Some times I post the exciting news that one of our artists has been juried into a show or an art event. Why are we so excited, well here is a short explanation. Most of the information, I got from Laurel Peterson Gregory Blog site, just to reconfirm my own experiences. Her sculptures are wonderful, click on her name and check out her work.
A juried show is when the artist must apply to participate or to be included into the show. The artist is hoping that the quality of their artwork will make the cut as one of the best in the exhibit. Sometimes the artist has to send a resume, but always they must submit photos/samples of your artwork and a jurying fee. So next time you see a post that one of our artists has made it into a juried show, whether they win an award or not know that they were one of the best, Being included into a juried show is reward enough just to have been selected to exhibit. (There are a few exceptions on the local level when they say juried but mean there will be awards given to the top pieces.)
Some of the shows are highly competitive and others not so much. The higher the prize money, the more competitive and the higher the fee in most cases. I want to start a series on our Facebook page informing our audience of some of the awards our artists have received in past years. I'm starting with Hilda. Hilda passed almost a year ago. After she joined the Two Rivers Society of Painters eight years ago, she started entering juried shows. She had never really shown her work before and most of it was in storage. She did very, very well in exhibiting her work. She won awards from the Tennessee Watercolor Society, Pennyroyal Juried Art Exhibition and the DAC Regional Exhibition. We miss Hilda, she was a wonderful mentor. She was in her eighty when started competing and showing her work. Hilda would have turned 90 this last March. We all miss her.
August was a good month for four of our members. Pat Patrick took "Best of Show" in the Regional Expo at the DAC (Downtown Artists Co-op) with her watercolor painting "Unwrap a Peach"! Betty Liles won a 1st place on her painting "Go Big Red" and Janet Felts placed 3rd in Watermedia with "Oh, Yes I Can". A few days later, Patsy Sharpe won the Fred Rawlinson Award in Humboldt, TN at the 37th Biennial Tennessee Watercolor Society Exhibition. Congratulation to all, two great shows in Tennessee during August.
The August Expo is an annual event at the DAC (Downtown Artists Co-op). The members of the 2Rivers Society of Painters were very well represented. We had our own Pat Patrick take the top prize, BEST OF SHOW! Betty Liles placed 1st in Oils and Janet Felts placed 3rd in Watermedia. Please visit the on line show at https://www.downtownartistsco-op.com/artexpositiongallery