Gallery in Shamokin holds most successful juried art show to date
SHAMOKIN - With one of the largest crowds ever at the gallery and a record number of entries, the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities opened its second annual Juried Open Invitational Art Exhibit Friday evening.
More than 70 entries were hanging on the walls of the gallery, and director Claude Harrington was pleased.
"We have more entries than we ever had before and this is one of the best crowds we've ever had for an opening reception," Harrington said.
The difference between this exhibition and others in the past was the addition of two judges - Susquehanna County artist, photographer and teacher Jon Sayre, and Hazleton area photographer Bob Bauder - who decided the winners.
"The judges were very impressed with all of the work and the facility we have here. It truly is the best kept secret in the area," said artist Lisa Welch.
Welch, the owner of Welch Art Studios, helped by bringing many of her students in for the exhibition, giving them a chance to have their work displayed.
"There were a few times that the judges looked at me and wished we had more ribbons to award," Welch said. "The work was that good in all categories."
Harrington said Friday they would take the judges advice for next year's juried art show and add honorable mentions to the award lists.
Judges awarded first-, second- and third-place ribbons in three different categories: fine arts, photography and students. Artists could enter up to three pieces in the show and the work could be either two or three dimensional, following this year's theme "Waterworks."
Entries were judged on the technique and overall impact of the piece and how well the artist followed the theme.
Fine arts - "The Dock at Olongo Island" by Nicole Polanichka, first; "Mediterranee" by Claude Harrington, second; "On the Lake" by Claude Harrington, third.
Photography - "Cold" by Larry Deklinski, first; "Leaves in Motion" by Melissa S. White, second; "Madison River" by Lisa Welch, third.
Student - "Art-Lantis" by Eli Gusick, first; "Cattails" by Jelena Czeponis, second; "Faucet" by Eliza Parker, third.
All the pieces presented in the show will be on display at the gallery until Nov. 8. The next event will be the annual Holiday Art Auction. Opening reception will be on Friday, Nov. 15, and the show and bidding will run until Friday, Dec. 13.