25 artists from across the mid-Atlantic to exhibit at Arts on Main June 1-30.
Attracting talent from the Middle Peninsula, Hampton Roads and the entire mid-Atlantic, the Gloucester Arts Festival is pleased to announce it has selected the 25 artists for its 2018 Juried Show taking place next month at Arts on Main on Gloucester Main Street.
“The overall quality of the works was remarkably high, and the range of media impressive, which made my job of choosing only 25 artists for the exhibition all the more difficult,” said the event’s juror, Jeff Harrison, Chief Curator Emeritus for the esteemed Chrysler Museum in Norfolk.
Harrison said he kept a set of criteria in mind as he worked to review the 75 entries.
“Above all, I looked for authenticity, modernity, and directness of artistic expression, for breadth of feeling and visual wit, for compositional unity and balance, and for the considerable technical skills required in mastering any artistic medium,” Harrison said. “The works to be unveiled June 1 range from idyllic landscapes in oil and acrylic and delicate still life in watercolor and pastel to bold portrait studies and densely patterned mixed media compositions. It should make for a great show.”
The Gloucester Arts Festival 2018 Juried Show was open to artists 18 and older who live within the mid-Atlantic states of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and Washington DC. The following artists were selected:
- Nancy Topping Bazin of Norfolk, Virginia
- Eleanor Cox of Midlothian, Virginia
- Michele del Pilar of Annapolis, Maryland
- Holland Etheridge of Hampton, Virginia
- Jordan Flower of Richmond, Virginia
- Tommy Fox of Kilmarnock, Virginia
- Robin Harris of Charlottesville, Virginia
- David Heath of Bedford, Virginia
- Lawrence Hollingsworth of Gloucester, Virginia
- George Jennings of Tappahannock, Virginia
- Greg Johannesen of Port Republic, Maryland
- James Warwick Jones of Hampton, Virginia
- Victoria Martin of Henrico, Virginia
- Gayle Merrill of Moneta, Virginia
- Mary McCormick of Williamsburg, Virginia
- Lisa Mitchell of Sparks, Maryland
- Emma Mortemousque of Lynchburg, Virginia
- Kathleen Noffsinger of Hartfield, Virginia
- Christine Raymond of Manassas, Virginia
- Cynthia Redmon of Winchester, Virginia
- Jim Rehak of Seaford, Delaware
- Katherine Rodgers of Herndon, Virginia
- Juli Schuszler of Gloucester, Virginia
- Theresa Wells Stifel of Hayes, Virginia
- Brenda Sylvia of Reedville, Virginia
The Gloucester Arts Festival 2018 Juried Show exhibition will take place June 1-30 at Arts on Main, with an opening reception on June 1 at 6 p.m.
“Our unique format will give accepted artists the opportunity to curate their own eight-by-eight-foot exhibit for judging and sale,” said Betsy Henderson, chair of the Gloucester Arts Festival Committee and executive director of Arts on Main.
Prizes, sponsored by the Cook Foundation, include the following:
- One Best Body of Work: $2,000 and a solo show at Arts on Main
- Three Awards of Excellence: $1,000 each
- One People’s Choice: $250
The month-long event will also include two plein air (open air / outside painting) events open to all artists. A Symphony Nocturne Paint Out will take place at Gloucester’s annual Symphony Under the Stars concert on June 2 and a Small Painting Sunday will be held on June 3. Works from the plein air event will be displayed at the Stewart Gallery on Main Street in Gloucester.
Thanks to the Cook Foundation, from June 11 through June 16, the community can watch Detroit muralist Louise Chen Jones paint a public mural on the large side wall of The Silver Box on Gloucester Main Street.
A Wine Walk, celebrating boutiques, bubbles and beautiful artwork, will be held along Main Street June 14 starting at 4 p.m. The community is invited to sip and stroll through the Gloucester Village shopping district, tasting unique wines and visiting the art exhibits and boutiques along the corridor.
The 2018 Gloucester Arts Festival will conclude June 30 with A Night of Romance starring Elijah Rock and the Virginia Symphony Jazz. This exclusive concert will culminate the month-long celebration of the arts at the Inn at Warner Hall. Catered by Waypoint Seafood & Grill, tables are $1,000 and seat eight.
Get details about each of the Gloucester Arts Festival events at gloucesterartsfestival.com.