Sunday, August 16, 2009
2009 Miamisburg Art Guild 7th Annual Juried Exhibition
I was juried into the Miamisburg Art Guild 2009 Exhibition! To the right is my painting "Best Friend's Napping" hanging in the gallery. It was the only painting that I entered this year and it was in the portrait category. The exhibition had Best of Show and four categories that had four awards each this year. These categories were portrait, landscapes, still life and miscellaneous. They stated that 72 artists entered 153 pieces and 115 were accepted into the show. To the right is the portrait that took first place. It was done by Amy Mitchell and the oil painting was called "Jessie". The funny thing about all the winners in this category the paintings were titled by a single name. Second place was "Ben" by Louise Doorley. Third place went to "Tody" by Paul Fox and the Merit Award by Judy Thaxton titled "Jim". Judy also won third place in the Miscellaneous Category for her painting "Zen and the Art of Garden Maintenance". Best of Show, to the left, went to a colored pencil painting called "All used up" by Tom Kinarney. My GCWS and blog buddy, Deb Ward (debwartart.blogspot.com) got two of her paintings accepted into the exhibition. These paintings were "Agave" a watercolor and an acrylic called "Blocks". The exhibition was judged by a faculty member from the University of Dayton. The exhibition lasts until September 5, 2009. If you live in the Dayton, Ohio area I hope you go and see the exhibition and the fabulous work from SW Ohio artists displayed. This gallery exhibition means a lot to me because it is where I learned to paint all those many years ago. The gentleman all the way right, Gene Woods, was the man who started the Gallery in this small town. He and his friends like Les Spicer (the other man in the picture) and Dorthy Rice, were the teachers to young and old. This town embraced the gallery and have kept oil/acrylic lessons going for over 40 years. As Deb put it, it is like "old home week" for me. Ladies that did my portrait, in a portrait class when I was 14, run the gallery now. I sometimes wish I lived closer to be apart of the heritage of keeping the gallery going. Instead I enter this exhibition and take pride that I am a former student of this hometown gallery. Gaylynn I appreciate and want to say thank you to my support: My sister M for delivering the painting; My sister N and her son J for coming to the opening reception; My daughter R and my parents, C & N, for being with me during the awards ceremony and the opening reception. I also want to thank PW and DH for their kind words.