Sunday, September 26, 2010

Middletown Art Center Show

Friday evening was the opening of the Middletown Art Centers (www.middletownartscenter.com) Area Art Show. MAC was founded in 1957 and has been offering this event and classes in Middletown for 50 years. I was very lucky to have two of my paintings accepted into the show. They stated that there were 220 entries representing 22 cities in southwest Ohio and 97 pieces were chosen to be in the show. WOW!

This was my second attempt to enter this show and the first time to be accepted. I could not have been more pleased when I walked into the gallery and saw so many exceptional paintings.  The show runs until October 23, 2010. If you live in the Southwest Ohio area, I recommend that you stop by to see the show.

                                                    Best of Show         

                                                    "Untitled"
                                                    Drawing

                                                    Lesley Lawson

                                                    Middletown, OH



                                            President's Award & 1st Place

                                            "Make Your Own Kind of Music"
                                            Oils/Acrylics

                                            Joyce Phillips Young

                                           Cincinnati, OH

The judges were Homer Hacker, Reggie Finkleman and Libby Birch.Mr. Hacker is a Ohio University graduate. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and part of the organizing committee for the Ohio Watercolor Society, for which he was President for 3 years.  Ms. Finkelman studied at the Traphagen Design School & Carnegie Mellon University. She studied under Homer Hacker, Joseph Barrish & Don Dennis at the MAC. Ms. Birch has a BFA from the University of Iowa and has taught in the Middletown Schools for over 30 yrs. and Miami University for 7 yrs. Ms. Birch has been the Director of Middletown International for 27 yrs.

                                           First Place                                                              

                                           "City's Fast Tracks"

                                           Watermedia
                                           Karen Benedetti
                                           Kettering, OH 
Each painting in this show was strong enough to be a winner. MAC gives out 1st ($100), 2nd ($50), 3rd ($25) and 2 Honorable Mentions per the areas of oils/acrylic, watermedia, pastels, drawings, mixed media, and photography. There were 25 awards, as well as, a Best of Show ($500) and a President's Award.

Above and the next five paintings are the award winners in watermedia. Please forgive the reflections on the pictures, as the lighting of the gallery interfered.  Also, my inability to keep everything so nicely aligned and spaced as I type, but goes haywire once published to the blog.
                                                    Second Place                                                    "Walking Home"
                                                    Watermedia
                                                     Linda Schuler
                                                     New Richmond, OH

                                                             

                                                    Third Place
                                                    "Secrets and Symbols"
                                                    Watermedia
                                                    Sharon Stolzenberger
                                                    Kettering, OH



                                                   Honorable Mention Watermedia                                           
                                                   "U.S. Digital"                                             
                                                   Diana Ross              
                                                   West Chester, OH


                                                    Honorable Mention Watermedia
                                                    "Easy Rider"
                                                    Bob Nowicki
                                                    Loveland, OH


 Meeting other artist is a favorite part of attending show openings. I was pleased to meet Joyce PhillipsYoung and talk to her about her painting and sharing our backgrounds. Joyce is an artist that spent 30+ yrs. in education for Cincinnati Public and University of Cincinnati where she taught Black Art History. She is an active member of the Women's Art Club.

I want to thank my parents and girl friends for coming and supporting me at the opening. It was a fun evening and I look forward to trying to get in next year.

Gaylynn

1 comment:

debwardart said...

Great Gaylynn! Next year you will be a "shoo in"!!

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