The annual Open Lens Photography Exhibit and Competition is now LIVE on our website! With 88 images submitted by 31 different photographers, this year's contest was not an easy one to judge! The winners are listed at the top of the online gallery, which can be accessed by clicking HERE. Congratulations to all of the winners, as well as to all entrants, as there were SO many stunning images!
We would like to thank all of our artists who participated in this STUNNING exhibit! Do yourself a favor and go see this in person when you get a chance!! Congratulations to ALL of our award-winners!
Our Juror for this year’s All Our Best Annual Exhibit was Bob Burnett, who has many and varied experiences in leadership within the arts, including being the past president of the Hoosier Salon, and he wrote a few statements for the first place finishers that are shared below.
I want to thank each of the artists participating in the Hamilton County Artists Association for their participation in this exhibition and for continuing to produce new work during these challenging times. The visual arts are an essential part of keeping us grounded and hopeful even when there is no obvious light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Keep creating! Keep challenging yourself!
First Place – A Fire to Be Kindled by Stephanie Spay
Technically this is a remarkable work.The composition of the painting is very strong and the use of a central figure makes the piece easily accessible for the viewer to relate to what is happening in front of them. The manipulation of the paint to accurately depict the different textures in the painting reflects the proficiency of the artist.
First Place – Starlight Chickens by Linda Tyler
This is a strong composition. Technically outstanding. The incredible detail reflects the sure hand and eyes of the artist.
First Place – Fall Creek Jewels by Janice Wiley
This is incredibly controlled and technically outstanding. It is a very good composition - the use of floating leaves to move the eye over the surface of the paper. Subtle use of color.
First Place – Lobsterboat Dinghies by Michael Jack
Exceptional composition - the artist has a very good eye to read what is seen. This piece has strong movement. And the color and contrast are really first rate.
First Place – Under the Sea by Cathy Ewald
The manipulation of metal to create a strong statement piece that is almost weightless.
This piece is technically strong and catches light effectively.
Best in Show
A Fire to Be Kindled by Stephanie Spay
In addition to the comments provided for First Place Oil/Acrylic, from my perspective, there is not another piece in the show that has the technical range and the ability to tell us a "story." It is compelling and beautiful.
To view the rest of the award-winners and all of the pieces submitted for online viewing, please click HERE.
With all of the restrictions and social distancing in place, we have decided to do a VIRTUAL opening reception THIS FRIDAY, 5-6pm. Please join us and our wonderful partners at Nickel Plate Arts online at: https://www.facebook.com/NickelPlateArts as we share about our history and mission, as well as share this year's ALL OUR BEST award winners!!
We may also have a couple of the award-winning artists on site to help facilitate the evening as they share their work and process with the world.