Startling greens, warm golds, joyful pinks. Lively colors suffuse the welcoming and restful spaces of the Anderson Center for the Arts, as local artists bring their best to their annual exhibition. The Art Association of Madison County delivers an expressive show that roams from flowers to people and animals to landscapes interpreted through a variety of media.
The exhibit is a juried show, open to artists within a 50-mile radius of Madison County. This year’s exhibit was judged by Ohio wildlife illustrator, graphic designer, award-winning painter and teacher Jim Glover. He is currently artist-in-residence at the High Road Gallery in Worthington, Ohio.
“I found the art submitted to be of high quality and subject matter quite varied,” noted Glover.
Glover singled out awards in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and watercolor. Glover called out Fran Auker’s “Lilly’s Pillows” as Best of Show. This was one of three pastel drawings by Auker in the current exhibit. Another of them, “Core Values,” also snagged a first place ribbon in the drawing category. Auker’s works employ vibrant color and energy with interesting textural suggestion.
Beverly Mills’s peaches and apples also placed among the drawings, tapping into appealing colors with attention to detail. “Late Afternoon Peaches” employed an especially pleasing perspective on a simple subject.
Among the delightful collection of watercolors, Sandy Day’s “Friends” claimed first. The work depicts two women seemingly dancing in the water at the beach.
“What an inviting painting! I wanted to don my trunks and dive in!” Glover commented on Day’s work, noting that her use of color makes “the water feel wet.”
Michael Daily’s black and white work, “Falls Near Ste. Anne Quebec,” took first place among the photography entries. Glover noted the work’s dynamic composition. From Daily’s precipitous landscape to the ultra-close look at a raindrop by Ron Hall to a study in a light and shadow by Jeanne Jones in “Grandma’s Kitchen,” the photographers display a breadth of vision and engaging composition.
Among the paintings, Jane Langdon’s still life, “Thanks A Latte,” was awarded first place. Glover noted Langdon’s “vibrant touches of Impressionistic interpretation.”
Pam Luck’s abstract “Kaleidoscope” is not easily forgotten, employing rich use of color on an unconventional canvas.
“…this piece seems to emanate light, with a powerful glow where the yellow and red “break free” from the cool blue-purple confines of the background,” noted Glover in awarding the piece second place.
Linda Farris’ mixed media sculptures both charm and intrigue. Like tiny dioramas, each is a glimpse into a miniature, imaginary world. “A Cracker Jack…” was awarded second place in the mixed media category, but Farris’ “Dolls and Dragons Toyshop” also draws viewers into the teeny, tiny three-dimensional world.
Patrick Kluesner’s airbrushed portrait “Best Lad Brody” was awarded first place in mixed media. Glover particularly appreciated the both the “soft edges” and the “lost edges” that Kluesner was able to achieve in the very life-like piece.
Other interesting mixed media works included Diane Burrell’s enamel work “Diaphanous,” and Tom Farris’ “Appeal to the Great Spirit,” a work done in gold foil.
All in all, the show is very appealing and demonstrates that Madison County is home to ample local talent.
If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of it, you’ll need to get on it. The show runs through November 26. After that, the Anderson Center for the Arts is in full swing for the holiday season with “Wondrous Winterscape,” highlighting the twelve days of Christmas.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1.50 for senior citizens, $1 for students, $5 family rate (includes two adults and up to four children). Children 4 and under are free. Every Tuesday is free; the first Sunday of each month is free. Group rates are available. The facility is handicapped accessible.
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If you go What: Art Association of Madison County juried exhibit Where: Anderson Center for the Arts, 32 W. Tenth St., Anderson When: Through Nov. 26. The center is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. More info: Admission $2 for adults, $1.50 for senior citizens, $1 for students, $5 family rate (includes two adults and up to four children). Children 4 and under are admitted free. Every Tuesday is free; the first Sunday of each month is free. Group rates are available. The facility is handicapped accessible. Check the website www.andersonart.org, email email@example.com or call 649-1248 for more information.