We always love it when Lorraine Sullivan visits ACA, but November 18 was especially special – it was jurying day for ACA’s annual members show. Over 200 pieces were submitted, and though they were small (all measuring under 12″ x 12″), Lorraine had a big task to whittle down the entries to highlight the very best for ACA’s annual members exhibit in the Gibbs Gallery.
Here’s what Lorraine had to say about the show:
I would like to start by thanking the Arlington Center for the Arts for giving me the opportunity to act as juror for this exhibit.
I want to thank all the artists who submitted such an array of images and objects, demonstrating their work in a wide variety of media and their sincere love of art making.
I was grateful that the theme of this show was Small Works, as I had 206 pieces of work to move around. This condensed size restriction made life easier for me but presented the artists submitting work with a unique and demanding issue – that of scale.
Most people work larger and continuing to work in their own style and use the materials that they are most comfortable with while restricting themselves to such a small format was no small feat.
The work was diverse, compelling and fresh. The pieces draw the viewer in to get a closer look and reward them with a glimpse of the artists’ personal and unique vision. Some pieces are simply lovely, some poignant while others are just plain funny. Stylistically the work ranges from barely contained, high energy pieces to methodically executed works of art.
Congratulations to the three award winners for their exceptional contributions to this outstanding show.
(Note: winners will be announced at the opening reception on Thursday, Dec 5, 7:30-9:00 – join us!)
Thanks to Linda Shoemaker for inviting me to this dance and sticking with me as I carefully reviewed every entry.
Thanks to Pam Shanley for providing everything I needed and hauling it around on her dolly.
This exhibit is a celebration of the diverse talents of our exciting local arts community and it was a genuine pleasure for me to be part of it.
See some of the artwork in our preview slideshow.