Saturday, March 26, 2011

Music and Art - A Great Combination

On March 24, the Arts Council tried a new program - and it proved to be a really wonderful evening! The idea came from Melinda Fiscus our events coordinator - the concept was to gather a small group of people at a private home for an intimate visit with a performer. For this first time, we were fortunate to work with talented and gracious musician Elizabeth Hicks-Kimmey. A group of about 14 guests gathered at the home of LAC's Artistic Director Kathy Berls to enjoy dessert and learn all about the many different types of flutes. Liz performed a variety of music on different flutes along with providing lots of information about this particular instrument. Her warm manner was matched her skills as a very incredible musician. Everyone went home at the end of the evening with a feeling of friendship and enrichment. Hopefully, this will be the first of several such events. (Be sure to visit Liz's website.)

The week also included the second of our open critiques since we've moved them to Monday afternoons. Another big group brought in their work to be critiqued by a lively gathering of artists, skillfully led by talented artist and instructor June Davis. It's wonderful to see so many different styles and hear the thoughts of so many different artists. From a large oil painting by Anne Mann to the imaginative compositions by watercolor artist Carla Stoltzfus, we looked at just about everything imaginable. This free event sponsored every other month by LAC is a treat for the eyes and the brain. Hope you can join us in May for the next one!

Moderator June Davis leads the group in a critique of an oil by Ann Mann

And a watercolor by Kate Cissell

The critique group!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Juror's Comments - Award Winners for “Colorado’s Best”

Many thanks to our juror, Mark Silvers, for a wonderful exhibit and inspiring award winners. The following comments were submitted by Mark and we again thank him for taking the time to express his observations.

Best of Show : “Backlit”, acrylic by Shizuko Barbara Hanson
A very beautiful watercolor showcasing the transparent and translucent qualities for which watercolor is admired for. The negative shapes of the background are perfectly balanced. The attention to detail and variety of edges completes the excellent orchestration of colors, values, edges that make this watercolor a beautiful work of art.

Second Place : “Lilies in the Light”, oil by Kathy Berls
This oil painting has a perfect composition arrangement of positive and negative shapes. Every shape of value and color is part of a beautiful arrangement. The slightly stylized realism exhibits interesting brush work and the almost sculptural modeling of the shapes gives the painting a solid well balanced sense of space.

Third Place : “Autumn Spree” , watermedia by Ellen Masters
This painting is a feast of impressionistic of colors and brush work. The abundance of calligraphy like brush strokes moves the viewers eyes gracefully throughout the painting. What could have been chaotic and busy is instead an expression of well balanced serenity and peacefulness.

Merit Award : “Boy Toys” , pastel by Ginger Lecher
For such a cute and sentimental subject this is a very well composed painting. The pattern of dark value shapes moves the viewer’s eye through the painting creating an interesting framework for the colors and lighter values of the figures and their environment. Ginger expertly answered the question, “what is light doing?”

Merit Award : “Victor Victorian, Colorado” , pastel by Karen Hall
The abstract compositional qualities of this painting are great even without knowing the subject matter. A well designed arrangement of values, shapes and textures. Then when you notice the light capturing a figure in the window a whole new sense of mystery and intrigue is added to a great work of art.

Merit Award : “Brass Ensemble”, oil by Susan Becker
This is a beautiful painting of exquisite attention to detail. Susan is obviously a master of realistic painting techniques. The compositional arrangement of the light and dark values perfectly balances the play of cool and warm colors. The handling of reflections and light is expertly accomplished.

Merit Award : “Hot Tomatoes” , watercolor and marker by Carla Stoltzfas
This is a great contemporary visual statement of a common subject. The painting displays a strong design of colors and shadow shapes. The reflected color in the shadows adds an interesting interplay of warm and cool colors. A great painting by an artist who has helped the viewer stop and notice the beauty of art in everyday life.