Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Announces Winners of “41st Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition”

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is pleased to announce the winners of the “41st Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition”. Forty-five artists are represented in this exhibit, and artwork will remain on display through July 29, 2017.

Juror, Sondra Dorn is a studio artist living in Asheville, NC. She received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1996. Following graduate school, Dorn went on to a one year Artist-in-Residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and then a three-year Artist-in-Residency at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. She was also a CORE fellowship student at Penland between the years 1992 through 1994. Dorn shows her work in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions and has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Visit her website at (http://sondradorn.com).

Best of Show; $350

“Man In His Fuzzy Onesie Suit” by Carole Childers

“This painting appealed to me right away. I really loved the deep colors, the compressed space and the way that the different patterns were densely packed together. This could have been claustrophobic but the peacefulness of the relaxed man offset the surroundings beautifully,” said Sondra Dorn.

2nd Place; $200

“Thank You” by Marti Kardol

“I really enjoyed the use of materials in this collage and how they blended together. The artist created an interesting suggestion of a narrative while letting me wonder what the whole story was. I also enjoyed the contrast between the realism and the hand drawn. The use of empty space was particularly effective and added to the composition,” said Sondra Dorn.

3rd Place; $150

“East Side Blues” by Mary Dobbin

“In this collage, I was impressed by the way the artist transcended the materials,” said Sondra Dorn. “Although many elements could have been identified, the way it was assembled brought the separate components together, creating a compelling and believable space.”

People’s Choice; $150

“A Dog’s Life” by Roberta Kogut

Judges Merit Awards, not in any particular order; each received $100:

“Blooms in Grey” by Kat Thomas

“This painting jumped right out at me. I loved the pattern and the contrast of the bold bright ‘blooms’ floating in unformed neutral space,” said Dorn.

“Still Life With Tomato” by Ed Dyer

“Simply a lovely painting. Quiet and rich, it felt as if I could just be with this vignette for a long time just enjoying the environment the artist created,” said Dorn.

“Pressure” by Brenda Lyday

“This piece caught my attention. It is an interesting mix of the real and unreal. An actual object combined with a semi-realistic and disembodied head was compelling. It made me want to look away and look closer at the same time,” said Dorn.

Honorable Mentions:

“Help Yourself” by Karen M. Yost

“This quiet little print was a pleasure to look at. I loved the way the easy drawing style and gesture is echoed in the relaxed and somewhat ambiguous narrative,” said Dorn.

“Game Pieces” by Anna Cate Franklin

“This painting has a great use of space and color. I liked the way the colors seemed nearly monochromatic even though they are not. I also enjoyed the dynamic push pull between a very flat surface and a deeper sense of space,” said Dorn.

“The Wise One” by Brenda Lyday

“The use of materials in this piece was very clever and effective. The contrast between the actual wood and the sculpted and drawn elements is interesting, and I enjoy the way the piece rides the line between painting and object,” said Dorn.

“Circinate Veneration” by Melissa Jaroszewski

“I really like the somewhat strange realism of this painting. The pattern of the background with the superimposed flowers occupying the same plane intrigued me,” said Dorn.

The Caldwell Arts Council’s mission is to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in Caldwell County, to encourage participation in art events, and to offer various educational opportunities and administrative services in support of artists, arts agencies, and audiences.

For more information, call 828/754-2486 or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

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