Winter Landscape Wins “Best of Show” in the 44th Annual Juried Valley Art Center Exhibit in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015


Having successfully participated in juried shows all over the country the past three years, winning the top award in a prestigious exhibition close to home is a very special and meaningful experience.

The two pieces entered and accepted in the show are monochrome winter landscapes of the Chagrin River. The medium is water soluble oil on coated heavy weight paper. Sheet size for the art is 27 inches by 39 inches. The framed pieces are 36 inches by 48 inches.

Several years ago I had a small studio space in The Old Livery Tavern building in Gates Mills. It was a wonderful spot located next to the river with the village arboretum right outside my studio door. I often took walks while waiting for paintings to dry a bit before moving on to the next steps in the process. There was always something interesting to see.

I continue to use photos taken on those walks for reference in developing new paintings. The paintings in the show were both created using images taken in the arboretum on a memorable overcast day in the dead of winter.

44th Annual Valley Art Center Juried Art Exhibit
November 6 – December 23, 2015
10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday and 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday
155 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Visit the Valley Art Center website for more information.

Jurors’ Statement:

The 325 pieces submitted to Valley Art Center’s 44th Annual Juried Art Exhibit represented an amazing variety of talent from artists living within a 250-mile radius of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

As judges, we curated an exhibit which demonstrates a range of styles and materials while meeting the required criteria of quality, originality, concept, design and technique.

The 84 pieces we selected for the exhibition demonstrate the artists’ imaginative interpretations of subject matter, bold, strong styles and fine understanding and use of the materials. We paid close attention to the overall presentation of the work: Was the framing appropriate? Was the platform for the sculpture right for the composition? Was the piece presented in a thoughtful and functional manner? These questions were asked when making our final decisions.

We chose a collection of work to represent and recognize artists who explored ideas with full realized technique. The work had to make an impression on us when we deliberated, it had to share a vision and not be an example of well executed technique.

Tom Huck | Art Curator at University Hospitals | Painting
Deborah Pinter | Photography and Printmaking
Mark Yasenchack | Ceramics