In the mix

Exhibition shows off artists' varied interests, talents

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2005

 

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  Rhythm & Blues, an acrylic painting by Paul Tornow, was awarded fourth place in the Biennial Juried Exhibit at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.

Rhythm & Blues, an acrylic painting by Paul Tornow, was awarded fourth place in the Biennial Juried Exhibit at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.

Tradition meets contemporary, demonstrating the range of interests of area artists in the Biennial Juried Exhibit on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.

Artists submitted 108 pieces in a wide range of mediums for entry into the show. Juror Daniel Nisbeth, a multimedia artist from New York, chose 64 items for the show and gave four awards and 11 honorable mentions.

More traditional mediums, like painting and clay works, were well represented in the show. Photography runs the gamut from aurora shots to digital, computer-manipulated compositions.

Clay was well used in creating thrown and hand-built pots, as well as sculptures.

 

ACP-1 Guitar by David Eldridge was an honorable mention winner.

Metal even made an appearance, in the form of found object sculptures, an Alaska-shaped clock and an aluminum-detailed guitar by David Eldridge that got an honorable mention nod.

First place went to an artist working in a contemporary medium — half-tone art in the American pop style pioneered by Roy Lichtenstein. Chris Jenness had several prints in the show. His "Nothing to Quoth," showing politicized ravens that run out of rhetoric, got the first place award.

Second place went to Paula DiPaolo, who tackled the tricky task of depicting sparkling glass with watercolor paints in "Primary Glass."

 

Zen Bear, by Laura Faeo, is one of several clay works in the exhibition.

Third and fourth awards both went to paintings — "Summer Head," by Theresa Napolitano, and "Rhythm & Blues," by Paul Tornow, respectively.

Nisbeth stated he respected all who entered the exhibit.

"In (choosing awards) for this show, I looked heavily at the professionalism, content and important contribution to our planet."



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