Sunday, April 22, 2018

Iowa Artists Regional Show - Region 3

Iowa Artists Regional Show - Region 3

Over the weekend, the Clayton County Artists hosted the Iowa Artists Regional (Region 3) Show in Elkader, IA. The event was held Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Keystone Area Education facility and judged by Alan Garfield. 

Alan Garfield
Chair and Professor of Digital Art and Design at Dubuque University; Director, Bisignano Art Gallery

MA, State University of New York-Binghamton
BA, University of Iowa

Regional Show Layout

Each year there is a brief business meeting, followed by the judge's presentation, a lunch break where the artwork is judged in private, and then a presentation of ribbons and critiques. 

As artists brought in and set up their artwork, we enjoyed delicious refreshments and our judge, Alan, prepared for his presentation on "What makes a masterpiece." It was truly invigorating to listen to Alan's interpretation of several historical "masterpieces." He discussed classics like The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, David, One, and American Gothic, to name a few. What was especially interesting was how he dove into the details of the paintings/sculptures and exposed theories and questions that many would never think of.  At the end of the presentation we learned that the classic attributes that most people think are necessary to create a masterpiece are actually irrelevant. According to Alan, the only thing it really takes is to make a piece of art a "masterpiece" is for it to be important... for it to be "followed." 

What an engaging presentation! Alan -- you really made me want to sign up for an art history class, like pronto (that means "now" in Spanish... lo siento que yo no hablo Italiano 😄)!

After lunch we were all let back into the main room to see the winners and hear critiques. Every juror/judge is different and you never really know what to expect. I was hoping for at least a complimentary word along with constructive criticism. To my surprise, two of my three entries were awarded ribbons! "Resolve" won a third place ribbon and "Outdoor Adventure" won a blue!! You can believe I was elated! 

 Presentation of Awards

One ribbon is given by the judge for every 10 entries for first, second, third, and honorable mention. During the show, everyone is invited to vote for one overall people's choice winner, too. The first-place pieces go on to be judged at the Iowa Artist State show in Des Moines. This year the State Show will be held May 12th and I'm excited to have a piece that made it to state this year! 

What a superb art show! I'm already looking forward to next year's regional show which will be held in Decorah! Congratulations to all of the winners and a HUGE thank you to all of the artists for bringing such fantastic artwork, for continuing to make and create, and for sharing your talents with the rest of us!

It was so humbling to exhibit alongside so many gorgeous works of art this weekend and I'm honored to be one of the representatives of the Clayton County Artists at the Iowa Artists State Show next month! 

Thanks to Ann McCullough and Judith Crandall for coordinating /chairing the 2018 regional show and to all of the Clayton County folks and other Region 3 artists who helped make this year's event awesome! A sincere thanks to Alan Garfield for taking the time to share his wisdom and honest critiques. 



Left to right: Jillian Webb Herrmann, Jim Updegraff, Susan E. Kuennen Massman, Judith Crandall, Rabecca Hennessey, MaryAnn Gloe


Left to right: Jim Updegraff, Becky Schoenfeld, Dolores Buchheit (not pictured), Helen Rowell, MaryAnn Gloe


Left to right: Carol A Hartmann, Helen Rowell, Marcia Kruse, Ketaki Poyekar,
Jillian Webb Herrmann, Marlene Michel


Left to right: Ken Balk, Dolores Buchheit (not pictured), Mary Ann Gloe, Ketaki Poyekar


Ken Balk won the 2018 People's Choice Ribbon, Congrats Ken!

 Can we all say:

#inspiration #motivation #KEEPcreating


Alan critiqued my abstract work by saying that I need to be painting five feet by five feet! I'm thinking I may need to write a grant for a covered trailer so I can create and then transport huge paintings. Thoughts!? :)

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