Open Juried Award Winners

The following pieces were selected by the jurors for awards at the 2016 Annual Open Juried Exhibition:

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First prize – Heather Grindley – “Water Series #14″

Jurors Comments:

“Water Series #14” impresses by an inimitable use of line and colour to describe intelligent changes of body shapes, with flowing volumes easily finalised in charcoal. A balanced composition coming from an intangible world where the structure of the supporting volumes is not as important as the perception of the whole.

I imagine this image telling a story about a mermaid, who unexpectedly washes ashore, and then finds herself disorientated as she begins to adjust to her arrival on the beach. Grindley’s watery blue pastels evoke a stunningly effective feeling of wetness that combines with her skillful media applications to create a symphony of atmospheric effects. Surprisingly subtle but richly felt, the artwork accomplishes much with minimal effort.

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Second prize – Lynne Schumacher – “Winter Trail Through the Snow”

Jurors Comments:

A unique skill in applying colour in this composition constructed by a variety of vertical white and dark brown lines/trees. Honest and humble approach in painting where the majestic forest is rather welcoming than intimidating.

Lynne Schumacher’s painting caught my attention from the first moment I saw it on the computer monitor but in the flesh its even more amazing. Convincingly the artist has been able to re-create the very presence of the winter landscape. As you take in the forest scene you imagine yourself literally breathing in the cold crisp air, feeling your feet crunch through the frozen terrain and brushing your body against the textured bark of conifers and birch trees. The illusion is so effective rendered that one fully expects a woodland creature to wander into the frame any moment.

 

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Third prize – Susan Mandel Davidson – “Shadow Walkers”

Jurors Comments:

Her awareness of opposite colours is accompanied by a precise understanding of mass, volume, and strong linear definition of movement.

Against the black background, the expressive gestural movements and colour notations of Ms. Davidson’s image combine with just enough linear tracings, tonal passages and highlights to create a powerfully intense drawing.

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Honourable Mention – Vera Bobson – “White Wedge”

Jurors Comments:

An exceptional work, fascinating for the courage of pushing the medium in a direction that invites you a friendly closer exploration of the edges and texture of the paper.

Without a doubt this painting demonstrates the quality of Vera Bobson’s skill and technical ability. It takes a lot of courage to attempt this type of composition with watercolours. Bravo!

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Honourable Mention – Renee Makino – “Shadows in the Afternoon Sun”

Jurors Comments:

Simple but not simplistic, a sunny composition incredibly equilibrated by the dialogue between black and white.

Something about this image just feels right. The nuanced tonal values gently create a luminous spatial effect that allow the viewer’s eye to wander freely throughout the scene. Paint textures add to the surface variation enhancing the illusion of depth.

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Honourable Mention – Camille Muller – “Salt of the Earth”

Jurors Comments:

This work impresses with the subtle use of colour on a strong textured canvas echoing the surface of ice-covered land.

This painting has a distinctive rustic appeal which first attracted for me to it. Muller has authentically captured the scene of fisherman preparing their catch with a strong sense of care, familiarity and affection.

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