In the Gallery
The Ernst Center Exhibition was hung at the NVCC Annandale campus Saturday, September 10 and everything looks great. The exhibit will run through October 7th so come see some amazing images from fellow LRA members. Below are a few of the images that have been hung. Results and comments from the exhibit can be found by following this link.
Due to a last minute cancellation by another exhibitor, today Ginny Moor pulled together an incredible exhibition at the USGS building in Reston, which showcases approximately 75 pieces. We had a great group of volunteers who hung the work. Special thanks to Ginny Moore, Karen Hutchison, Regina Petrecca, Leo Deege, John Koebert, Loy McGaughy, Nina Sokolova, and Anita Damron to making that happen so seamlessly. I have attached a few photos of the USGS Gallery after the work was hung.
We had a very nice reception at the Ernst Center on Saturday, October 4th. As you may recall, this show was completely filled (which is a great sign) and we had to unfortunately turn-down several members. We had a great number of visitors over the 2 hours of the reception, including a number of folks who were also attending other cultural events at the Center. A special Thank You to Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz, who coordinated this exhibition and all of those who helped with the hanging.
Trudi Van Dyke, our judge, reviewed all of the work and mentioned, in her remarks that it was a very strong exhibition and stated how impressive the photography was. She presented the list of award winners, which is below.
Best in Show: Karen Hutchison: Potpourri (I have attached a photo of Karen with her print)
First Photo: Martina Parsley: In Style
Second Photo: Don Allen: Blue Walkway
Vicky Eicher: Dinner
Jeff Burton: Compaction
Sarah Burton: The Shadow Knows
Ellis Rosenburg: Piling at Sunset
First: Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz: Autumn Flight
Second: Octavia Frasier: Colour Still Life 2014
Angelika Schafer: Winter Flower in Bronze
Dorothy Donahey: Layered Landscape I
In addition to the awards, we have had several sales at this venue which will continue for a few more weeks. The Manager of Ernst Center indicated that we would be given another opportunity for an exhibition in the future.
Thanks to all of you who participated.
artRESTON is hung and looks wonderful. Holding the number of pieces down allowed everything to “breathe”.
Thank you for all the wonderful volunteers, including Sharon Pound, Melanie Stanley, Loy McGaughy, Antonella Manganelli, Anita Damron, Marie Wright, Steve McGregor, Rudy Guernica, George Thigpen, Fran Rowan, Karen Hutchison, Karen Danenberger and Jim Schlett. We got everything up in record time!
Our judge, Ann Barbieri will be by tomorrow
and we will announce our winners at the
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 2-4pm.
As always, your sweet and savory dishes are welcomed.
Please extend the invite to all your friends so they can enjoy the wonderful poems (and perhaps buy something). I was excited to see than many, if not most, of the artists wrote their own!
Follow this link
to a wonderful article on Modern Reston blog written by Charlotte Geary about our artRESTON Imagist exhibit.
NOTES FROM JUDGE ANN BARBIERI
Thanks for asking me to judge. It was a pleasure to see what League artists are doing. I went once early in the week to give a cursory look, then went back today to make sure that the things that jumped out at me the first time were the same things that jumped out at me the second time. And they were! But then I saw a few more that merited attention. In the end I had to narrow it down to six awards but please remember artists: I'm just one judge, with my way of looking at things. Just keep painting, another judge will respond to your work.
Although I was not judging any text included with the paintings, some of the writing made it quite enjoyable to look at.
First prize goes to "Down the Garden Path" by Karen Dannenberger. It was a lovely unprepossessing little painting. I loved the use of light. It was very painterly and strongly felt.
Second prize goes to "Mountain Highway" by Rudy Guernica. This drew me right in. Sometimes something succeeds not because it took great pains to make, but because it was a good idea, done with clarity and conviction. I also appreciated the use of yupo paper, with which I'm not too familiar, so it had the plus of being a little experimental.
Third prize goes to "Ocean Flower" by Anita Damron. Another small gem, this one in glass mosaic. Each piece seemed perfectly contrived to add to the overall scene. The composition was elegant. I liked both pieces that the artist submitted but this one seemed to work a little better for me.
Honorable Mention goes to "Thorns and All" by Gennara Moore. The artist was brave to take a hackneyed subject like a heart and push it further. I thought the painting was very skillful. I also liked the text included with this work.
Honorable Mention goes also to "A Drive in the Country on a Drizzling Day". It did something that a work of art is supposed to: Surprise the viewer. The color was restrained and just beautiful and the subject matter original. I think the fact that it was on paper added to its appeal.
My judges award goes to "View from Mountain Lodge" by Norma Lasker, another small and unassuming, but beautifully painted oil. The artist seemed to have tuned everything out but what was in front of her. One could look at it again and again.
As you can see from my comments, each of these works spoke to me in a special way. Assigning numerical preferences was almost arbitrary. You are all No. 1 in my book!
Thank you, Ann Barbieri
Though I'm out of awards, I'd like to mention two works, "Shout" and "Feelings" both by Octavia Frazier. In this case the text referred to the actual creating of the painting and went hand and hand with it. I appreciated the artist's willingness to be vulnerable. "Shout" reminded me of one of the first paintings I ever submitted for a show. It was going for something big. Both paintings made me smile.
The Paint & Beyond exhibit at USGS is up and looking wonderful. We have many new members on display and it brings a new energy evident in the hanging. Be sure to drop by for a viewing.
Many thanks for all our volunteers, all who “hung around for the hanging” – Nina Sokolova, Alessandra Ricci, Leo Deege (old reliable!), Cheryl Parsons, Karen Danenberger and, of course, board members Regina Petrecca, Karen Hutchison and Jim Schlett. A special hug to Bill Shaw, a brand new member, who jumped in with both feet and did a little bit of everything and learned the “system” for hanging an exhibit – welcome aboard!
Bill will also be hosting a very exciting tour for us in the fall (possibly early November). We closed last year with the National Cathedral – well, this will rival that! Stay tuned for exciting details.
Don’t forget our upcoming exhibits – the GRCC (painters down/photogs up) on Aug 7th, Ernst Center at NVCC in September and artReston at Lake Anne in October (paintings with a poetic theme).
For more information on these exhibits, check the Exhibits listings on the website, or contact the exhibit chairs, or you can always contact yours truly.Gennara Moore
We have a great photo exhibit at RCC Lake Anne.
Congratulations to the award winners who are:
1st Place: Amie Tannenbaum - Through the Sidelight
2ndPlace: Carla Steckley - Magnolia Reflected
3rd Place: Gerry Rosenberg - Put the Red Shoes On
HM: Leslie Anne Emerson – Swan Lake
HM: Martina Parsley – Badlands National Park
HM: Vicky Eicher – Nanuk
HM: Lorie Sanders – Copper
HM: Nancy Old - Facing the Foe at Balls Bluff
Special thanks to Leo Deege, Don Allen , Steve McGregor and Gerry Rosenberg for their valuable help to hang the exhibit.
Please join us at the reception at The Reston Community Center at Lake Anne on Sunday, June 8 from 2-4 pm. Our Judge, Mary Louise Ravese will provide a critique of all the images. Please come and bring a dish to share.
We need someone to coordinate the exhibit take down on June 30th from 9 to 9:30am. Please let me know if you can do it and I will give you the details.
Thanks to everyone who participated and hope to see you at the reception.
Founder’s Day is hung and looks beautiful! We had so many new volunteers helping, it was wonderful. Everything went so fast, we were done in 1 ½ hours, we couldn’t believe it! Thanks to: Carol Weldan-Zinsmeister, Alessandra Ricci, Aman Ganelli, Rudy Guerica, Ann Noel, Louise Gatanas, George Thigpen, Ruth Sievers, Rose McIntyre, Karen Danenberger, Sharon Pound, Cheryl Parsons, Antonella Manganelli, Karen Hutchison, Jim Schlett (and anyone I missed).The reception is Sunday, April 13th 2-4pm. Winners will be announced and, as always, your finger foods are welcomed.
March 31-April 28, 2014
JoAnne Rose Gallery at Lake Anne
1609 Washington Plaza
Reston, VA 20190
March 1 - 31, 2014
Reston Center 1 Lobby
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20191