many of these are common characteristics of the award winners, particularly: interesting color shifts (temperature), harmony, and composition.

Many thanks to Carrol Morgan, Bob Worthy, and the FCCA membership for welcoming me into your vibrant art community. It was my honor.