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Juror’s Statement by Erin Becker

I was so honored when Linda Shoemaker asked me to select work for Arlington Center for the Arts’ annual Members Juried Show. On a wintery Wednesday in January, I had the pleasure of viewing over 130 pieces of art created by the talented members of the ACA community.

As the Director of the Cambridge Art Association, I have the opportunity to work with local artists on a daily basis – and am constantly impressed and inspired by the output of local artists. My experience at ACA affirmed the strengths of the local visual arts community.

It is fascinating to see the groupings that emerge in a group show environment. In this exhibit, I found a particular strength in the following groupings: figurative work; geometric abstracts, and scenes from nature. Tony Fenn’s Nika embodies a tenderness and femininity – a stark contrast to the bold, geometric lines of Joan Goodman’s work.

Nika by Tony Fenn; Standing II by Joan Goodman

Erin Becker, Jennifer Ingram and Linda Shoemaker, in front of Blue Willow

I loved the way Jennifer Ingram captured a historic Arlington moment in Blue Willow – the simplicity of the piece drew me back to it time and again.

Detail of Busy Times by Tim Wilson

Finally, I found myself drawn to Tim Wilson’s photograph – an image of endless summer that is the perfect antidote to New England winter. The strengths of the work of ACA’s members is abundant, and I had fun in capturing the conversations between individual artworks.

Thank you to Linda Shoemaker and the staff of ACA, who made the process a pleasure. Enjoy the show!

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