A Natural View Juried Art Exhibit Presented by: The Gaston County Art Guild / Arts on Main April 5th – May 11th, 2017
Susan Carlisle Bell has served Gardner-Webb University as Professor of Art since 1985. Since that time, she has taught an estimated 3,000 students in art survey classes opening up the world of art appreciation to them. She has been awarded teacher of the year in Fine Arts for three different years. Her lectures in art are informed by personal museum studies in over ten different countries and over sixty American art museums.
Ms. Bell is a specialist in watercolor and continues to hone her skills in summer watercolor workshops held around the world. She has used her skill in the medium to illustrate over five publications. She has exhibited in over one hundred group and solo exhibitions winning numerous awards for paintings of landscape and portraits. Her work in watercolor and pastels is included in many church, university, and corporate collections.
This exhibit beautifully proclaims that neither painting, drawing nor photography, neither black nor white or color, large or small scale can claim to be king of the visual arts. As a juror, I am "drawn" to works of strong composition and use of design principles and an understanding of the medium itself.... I then ask myself: What works have a story to tell, a mystery to resolve or an especially unique voice that calls me back again and again? You the viewer have the privilege and responsibility to listen to the works and perhaps hear a different voice.
Best of Show
Gary Shelley for Quiet Waters and Dappled Rocks: Sometimes landscape paintings are overwhelmed with the finicky, even sickly greens and are a turn off. The effect of light and the distinguishing of those greens remind me of the Barbizon landscape painters of the 19th century.
Paul Shafranski for Into the Shadows: He created a cathedral of light and trees. I was totally surprised that this ephemeral landscape was done in scratchboard. His eagle (Sentinel) is a technical tour de force as well.
Karen Banker for Untaken Path: This painting through color and stroke subtly suggests the upward reach of the trees and the ripples of the water in the color field tradition.
Davis Goodman for Back in Black: The elegance of the light on form celebrates the majesty of a single leaf and therefore the glory of all creation. Black and White was the wise choice.
Rosie Little for Angel Oak Diptych 1: The changes of color communicate the transitory beauty of light. The Limbs move and reach and come alive like the trees in a Tolkien novel.
Brenda Beard-Bostian for Fall Festival: It is always a pleasure to see an artist make intuitive decisions and responses to the painting itself. This gives the viewer an insight into the artist's process.
Holt Harris for Fleeced: The confident mark making combines description of texture and mass. All of that intricacy is balanced by meaningful negative space - a great composition.
Martha Moore for Sunflowers II: An almost botanical understanding helps the viewer appreciate the individual character/personality of each plant. The viewer can't help but smile at these sunny faces under a Carolina sky.
Lynn Eskridge for Yin Yang in the Woods: The weaving has not only the geometry of pattern but a change in positive and negative shape like the great Op Art Paintings. The Natural vines intensify this.
Pat Edwards for Morning Gathering: A gem of a painting with great depth on such a small scale. Notice her mastery of pastels in varying lost and hard edges and her richness of color and value.
The judge would like to recognize these 3 pieces for Commendation outside of the ribbon count she was given.