Virginia show loaded with wows and wees

"Soul Fire" by Shaun Whiteside

    (PNAN-VA) – The 2010 Biennial award-winning works are on view at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News through January 2, 2011. Chosen for exhibition by Richard Hunt are 72 works by 59 artists from 472 submissions by 155 artists from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. With some shown here, the winning works are:

     Peninsula Fine Arts Center Best in Show Award $1,500: “Soul Fire” an acrylic by Shaun Whiteside of Radford, Virginia; Award of Excellence in Photography (In Memory of David J. Levinson) Given anonymously $750 to Paul M. Stevens, Achilles, Virginia for “Bull Ring Stairs” photograph; Peninsula Fine Arts Center Purchase Prize, $500, Given by William T. and Joanne K. Roos Philanthropic Fund, (In memory of Rena Nachman Kates and Charles Kates) to David Wilson, Norfolk, Virginia, “Pilings with Reflections” photograph; and Joan Grippo, Virginia Beach, Virginia, “Meade Glacier” photograph.

"Meade Glacier" by Joan Grippo

     Three $500 Awards of Excellence went to: Thelma Akers Award: Alfred Dong, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, “I Want to Speak: Obama”, video; Robert B. and Margaret C. Smith Award: Tom Wessells, Newport News, Virginia, “Rose Cabinet”, wood; and Award of Excellence: Susan Powell Tolbert, Norfolk, Virginia, “There Goes My Everything” oil.

     Three $250 Awards of Achievement went to: Ruth Peacock Feezor Award:  Brian Rayner, Charlottesville, Virginia, “Ascendant” wood sculpture; Award of Achievement: Mark E. Miltz, Virginia Beach, Virginia, “Godesses of the Judgement” oil; and Award of Achievement: Mary Lee Ruff, Newport News, Virginia, “Emancipation Oak” pencil drawing.

     Three $100 Awards of Recognition went to: In Honor of Edward Hopper, Given anonymously, Helen Jones, Norfolk, Virginia, “Three Oaks” photograph; Award of Recognition:  Masako Kubota, Newark, New Jersey; “Kidney For Sale” clay, acrylic paint, Swarovski Crystal; and  Award of Recognition:  Ann M. Moore, Hampton, Virginia, “Goree Island Senegal.”

     The first Biennial Sculpture Installation for the Ranhorne Gallery was won by Kathy Klein from Gloucester, Virginia. Her multimedia work, “Colonialism” was chosen by curator Michael Preble from among 12 entries. “While the majority of submissions, as well as selections, came from Virginia artists, it is gratifying to note that traditional approaches to subject matter and to familiar mediums, still engages the talents and insights of many artists, said Prebele. “Also evident is the compelling need for artists to respond to the challenge of diverse expressions in unusual and unexpected materials and styles.”     

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"Goddesses of the Judgement" by Mark E. Miltz


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