CALDWELL VISUAL ARTISTS COMPETITION

A competition for Caldwell County artists is held annually in July.

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CALDWELL VISUAL ARTISTS COMPETITION – 2019 AWARD WINNERS

 

JUDGE: Jill Towery serves on the Newton Public Art Commission and the Foothills Folk Art Festival jury committee. She currently serves on the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Jill and her husband reside in Newton with their shelter rescue dog Vito.

 

“What strikes me about the exhibit is the vibrancy and the sense of hopefulness and positivity – even reflection. Each piece is a remarkable statement - that each artist has to choose which piece of themselves to put on display.  Walking, studying and feeling my way through this exhibit has been inspiring and insightful.  I want to ask, ‘What was your inspiration, your message?’ – but you leave it to me, the viewer, to decide for myself.  Thank you.”

 

 

BEST OF SHOW:

 

“Pageturner” by Karen Yost – The warmth and delight of your subject – she is so comfortable and content, I feel like I’m interrupting her, but I think she will look at me and smile.

 

 

JUDGE’S MERIT AWARDS:

 

“Fiona's 17th Summer” by Carole Childers – A 17-year-old asleep! Use of color depicts a vibrant personality. Reminiscent of Paul Gauguin.

 

“E pur si Muove” by Dustin Turnmyre – This painting has a sense of mystery. Colors and movement drew me in.

 

“Artmon” by Bil Baker – Whimsical detail, folk art feel – love the paper mask.

 

“Water Lily” by Leslie Macon – Exquisite detail. Richness and complexity through use of light and dark.

 

 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:

 “WAITING FOR JAMIE” BY JENNA BAILEY

ONORABLE MENTION AWARDS

 

“The Old Mill” by Nelson Brookshire – Every component of this piece is exact. Especially love how you achieved shading.

 

“Ash” by Scott Kunkle – Those eyes! Is black really colorless? You know it’s not. Beautiful subject.

 

“10,000 Feet” by Deborah Burns – That you chose this shape & dimension is what I like. Aptly titled.

 

“Waiting for Jamie” by Jenna Bailey – Feel the expectancy.

 

“Taking Flight” by Waitsel Smith – So many questions. This one made me think the most.

 

“Dark Side of the Brain” by Josie Varela – Our internal battles depicted – good/bad, yes/no, do it/don’t do it.

 

“Tide Pool 1” by Carrie Griffith – Serene and soft. Feels like a misty beach at dawn.