Juried Show Entries
“The best part of competition is that through it we discover what we are capable of – and how much more we can actually do than we ever believed possible."
Being part of a group of your peers is a great thing. I am lucky to have a large and very active art league based out of a park that’s only about 10 minutes from our house. As you may know, I’m very active in that organization (Crooked Creek Art League) and volunteer a lot of my time to helping do a wide variety of things for them. So, when the chance rolls around to be a part of their biggest annual event you know I just HAVE to participate!
Each year, the league hosts its Annual Juried Show and Sale at Crooked Creek Park. This year, the show runs now until March 26. Three of my pieces have been accepted into the “Masters Division” of the show.
The first is “Dew It Again”. It is a 16x20 painting (20.375 x 24.375 x .875 in frame).
You may recognize it from the smaller study piece I did recently in preparation for creating this one. It’s interesting to me how doing a second version from the same reference yields a painting that is ‘the same’ and yet also quite different. This piece is available on my website.
The second piece is one that is based on a happy memory. Back in 2014 (in the BEFORE times), we took a cruise with our godchildren and their parents. It was a very happy trip. I captured a photo of a brilliant sunrise as we pulled into Fort Lauderdale on the last morning. That photo and memory are the basis for this painting. It is 22x29 (25.5 x 32.5 x 2 in frame) and is available on my website.
The third piece I entered is a commission that I completed this winter. It shows a scene that is also based on a memory. The commission was to recreate the roadway leading to the childhood home of my client. It shows my rendition of Sykes Road in Denmark, SC which was named by their grandfather. I have not seen the actual road. The painting is based on the client’s description of the location based on childhood memories. The client is quite happy that it reflects what they remember. It’s now happily owned by a marvelous collector, but she was gracious enough to agree to let me borrow it back to enter into the show. Thanks Amanda!! She has her fingers crossed it will win an award! It is 12x24 on a deep cradled wood panel.
We are fortunate to have a number of outstanding artists in the league so the competition is always fierce. There are over 120 pieces in the show this year. There are some wonderful pieces so keep your fingers crossed for me! The show is well worth a visit if you get a chance. I just love seeing all the wonderful artwork and hope you will too.
YOU can also vote for the People’s Choice Award for the show. I'd be honored if you felt inclined to vote for one of mine. So that votes can be tallied and the award given at the Awards Reception, voting ends on March 17. You can visit the show in person at Crooked Creek Park (1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin) and vote (ballot box is in the lobby). You can also view the entire collection of artwork online at CrookedCreekart.org/2022-juried-show and cast your vote for People’s Choice there.
That’s it for now. You can see these paintings and more on my website. I’ve got several new pieces and commissions in the queue I hope to share with you soon.
Until next time,
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