Juror Comments May 2022 “Visual Dialogues” Gallery Member Exhibition

Juror Ken Goldman

Juror Commendations

“ Morning Light”
by Edward Abrams

A beautiful treatment of cast shadows coming from the trees. I like the limited palette used. The rosy sky is duplicated in the shadow colors with the neutrals with a little bit of the rosy quality, and the shadows stand out against the greens. The painting is technically excellent with a complex and difficult visual situation portrayed.
Morning Light
by Edward Abrams

“Montana Thunderhead” by James Hoffman

There is an immediate feeling of Maynard Dixon, with the southwest quality. I love the crepuscular rays coming down, and the angular cloud shapes. There is a lovely sense of atmosphere, with the zenith being thinner and warmer at the greatest height and thicker as it goes down in the air where there is the most moisture. This really deserves a commendation. The middle ground of the landscape is wonderfully done.
Montana Thunderhead
by James Hoffman

Honorable Mentions

“Main Street Fantasy”
by Lori Mitchell

Beautiful painting! The great calligraphy is whimsical, and beautiful. I love the girl sniffing over the bakery. It is so different from all the other paintings in the show; so unique to what the artist does. It has lovely colors, and everything about it is worthy of the award.
Main Street Fantasy
by Lori Mitchell

“The Gathering Place”
by Cynthia Roach

Beautiful design, I love the colors, the neutrals, also the vibrant blues and purples popping up against the yellow background. Design-wise, it is a double golden mean, the right side with dark heads against the light background, the left side with lighter heads against a dark background. This makes for an intriguing design. The stylized figures have a gestural quality to them.
The Gathering Place
by Cynthia Roach

“Not Sorry”
by Marty Atwell

Beautiful! I thought it was a Japanese woodblock at first, with the somber colors, and symbols that are just wonderful. The triangles have accents as do the circles. The representational but not highly defined flower contrasts with highly defined shapes behind it. Calligraphy is echoed throughout and gives a good sense of depth and lyrical quality. The brush strokes are varied yet they have a continuity.
Not Sorry
by Marty Atwell

“Cherry Blossoms”
by Susan Arab

It has a wonderful texture! It is a really beautiful painting, and reminds me of Jackson Pollack in a less drugged-out state. The dark accents really come forward against the light background. The artist really controlled the warm and cool colors nicely.
Cherry Blossoms
by Susan Arab

“Hoping for Clear Skies”
by Rebecca McCullough

It is just beautiful, very atmospheric. There is great restraint, using the great dominant of horizontals, and the few vertical elements provide contrast. Mission accomplished.
Hoping for Clear Skies
by Rebecca McCollough

Best of Miniatures

“Techy Tuna”
by Wanda Honeycutt

This has about everything working in it, a nice distribution of color and texture, size variation, repetition, contrast, all the principles of design are there. Simple areas and complex areas, variations in texture. semi abstract but recognizable. Abstract enough as to show the abstraction as a goal. It all holds together, which can be difficult to do. This painting is easy to appreciate.
Techy Tuna
by Wanda Honeycutt

Best of Theme

“Medallion 2#”
by Roz Oserin

The theme is “visual dialogues”, and I see here that the artist is having a dialog with the viewer. I almost had a sense of Aztec calendar, then I noticed  the beautiful repetitions of the circle throughout, and the repetitions of the horizontal lines at the top and the vertical ones at the bottom. It has a harmonious composition, and it speaks to me. The foreground and background have depth without being representational like a landscape. The larger vertical paper allows the  verticality to express itself.
Medallion #2
by Roz Oserin

Third Place

“Windswept 3”
by Vita Sorrentino

It appears that the artist has a great sense of the seasons. We see the sunflower, with gravity pulling back the biggest bud, and the open flower moving into winter. The  background textures are gorgeous, with a somber quality and a dominance of low-key colors, with occasional accent of a warm coming out. It is not overdone; it is just right.
Windswept 3
by Vita Sorrentino

Second Place

“Liberty Station Tower”
by Luis Juarez

This is a beautiful and very fresh watercolor. It has a lot of expressiveness, with the calligraphy in the foreground palm tree. The focal point of figures against lightest area brings them into a position of most importance. I like the lost edges and subtle atmospheric perspective of the trees. A limited palette of 3-4 colors at most was used. It is a great impression of a scene, and a gorgeous painting.
Liberty Station Tower
by Luis Juarez

First Place

“Sand Stone”
by Kathleen Scoggin

I love the composition! Also, I like the sense of working from low contrast areas to a focal point so skillfully, from accents of cools to a dominance of warms. Warms dominate just because warms are stronger. The neutrals are just gorgeous. There is great texture, variation between the sizes and textures of lines, and repetition of oval and round shapes. The unfinished areas of the lower left are very effective.
Sand Stone
by Kathleen Scoggin

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