May 2015 ~
Miniature Art Show
Seaside Art Gallery
I had the honour to judge
my first international miniature art show at the Seaside Art
Gallery in Nags Head, NC this past May. It was a unique opportunity
to see the work first hand and do my utmost to choose the best
of the best. It was not an easy task, and I tried to be as objective
as possible. My comments are posted below with the link to the
Seaside Art Gallery. The trip was a total delight - I was able
to visit the gallery, meet the staff, and attend the busy opening
on Saturday evening to meet many collectors, artists and art
lovers with the added bonus of bird watching and exploring
the Outer Banks, most notably a sunset photo tour of the wild
Corolla Mustangs. Paintings to come!!!
I would like to thank every juror who has ever judged an art
show! It was an extremely difficult task, and once I had a working
list of top contenders, the final decisions were excruciating.
The work was amazingly strong, and although I have seen them
online, it just isnt the same as seeing each piece in person.
Now that Ive been on the other side of jurying, I am so
much more appreciative of every single award I have ever received.
Congratulations to all of the artists who entered! Judy
Sailing Away by Jeffrey H. Craven
A masterful oil encompassing the timeless quality of 19th century
American landscape painters. The mood is one of quiet solitude
a very powerful piece.
Pewter Pitcher by Lynn Ponto Peterson
Classic still life rendered so perfectly that it takes your breath
Boy and his Chicken by Vee Plunkett
This piece has so much emotional power, it brought me to tears.
The choice of colors, the composition, the message simply
Barnyard Welcoming Committee by Wes Siegrist
A rich composition balancing man-made structures with confrontational
cows while the intense colors shimmer with the heat of summer.
by David Drummond
Everything a transparent watercolor should be. Confident brushwork
and fine draftsmanship. Strong contemporary choice of colors,
composition and pose.
Preening Princess by Karla Mann
Wonderful handling of the medium. The graceful egret contrasted
against the loose, rich greens of the background makes this excellent
Dont Mess with Bill by Linda Rossin
Red. Attitude. Superb technique. Pug. Linda Rossin at her very
Muskrat Pond by Christine Bass
A fresh pastel piece. The colors are crisp, the composition simple
and sure. The treatment of the reflections give this painting
added depth and interest.
by David Hunter
This etching is a great example of the strong design and drawing
achievable with this medium. Interesting patterns and contrasts.
by Camille Boyers
The textures of background and subject is used to express a very
likable portrait the artist has successfully captured
a genuine personality.
Touching the Surface by Paul Eaton
Such an elegant sculptural composition its balance and
design is engineered in such a way that the skimmers seem to
sweep forward, each bird impeccably formed.
by Nancy Lucks
The minute attention to details captures the life and death struggles
of newly hatched baby sea turtles in this unique sculptural work.
Fireflies at Twilight by Mary Serfass
The beautiful subtle colors in this piece are punctuated by the
brilliant gold of fireflies the layered paper creates
a rich, multidimensional texture.
by Susan Triplehorn
Composition and strong contrasts of this intriguing piece suggests
a surreal quality that hints at mystery. Simple and alluring.