A Natural View 2018 Juried Art Exhibit Presented by: The Gaston County Art Guild / Arts on Main March 7 – April 5, 2018
Carlos Alvarez Cotera
Fine artist, teacher and author. Represented by galleries in Florida and North Carolina. Carlos has owned his own gallery and frame shop and has been involved with several Art Centers and Art Organizations over the past 18 years. His teaching experience in many different mediums spans over 30 years. A recipient of countless awards, Carlos now works out of his studio at Arts on Main.
I would like to first express my appreciation to Arts on Main for entrusting me with the task of jurying this show. It was an honor and a pleasure to be involved in the process. As a judge, I base my selection on my own personal perception of the work that is in front of me. This is only my opinion and it should not make anyone feel less or more, for we all bring our own individual and unique value to our work.
I wish everyone success in the form of joy in what you do. That’s what true success is. Stay inspired! Carlos Alvarez Cotera www.artcotera.com
Best of Show
Carol Weisenauer - Lifts Her Leafy Arms
This painting was the most impressive to me because of the simplicity in which it conveyed its message and the skillful hand that brought it into being. It gave me the sense of peace and tranquility that often only nature can give.
Martha Moore - Great Blue
At first I thought this was a photograph. I had to look at this painting several times to realize that it was actually a watercolor painting. It is rare to see this high quality in such paintings. Beautiful work!
Gary Shelley - Where We Fell For Each Other
This landscape takes you in and makes you look and follow the water stream that flows from behind the trees in the background. It is very soothing; it makes you want to be there.
Marlynn Rutenberg - Breakthrough Landscape
This is a bold and daring use of mediums and colors. It is an explosion of colors that could have turned into a disaster, but the artist made it work beautifully. I could picture myself being an insect inside the belly of a huge flower.
C.M. Kakassy - Illusive Landscape
This painting is a wonderful example of good abstract work. Strong colors dance in perfect contrast, moving upwards to a soothing fading effect.
Alex Pietersen - Bridged
This image makes you look twice to realize that there is a tree branch kissing the calmed waters. The artist’s selection of black and white photography was the perfect choice in order to create a dramatic contrast.
Sandy Collier - Pansies and Ginko
A very creative and unique use of watercolors makes this painting work very well. The viewer is challenge to look twice in order to see what’s really there.
Travis Johnson - Maple Leaf
This close up of an autumn leaf on the ground is a reminder of a season that’s about to end. Attention to detail and creative use of the medium makes for a wonderful painting.
C.M. Kakassy - Behind The Scene
Beautiful colors placed together in a harmonious layout make this work a very neat, clean and beautiful piece of artwork.
Stacey Rubenstein - Colorado Summer
The impressionistic style and the skillful placement of the colors, achieves a wonderful atmosphere in this peaceful painting.