, 2015

Judge picks 28 award-winners
in annual Labor Day Art Show

The Rappahannock Art League (RAL) opened its 53rd annual Labor Day Art Show at 10 a.m., August 27, at the Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.

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Art show judge Sara Lindy Poly with the best in show winner, “A Beautiful Mind,” by Jacquie Colligan.

At a reception and awards ceremony that evening, an exuberant crowd of participating artists, RAL members and guests celebrated the opening of the six-day exhibition and the fact the show is taking place for the first time in its 53-year history at its own gallery.

Prior to the ceremony, the crowd feasted on food and drink organized by reception chair Barbara Touchette and her team of volunteers.

“It’s always enjoyable to judge a show with such a wide variety of media,” said judge Sara Lindy Poly. “I was impressed with the professional quality of the works, but especially the creative insights of all the members so beautifully displayed here. Thank you for inviting me to judge your fine show.”

Opening ceremonies were conducted by show chairman Barbara Kershner. Awards were presented by Poly. The Best of Show Award Presentation Cup was donated and presented by Ross Christiansen of Ross’s Rings and Things.

Poly is a Maryland artist and instructor known for her oil paintings of sweeping skies and landscapes, according to Ann Cotter. Her studies were done through a number of academies and colleges as well as with local and national artists, but she originally started out in graphic arts and illustration.

She now works full time painting and teaching. Poly gives lectures, demonstrations, plein air and studio painting classes and workshops in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. She is represented by a number of fine galleries in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Her extensive list of awards, honors, competitions and shows stand as a monument to the esteem with which she is held. RAL was honored to have Poly as this year’s judge and workshop instructor, said Cotter.

With the Visitor’s Choice Award yet to be determined when the ballots are counted on the final day of the show, 28 awards were presented. One of those was the Pat O’Shaughnessy Memorial Award for Non-Traditional Approach.  All other awards were made through an open competition with the judging based on creativity, originality and craftsmanship for all media.

The following awards were presented:

• Best in Show, red, white and blue ribbon and a pewter Presentation Cup, “A Beautiful Mind” by Jacquie Colligan.

• The Experimental Group’s Pat O’Shaughnessy Memorial Award for Non-Traditional Approach, purple ribbon, “Glass Photography - Creation” by Barbara Touchette.

• Blue ribbons, “In the Beginning” by Martha Anne King; the “Cemetery at Lincoln, VA” by Jim Pancoast; “Where’s Bo Peep” by Judy Becker; “Tumble Beauty” by Lella Lee Edwards; and “March Madness, VIA NYT” by Constance de Bordenave.

• Red ribbons, “Lichen and Moonstone” by Jan Dobrowolski; “Instrumentation I” by Ron Taylor; “Half Shell” by Bob Haynes; “Grandma’s Table” by Linda Bruner; “Lotus Garden” by Ed Ramsey; and “Adagio” by Sue Ramsey.

• Yellow ribbons, “Fish Party III” by Mary Jo Beswick; “Untitled  I” by Robin Sowell; “Dancing in the Light” by Sarah Soderlund; “Teamwork” by Anita Baker; “If Chairs Could Talk” by Diana Jamison; “River Blaze” by Mel Neale; and “Adam” by Linda Goldstein.

• White ribbons, “Breaking Wave - Del Ray Sunrise” by Herb Aman; “Daughter” by Ray Edgell; “Seeking a Connection” by Rose Nygaard; “Contrails with Channel Marker #1” by Kathryn Murray; “Dragon Whisper” by Linda Shields; “My Reef” by Darryl Adams; “Key West Shoreline” by Ralph Higgins; and “Tranquility” by Bonnie Murray.

The exhibition of some 163 works is free and open to the public. All artwork in the show is original and for sale. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 28 to 31 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

The award-winning entries will be showcased in an exhibition at the Studio Gallery September 2 through 27.

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